I’ve been working on the 1952 dress. The side seam zipper is next and I suppose I should create the shoulder pads before fitting the sleeves. The shoulder pads are constructed from crinoline interfacing and thin layers cotton batting. What I will actually end up using depends on what I have here. Likely, it would be less costly to purchase ready-made shoulder pads but I want to try making them.
I still haven’t decided what sleeve style to use. Also, I have been looking for a belt buckle and so far, they are either too large or the wrong material/color. Maybe I should start looking at RTW belts (hmmm, thrift store?) for an appropriate buckle.