Most of the slings currently on the market use what's known as a "gathered shoulder". It's the simplest to sew, and it fits a variety of people, but there are other ways to sew a sling. I offer three shoulder style choices,
but the majority of slings I sew are with Signature pleats -- check out the Pros and Cons to find out why!
While the number of pleats varies with the fabric type to maximize comfort, overlapped pleats give even support across your whole shoulder and back, allowing the fabric to spread naturally along carefully stitched lines.
Named for the way I sewed pleats prior to about 2007, larger pleats give the same support as signature pleats, but with a wider spread over the shoulder and upper back. Great if you like to wear your rings high, or if you have
more rounded shoulders.
Created and named by Karen Hoppis, who licenses the style to SBP. Small pleats on each side give some structure, while the gathered center section allows flexibility in the fabric width across your shoulder and back.
(I haven't tested my sewing with a gathered shoulder, so I'm not able to sew slings using a gathered style.)