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Question about Neapolitan Shirt Abnormality under Placket

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So I've noticed this little bit of extra stitching on a few of my Neapolitan shirts -- located below the second or third button from the neck and positioned behind the placket... does it serve a purpose? What is it? Why is it there?


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It's a bar tack and secures a seam at a point of stress.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar_tack

Check your shirt from the inside. You see the folded over section is hand-stitched from the hem up. Higher up that section is no longer stitched-down but held just by the buttons. If the bar tack wouldn't secure the point where the stitching ends, you might accidentally rip the seam apart.
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe View Post

It's a bar tack and secures a seam at a point of stress.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar_tack

Check your shirt from the inside. You see the folded over section is hand-stitched from the hem up. Higher up that section is no longer stitched-down but held just by the buttons. If the bar tack wouldn't secure the point where the stitching ends, you might accidentally rip the seam apart.

Thank you very much bengal-stripe. Your posts are always informative and I appreciate your help with this. Totally makes sense now.
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