Question about Neapolitan Shirt Abnormality under Placket

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by hye, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. hye

    hye Well-Known Member

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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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  2. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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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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    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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