One of the best breakdowns of a dress shirt we've seen in awhile.  Provided by shirt maker Alexander West.

Collar Base: (or collar stand) is the band of fabric sewn into the neckline of a dress shirt, which the collar attaches to.

Collar Leaf: the outside fabric of the collar, located at the front sides, which is folded over the collar base.

Collar Point Length: the distance between the collar point and the top of the collar leaf.

Collar Front Band: the area on the base that sits between the collar points.

Collar Point Spread: the distance between the collar points.

Collar: the part of a shirt that encompasses the neckline of the garment, often so as to fold or roll over. Comes in various shapes, depending on the face shape and occasion.

Yoke: a shaped piece fabric in a garment, fitted about or below the neck and shoulders, from which the rest of the garment hangs. It can be split in two, called the “split-yoke.”

Placket Front: a standard shirt front with a placket sewn on top of the shirt front.

Plain Front: a standard shirt front with a hidden placket; usually lapped left over right for men, and vice versa for women.

Fly Front: a flap of material down one side of the front opening of a garment to conceal buttons or fasteners.

Armhole: the opening in a dress shirt, which the arms are sewn in to.

Sleeve: the part of a garment that covers the arm and is usually cut wider than the cuffs. Most sleeve lengths fall between 32 and 36 inches.

Sleeve Placket: a distinctive feature that is sewn on the sleeve; the opening of the sleeve fabric near the cuff

Cuff: a fold or band serving as a trimming or finish for the bottom of a sleeve. Some cuff styles include: French Cuffs and Barrel Cuffs.

 

Back Collar Height: the part of the collar that is folded over, at the backside of the dress shirt.

Yoke: a shaped piece fabric in a garment, fitted about or below the neck and shoulders, from which the rest of the garment hangs. It can be split in two, called the “split-yoke.”

Hang Loop: a piece of fabric sewn into the yoke seam which allows the shirt to be hung at this point.

Side Pleats: single fabric folds at the other parts of the shirt back.

Box Pleat Front: a double fabric fold, with the material folded under at each side at the back center of a shirt.

Armhole: the opening in a dress shirt, which the arms are sewn in to.

Sleeve: the part of a garment that covers the arm and is usually cut wider than the cuffs. Most sleeve lengths fall between 32 and 36 inches.

Darts: a tapered seam of fabric for adjusting the fit of a garment.

Hem: the finished lower edge of the dress shirt body.

Tail: the part of a shirt below the waistline.

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