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Necktie Anatomy

NECKTIE ANATOMY THE CLASSIC NECKTIE DECONSTRUCTED SEAM SHELL Most neckties are constructed from 3-4 separate pieces that are sewn together. You'll commonly find a seam located about halfway along the length of a necktie. This seam should not be visible when knotted. Also known as the "Envelope," the shell is the outermost fabric of a necktie. This fabric is cut "on the bias" (45 degrees to its warp and weft threads) to allow flexibility and maintain INTERLINING shape. Hidden between the folds of the outer shell is the interlining. Interlining plays a major role in giving a tie shape, weight and bulk. The interlining of a quality necktie is commonly made of brushed wool. 6 & 7 fold ties do not use interlining. NECK The "neck" is the middle section of a necktie. ROLLED EDGE The edge of a necktie (where the shell goes from the front to the back) is rolled and carefully pressed. This ensures a fullness at KEEPER LOOP The "keeper loop" is an extra piece of fabric that is sewn the edge as opposed to a flat crease. onto the backside of the wider end (blade) of a necktie, When the tail of a tie is placed through this loop (after knotting) it helps to keep the tail out of sight. TAIL The "tail" is the narrow end of a tie that hangs behind the larger end when knotted. LABEL Most neckties include a label that is sewn below the keeper loop. This CARE & ORIGIN TAG label displays the manufacturer or Care & origin tags contain details and brand of the necktie. The The tail may also be inserted through information about a necktie. This may include country of origin, materials used this loop for added security. and special care instructions. BAR TACK The bar tack is a heavy stitch that holds the two sides of a necktie together. It reinforces the slip stitching and helps a necktie maintain its shape. You may also find a bar tack on the tail of a necktie. BLADE The blade is the main lower section of a necktie. TIPPING "Tipping" is the fabric that is sewn onto the backside of the tip and tail of a necktie. "Decorative SLIP STITCH tipping" uses a fabric that is different than the shell of the tie while Made with a long single thread and running the entire length of a necktie, this hidden stitching holds the two overlapping sides together and helps a necktie regain its shape after wear. The slip stitch is sewn loosely to prevent breakage from repeated knotting. MARGIN/HEM The "margin" is the distance from the edge of the blade to the "self-tipping" uses the same fabric as the shell. tipping. The "hem" is the finishing stitch that SELF- TIPPING connects the shell to the tipping. Together the margin and hem allow for a soft rounded edge and keep the tipping hidden when seen from the front. © GéftieManual

Necktie Anatomy

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