THE Shirt Anatomy 101


……. An all time Classic for the gents and ladies. It’s one fashion item that almost everyone has in their wardrobe. 

Fashion statements can be made when you style your shirt well and make it unique. Your creative eye is reflected on the look and the styling as a fashion student or fashion designer. In Fashion designing, you have the freedom of styling your shirts and bringing in different innovations. One good attribute of a good designer is the ability to be able to change the look of each fabric and work it into a perfectly matching style. Each shirt fabric makes a statement.  You must know what it’s saying and how to play it out.  


Shirt for men can become a boring uniform if not well played out. 

Knowing how to work on some areas of this garment brings it uniqueness out. Like the yoke, shoulder and sleeve, redefining these parts can really change the appearance of your entire outfit. A particular part of the front you can’t overlook is – the sleeve placket. It can be touched up and styled to create a classy effect or a color pop effect. 



  • Collar: The neckline of the garment, often sewn as to fold or roll over. Comes in various shapes, depending on the face shape and occasion. You should know the various types and their classifications, this will help and make your design suitable for the occasion your client needs them for. 
  • Yoke: That shaped piece of fabric below the neck and shoulders, from which the rest of the garment hangs. It can be split in two, called the “split-yoke.” Or overlapped. The overlapped yoke is easy to style and can come in lovely cut out designs. 
  • Placket front: A standard shirt front or the cover for the sleeve slit, usually lapped left over right for men, and vice versa for women. Easier stated ‘ left side up for men and right side up for women’. “That’s the dressmaker’s rhyme at out college”
  • Fly front or Concealed front- A flap of material down one side f the front opening of a garment to conceal buttons.
  • 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, Neapolitan, rounded, one button, 2-buttons, angle cuts etc…..


anatomy of  the back

The back is not much of stress but as a designer you will want your client to make a cool statement even when they turn their backs. Don’t overdo the details, ensure it fits the fabric style and occasion. If the fabric is loud, take it easy on the detailing. 

  • Back collar height: The part of the collar that is folded over 
  • Yoke: As stated earlier. 
  • Hang loop: A piece of fabric sewn into the yoke seam that allows the shirt to be hung at this point.
  • Side pleats: Single fabric folds at the other parts of the shirt back. Not so much in style again but doesn’t mean it can’t be played with. Especially when sewing for Plus Size, this comes in helpful. 
  • Box pleat front: A double fabric fold, with the material folded under at each side at the back center of a shirt. Also can be a help out when making Plus Sized shirts. 
  • Hem: The finished lower edge of the shirt body.
  • Tail: The part of a shirt below the waistline.

Play your collar around and get your clients always looking unique. We have different collars some are – classic; spread; Button Down; Club; Mandarin; Wing Tip; and lots more…..

Don’t just Sew. Know what you are sewing and get your designing skills up the ladder.  

IBADANCITY FASHION COLLEGE OFFERS A MASTERCLASS FOR 4/6/8 WEEKS ON SHIRTMAKING. where you can sharpen your SHIRTMAKING skills and make some good numbers of different types and styles of both male and female shirts.



CALL +2348081067070

IBADANCITY FASHION COLLEGE IS AT 4, IYALODE CRESCENT RING ROAD, behind IBEDC office. Take the tarred road opposite chicken republic/KFC ring road. It leads there. 

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feeds and tips from my desk as a fashion teacher, the principal instructor of the leading fashion school in ibadan, oyo state nigeria. i am fully commited to raising entrepreneurs and leaders through vocational education, skill acquisition and entreprenurial studies.

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