Yesterday I talked about how there's going to be changes around here. One of the things that I want to start posting are fashion terms. I mean, I AM learning fashion merchandising and how are you going to know what I'm talking about, if you don't know what I'm talking about? So to start things off, men let's talk about lapels.
First off, a lapel is the turned back section of a blouse, shirt, jacket, or coat that joins the collar. The side that folds back is called a revers and is cut into different shapes.
1.) Notched. This is what you usually see on shirts and suit jackets. These are two separate pattern pieces.
2.) Cloverleaf. Both the collar and lapel are rounded where they meet. They're usually found on women's blouses and on old school 70's tuxedos.
3.) Peaked. Separate pattern pieces. The lapel has a V-shaped ending with the collar fitting into it.
4.)Fishmouth. Although similar to the notched lapel, the difference is that the fishmouth is one pattern piece. The collar may be rounded while the lapel is but slanted.
5.) Shawl. One pattern piece where the collar and lapel are rounded through from top to bottom. Usually reserved for modern tuxedos.
6.) L-Shaped. Lapel cut straight across with a narrow rounded collar.
Here are some examples:
So there we have it. The first terminology post. That wasn't so bad now was it? I'm really glad that I'm learning all these different thing in school. It's completely fascinating to me that I want to share it with you guys.
Merry Christmas Eve!
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