Definitions for placketˈplæk ɪt
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a piece of cloth sewn under an opening
a slit or other opening in an item of clothing, to allow access to pockets or fastenings
Origin: An alteration of placard.
a petticoat, esp. an under petticoat; hence, a cant term for a woman
the opening or slit left in a petticoat or skirt for convenience in putting it on; -- called also placket hole
a woman's pocket
Origin: [F. plaquer to lay or clap on. See Placard.]
A placket is an opening in the upper part of trousers or skirts, or at the neck or sleeve of a garment. Plackets are almost always used to allow clothing to be put on or removed easily, but are sometimes used purely as a design element. Modern plackets often contain fabric facings or attached bands to surround and reinforce fasteners such as buttons, snaps, or zippers. In modern usage, the term placket often refers to the double layers of fabric that hold the buttons and buttonholes in a shirt. Plackets can also be found at the neckline of a shirt, the cuff of a sleeve, or at the waist of a skirt or pair of trousers. Plackets are almost always made of more than one layer of fabric, and often have interfacing in between the fabric layers. This is done to give support and strength to the placket fabric because the placket and the fasteners on it are often subjected to stress when the garment is worn. The two sides of the placket often overlap. This is done to protect the wearer from fasteners rubbing against their skin and to hide underlying clothing or undergarments. A button front shirt without a separate pieced placket is called a "French placket." The fabric is simply folded over and the buttonhole stitching secures the two layers. This method affords a very clean finish, especially if heavily patterned fabrics are being used. This method is normally only used in stiff-fronted formal evening shirts. However, the normal, separate placket on a shirt gives a more symmetrical appearance.
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