Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ironing a shirt

Ironing a long sleeve shirt or blouse can be frustrating (it's the sleeves isn't it). But in my case, with a husband who wears shirts to work everyday we've had to learn to do it, and preferably without two crease lines running down the length of the arms. There are certain steps to follow to iron a shirt perfectly, and if you make a point to do it this way, you'll find it much easier. Here's how:

Step 1: Back collar
Starting with the underside of the collar, iron from the points inwards

Step2 : Front collar
Do the same on the outside of the collar

Step 3: Shoulders
Slip the shoulder over the narrow side of the ironing board and iron from the middle back of the shirt towards the shoulder seam, do the other shoulder too.

Step 4: Cuffs

Iron the inside of each cuff, followed by the outside

Step 5: Sleeve
Line up the sleeve, cuff opening side up, ironing from the bottom edge of the seam up. Then the other side, and remember to do both sleeves.

Step 6: Back
Slip the back of the shirt with the collar at the narrow end over the board, and iron the back. Move the shirt along so that all areas are ironed up to the seams.

Step 7: Button strip and front
Press the button strip, and iron alongside the front of the shirt. Now the button hole side, ironing carefully over the pocket.

Step 8: Collar
Re-press the fold in the collar.

Step 9: Hang it up
Hang the shirt up with at least the two top buttons done up to avoid creasing in the wardrobe, but of course doing up all the buttons is the 'proper' way.

There you go ladies and gentlemen... wear your shirt with pride.


Ivy said...

I love your blog it's so cool!
I will definitely be visiting often. :)

Juri said...

Oh my...somehow I managed to get to your blog, and have spent quite a long time reading many of your posts! What a great informative blog you have! I just love it and will be back for more helpful hints! Thank you!


Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

I found you through my sister, Juri's, blog!!!! Saw your comment there and just had to come over!

I'm just laughing so much at your post about ironing a shirt. I can remember in the 7th or 8th grade having to demonstrate in front of my home ec class how to iron a shirt. Did it exactly like you have it here. Loved it!!!!!


Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Guess who?
It`s me!
Thanks again for showing interest in my blog, and leaving me a comment.
And bigger thanks for leaving a lovely comment on my little girl blog.
She will be over the moon when she sees it!
I can`t wait to see her excited face, when she finds out that someone (you) so kindly took a few moments to stop by.
Also, I`m glad that you have shown us how to iron a shirt the right way. as its a big chore for me to do.
And I`m glad that I don`t have to do it often, as my hubby or "the boss" wears overalls daily, so shirts are a rare thing for me to have to iron!
Thank goodness!!
I`m off now to iron my big pile of clothes that so badly needs doing, or, I think I leave it for tomorrow, instead, or the day after...
Kisses Kisses

A note on perfection

Many of the posts featured on this blog are about doing household chores the correct, or so to say perfect way. My intention is not to make readers feel that the way they are running their households are wrong. So if making the bed, or ironing shirts in a certain way doesn't fit your lifestyle, do not feel guilty about it. But by learning the correct way of doing things it might just come in handy for those times when special guests are staying, or when you need to iron that shirt perfectly for a job interview. So enjoy the learning, but skip the guilt and LOVE your homes. x

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