How to Iron the Perfect Shirt

19/06/2012 | Posted in Ironing

If there’s one skill that everyone is going to need at some point in life, it’s knowing how to iron a shirt. Whether it’s the need to look dapper on a night out, creating that all important good first impression at a job interview or making sure there’s a constant supply of school shirts in the kids’ wardrobes, knowing how to iron the perfect shirt is always going to come in handy.

So, we have quizzed our in house ironing experts for their ironing top tips on how to get round those awkward buttons, achieve a crisp collar and steam through your ironing pile with ease!

Before you begin to tackle your ironing pile, if you’re right handed, make sure the wide end of your ironing board is to your right and set at waist level (and near a plug socket). Then, follow these 8 steps to ironing the perfect shirt…

  1. COLLAR –Press the collar from the point edges to the middle. Turn the collar over and press the other side in exactly the same way. Don’t forget to iron the collar towards the centre, this prevents you from ironing creases into the collar.
  2. YOKE –Next, take the shirt and pull it onto the narrow end of the ironing board so that the back yoke is flat on the board and the board extends a little into one sleeve. Press half of the yoke. Then turn the shirt around and place it on the board so that the un-ironed half is of the yoke is on the board.
  3. CUFFS – First flatten one cuff on the ironing board, iron the inside first and then outside. Then repeat the same process on the other cuff.
  4. SLEEVES – Take the cuff side of the sleeve by the seam and lay the whole sleeve flat on the ironing board. Start at the top of the sleeve and work your way down to the cuff. Turn the sleeve over and iron the other side and repeat the same on the other side.
  5. BACK – You’re over way to the perfect shirt now! Use the narrow end of the ironing board and pull the back of the shirt onto the ironing board ensuring that the yoke can be seen. Then iron the whole of the back of the shirt.
  6. TOP OF SHIRT – Place the top of the shirt over the narrow end of the ironing board with the board extending a little into one sleeve. Use the tip of the iron to reach the corner of the shirt. Repeat the process with the other side of the shirt.
  7. FRONT– Place the buttonhole side of the shirt on the ironing board and iron the whole side. Repeat the process on the other side.
  8. FINISHED SHIRT– Give the collar one last press and pop it on a hanger. The final touch is to make sure it’s hanging straight and that the sleeves are flat and folded softly toward the front. Buttoning one of two of the buttons will also help the shirt to keep its shape.

If that’s not enough, you can also check out our video of our resident ironing expert Julia demonstrating some of her ironing pearls of wisdom!

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