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November 25, 2008

A Public Service Video – How To Iron A Shirt

Filed under: Tutorials,Uncategorized — phyllisc @ 12:34 pm

Since the holidays are upon us, this video may come in handy if you can’t get to the cleaners.  The only thing I do differently is the collar and sleeves are done first to keep wrinkling down as much as possible on the body of the shirt.  I also like to use a silk organza press cloth, a hot iron and lots of steam and spray starch.



  1. My late mother taught her three daughters the proper way to iron a shirt and was a stickler about it, but in a good way. In fact, at her memorial service we showed the audience how to iron a shirt à la Jean. And we talked about her favorite cleaning products. Come to think of it, cleaning was her hobby like sewing is mine.

    Thanks for making me think of my mom today. 🙂

    Comment by Lindsay T — November 25, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

  2. That was funny. Like you, I iron in a different order as I was taught in the military. Back then my shirts could stand up all by themselves. LOL

    Comment by Cindy — November 25, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

  3. I love the manly music and narrator’s voice! “It’s worse than a scuffed friggin’ shoe.” It’s a good thing I wasn’t drinking coffee or I would have spit it all over my monitor!!!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — November 25, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

  4. I do the sleeves first too – then the collar – then the body of the shirt.

    Wow, they have videos now to teach men this stuff!

    And TG my husband’s company is so casual now, he wears polos everyday. I only iron shirts on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Easter, plus the occasional wedding, as my MIL still has very high standards of dress on holiday occasions.

    Comment by luckylibbet — November 25, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

  5. I also iron in a different order. First the yoke, then the collar, the sleeves, the back, then fronts. I learned this from my mother who learned from her father who was a tailor & dry cleaner. When I was I teen, I ironed all the men’s shirts in the house and made extra money in college ironing guys shirts. I’ve ironed quite a few shirts during my life, and have made sure my sons know how to iron theirs.

    Comment by MarilynB — November 25, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

  6. A lost art these days, thanks for posting this Phyllis.

    My mother disliked both ironing and sewing. She made sure to teach me how to iron shirts at a young age, and then that became my chore – to iron all the shirts for my father and brother.

    This became my lot in life until one day dear husband said ‘I don’t have a shirt to wear this morning’, and I said to myself That’s it! and started taking them to the shirt laundry.

    Now its so casual that most days its Tshirts or polos. For everything else my hang while damp and pull the seams technique usually suffices.

    Comment by georgene — November 26, 2008 @ 8:40 am

  7. Interesting there was no mention of the yoke in the video. I also iron in the same order as MarilynB. You definitely have to do the yoke first, because you often crease other bits while doing it. Maybe these shirts don’t have yokes?

    Comment by Bronwyn — November 26, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

  8. PS. And If I use starch I do it the old fashioned way – in the rinse water, then dampen the article before ironing. Spray starch is nasty.

    Comment by Bronwyn — November 26, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

  9. My mother in law could iron circles around this guy. She had ironing down to an art form and its practice took place every Monday with her sisters and three ironing boards up and working. She intimidated the hell out of me! But she taught me how to iron shirts. She did the yolk first and would flip the shirt into the air holding the bottom corners of the yolk. Then the yoke would land neatly on the board for pressing. Then it was on to collar, pocket flaps, then cuffs, in that order. After that came the sleeves and finally the body last. All starch was hand mixed and sprayed. She still irons this way to this day and this one of life’s lessons I will always be thankful for.

    Comment by Bunny — November 28, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

  10. I don’t like ironing and you can’t make me do it! Apparently, I haven’t outgrown my rebellious stage yet.

    Comment by Karla — November 28, 2008 @ 10:39 pm

  11. Every college kid should watch this video! I was laughing so hard the day my daughter and I walked onto the guys floor of a dorm at her university, and there was a pictorial for how to iron a shirt! This would make it lots easier. Kudos 🙂

    Comment by Cindy Cummins — December 2, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

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