The Art Of Ironing: Shirt, Pullover And Costume

Here is a small article on the art of ironing your clothes and some little tricks that can be useful in case of emergency.

I resumed an infographic of the very good Art of Manliness site that I translated: some rather technical terms of the vocabulary of the shirt and the ironing can make the English version quite complicated to understand even for those who are comfortable in The language of Shakespeare.

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You have in this part both my written instructions, and the Art of Manliness infographics, I just added a homemade photo on a part that was a little neglected for my taste.

The methods detailed below and on Art of Manliness infographics differ slightly, but for having tested both they are well worth.

1 The Beginning

  1. Lay your shirt flat in place if it is clear and upside down if it is dark (to avoid ironing marks that could possibly leave the iron).Remember to unbutton everything.
    To relax the fibers in the most wrinkled areas, spray with demineralised water special ironing.

The logic is very simple: you must first iron the stiffer parts, because they are the ones that will have the least chance of wrinkling afterwards. In general, you must avoid passing over the buttons, but rather bypass them.
To heat your iron, consult the ironing label: in principle if you have a good cotton shirt, you will have three points inside the iron, which requires a temperature of 200 degrees.

2. The Collar

Before you begin, be careful that the whales are removed (if they are removable). This should not normally be a problem since you should remove them before washing.
Unfold the collar completely and face it upside down. The outer part of the neck then passes from the point to the center, in length. Then turn the shirt over to the same area, using the same method. Iron well the tips, nothing is uglier than a shirt whose tips rebiquent.

Then fold down the collar and mark the fold by pressing it well

It is at this point that you can use starch in spray, to give a cooler, supple side and make the shirt easier to iron

2 The Wrists

Iron from the outside towards the center: first inside the cuffs and then outside.

3 Shoulders

Your ironing board has a narrow end: it is used to iron the shoulders. You must put your shirt on this edge, making sure that the seams are aligned with the edges of the board. If the part is too large, you will need to change the position on the end of the table, always making sure not to create any wrinkles. Iron from the sleeve to the collar.

This step is somewhat left out in the computer graphics, that’s what it looks like:

4 The Sides Of The Shirt

This is the last step: put the collar on the narrow end of your ironing board. This should be parallel to the edge of the table. Start with the buttonhole (bypassing the buttons) and any pockets

5 The Back Of The Shirt

Ask the shirt inside on the board, the neck side of the nose of the board
Iron from bottom to shoulder
Iron the handle towards the neck
Emphasize the joint sleeves and body of the shirt
Lay the shirt flat on The board, back up and sleeves on each side of the table.
Pass the iron from the bottom towards the shoulders. Move the shirt always flat to reach the areas on the sides.

Let the fabric cool a few minutes: it is always a little too malleable when it is hot and would take too easily the folds if you wear your shirt immediately after ironing.
So do not iron your shirts torn before going to work, it is counterproductive.

6 The Samurai Method

A little as if you were taught the tea ceremony, this very soothing video of the house Garra reveals you in a serene and soothing way the noble art of ironing, with the dexterity of a samurai.
It would be complicated to get seppuku with an iron according to the rules of the art.

Shirt And Starch

Many men spray starch on the collar and wrists to add stiffness, some do even on the entire shirt.
If you are trying for the first time, do not spray too much and go gradually to see if it is actually an extra comfort for you.
Also bear in mind that the starch does not disappear completely in the washing: if you put a lot at the base, it can possibly accumulate. Do not forget that starch reduces the life of your shirt: the stiffer it is, the more fragile the fibers and wear out.

Ii Ironing The Rest: Trousers And Pullovers

Ironing A Sweater

Use a wet paw: it can very well be a wet cotton cloth that you put between the iron and the sweater to avoid polishing the material (it makes it shine, besides damaging it).
Thread the sweater over the ironing board to prevent the collar mark from appearing on the back after ironing.

Ironing Your Pants

We will not really talk about ironing, but rather pressing for trousers. If you use an iron, it is rather repeated and delicate pressures as well as steam that will do all the work, and not really the ironing movement nor the heat of the iron.

If you have lost your pants, find it is simple: lay your pants flat on the ironing board and align the seams of the pants: the fold will be the exact opposite.

It is supposed to go up to about 10 cm of the size. If there are other folds, the main fold will go up to two.

3 Adjust The Temperature According To The Material

Silk and polyester need a lot of care, even if these are not materials that are supposed to be important in your wardrobe: use the lowest temperatures.

Use intermediate temperature for wool and high for cotton and linen.

Iii Getting Rid Of Wrinkles Without Iron: What To Do When You Do Not Have Time?

1 Remove Wrinkles With Shower And Steam

Strange but let your clothes hang on a hanger in your bathroom while you take a hot shower is a very easy way to get rid of the folds. Only concern: the splash quickly arrived, and the real folds will also fade.

2 Spray Water

Using water spray allows the steam to go deeper into the fabric when using an iron.But even without iron, you can also lightly moisten your shirt, and then put something heavy and flat, like a phone book, on the fold you want to iron. Squeeze a few minutes, but not too long not to create behind a new set of folds next to it.

3 The Dryer

More complicated, and more risky for the shirt: Spray a lot of water on the ironing shirt and put it in the dryer for quick drying.
Take it out when it is still warm and then carry it or let it hang on a hanger immediately.
Almost all of the folds can be removed at once in this way based on ethnicityology.com.