How to Iron a Shirt....the professional way.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

 Recently in comments, Cissie complimented me about how well pressed my shirts are, and asked me for some tips.  So I have chosen to show you this video from T.M.Lewin, makers of fine men's shirts and other haberdashery, in business since 1898 located on Jermyn Street, London.  (Worthy of mentioning--they have been making fine shirts for well over 100 years, and now even they use fusible interfacing in many styles of their  shirts!)

I was taught to iron my finished shirts in this manner during my shirtmaking/tailoring training, and have been doing it this way for 30 years.  ...and yes, this is "ironing".

Please note the following--
  • Iron one "cuff and sleeve" and the associated half of the  yoke...then iron the other "cuff and sleeve", and the remaining half of the yoke (only one sleeve side is demonstrated in this video).
  • Note how only the CB of the collar is ironed when folded.
  • Remember to fasten the top button before ironing the body of the shirt...it makes a huge difference.
  • Perhaps the most useful tip in this process that will make the most difference in how your pressed shirt looks is this-- Use the heel (back wide end of the sole plate) of your iron to do the "work" when ironing places like the cuff and collar. This is fully demonstrated in the video, and really does make a difference!