My husband is going out of town on business tomorrow, and we realized he didn't have any dry-cleaned shirts. We didn't have time to run to the dry cleaners, so I washed and ironed several shirts for him.
I think I iron shirts better than the dry cleaners. I put my love into them. And I kinda have to, haha. My work is scrutinized by the highest standards...my husband!
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I thought I'd post a tutorial on here. I hope you find this helpful!
a sturdy ironing board with sufficient padding
iron with steam capability
heavy spray starch
Spray the inside of the collar. Iron BOTH sides (don't cheat!).
Grab one of the sleeves and lay flat on the ironing board. Decide whether you want the seam to be on top (facing the front of the shirt) or below (facing the back of the shirt). Fix accordingly. Starch and iron. Carefully flip over; starch and iron. Repeat on other sleeve.
Starch and iron the shoulders of the shirt. Any minimal wrinkling that arises can be easily fixed at the end.
Starting with the breast pocket area, carefully starch and iron the rest of the shirt. Make sure shirt is taut so as to not create unwanted creases. Fix any minor wrinkles that may have formed in the process (see Step 3, above).
Carefully hang the shirt. You're done!