How to Iron a Military Shirt

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Ironing a military shirt must be done very specifically to avoid leaving wrinkles in unsuspecting places. See how to iron a military shirt with help from a professional tailor in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Carol Hughes. I've owned and operated Custom Costumes and Tailor Maid for 25 and 30 years. Today, I'm going to teach you some basics in ironing. Okay, this is how you go about pressing a military shirt. In the old days, they used a lot of starch. I'm not so sure they use it much anymore especially in the days of permanent press. I begin a shirt with the under collar, then, I flip it over and do the upper collar. And I proceed to the yoke; after that, I go to the sleeves and I usually fold it, you know, right where the seam is and press from there, across and of course, you'll use an appropriate setting for the type of fabric it is. After the sleeves, I proceed with the body of the shirt, beginning with the facings and then, I think only the Navy and Marines require the extra little pressings. So to do those, you would divide the back of your shirt in half and press it up to center back and then you would match the side seam to that pressed fold. So, to put the third crease in, I then determine the center point between the shoulder and the center. And again, line it up on the straight of the fabric and press. For the front, again, you divide it in half; probably around the straight through the center of the pocket up to the shoulder. And repeat on the other side. And that's how you press a military shirt.

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