Does this sound familiar? You’ve spent a good amount of time pressing and starching your dress shirt but you can’t get the giant wrinkle – or crinkle – on the collar to smooth out.
What could be the problem?
When ironing the collar, you probably unfold and lay the collar out flat then iron across from one side to the other, right? Well, many collars have an inner-facing material within the collar called interfacing which gives the collar body, shape and stability. Ironing from side to side like that pushes the extra collar material and when the iron reaches the other end of the collar so does the extra fabric causing the wrinkle.
Here’s the solution:
Since pushing the excess collar fabric to the end of the collar is the true cause of this problem when ironing the collar, the solution is really quite simple…do not push the excess fabric to the end of the collar.
To finish collars correctly:
1. Place the iron at one end of the collar Iron across the collar in a normal fashion but stop in the center of the collar. This pushes the extra fabric to the middle of the collar.
2. Place the iron at the other end of the collar and iron across to the center, again pushing any excess fabric to the center.
3. All the excess fabric is now in the center of the collar. When the collar is folded down and placed on the hanger or worn, the extra material is hidden in the back and absorbed in the natural fold of the collar.
Viola! Now you know how to iron your shirt collars like a dry cleaner. Of course, if you don’t have hours and hours to do loads of laundry and iron to perfection, we’re happy to do it for you. =>