Tutorial: How to Iron the Collar When Making a Shirt

The collar is the main focal point of a shirt, so everything you can do to make this part of your garment as perfect as possible will help your garment achieve that “standard of excellence” we sewists all strive for with our garments.

How to iron a collar when making a shirt by Sew Maris
Ironing, or pressing, is an often overlooked or under-appreciated part of sewing. And they are different. Ironing involves sliding the iron across the fabric; pressing is lifting and setting down an iron with some pressure. If you take the time to really learn how to iron/press your garments during the construction phase, your finished garments will immediately look much more polished and professional. You can easily spend as much time ironing and pressing as sewing when making tailored clothes!!

How to iron a collar when making a shirt by Sew Maris

BTW, one of the tricks to a properly ironed shirt collar comes long before you get to the ironing board-it starts with cutting. That’s right, your  job will be much easier if you cut your under collar slightly narrower and shorter than your upper collar.

How to iron a collar when making a shirt by Sew Maris
Tools needed:

Wooden point presser

Steps to ironing a shirt collar during construction

1. Stitch the interfaced upper collar to the under collar.
2. Trim the seams to a scant 1/4”, and cut across the corners diagonally.

How to iron a collar when making a shirt by Sew Maris
3. Place one short end of the collar on the point presser, with the collar point at the tip of the presser. Iron the seam allowances open.

How to iron a collar when making a shirt by Sew Maris
4. Turn the collar so the long edge is on the point presser, and iron the seam allowance open.
5. Repeat with the other short end of the collar.

How to iron a collar when making a shirt by Sew Maris
6. Turn the collar right side out, and press the collar flat, favoring the seam edge so that the under collar is slightly to the under side of the finished collar. (See why cutting the under collar  slightly smaller is such a help??)
7. Topstitch if desired.

Now I expect all your shirt collars to look like total PERFECTION!! Let me know how that goes. 😉

Happy sewing

Maris

4 Responses to Tutorial: How to Iron the Collar When Making a Shirt

  1. Laura says:

    I’ve pinned this for future reference. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Karen Griffin says:

    Hi, Maris,
    Your iron is one I haven’t seen before. Can you tell me more about it and how you like it? I’m in the market for a new iron…

    Thank you!

    • SewMaris says:

      Hi Karen! It is a Hi-Steam SVP-24steam generator, made in Italy. Be sure you are sitting down before you look at the price. It is the last iron I will ever buy.

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