Originally Posted by von Rothbart
I iron Kiton, Borrelli & Finamore myself anything below that I send them to the cleaner. I hate ironing.
I use Corby (sp?) pant press. I highly recommend it.
Funny, the reason I started ironing was to protect my expensive RTW shirts. However, these days, I'm exclusively wearing cheap MTM (Jantzen, Chan), yet still iron by hand. Just fell into the habit, I suppose. I just hate they way the cleaners will press the collar, and I hate starch. When it comes down to it, I hate the cleaners more than I hate ironing.
I subscribe to your reasoning, and I iron my shirts the same as you, except after the first three steps, I do the right, then back, the left. The cord of the iron sometimes causes wrinkles. (Though, I just realized, I wonder if you stand on the opposite side of the board).
It takes me about 10-15 minutes to iron a shirt. No need to strive for perfection - by the time I'm dressed, out of the house, and in and out of my car, the shirt is somewhat wrinkled anyway.
If only someone would teach me how to press trousers, I'd probably iron those myself too.
I think those that enjoy ironing are on crack; it's definitely a chore for me. However, I do enjoy the asthetics and the accompanying sense of accomplishment that comes with looking at a row of neatly pressed shirts hanging in my closet.