Every branch has worn a shirt with military wrinkles. Paramilitary units, uniformed police and paramilitary forces are also familiar with the technique. Although most professionals are trained in dry cleaning and laundry, it is possible to create military creases at a fraction of the cost if you have enough experience.
To find the location of the wrinkles, place the shirt on an ironing board. The standard version has five creases: two at the front and three at the back. One of the creases is in the back at the exact center, while the two others are equally spaced from the centre to armholes. From the shoulder seam to hem, the creases in the front run parallel to the button pockets. Iron the sleeves flat, with the fold at the top.
Each branch of the armed force has worn a shirt with military wrinkles. Paramilitary units as well as uniformed police and other personnel who desire a military appearance are also encouraged to do so.
- The back crease is at the exact center of your back.
Water should be added to the steam iron. Set the steam iron on an ironing board and adjust the heat to the right temperature for your shirt. The temperature setting for synthetics, which are made up of l00% cotton, will be higher than that used by cotton. Place the spray starch container nearby. Keep a flat piece of cotton fabric such as an old sheet nearby.
Use water to fill the steam iron.
- Place the spray starch container near a flat piece of fabric such as an old sheet.
If your shirt has a collar, iron the yoke as well as the collar before you begin the creases. The top part of your back is the yoke, which is horizontal. It runs from the shoulder seams to the shoulder seams and does not need to be creased. In some cases, military uniforms don’t have yokes. If that is the case, skip this step. Iron the collar by starching it and stretching it horizontally so it can stand straight during ironing.
Grab the shirt at the back. Fold the shirt in the middle so that both the front and back seams are parallel. It will be your first crease. You can press down on the fold and spray with starch. Then steam it. Dry it. Protect the shirt with the cotton cloth if it is shiny or white.
- Grab the shirt at the back. Fold the shirt in the middle so the seams are aligned.
Divide the distance between your centre creases and your armholes in order to determine the position of the nextcrease. You can do this by securing the shirt by the tail, and the yoke. The side seams should align with the center crease. The fold must be pressed exactly parallel with the centre crease. Press the fold parallel to the centre crease. Repeat the process on the reverse side. Now, iron the back of your shirt.
The shirt’s front should be folded from the shoulder seam towards the hem. Make sure that the folded side is straight. Use plenty of starch or steam to press the fold. You should pay special attention to your pocket, making sure it isn’t wrinkled or has any dimples after you are done. This is how you will create the second frontcrease. Now, iron the shirt except for buttons and buttonholes.
Iron the front by pressing down on the buttonhole and pushing between the buttons to get the shirt up to the edges. Press the seams flat. Make sure to touch any unsatisfactory areas, but don’t iron the edges.
From the seam at your shoulder, fold the front shirt straight through the buttonhole in the pocket.
- Press the seams flat and iron the sleeves.
The creases in the pants can be ironed by holding the leg at its hem, matching the sides seams and ironing the legs. You should press the folded leg in its front and back until it becomes sharply creased. Then iron the opposite leg in the same manner. Press both legs together, making sure seams and wrinkles are aligned.
An Navy uniform jumper top for enlisted sailors, in either blue or white, should always be ironed upside down. You fold it the same way, with the exception of the collar.
This type of ironing is difficult. Ironing these creases is not up to professional standard without putting a lot more pressure on your iron, and taking a little longer. For an experienced ironer, it could take around 15 minutes to iron a shirt that has military creases. It can take close to 30 minutes for a novice. It will get easier with time.