First iron the back, then the shoulder-pieces, then the neckband. Be very sure to iron the band on both sides equally smooth, that it may not irritate the neck of the wearer. Next, iron the sleeves. Then lay the wristbands out flat, rub with a clean white cloth, slightly dampened, and iron smoothly on both sides, finishing with the right side. Next, iron the front. If you take a flat-iron that is just the right heat for the bosom, iron that before you do the plain front. Stretch the bosom on the shirt-board. Be very particular to pull it crosswise as- well as lengthwise, to prevent wrinkles at the neck. Rub with a cloth to get oft hits of starch that may stick to it. Iron carefully with a moderately-heated iron.
If little blisters appear, dip the finger in water and dampen clear through. It will then come out on being ironed over, provided the starch has been rubbed entirely through. If it has not, then the blister will remain and there is no remedy for it. If a smirch or spot from a rusty or greasy iron appears on a polished bosom, do not give up and throw the garment into the wash, but immerse the bosom quickly in hot water, squeeze dry, stretch on the board, rub over with a clean dry cloth, and iron again. But first take the iron and rub well in salt on a brown paper - especially the point and edges - and then with a little beeswax, wiping with a dry cloth. A polishing-iron should be wrapped in fine paper and put away carefully after each ironing.
First roll the wristbands around so they will shape themselves to the wrist. It is much nicer than to leave them open and flat. Then lay the shirt on the table, bosom side down. Fold a pleat the whole length of the back, where the opening is in the back, in order to make the back and front the same width. Then fold one sleeve over from the shoulder, lap that side of the shirt the whole length from the edge of the bosom over towards the back. Do the other sleeve and side the same way. Iron the folds to make it look more neatly. Then double the bottom of the shirt up to the neck, folding just below the bosom, and with the bosom outside. Iron the fold, and it is done. A quick drying by-the fire will make the bosom stiffer.
Old stocking-legs or knit underwear put together evenly, as many thicknesses as you wish, make the nicest holders possible, covered with calico. Run them through diagonally from corner to corner, and sew a loop on. Have several of them hung on a convenient nail near the stove. Their help is legion.