A tutorial, today! Sometimes you need to iron a garment with gathers; if you put the iron right on top of the gathered area, you'll cause creases and make the area flat instead of full, so you need a different technique.
TUTORIAL: IRONING GATHERS
Here is my appliquéd fish dress, which has a full skirt gathered at the waist. I'm right handed, so I lay the garment down with the gathers on the left side. You can't see my hands in these pictures, because I'm holding a camera instead, so bear in mind that the iron is in my right hand, and I use my left hand to occasionally lift the gathered seam up off the ironing board.
If it helps you to visualize, imagine that the iron is a great ship, plowing through the water. The excess folds and material at the "prow" part and give way for the ship, instead of being pulled under it.
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