These are two images from our vintage linen collection. When these were stitched, housework was an art. Women took great pride in it. (Although the two little Dutch girls in the first picture don't look like they've mastered the art.)
In both of these embroideries they are ironing dish towels, of all things. Who would iron a dish towel? Certainly not me. I don't iron anything ever...wait a minute, yes I do. I iron vintage linens when we have them for sale in our Etsy shop: The Linen Closet . I also iron when I'm doing photo styling for books that we publish. We just finished a cook book and I ironed my fair share of tablecloths and napkins.
But in my other life I never iron. I always buy wrinkle-free clothes. Sometimes I buy 100% cotton by mistake. Those things languish at the back of my closet for years until they go out of style.
I hate wrinkles...both in cotton and flesh.