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Date: 7/28/13 4:42 PM

Today, I went to buy fabric to make a pair of PJs for my husband. Since I'm in NYC, I go to the Garment District to shop, and navigating some of those stores is crazy: piles upon piles of bolts of fabric. I went up and down the streets, looked everywhere, then went back to the place where I'd found the perfect thing--a nice, violet-and-grey checkered cotton flannel-weight-feeling fabric.

Since the bolt was way in the back, I needed the shop keeper to fetch it and measure it (and the amount I needed happened to be the last on the bolt, so he folded it up). I wasn't paying attention--not enough. Until after I paid, walked out, and got on the train.

Then I realized that the fabric--which had been hard to reach because it was behind other bolts--wasn't what it had seemed. I'd been looking at the wrong side, and it had been folded over double.

What I have now is a complex, very light weight woven plaid fabric. What I thought I was getting was a homey pj-weight cotton with a very simple pattern.

I am so frustrated with myself. It didn't even occur to me that I was not seeing and touching what I thought I was seeing and touching.

There's really nothing I can do with this fabric, which is a shame. It's beyond my skill level to work with plaid like that, especially when I was shooting for a simple, fool-proof project. And it's no where near "tough" enough to survive being worn as loungewear (I think it must be meant for a light-weight skirt or lined plaid dress).

I know I'm lucky to be near so many wonderful fabric stores. Still, it makes this kind of shopping difficult.

Is there any way to fix a colossal screw-up like this? (I considered slapping super-lightweight interfacing on the whole thing and possibly making the pjs wrong-side-out, but I can't imagine interfacing would feel good against the skin). Or do I just stuff these 2.5 yards of oops into a corner and hope that someday I'll be able to make something out of it?

I really didn't think I could mess up pajamas. Maybe hubby will be getting his PJs made out of muslin after all.

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Date: 7/28/13 4:51 PM

So what better time and project to sew your first plaid on than pajamas? Who is going to care if the plaids aren't perfectly matched? If your husband hates the weight of the fabric, perhaps make a lightweight summer nightgown for yourself. If you hate the plaid and love the offside, use the offside outside.

Or put it aside and start your very own "whatever possessed me to buy THIS" stash. ;)

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Date: 7/28/13 5:02 PM

I agree with BriarRose ... make the jammies with what you've got and see how matching the plaids goes.
Or make a dressing gown (bathrobe) with jammie-boxers, and perhaps pick up cheap & cheerful co-ordinating fabric for the jammies.

Make it work!
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Date: 7/28/13 5:06 PM

Overdosing? On sewing? Impossible!!

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Date: 7/28/13 5:10 PM

Oh I am totally overdosing, and enjoying every minute!

I've been through Season 1 and am watching season 2 episode 1 now.... I can't stop!! ... I have ELEVEN seasons to get up to date!

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Date: 7/28/13 5:49 PM

I've been considering just going for it. What gives me pause is how very lightweight the fabric is--the threads shift, and it's not 100% opaque. I considered reenforcing the seams by ironing on tricot interfacing prior to stitching. I'd probably have to do the same all around for the pockets and all stress-points.

Also--I've been looking at online tutorials for matching plaids, and most of them seem to assume that the plaid will be visible through to the back of the fabric (and in this one, it is not). I'll keep looking!

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Date: 7/28/13 5:49 PM

Quote: BriarRose
Or put it aside and start your very own "whatever possessed me to buy THIS" stash. ;)

LOL, great idea!

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Date: 7/28/13 5:51 PM

I just bought and received flannel from Fabric.com I bought Riley Blake design flannel which was marked down to $6.98 from $9.98. I've already washed (in cold with no fabric softner) and dried it in the dryer. It is marvelous!

Today I get a coupon from them for 10% off a $50.00 dollar flannel order with coupon code FLANNEL137 The coupon is good for 14 days from today. Thought I'd tell you in case you want to look for flannel there.

This is the first time I bought pricier flannel and I can't believe how wonderful it is. They do have some lower end flannel for $5 to $6 a yard too which is not what you want. So maybe you would want to have a look at the pricier $10.00 a yard flannel because when I browsed the flannels there were some that were plaid or more manly. And they had some that was brushed on both sides.

Sorry that happened to you.




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Date: 7/28/13 6:03 PM

I don't think I'd worry too much about the plaid matching, esp if the pattern is small, just to keep the lines level could be challenge enough.

What kind of seams will the fabric need?

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Date: 7/28/13 6:13 PM

Quote: aprilla
I don't think I'd worry too much about the plaid matching, esp if the pattern is small, just to keep the lines level could be challenge enough.



What kind of seams will the fabric need?


It'll need to be seamed inside and outside of each leg, and of course center front and back. The pockets also are designed in such a way that there would be matching to do there, too.

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