Plaid cotton flannel again! This time I'm using a printed plaid, a Blizzard cotton flannel I bought on Black Friday sale for only $1.49/yd. I've used this Blizzard flannel before to make my mother-in-law pajamas, which she loved, and no problems with it after getting a heads-up that cotton flannel is a progressive shrinker. In fact, I liked that flannel enough to buy more of that specific print on the Black Friday sale (along with half a dozen others!).
Elastic waistband pajama bottoms are super easy to make, and are also the only thing son has asked me to make for him. McCall's 4244 men's pajama set has good reviews at PR, so I am not expecting any problems here ... once I determined the fabric was okay. As I pulled it out to iron it, I noticed the plaid wasn't lining up. After yesterday's experience with the twisted offgrain woven flannel, I put my nose down to the fabric to see if this one had done the same. Nope ... the print is offgrain, not the weave. Whew! So keep in mind the print is off on this fabric:
I had thought I may have an even plaid on my hands, but the ruler says not. The crossgrain stripes are 3-3/8 inches apart, while the ongrain stripes are 4 inches. It is unbalanced, as evident in the pic. So, an unbalanced uneven plaid to play with ... printed offgrain.
So, I've already gotten the front piece cut out ... all I have still to cut is the back and pockets for each side seam. The elastic length is already measured in the most scientific way possible: wrapping elastic around his waist and snugging it to what he calls comfortable, then taking it in another inch to account for the flannel's thickness and weight. I learned early on with suede pants that fabric weight and thickness affect how well the elastic will hold the pants up ... both my suede "pirate" pants have large safety pins helping the waistbands stay up!
I'm guessing my biggest challenge will be getting my son to model the finished project for a picture ...