Directional Prints


Doh! That’s what they mean by ‘directional prints’

Yeah. I’m making three pairs of kids pyjamas for a friend. She’s surprising her children with a trip to Disney world the day after Halloween.

Two of the three pairs I cut look like this. I’ll need to go out and buy another yard of material. What’s worse, is I’ve already bought four additional yards because what she gave to me wasn’t enough.

Oh, well. Every day is a school day.


  1. Why not tell your friend the kid’s mom that you wanted the kid to have equal time seeing Mickey smiling right side up when seated at breakfast. πŸ™‚ Ahem, a design element.

    • That’s what I was going to say πŸ™‚ if you sit with our legs out in front of you then Mickey is up the right way for the child – say it was on purpose πŸ˜‰

  2. It took me a minute to figure out Mickey was going both ways. lol I’m done it myself, but I just kept going. πŸ˜‰

  3. Yup, I’ve done the same thing. I learned that when you’re working with a faux fur for a Halloween costume, it doesn’t pay to try to save fabric by using the without nap layout. I had one leg with the fur laying one way and the other leg with the fur laying the other way. Live and learn!

  4. Oh yes, tell them it was so they can see that Mickey smile looking up at them. And on my own bathrobe of several years ago it’s so I can watch the flowers growing, not so you can.

  5. Yup, I’ve done it, too… also pajamas… with fabric I had bought from a store faaaaaar away… was so sad….

  6. Honestly, are you sure it’s worth it to get more fabric and re-cut? They’re kids: a) are they really gonna notice? b) how long before they grow out of them anyway? It also looks as though upside down Mickey is on the back piece – so even less noticeable. And the suggestion of others above if the other pair have upside down Mickey on the front is great! I say take it as a lesson to apply to future projects, but don’t fret so about this one!

    Unless your friend is paying you for doing this?

  7. I agree with the idea that the kids will be fine with it, it is whimsical, and no one would care. It doesn’t have to be perfect for kids pajamas. Haven’t said that, it may need to be perfect for you. I love your every day is a school day remark, that is SO TRUE! But I don’t think of it happening to you!

  8. I did *exactly* the same thing with Snoopy pajamas! Except I didn’t have the option to get more, and the were for me, so I’m still wearing them like that LOL. Live and learn.

  9. I’d not bother to re-cut if it were for my own family, but sewing for others is a whole ‘nother ballgame. Sorry you’ve found out the hard way about directionals. Are they all the same size? Could you cut a smaller pair out of the upside-down sides?

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