What do women’s flannel pajamas, men’s flannel pj’s and
kids flannel sleepwear all have in common? Yes, that’s right. They
are all made out of flannel fabric.
Pajamas are generally loose-fitting,
derived from the original garment and worn chiefly for sleeping, but sometimes
also for lounging. Flannel pajamas are obviously pj’s made from flannel
fabric. You can buy sleep shirts and sleep pants separately but
if you want a "pajama" it should be a top & bottom set.
Flannel fabric is a soft
woven fabric, of various fineness. Flannel was originally made from carded
wool or worsted yarn, but is now often made from either wool, cotton, or
synthetic fiber. They fabric is primarily yarn dyed but can also be solid and
Flannel pajamas are often designed in plaid patterns but
not always. In addition to plaid, they can be solid, striped, printed,
etc. You can learn more about plaids or tartans in our
plaid shirt section.
Flannel may be brushed to create extra softness or remain
unbrushed. The more brushing that is done during the manufacturing process can
make the fabric softer but too much brushing can weaken the fibers and cause
problems to the quality. Flannel fabric mills must be trained and cautious
to utilize the proper degree of brushing which is appropriate for the fabric
construction, fiber content, etc.
Brushing is a mechanical process wherein a fine metal brush
rubs the fabric to raise fine fibres from the loosely spun yarns to form a nap.
Typically, flannel has a nap on either one side or both sides. If the flannel
is not napped, it gains its softness through the loosely spun yarn in its woven
Flannel is commonly used to make tartan clothing, blankets,
bed sheets, and sleepwear such as flannel pajamas.
Traditional flannel pajamas consist of a top and bottom
(jacket-and-pants or shirt & pant) combination. Contemporary flannel
pj’s have many variations in style such as short sleeve shirts, pajama bottoms
of varying length, or, on occasion, and one-piece pajamas. They may also
be novelty with hoods or footed.
What does PJ and PJ’s mean?
Thanks for the easy question.
PJ stands for
PJ’s stands for
meaning more than one).
What is the difference between pajamas, sleepwear, and
Flannel Sleepwear is meant for sleeping. This can be
a one piece garment such as a nightgown or multiple pieces such as a shirt &
Flannel Loungewear is meant for lounging around the house
(unfortunately, some people think it is acceptable to wear them out in public).
Flannel Pajamas are meant for sleeping or lounging.
Is above the technical and legal differences?
Probably not, but this is the way we think of these categories. It
is important to note that the differences between sleepwear & loungewear
matter to the government. It becomes an issue of concern when
importing garments and determine what duty category classification is
appropriate. We suggest you consult with an
customs broker if you plan on importing clothing into the United
States. For example, garments classified as women’s “loungewear" under a
particular HTS number would have a different duty rate than a garment classified
as “sleepwear" under a different HTS #. Typically loungewear is worn at
informal social activities in and around the home, and for other individual,
non-private activities. Loungewear will often include features that might be
considered uncomfortable for sleep, such as buttons, zippers, belt loops, and
certain types of pockets. Sleepwear is typically worn only in the home.
If the design features lend themselves to consideration as both loungewear and
sleepwear, marketing materials and invoices may be considered. These are
considered extrinsic evidence, but will only be considered if the physical
characteristics are “ambiguous in design and not clearly recognized."
Again, if you are importing you definitely should contact a customs broker to
discuss the proper classification.
What is the difference between
Pajamas and Pyjamas?
Pajamas or Pyjamas both refer to loose-fitting clothes worn
for sleep or lounging. Pajamas is the preferred spelling in American English,
while pyjamas is preferred in the main varieties of English from outside North
Other names for a pajama may include, jimmies, jimjams or
Learn more about flannel which is a woven fabric. You
can gain an education about
weaving fabrics in our definition section.
It’s always a good time to wear comfortable flannels.
When selecting a new pair, think about getting a nice
soft hand to the
fabric for optimal comfort. Find
sleepwear retailers in our clothing store section. You can
occassionally find a nice
selection at L.L. Bean,
Cabela's, Victoria's Secret and other retailers.
Keep in mind that this item is generally seasonal. Flannel pajamas may not
be in the stores during the spring and summer selling season. They are more for
fall and winter wearing.
Note: Children's sleepwear has special manufacturing requirements.
Learn about the
flammable fabrics act and other issues if you are planning on manufacturing
or purchasing children's sleepwear. It is always a good time to
research consumer product safety.
If you enjoy sitting around the house in a comfortable pair of pj's, you may
want to also learn more about robes which are also
nice for lounging around the house.
You may want to also learn about boxer shorts
which can also be produced in flannel.
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