I thought I'd put this in here...I know tons of people already use the pattern, so maybe I can get some feedback!
First of all, I really am not good at cutting out and taping, apparently. I had a heck of a time getting the pieces to match. Once I got them mostly-matching, I traced them onto interfacing and it's working fine, but I think one side is a bit "off" of the other now. I really prefer to have the entire pattern so I don't have to cut on the fold, so that is kind of a pain. I think I'm going to fold it in half, figure out what is different, and *try* to figure out how to fix it (or re-do it). I love the concept of printing out the pattern, but hate taping it together.
Second, a walking foot is a must for me--my inner layer is stretch terry. My first seam didn't match at the end because the terry stretched, once I put the walking foot on I was fine. I actually had no issues with the PUL, maybe beginner's luck on that one though!
The dipe is pretty plain--turquoise PUL outer, turquoise stretch terry inner. I neeeeeeedddd some print PUL now!!!
Third, I am in love with the elastic method. My PUL rolls in perfectly, and I already loved sewing the elastic to the seam allowance! I was very skeptical about using a straight stitch instead of a three part zig zag for elastic, but actually it is stretching just fine. Does this only work for knit elastic? I haven't tried it on polybraid.
Fourth. The soaker. I do quick dry soakers attached to the back of the dipe. Is it just me, or is this soaker incredibly wide? I'm guessing that means more absorbant, but I'm afraid I'm going to get the soaker caught between the baby's leg and the dipe, causing wicking. I'm considering serging the sides again to narrow it a bit. I also used two layers of hemp terry topped with one layer of the stretch terry, and it curled a tad. I guess my differential feed was wrong...
Time and ease of use...A+++!!! I finished this dipe in an hour and 15 minutes, beginning to end including referring back to the directions several times (they are just saved on my computer because I wanted the color picture--I don't have a color printer). The color pictures were awesome and a huge help. That was my first try with this pattern, I'm sure I will get quicker. As a comparison, after making about 10 cuddlebuns, it still takes me an hour and 45 minutes to finish one, and they are serged, not T and T'd. After I go through it one more time, I bet I will remember without having to look at the directions--they are that clear and easy to follow. Also, I decided to back my hook tabs with cute flannel scraps, which was a pain in the rear and the print can barely be seen since they don't stick out far. Totally *not* worth the time for that one, I'm backing them with fleece from now on. So that will save me at least 10 minutes.
No picture...honestly it's just too plain
It does look like the picture in the pattern though, so I'm pretty darn proud of it!!!
Any tips from seasoned DD pattern users?