i don't think it'll ever happen. i like change. so, even though i <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> my darling diapers pockets, i am not working on perfecting a version of the very baby aio.
I've adjusted my pattern at least 20 times and I'm still not 100% happy with it. I really like the darling diapers pattern, I use it when I'm getting frustrated with my own, or for diapers I give as gifts.
a bazillion million.. seriously.. every time I sighed with happiness at the fit and function of something I made.. my daughter would change shape or I would decide I liked a different shaped soaker or something. That's kind of the thirll of making them yourself I guess. I see people on the endless search for the perfect diaper all the time and I think "oh I'm so glad I sew!". Which is really funny since I never stop fiddling with the pattern when I sew for my own babe and haven't ever produced the "perfect" diaper. But, I have produced what *I* am 100% satisfied with.. yet it doesn't keep me from making changes hoping for something I'll love even more.<br><br>
But overall.. I think I made about ten different patterns/diapers before I was well on my way to something I actually wanted to re-produce and use and the changes weren't so drastic. You learn a LOT though.<br><br>
A bazillion million also. Oh my gosh, I have totally lost track, I have one of those big Rubbermaid storage bins absolutely full of manilla envelopes with all my dated attempts. Holy crap, there are so many patterns in there, and you know, some of them are pretty darn good but I just kept tweaking until what I ended up with looked nothing like what I started with. I laugh every time someone says there are only so many ways to make a diaper b/c there are like a trillion ways.<br><br>
Am I satisfied 100%? Absolutely not. There's a million little things I could still change but you do reach a point I think - at least when you're trying to get a pattern out there for sale - where you could keep changing things until the cows came home. It's amazing how much the tiniest curve change can affect the whole sizing.
*LOL*..I just wanted to say that you SHOULD date them and keep copies like Jess. I've gone back and ripped apart a diaper just to trace the pieces because I made changes to the pattern I made it from and then didn't like the changes. Seriously.. keep your patterns and keep them in order.. at least for a little while.<br><br>
Oh absolutely - especially if you plan on selling the items you sew. Pattern owners kind of have the crappy responsibility of making sure everybody is respecting their pattern copyrights and patents (if applicable) so if someone ever contacts you and says, "hey, did you use my pattern to make your diaper?" you can say, "Um, nope, and I have a rubbermaid container of dated pattern drafts as proof."<br><br>
I can't take credit for the tip though, Kimi of newconceptions.com gave it to me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
I think it was on my third attempt using a purchased pattern that I was happy with the diaper. I hadn't used PUL before, and had to find my own tricks to sewing with it before I liked the result.<br><br>
Of course, if I rush or I'm being an airhead, I still make some really stupid mistakes some days!
As far as my pocket pattern/diapers, I'm pretty well satisfied for now. It took probably 3 real tweakings of the pattern, and about as many tweakings of my method of putting the dipes together before I hit on what really pleased me.<br><br>
As far as fitteds...oy. Still trying. I have tried free patterns, ekortering's pattern draft-along, and the Very Baby patterns. I got some (what I think are older style) FMBG fitteds FFS from a mama that I LOVE, so I used them to make a pattern for my own use. So I'm kind of morphing it into something else, and am fairly pleased.<br><br>
Lisa <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">