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...of "pull ups" for dd. I've had the pattern (Potty Dance Pants) for a month.<br><br>
I have NOTHING against the pattern. The instructions are very easy to follow, love that it comes with pictures (helped out so much for the side seams). I did read through them but should have again before sewing, to remind myself little details like how the elastic is sewn on the seam allowance, do don't get chintzy with it (b-a-r-e-l-y had enough room) or that I needed 1/2 inch elastic for the waist (assumed I had some and didn't, so used 1/4th.)<br><br>
No, the <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"> is because everything was just going wrong. Well, not everything. But lots of annoying things. Like I couldn't find tape to piece together the pattern, so used cloth bandage tape. Then I sewed the wing to the internal soaker (still not sure how). Then I screwed up the elastic the first time b/c I didn't leave the seam allowance wide enough to sew the Lastin on and it kept sliding off and not catching. So out come the seam rippers, off goes the Lastin, got out the swimsuit elastic stuff. Then my bobbin thread kept running low, but I was running low of the thread anyway, so tried to put on what I thought was enough...sewed up the parts for the waistband elastic, bobbin thread snaps, had to start again. Then when I go to sew it completely up, the bobbin thread ran out - argh. And then I became one with the seam rippers yet again b/c I didn't make the elastic at the waist tight enough (still isn't quite as tight as it could be, but it holds well.)<br><br>
But despite the fact that my sewing machine and thread were both against me, the PDP came out nice (minus a little thread discrepancy around the waistband b/c of the ripping and reseaming, but it's in the back, not to mention no one's going to see them.)<br><br>
Most importantly, dd is thrilled with her "washable pull ups" as I call them (she's five and still wets at night.)<br><br>
I made it with magenta PUL, two layers of white flannel, and the internal soaker is make with two layers of microterry. I do hope these hold. She's been wearing a pair of Bummis training pants that are a size too big (they said it would fit 30-40 lbs, she's 34 lbs, and they're hooooge on her!) The nice thing is, if this isn't absorbant enough - I can always add more layers to the next one!<br><br>
And I have pictures -<br><br><a href="http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f293/phoebz4/Diapers%20for%20sale/Diapers018.jpg" target="_blank">front</a><br><br><a href="http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f293/phoebz4/Diapers%20for%20sale/Diapers019.jpg" target="_blank">back</a><br><br><a href="http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f293/phoebz4/Diapers%20for%20sale/Diapers020.jpg" target="_blank">inside view</a><br><br>
Hopefully the next pair won't be such a pain to make. I'll just make sure my machine has all the thread it needs instead of trying to eek out the last of a spool!
 

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Very nice!! Sorry they were such a pain in the arse to make.
 

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Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Most of my issues were b/c I got a bug up my bum that I was GOING to make these today (something about having to wash sheets AGAIN b/c the Bummis training pants failed.) I wasn't going to stop - or waste time re-reading the directions - until these things were done.<br><br>
I am SO glad they cam out nice! I probably would have cried if they didn't. But I'm going to wait and see how this pair holds up tonight - partially to see if I need to add more layers, partially b/c I need to buy the right elastic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I shall attempt to make a diaper instead, since I haven't spent enough time today swearing at my sewing machine<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Welcome to my world! I had trouble when I made them too. You're soo right, its not the pattern or instructions but there is a LOT of detail to follow which is good for the finished product. It'll take some getting use too.
 

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OMG, this TOTALLY sounds like one of my sewing binges! Everything goes wrong, yet it somehow comes out (relatively) ok in the end!<br><br>
I just got the pattern and plan to work on some for my 2.5 yr old (for some unknown time in the future, not now, sigh...).
 

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I love that pattern. It's so fun and simple. I think I did not have trouble because I st down adn read thoroughly before starting. I normally dive right in and miss something. LOL<br>
They come out adorable though.
 

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On my first try I sewed the PUL wrong side together with the body fabric instead of right sides together. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> You're not the only one! Of course I spent more time with my seam ripper than my sewing machine, but I'm happy with them in the end!
 

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oh man.. I've SO been there. Why is it sometimes things just fall together in nothing flat and other times EVERYTHNG goes wrong? I've learned that if things don't start well.. walk away and come back later because it usually goes downhill from there.<br><br>
That potty dance pants pattern is a weird one. It either goes together in a flash and you feel like you could make them all day long. Or, nothing goes right and the whole thing is just a MESS (I have several pairs of those I've just tossed because I was so mad at them!). It's got a lot of little detail places for something to go wrong. It's not a pattern I can rush through or be distracted while I sew.<br><br>
Sorry you had a bad karma sewing day. The next pair will go better <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> They have to right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Well, I'm guessing that since the first pair took 2 1/2 hours to make, the next pair should go better. My first diaper took at least that long to make and now I can make one in less than an hour. But I'm going to have to order pink PUL since dd this morning decided that they were red (they're magenta, but those little nuances are missed by a five year old).<br><br>
And I did make sure I put the PUL right, I was so worried that I'd do that part wrong <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> They did leak a little I think, so I'm going to do a layer of flannel, then a layer of microfiber in the body and see if that will do the trick. Oh, and maybe having the proper elastic will help, lol!<br><br>
I will say, I thought they'd be a lot harder to make, what with all the details and pinning. But despite my machine working against me, they were much more simple than I thought it would be.<br><br>
It would help if I could remember how to load my bobbin with the machine instead of having to hand-wind the thread onto it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hide.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hide">:
 
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