About the pattern:
This is a free pattern for a front closing diaper with hook & loop closure. The pattern is available in two sizes; 0-6 months and 6-18 months. Brief instructions are included with the pattern.
My test diaper:
I made a size 0-6 month fitted diaper with hook & loop closure. This diaper is huge; I cannot imagine it fitting a newborn baby! The instructions say to serge or use a zig-zag stitch to finish the edges, rather than turning & topstitching the diaper. I was tempted to turn & topstitch it anyway just to make it a little smaller, but I decided to be a good pattern tester and sew the pattern the way it was intended to be sewn J Here are some pictures:
Despite the overall size of this diaper, the thigh openings do actually look pretty small:
Here is a picture comparing the size of the Ottobre diaper to the Darling Diapers Unlimited larger newborn pattern:
Here is a picture of the Ottobre diaper with the newborn insert that I have used in the rest of the diaper patterns that I have tested so far, it is kind of funny:
I think this is more of a toddler size diaper; here is the Ottobre diaper on my 26lb 20 month old:
I think that even if you were to add a snap-down rise to this diaper, it would still be too large for a newborn because it has an extremely wide front panel and is very wide through the crotch and the bum.
This pattern is very full coverage in the bum and has a very high rise, so it would probably be a good choice for nighttime. If you use it for a fitted diaper, it would be best used under a soaker or woolies because it would probably be hard to get a wrap-style diaper cover to fit over this. However, due to the overall size of this diaper, I wouldn’t plan to use it in a newborn stash; it would probably work better when the baby is at least a year old. I try to give each pattern a fair chance because I know that the patterns wouldn't be released if they didn’t work for somebody; but I really don’t think this one would work for a newborn baby. (Also, as a side-note, I double-checked my printing test square and the pattern did print out properly…I actually checked it several times because I thought something must have gone wrong, but it measured exactly right!)
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Thank you very much to the company who provided this free pattern!
Please feel free to comment about your experience with the Ottobre pattern or with any questions about my review!