Monday, October 10, 2011

Babyville Boutique - Newborn

About the pattern:
This pattern offers a lot of options; it can be made front or side closing; snap or hook & loop closure; trim fit or full cut; and square wing or rounded wing.  Oh yeah, and there is also optional front elastic.  It is available in sizes NB, S, M and L.  The pattern is included in a book that provides instructions and detailed photographs for a variety of styles of diapers.  The pattern notes that the newborn size fits from approximately 6-10 pounds.

My test diaper:
I made a front hook & loop full cut fitted diaper with rounded wings.  The pattern has a CAUTION noted on it that “the use of non-authentic Babyville components in the assembly of this product could result in the exposure to hazardous conditions”.  I found this humorous...and I did not use Babyville components so I hope that my diaper doesn’t self-combust.  Here are some pictures:

Overall opinion:
I am very happy with this pattern; the newborn diaper is very cute and I like the sizing of it although the rise may be a hair short.  I like the full-cut fitted diaper because I use fitteds under wool/fleece soakers; so I am not concerned about trying to cram it under a wrap-style cover.  However; if you prefer wrap-style covers, then I think a great system would be to use this pattern to make trim fit fitteds and full cut covers.  The trim cut of the pattern is about 3/8” narrower through the leg; so using it with a full cut cover would probably make it very easy to cover the fitted without having to struggle to make sure it was all tucked into the cover.  This diaper was very quick to sew up.

Fit update:
4 weeks old - 11 pounds:
I like this diaper a lot, it is a nice snug fit and the full coverage makes it great for nighttime.  If you make it as a fitted diaper, then you'll need a full coverage cover or soaker-style cover to cover it well.  I wish I would have made the hook & loop tabs extend past the wings so that the diaper would fit longer; but right now he fits it on a medium setting, so it still has a good amount of growing room (assuming he doesn't outgrow the rise before he outgrows the waist)

Action shots:

2 months old - 14lbs,10oz:
This diaper is not really fitting anymore; I can get it fastened, but the rise is so low that my baby almost has plumber's crack, so this one is ready to be retired.


Get the pattern:
I bought the book at Joanns; but I believe it is available in other chain craft stores as well.  Here is a link to the Babyville website for more info:

Please feel free to comment about your experience with the Babyville Boutique pattern or with any questions about my review!


  1. I saw this book over the weekend and was wondering how the pattern was. Thanks for sharing!

  2. It wasn't too big? I have sewn several diapers with the Babyville patterns and have found the medium to be much bigger than they label them in the book. Do you think this would really fit on a 6 pound baby without being too loose? I tend to have smaller babies (my first was 6 pounds 12 ounces and fit in premie clothes and they both fit in newborn disposables for about a month after birth). Thanks for your reviews!

  3. This diaper does seem larger than a lot of the other newborn ones, so I probably would also question the 6lb starting weight. There are a lot of other patterns that would probably work better for a smaller baby, like Darling Diapers Free, Baa Baa Baby NB, Little Comet Tails XXS Starter and Shar's NB Nappy.

  4. I really like the Babyville pattern but sometimes it seems soo big! I will have to try out one of the others. Thanks!