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First, a group shot of my first and second batches.
The white one on the far left is a commercial pre-fitted cloth diaper leftover from my Munchkin's babydays, included for comparison purposes.
Next, we have an all-in-one (ie, cover included) with side gussets to help prevent leaking. This was my first effort, and as it was experimental, it is made of clearance flannel, so I do not have any more of that colour. I do, however, have a bit more of the flowered cover left. As my mother put it, "Heh, he'll be fertilizing the flowers." Yes Mom. Yes he will.
Second effort. A patterned pre-fitted cloth diaper, with binding. The binding is really not worth it, for a functional diaper. It does nothing but cost more, take more time, but yes, looks prettier. I'm not going to do more like this for myself. Covers need the binding, but diapers don't. I have a second one similar, without the binding on the edges, but I don't like the way the serged edges look. So I found a better way (IMO).
Here's a shot of Cleo helping me today. Thanks, cat.
And here is the first of the three I made last night. I've got a much better idea of what I'm doing now, I've had time to tweak the pattern a bit. This one is made of plain diaper flannel (good quality too, in my opinion), with elasticized leg openings, and elasticized back gathering for a better fit. This is by far and away my favourite.
Going forward, any patterned diapers will be done with the white diaper flannel inside. It is of better quality for moisture retention, easier to keep clean, and costs roughly half what the patterned stuff does.
The patterned stuff is darn cute, though, and with the white interior, it would only cost slightly more than the plain ones.
I think I've decided on separate diapers and diaper covers for my own personal use, for a few reasons. First, easier to make them separately, and the function is the same. Second, you really only need maybe 6 or 7 covers total, so why make more than I need? Third, cover material is EXPENSIVE. Must be waterproof, breathable, and strong. I have not yet found my preference in covers. I'm weighing between flannel-backed vinyl, fleece, and wool knitted covers. Personal opinions online seems to sing the praises of wool knitted covers, but I don't want to spend that much extra time (and money, let's face it, I'm cheap). Probably still what I'll end up doing, though, as I really like the way they look and work.