Making diapers started as a matter of practicality. I have been a seamstress for nearly ten years, and so when a baby was on the way, making my own diapers seemed to make sense. I loved making Addy’s diapers and quickly made more than strictly necessary for one baby. Next I started to make diapers for friends and soon after that began to create my brand: Monster Pants.
A run of the mill line up that includes a bridal gown (needed a new zipper and to be taken in), a couple of skirts (needed to be altered to a more modern fit to be worn below the waist), a bridesmaid dress (needed to be hemmed), a sundress (also needed to be hemmed), and a men’s suit (the pants needed to be hemmed, the jacket taken in, and the sleeves shortened). Not pictured are the diapers that I was making this week as well. Those can be seen at facebook.com/MonsterPants.
Before I discovered the joys of diaper making, I worked primarily on formal wear. I have fitted more brides than I can count! I love to see brides in their dresses. It tends to be a happy time for everyone and it is a joy to be a part of that. Finding time to work on huge, fluffy bridal gowns became difficult when Addy, my little monster, became mobile. Dresses with four-digit price tags do not come out on top after an encounter with a toddler. I never had a dress come to harm, but it was tricky to work on the dresses while Addy was sleeping or while DH was on baby-duty and ensure the dresses were ready by their due dates. And so, I have changed my clientele largely from the bridal industry to the diaper-wearing crowd.
I still do alterations to bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and suits. I also hem pants, replace coat and pants zippers, and patch holey clothing. But mostly, I sew diapers. It is easier to fit diaper sewing into everyday reality with a little monster running loose. I also just plain enjoy interacting with parents and helping them make cloth diapering work for their families. I have helped quite a few people onto the cloth diapering bandwagon and I am proud of it!
What was a major influence on your choice to use cloth diapers?