For the last few weeks I've been working on this gorgeous Lullaby Layette from Oliver+S for my soon-to-be-born niece or nephew. I've loved making this pattern and can't wait to wrap it all up in tissue paper and a beautiful gift bag for the new parents.
PatternThis is the Lullaby Layette from Oliver+S. It includes trousers, bodysuit, shirt and reversible jacket in sizes from 0-3 months up to 18-24 months. I downloaded the PDF pattern, which is definitely less sticking than an adult pattern! As it's a US pattern all the measurements are imperial, which takes a bit of translating. On the whole it's a great pattern. The shirt placket instructions made my brain hurt a little, but I got there in the end! I made the 3-6 months size, thinking ahead to an outfit suitable for the autumn.
- Organic stretch jersery (marine) from Stoff & Stil (I bought 2 metres, but had plenty spare)
- Liberty tana lawn (Queue for the Zoo, blue) from Sew Box
- Prym cotton bias binding (grey) from Minerva Crafts
- Prym jersey ring press fasteners from Minerva Crafts (these work with the tool included, or if you have some Prym pliers they work brilliantly)
- Small amount of interfacing and thread
JacketThe jacket is so simple and comes together brilliantly. Pay close attention to the instructions, and don't be tempted to shortcut any of the bias binding steps. I love the fact that it's reversible and the poppers make it really practical too. I combined stretch and non-stretch fabrics, which worked really well. I was originally going to go for a navy bias binding, but I'm glad I went for grey in the end. I think it gives a nice balance.
TrousersAgain, this is a super simple pattern. I love the way they're constructed, and there's plenty of room for a nappy bum! I changed the pockets from the pattern and lined them with the Liberty tana lawn. To do that I cut two pocket pieces and joined them right sides together. I traced the final pocket placement shape from the pattern onto the fabric to guide where to sew. I sewed round leaving a gap to turn them through. Then I trimmed using pinking shears to reduce the bulk. I turned them through, pressed, and topstitched along the top of the pocket. I then attached them to the trousers as the pattern instructions. I really like the detail of lined pockets.
ShirtThis is probably the trickier pattern, but so lovely to make. You create a pleat in the back and then underneath the placket at the front, which makes it nice and loose fitting. The placket takes time and brain power, but just read the instructions carefully and it works. Make sure you press at every stage to keep it all accurate and neat. I really love this pattern and will be making more for baby gifts I'm sure. Perfect for using small pieces of leftover Liberty fabric.
BodysuitThis is basically the same pattern as the shirt, but with an extension for the poppers. I had originally intended to make a jersey bodysuit with tana lawn contrast placket, but when I started making it I realised the placket fabric went on the inside, so it was all back-to-front! I have thought about swapping it all round to get the contrast placket on the outside, but then I ran out of time and patience. But I reckon this is a complete outfit without the bodysuit, right?! I do have all the materials, so may well tackle it again before too long.
So, baby layette present all finished and waiting to be gifted. Just waiting for baby news now :-)