Baby Layette

Sewing a Baby Layette

While tiny baby sewing can feel intimidating at first, I’ve really enjoyed putting together the first pieces of my October baby’s layette.

We’ve decided to wait to discover the gender of this baby until we actually meet baby-which is a first for us. Consequently we have a lot of boy and girl newborns outfits, but not much really gender neutral.

When Organic Cotton Plus got in touch I was excited to give their knits a try and this seemed the perfect fit. We reviewed a voile earlier and have purchased several fabrics from them, they have always proven to be soft and high quality.

Sewing Baby layette

I used the Stitchwerx Layette patterns. I started with this great elephant interlock. Since it will be getting cold here in October a few little hats are a must. The Tiddly Wink toppers comes in two styles, with the elephants I sewed up a slouchy beanie.

sewing baby layette

In reality 99 percent of what the baby will be wearing are onsies, but I like the option of a top for that first week or so when you are cleaning by their belly buttons, and in new baby zone where it seems diapers are in constant rotation. The top pattern is a tee, bodysuit, and gown so I will be using it to create a few additional bodysuits also.

sewing baby layette

I really enjoy sewing with knits- but your options in stores can be very limited. Ordering knits online can be really scary. I’ve been burned before. There is nothing sadder than receiving a stiff print with no stretch.

The interlock elephants are a 6 oz weight, well under where I would risk ordering on some sites. While it is a slightly lighter knit (expected) it has a beautiful stretch and recovery. There is no risk you’ll be seeing your hand through this fabric. I would be comfortable using this material from spring, through summer, into early fall.

sewing baby layette

To compare the available options I made the start of my next set out of a green patterned interlock with an 11 oz weight. While both fabrics are nice and obviously quailty you can certainly feel the difference in weight. This is the fabric that you pull out of a package and go “ooooooooh” over.

sewing baby layette

I’m going to blame it on late night cutting- but it only occurred to me as I was taking these pictures that I had TOTALLY neglected to match up the pattern across the legs. I’m not sure where my head was at, especially since I’m such a nut about stripes. We’ll plan on the cute baby distracting from the misalignment 😉

sewing baby layette

The Caterpillar pants are a super quick sew. I made mine with just a standard hem instead of the cuff option. I tend to have really long babies (they can thank daddy for their height) so I’m leaving myself open to adding a cuff to stretch the wear time on these.

The recovery on this knit is nice enough I used it for the waistband also and wouldn’t hesitate to add a cuff in it. These little pants are such a fast sew I’m sure I’ll whip up a few more, probably one to match my elephant top!

sewing baby layette

One more little hat the square style beanie! I finished sewing up these hats and my husband asked me if I was sewing for M’s dolls! It’s been awhile since we’ve had baby clothes in the house you forget how little they are!

If your not familiar with Organic Cotton Plus I would recommend giving their about page a quick look. We’ve been making a bigger effort in my house to cut out the extra processed and manufactured gunk- it makes sense we should think about the fabric we put on our bodies too right?

Disclosure: We received the fabric in the post for free in exchange for a review. But we do love it and are customers of this company! 

Happy Sewing,


Fabric: Organic Cotton Plus- Green Interlock Possibility Print, Multi-Color Elephant Interlock

Patterns: Stitchwerx Baby Layette (available as a group or individually)


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  • Jess June 4, 2015, 10:23 am

    that is so sweet, love the little elephants!

  • Amy Mayen June 5, 2015, 11:25 am

    Those are adorable! I’m already mentally adding ruffles and bows if shes a girl. What perfect prints! I’m dying to try that fabric.

  • Lightning McStitch June 9, 2015, 6:40 am

    Super cute! And I may not have said it yet,… Congratulations!

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