The Lullaby Layette Set by Oliver + S is a great sewing project for advanced beginners. It includes a jacket, bodysuit, shirt, and pants and it’s perfect for (1) a little one of your own OR (2) a baby shower gift. Happy Sewing!
NOTE: I am not affiliated with Oliver + S and I have not been compensated in any way to write this review. I purchased the pattern and wrote my review based on my own experience with the sewing pattern. All opinions are my own.
About this Sewing Project
ALL of my friends are having babies (seriously!) and I simply can’t resist sewing cute things for the little ones. When I first saw the Lullaby Layette Set by Oliver + S, I loved that it came as a set and all I could think of was “I WANT THAT”. It’s perfect for (1) a little one of your own OR (2) a baby shower gift. In my case, I decided to make it for an old friend who had a baby last winter.
Sewing Pattern for the Lullaby Layette Set
The sewing pattern for the Lullaby Layette Set by Oliver + S is designed for little ones up to 24 months and comes in 5 different sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months. It includes a jacket, bodysuit, shirt, and pants. Each piece calls on a unique set of sewing skills (skill level: advanced beginner). For example, sewing darts, partial plackets, pleats, curved seams, and bias binding. Don’t worry if you haven’t done one of these things before. You will be just fine as the pattern comes with step-by-step instructions.
Bodysuit & Shirt: The bodysuit and shirt can be made with short or long sleeves and include a snap placket and pleats at the front and back. In addition, the bodysuit has elasticized leg openings and a snap placket for easy changes (yay!).
Pants & Jacket: The elasticized pull-on pants have a (very) roomy fit. The reversible jacket features raglan sleeves and a snap closure.
My Version of the Lullaby Layette Set
My friend’s daughter is currently 7 months old. I made the 6-12 months size so the set would fit her for a few more months. Her baby girl is pretty petite and the set is still too big and quite baggy at the moment. Having said that, I just want to point out that I have already slimed down the bodysuit and shirt. However, I think that this set was designed for more “chubby” babies and definitely needs a few alterations for petite ones.
Oliver + S recommends light to medium weight woven fabrics like quilting cotton, voile, lawn, shirting, poplin, broadcloth, and linen. Although knits can be used for the main fabrics, lightweight woven fabrics are recommended for the (a) bodysuit placket & bias binding and (b) jacket bias binding. Also, I would like to mention that I only used 0.5 m of fabric for each set piece (instead of the recommended 0.75 – 1 yard!). It was just enough to make the 6-12 months version.
It took me a while to find the right fabric for this sewing project. The pattern is meant to mix and match the four different pieces. However, I wanted the bodysuit & shirt to be super light for summer and the pants & jacket to be cozy for winter. That’s why I decided to use light-weight fabric for the bodysuit (jersey) & shirt (linen) and medium-weight knit for the pants & jacket. As for the jacket lining, I used super soft jersey. I got all of my fabric from a local store, including knit bias tape from Oaki Doaki (for the jacket!).
Bodysuit: Coordinating thread, 3/4 yard of 1/4″ elastic, lightweight fusible interfacing, six size 15 (3/8″) snaps*.
Shirt: Coordinating thread, lightweight fusible interfacing, three size 15 (3/8″) snaps*.
Pants: Coordinating thread, 3/4 yard of 3/4″ elastic**.
Jacket: Coordinating thread, lightweight fusible interfacing, three size 15 (3/8″) snaps*.
*Snaps: I always use Prym Love Snaps as they are pretty and easy to use (but any snaps would work!).
**Elastic (pants): I used rib knit fabric for the waistband (instead of the recommended main fabric with elastic) and added cuffs.
Tips & Tricks
I HIGHLY recommend tracing off the patterns for easy re-use later on.
Sewing up the Lullaby Layette Set was fun and the pattern design is very clever. The bodysuit & shirt are perfect for hot summer days. The fabric I used is very light, soft, and comfortable. I really wanted it to be convenient for play time AND nap time.
I was slightly nervous about adding the plackets as I had never made anything with one before but the instructions were very detailed and easy to follow. Just make sure to transfer the notches to line it all up.
The pants were quick & easy to sew. As you can see, I used rib knit fabric for the waistband (instead of the recommended main fabric with elastic) and added cuffs. Check out the back pockets further below (so cute!).
For the jacket, I decided to use pre-made knit bias tape instead of making my own (saved me some time!). Its cream colour was a perfect match for the jacket lining. By the way, the design of the reversible jacket is simply brilliant.
Overall, the four pieces of the set are all cute and comfy and they can be mixed and matched. I really love how they work together. The Lullaby Layette Set is meant to be for boys and girls. Having said that, I find the shirt and jacket to be pretty girly and probably wouldn’t use these two pattern pieces when sewing for a boy.
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