Friday, September 9, 2011

Sewing a Basic Layette

      A layette is a collection of clothing for a newborn child. The term "layette set" is commonly used in the United States to refer to gift sets of baby clothes.
      Traditionally, women would hand-sew their baby's clothes during their pregnancy. Today "layette" is often used to identify a baby clothing section of a store. The term can also be used for bedding, accessories, and baby care items.

Basic layette items include:
  • a going-home-from-the-hospital or birth center outfit
  • legless sleepwear (sleeping gowns / kimonos / sleeping bags / newborn sacques / blanket sleepers) or footed sleepers
  • onesies (short-sleeved, legless bodysuits) / all-in-ones / rompers / coveralls
  • undershirts / T-shirts
  • receiving blankets
  • swaddling blankets
  • hooded towels
  • baby washcloths
  • cloth diapers for diapering
  • socks / booties
  • hats / beanies / sweaters / bunting (depending on the climate)
  • burp cloths (cloth diapers are often recommended)
  • Scratch mits
  • Vests
Layette patterns and ideas: