A few months after my daughter’s boss had a baby boy, Seamstress Erin introduced her first layette pattern. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make the Seamstress Erin Electron Layette in Organic Soy Knit. Of course, Erin the scientist and seamstress, named her first baby pattern the Electron Layette.
Erin describes the Electron this way: modern, full of personality, and gender-neutral. The pattern includes: drop-crotch pants that easily fit over both disposable and cloth diapers; a V-neck cardigan with snaps; a knotted cap; and a drool bib.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It looked even cuter, given the cuteness of my model. He is chubby enough that the drop-crotch pants look like regular pants on him.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. Erin did a beautiful job explaining and illustrating every step of the Electron Layette, from fabric selection to pattern assembly, to cutting out and sewing with knits. The drool bib, pants and hat are beginner level. Erin categorizes the cardigan as Advanced Beginner, and with her detailed instructions, I think she is correct. The cardigan is a small version of an adult cardigan, however – be aware that it has set-in sleeves, facings, and other challenging bits.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the instructions. The snaps were a snap using our snap-setter tool, which Erin recommends. I couldn’t make the little tiny pockets look good, which was probably a deficiency in my sewing rather than a deficiency in Erin’s drafting.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
My only design changes were to color-block the hat and the cardigan.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and Yes! I really want to make Connor another outfit, and I should get going before he grows much more.
This pattern is a great introduction to sewing with knits, especially with Erin’s instructions. The pants and bib and hat are all super easy. The cardigan is a little more complex, so take your time and read the instructions well.