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A softshell Fairtytale coat

A softshell coat for our eldest was already in the planning for half a year. However with pattern tests and other clothing that were more needed, the softshell coat kept on being pushed forward. Then we were going to one of the Frisian Island for a couple of days and the weather forecast wasn’t that good. So our girl needed a softshell coat right away (this was about a week before we left). I always work best with deadlines so before we left I had sewed a softshell coat for our eldest.

When I saw the Fairytale Hoodie by Made by Runi I knew it would be perfect to make a coat for our girl. It is a coat that looks like a dress, has a great twirl factor and is long at the back. So it ticks off all demands our girl has for clothing. Although the pattern is designed for knits already many others have made it in softshell. In the pattern it is recommended to size up one size if you are using softshell. Looking at the size chart (search the Facebook group if you need sizes for the chest, waist or hips, it is not included in all patterns) our girl falls in the size 110 with her chest size. I decided to add 1 cm seam allowance (seam allowance is not included in the pattern) and sew with my serger at a 0,6 cm distance. I am hoping she can still wear it next year so I chose length 122, although she is 112 cm tall. The fit is great!
Because of the fact that I used softshell I decided not to sew any lining in the hood. I finished both the hood and the bottom of the coat with knit binding. I sewed the regular hood and used (of course) the colour blocked sleeves.

Changes I made to the coat:

  • I added a collar and sewed the zipper inside collar (lengthened the zipper)
  • I added a cover at the top of the zipper (my experience is that the top of the zipper can be a bit itching to the chin)
  • I added thumb cuffs to the sleeves
  • I sewed enclosed arm cuffs, just like I did in my previous soft-shell coat.


Fabric: The pink hummingbird soft shell was a coupon that I bought at Naaiplezier. The pink softshell was a coupon I bought at Textielstad.
Pattern: Fairytale Hoodie by Made by Runi
Sizing: EU sizes: 80-164 (US: 12m-14y), also available for adults
Options: Standard or Pixie Hood, with or with out Hood, Buttons or zipper closure, colour blocked sleeves or just plain sleeves.
Difficulty: Intermediate, it is not a difficult pattern to sew.

# Fabric this week: 0 in – 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 57 – used 40 fabric – used 4 gifted fabric – used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) – in total 57 in 48 out
# Patterns in 2019: 13 in – 10 out (3 new patterns, 7 already owned unused patterns)

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