Outwear is one of my favourite things to sew. There is something so rewarding in sewing a garment that will be worn every day. This year I sewed a fall/spring softshell jacket for my oldest. Softshell is a great fabric: wind and water proof, breathable, and it is stretchy and comfortable to wear. The front of this fabric is textured, with small white dots, while the back side is a fuzzy and warm.
The pattern I chose was Ottobre 4/2015 #23 Dark Days Softshell Coat. My daughter is very slim, so I cut size 110 for the width and 122 for the length and it is a perfect fit.
I really like how the seams and hem edges are finished off inside with bias tape. I added a fun tag and a hanging hook as well.
The cuffs are rib knit, and are nice and snug to keep out the cold. The front patch pockets add a decorative touch (and I have not idea why they look so crooked in the pictures; they are actually straight!).
I also made a neckwarmer and hat to match (same Ottobre issue, 4/2015 # 24 and 25). My daughter is nuts about penguins and I found this penguin printed cotton lycra on a knit destash group. The generous hood of the coat fits nicely over the hat and this set will keep her snug to at least -10C/14F.
This jacket is part of a larger capsule wardrobe; to see the rest click on the image below.