I am not sure what possessed me, but it wasn't all my fault. As anyone who lives in the Kanto plain knows, our houses are very cold in winter. James had himself said how nice a Hippo-crit jumper would be. Then one day, as we cycled past Keitoya in Kamakura, I saw rolls of it in their outside display. I was so pleased to have correctly identified it at speed that I walked back later to make the purchase. The pattern is Kwik Sew 3045 which I made made for James twice before. I am not sure if James plans to wear this just at home and in bed or also for venturing out on the town of an evening or to the local furry convention. The inlaws tried to readjust their video when he wore it to Skype them, but that's just Western conservatism. In Japan, James may detect no difference as everyone already stares at him.
In some ways fur takes more attention to sew. Each seam was pinned, tucking in the fur, basted and then sewn on the machine with a zigzag stitch. The hems and rim of the hood were interfaced and then sewn by hand. The buttonholes, through which the cord (not yet obtained) round the bottom goes were sewn with the fabric back uppermost and with paper between the fabric and machine, so that fur did not get caught in the workings. On the other hand, with fur, you can sew any old how, as none of the stitches show! Now the question is, do I have enough fabric left over to cobble together a version for me?