First we have the traditional cat shirt for Doc, in the traditional McCalls 6044 (I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve made this pattern). The fabric is an out-of-print Alexander Henry quilting cotton, found online here.

We also have the traditional pattern-matched pockets, since that’s a feature he likes to show off to his coworkers:


Next up we have a classic grandpa “sweater” vest for my dad, to help him stay warm while he refuses to spend more money on heat (like a classic grandpa). The fabric is a Polartec ThermalPro sweater knit with the classic fleece back from Mill Yardage. I used the Green Pepper Plush Polar Jacket & Vest pattern with the same mods as my chartreuse zip. But just like my chartreuse jacket, I ran into issues with the zippers puckering, as you can see:

I guess I need to stabilize these fleece zippers but first I’ll have to figure out how to get anything fused to fleece. I finished everything with foldover elastic and it’s pretty clean inside, apart from the puckers:

These were fun and pretty quick to make, though, and I do like sewing for my loved ones–especially the loved ones that are reeeeallly hard to shop for.