I did snap an official "start" pic for the vest last night, and played with settings in GIMP until the plaid looked like it does in real life. A dark plaid is so difficult to photograph properly!
Maggie bought some of this wool from FM after I raved about it ... then chided me for understating how it is! She's done a review of her garment,
Right now, I am declaring a tentative victory on the princess seam FBA idea ... I will wait until I have both front pieces and the back done up before declaring a full victory, as up until I got the body done on the blouse I had thought I had that FBA right. I'll baste the side seams (probably in white for easy unpicking) and try it on to be absolutely certain before I go anywhere near the plaid wool with scissors.
Oh - I am not sewing this vest with black thread. I know from my previous use of this linen/cotton (the short gaucho pants from the summer) that it ravels just from regular handling while sewing ... there is no way it would hold up well to much seamripping, especially not black thread on black fabric. The stitches when done in black are really REALLY extremely difficult to see unless in direct sunlight ... yes this is the voice of experience speaking. So, I am using a very dark green thread, which I can see by the Ott-light if any seamripping will be necessary. Do I dare to hope for no further ripping other than the white thread?