The buttons are on and the vest is finished! I managed to persuade my teenage son to take pics, and he insisted I try everything on for Thursday evening. Since I only have a little over 48 hours until the banquet, I won't get black slacks done up, so I will be wearing brand new black jeans with the blouse and vest ... but I am quite pleased with how this turned out overall. Especially my first attempt at plaid matching. First, the back view:
I have plenty of room in the waist, even without curving my seams outward on the sides seams. Since I had to wait for my son to finish his breakfast, I've been wearing it for a good 20 minutes and moved around and even tied back my hair while waiting, so I know for sure I have freedom of movement in this.
Overall, I like this pattern. Once I get the blouse's side dart FBA just right, I'll trace this one off onto the red dot stuff so I can use it more. I probably won't need too many vests like this, but a summer one could come in handy for son's end of year awards functions.
Next up in the "to sew" list: cotton flannel long sleeved shirt for hubby ... in plaid. LOL