I had been working on the vest a little at home but when I went to stitch the shoulder seams the fabric was stretching more than I wanted...even with the stay tape. I've been spoiled using the walking foot at mom's so I chose to stop working on it until I could use her machine.
Tuesdays are typically spent at my parents' house. We've made it into a habit to spend a whole day there since the my oldest, K, was a baby and we lived about half an hour away. Of course, now we only live a mile and a half from them but the habit has stuck. Usually, I make it over there mid-morning and stay until around 3pm when I have to head back to our house to get the 2 big ones off the bus. Then it's back to grandma's until it's time to leave for soccer practice. That means I get at least a few hours of sewing in and have expert help just a shout away.
So, the vest is completed thanks to all that quiet sewing time. K is once again delighted with the finished product. I, however, wish I'd made my typical adjustments instead of following the pattern exactly. It could stand to be a few inches longer and a little narrower. I think from now on I need to automatically make that correction every time for her. She is so tall and skinny that even most RTW clothes don't fit without modifications.
I used Chez Ami fabric for the entire vest. The pocket bags are made from the same striped jersey as the hood lining. I have plenty of fabric left over so I'm thinking of making leggings/tops out of the velour and stripes for the little girls. After I finish the SWAP sewing, of course!