The photography is done and the pattern has been edited, its up on Patternfish here.
I ended up wearing the vest to my monthly KNIT (Knitting Night in Toronto) group and I was very happy with it. I was given a shawl pin at Christmas that looks great on the vest so I wore it with the top edge folded back like a collar and pinned in the front the way it appears in the top photo. You can find the pins for sale here. My husband does the layout work on my patterns after editing so he made improvements to the schematic's and the stitch legend before I uploaded it to Patternfish. I don't have much of a waistline, but look at what the stripes do in the top photo...they create one by adding in extra visual curves. I also noticed that if you leave it hanging straight that the vest hides fullness in the tummy area.