Here's the short version...
I have Type II Diabetes and one of the complications is that I gain and loose weight on a weekly basis. For example I'm 5ft 9in and usually weigh about 200lbs. Last week at my doctors office I weighed in at 190lbs and today I weighed in at 235lbs, and typically I flux between 5-20lbs +/- weekly (yes its hell on my body and sucks when I go shopping for new clothes, usually get XL shirts but jeans are a pain).
The vest is the hardest part of my costume, the part that I've tried to get right on my own but due to my weight issues I can't get one thats made to fit me correctly. My mother tried to make me one but like I said, one week it fit perfect, the next it was too tight, and the next its waaaaaayyy too loose on me.
I'm hoping someone can give me a good direction to go in as far as making a vest that can accommodate me or if one of the vest makers here has an idea about making one of their vest better suit my needs please. I did try making a "2pc" with velcro on the sides but that didn't work, either the velcro ended up hanging off on my back when I was down to "normal" weight or just too tight that it barely held together. I was thinking the "lace up" version I remember someone mentioning may work, but not sure.
Thanks to everyone who gives some input or suggestions, I really appreciate it. Like I said, this is about the last piece of the costume I need before I can finally submit to become official.