I encourage you to read my guest book to see what others have said about the leathers they have purchased from me.
Here is a clickable picture of the zipper extender that Tracey requested.
I recently had a zippered biker vest and zippered vest extender made by Dave. Having never met Dave, trying to size the vest over the internet and my high standards made me nervous, but I gave Dave a chance. Communication with Dave was great and he walked me through the process of sizing and picking out hide colors. To say I am happy with my vest is an understatement! The sizing came out perfect and the quality of the leather is top shelf. I have alot of Brothers who wear leather vests that cost as much if not more than mine and the quality of work and materials does not come close to Dave's. I get compliments on my vest everytime I wear it! With the holidays I was concerned about putting on a few extra pounds so I had to give Dave the ultimate challenge and ask him to make a zippered leather vest extension. I was surprised when Dave took the challenge, since I don't believe anyone makes them. Most folks split the sides and have laces put in. The extender Dave made me matches and fits my vest perfectly and is completely removable for warm weather wear. I asked for a 3" extender and Dave suggested a 1 1/2" extender. I am very glad I listened to Dave, Thanks Dave! If you are looking to purchase a top quality handmade custom vest, I suggest you give Dave a chance. You truly do get what you pay for and in this day and age that's unheard of !
Thanks Dave! Tracey
On kind of a related subject, here is a picture of a panel side that I developed to use instead of 'lace up' sides. It only takes two short leather panels and four short laces. When sides are done this way, the vest front won't hang low, and the back won't rise, like seems to happen with 'lace ups'. They also just feel more comfortable when done this way.