i love this. i might need to try this this winter! crochet scarf- pattern for the little "mollie flowers" here: http://littlegreen.typepad.com/romansock/2009/04/mollie-flowers-the-tutorial.html
No buttonholes and minimal sewing. The fit is very forgiving and will flatter many body shapes. The classic vest back gives the garment structure while the front looks like a large scarf is hanging around your neck.
Knitting inspiration: sheer fabric color blocks
Mona's Jacket pattern by Mags Kandis
Mags Kandis - Mona's Jacket
Bow and Arrow Cloche Hat Knitting Pattern | Cloche Hat Knitting Patterns, many free knitting patterns at http://intheloopknitting.com/free-cloche-hat-knitting-patterns/