The sloppy neck was amazingly tamed with it's minimal, three-row finish. I'm happy with it now.
But mostly I am happy with
swing look that was happening when knit as the original pattern? It was ripped back about three inches above the trim and knit straight down. That means the waist decreases were not replaced with hip increases with the end result that the sweater, below the buttons, stays open to reveal a bit of what I'm wearing underneath. That look I can live with. It is much better on me than the swing bottom.
Ends to tie in, blocking to do and buttons to buy. Then it's done. Certainly not a sweater that I am ecstatic about but wearable now.