The fit is superb. Of course, 'atta girl, Brenda, that is partly my responsibility. I had to choose the correct size and shape for my body and my shape. And of course I had to do a gauge swatch to ensure that the actual knitting matched up correctly to my plan.
But mostly I give credit for the great fit to the pattern. In the NACY? book, there are opportunities to maximize correct fit. Bust darts, waist shaping and hip shaping play a role in getting that fit just right. Then, there are other options that I will call fit-to-flatter options(with apologies to any other designers who may have coined that phrase). Options like choice of neckline, sweater length, sleeve length and trims. Choices in these categories can really make a sweater flatter or fail.
In my case, I like what I chose and think it flatters nicely. Sorry about the self promo here.
On to Details.
Pattern: From Need A Circular Yoke? I chose a Mandarin neckline, raised Ridge transitions rounds, and only one panel of decorative yoke design.
In addition, I chose to insert bust darts,
When adding the underarm stitches as instructed in the pattern, add two extra. Then on the first, body round following the divide, at each side of the underarm stitches, knit the body stitch closest to the extra stitch together with that extra underarm stitch. In a pattern, that would read "Work to one stitch before the underarm stitches. Knit two together (the last stitch from the body together with the first stitch from the underarm. Work across the underarm stitches to one stitch before the last underarm stitch. Knit two together, being the last underarm stitch together with the first stitch from the body. Closes up that hole quite nicely. You're welcome.
And I also added both waist and hip shaping.
Yarn: Cascade 220.
Needles: 4.5mm for the entire sweater, trim included. The exception to this is the Mandarin Neckline where I used needles 2 sizes smaller as per the pattern instructions.
Really, for the NACY? patterns, I would say - 'mods' is a category that doesn't exist. The knitter is expected to share in the design process. Perhaps not a process that suits all knitters but for me, that is FUN!
Loved the process. Love the product. That's a win win in a knitters world.