I will do a formal lessons learned soon, but as you can see, I made this sweater longer to wear with jeans. The hem still curves in under my butt which ain't a good thing, but I did add extra ease through the hips to eliminate some of it. The extra length covers the bain of my existence (aka belly) and for that I am grateful.
My greatest achievement: eliminating the extraneous fabric at the back of my waist. Although the Petrea fit me well (see below), it still left extra sweater congregating at my waist. I solved this problem with the Under Toad and am proud of this major achievement.
Why did I venture into forbidden horizontal stripes? Because the BBC said I could (see this posting to learn more about why horizontal stripes are more slimming than vertical ones). All I have to say from this experience is that I don't think the stripes make me look wider. Let's face it: I AM wide. There's not a sweater mod in the world that's going to make me look narrow. But I can look my best.
I love the wide collar that morphs into a hood. Unfortunately, I don't have a good picture from the back, but I hope to get someone to take better photos of me modeling my last three creations soon. I also love the buttons which are just perfect for this cardigan.
Check this out... when I was taking these photos this afternoon, I realized that my sweater matches my living room exactly. I can leave this sweater draped on my couch and no one will think I'm sloppy.