It does not fail to please
As always, there are a couple of things I'm not 100% happy with, but they're mostly issues I'm aware of having and I suspect relate more to me needing to remember to fit patterns to my body than anything being wrong with the pattern per se. The more I make things for myself, the more I realise how bodies are all different and no pattern is perfect, and I should remember to tweak things to account for my narrow shoulders and large bust. My body's not wrong, the pattern's not wrong, I just need to remember that the latter will always need a little tweak to match the former.
I do think the shoulders are too wide on this; I put a gathering thread in them after sewing the sleeves on to pull them in a bit, but looking at these photos I will probably tighten them further tonight. Now I know why I need to do a Full Bust Adjustment when sewing, it's clear I really need to work in the equivalent when knitting. I often do, but didn't for the upper body on this project, and while the stitch pattern pulls in a bit, it doesn't pull in enough to make up for my narrow build. Looking at photos on Ravelry, other people have slightly overwide knitted shoulders too, though mine's tighter across the bust than most. Ah, the curse of bountiful babylons!
Still, overall I'm happy with it. Allowing for the fact that I'm not an 'ideal' shape, I think it looks pretty good, and goes really well with my beloved pink-and-grey tartan skirt, which I got from a chazza back in 2011 and still get out every winter. (When I wear it out, there will be tears... or perhaps I'll unpick it and use it as a template to make myself a dozen more in all sorts of different woolly fabrics.) I reckon this one will get a fair bit of wear over the winter.