The images above are from the magazine where the 36.5" size sweater is modeled with plenty of positive ease. The notes for the pattern state:
Because of the way the fronts hang when buttoned as shown, the garment actually has more positive ease than just the difference between bust measurement and garment measurement.
The images below are of our Interweave Gallery Gals wearing the same sample sweater.
This vest is floaty, classic, elegant. Wear it with a dress or skirt to a wedding, an afternoon tea, or other dressy social function. Or, add your best jeans, some dazzling earrings, and a killer pair of heels, and go out on the town, safe against the evening's chill. Two bits of sizing advice: Get the shoulders to fit, and make sure there is enough room at the bust so that the garment hangs gracefully overall.
Specific tips for our Gallery Gals:
- On Trish, whose shoulders are super-narrow, the garment overwhelms her small frame. She should make a smaller size.
- Notice the ease difference between Allison, whose bust is the same measurement as the garment's (zero ease), and Toni, whose bust is two inches smaller (2" positive ease). On Toni, the vest has a bit more fabric to "swing," giving the sweater a graceful movement. On Allison, the vest fits more closely and loses some of its airy grace. I'd advise Allison to make the next size larger, and Toni to try to sneak out of the office with the sample garment in her backpack. :)