Ease-y does it

Last April, I sadly pushed my comfortable t-shirts, oversized button-down shirts, and bulky sweaters to the back of the closet and filled the remaining space with sleeker-fitting shells, suits, and pretty tops with waist and bust darts. I bought a few twinsets. Received a few buttoned blouses from my sister. Knit myself a cardigan.

Granted, I lived in entirely shapless clothing for the first 30 yrs of my life, but I have finally come to a profound realization. Has everyone except me known this forever?

Fitted cardigans require more ease than fitted pullovers.

At one point, I looked down and noted with chagrin that sometimes I am busting out all over. “Middle-button strain” is not a Good Look for the office.

5 thoughts on “Ease-y does it

  1. Hmmm. And here I always enjoyed pinning my blouse surreptiously to eliminate “bosom gapping.”

    Grumperina is right, howsomever. Lotsa little buttons do the job nicely.

  2. As you know, I prefer cardigans over pullovers, but they do need some extra ease to deal with the “middle button strain”, (or also known as “June busting out all over!”). Too tight and you look like a poorly stuffed sausage. Since that middle area is so tricky, I always rely on camisoles to help me out. I button until comfortable (and socially appropriate) and then the camisole covers the rest.

  3. Hi…I just tumbled to your blog from Rose-kimknits. How about short-rows to “ease” in the bust? I saw this on an episode of Knitty Gritty. The designer from White Lies Design mentions it. It looks better than “darts”. HTH. Mary in Maine

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