Jan, I think you are right. The smaller needles would have been better. I made the correct guage with the swatch so I used the recommended needle size on the package which is a 6mm.
I read all my Interweave knits e-mails and they talk about negative ease. I knitted the 36 inch bust size b/c I have a 36 inch bust but I probably could have made the 34 inch and it would not have looked like a really fancy burlap sac.
I (boldly) added waist shaping which did help somewhat but not enough. Still haven't taken the pic but I will tonight.
Can I seam the sides in over the current seam?