In 2009, I'm not going to listen to that little voice that says "Ignore the measurements you've taken. Make that top-down armhole an inch deeper. It's better to have a little extra room there than not enough. And cast on a few extra stitches under the arms, too. You might really need them there. Don't decrease any away as you work the body! After all, your hips are coming up!". Granted, I like my clothing comfy but I've fallen into the habit of knitting in so much ease that, well, as my husband puts it, "You and a friend could have a party in that sweater!". It's time for me to reassess my body and knit for it, not for the larger woman I think I am.
I have a theory based upon clothing that friends and relatives have given me. Those folks larger than I am tend to get me clothes that are a little too snug, while folks smaller that I am get clothing 1 to 2 sizes too large for me. Using that theory, my inner knitter is smaller than my outer knitter, and I'm making things too large for that reason. Maybe my resolution should be to get the inner and outer knitters to be the same size!