I finished the lace bit on the body! Here are some pictures of it actually on me (to give you a better idea of how it looks without the ridges). I think it definitely removes a lot of the bulk of the sweater. I'm knitting the smallest size, and it is working out perfectly
I also thought of another few slight modifications I"m doing.
1) I'm only doing wasit shaping at the sides and eliminating the darts, and increasing less frequently. When I knit it up the first time, I thought it was too flare-ey and not very form fitting.
2) Increasing for the sleeves starting at the elbows rather than right at the end of the lace, and increasing less frequently. I am a small lady, so smaller, daintier things look better on me.
3) Possible crochet or picot edging at the neck? I haven't decided on this one yet.