thanks again for all the compliments!
*k*: i did have a hard time w/ the bust looking 'pointy' and i reworked the bust shaping several times. it's still not perfect, and i'm not full-chested which doesn't help, but it's a lot better than where it started. i figured i'd knit a little matching shawl or shrug to wear over my shoulders and cover myself if i still felt self-conscious about it. i'm not sure that a stiffer fabric would help...it may create a stiffer point! if i use this pattern again, i'll keep the shaping to a minimum (less pleats). i agree, the bust was HUGE and it was really frustrating to fix, but now i have the pattern marked for next time.