I originally thought that I'd be asking all of you for your opinions on whether or not my Madeleine needed blocking. When I tried it on in its unblocked state, it looked fantastic, but the ribbing made the fit a little bit snug. I would show you a photo, but it's not worth it. I won't feel completely comfortable wearing Madeleine until it's blocked. I don't have a particularly large waist, but the reverse ease of the ribbing made me look like I was squeezing into this top (heck, I think anyone with a waist measurement larger than 20 inches would look like she was squeezing into this top). It made me look like some women I see who are not large, but who make themselves look so by wearing clothes that are too small for them.
Because of that, and because I knew that the swatch's ribbing relaxed a bit once it was blocked and pinned, I decided to block the piece to the pattern's measurements.
I'm so excited, I could burst. Dry, baby, dry!