The empire line above the bust doesn't work so well for me either. I much prefer below.
I'm also very dissapointed in the yarn. It's Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Patine and while it was okay to knit with (cotton not being one of my favourite fibers) it had a bit of a nasty surprise when it came time to block. It bleeds.... A LOT. (And sadly, I have 10 more balls of it to use up)
Seriously - you would not want to wash this with anything else. And after soaking, it stained the towels I used to squeeze the water out. And after blocking....
Look down the arm..... you can see where the dye pooled and is darker at the edge where it was folded. I'm going to give it a run through the washer to see if it evens out. If so, this one is going right in the Christmas box. If not... it's a cat blanket!