I have finally completed my Fifi. I will say that I love the way it turned out! I did have a ton of problems. Some were with pattern ambiguity, another with the short rows not working out right, and then some of my own mistakes. So I ripped quite a few times but stuck with it because I really love the design.
I know many of you have asked about short rows and I will put in my two cents. I have done them before with much success. No problems. I did them on Fifi and it didn't work. They looked fine until I stretched the garment out and when stretched out the short rows created huge holes. It was very unsightly so I had to rip them out. I could have benefited from them however. I didn't do more increases because I was counting on the short rows to help me out in the bust area....they didn't work so the garment pulls tightly across my chest. My guess is that the stretchiness of the yarn and the gauge makes short rows almost impossible to look good on this pattern. It could be I did them wrong - but like I said, I have done them before just fine.
I would be curious to know what the designers input would be on this issue because I don't think I am alone on it. Other than that though, I really love this top and think the design is fantastic!