Measured out flat, its more like 28" - now I know I haven't blocked it yet - but how do you go from 28" to 35"?!?! If I block it that severely, it'll be WAY too short. Maybe it won't, the body is primarily lace. I've knit lace shawls before, I understand how much lace grows when blocked.
Hhmmm - yeah 28" unblocked + 6" does in fact result in 34". Maybe it is the blocking, my actual waist measurement is 28", yet this still scrunches out so far over the waist area even though this should technically be 28" right now.
Have you had this issue with a sweater before? This is the first cardigan I have knit, I usually knit a pullover in the round, so maybe this is just fine and will be after blocking, but I'm hesitant to start the sleeves right now.