Soooo, what kind of style will this be? Hmmm, I surfed a few websites for inspiration (like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, etc) and I saw long caridgans I liked. Then I draped the fabric on myself to determine whether I wanted vertical or horzontal stripes.
It was going to look fine either way, but I figured if I run the stripes horizontally across my body, it gives me some visual width in my upper body. Good for a pear like me. And, oops! I did not buy enough to make long sleeves AND a long cardi, so I went with elbow length sleeves. I'll wear it over long sleeved shirts. I just sorta liked the contrast of having the stripes going vertically on the sleeves. I would have REALLY liked to make the stripes match where the sleeve attaches to the bodice, but I just didn't have enough fabric to make it work.
I do have plenty left for front plackets or a belt, or maybe a shawl-ish collar.
I haven't decided on the collar yet.
The biggest risk of disaster is if the fabric stretches out while I sew it. Before I sew anything, I will reinforce the key seams with 1/4" twill stay tape: shoulder, armscye and neckline. I cut the tape pieces to fit the paper pattern.
When I cut pieces like this, I leave them sitting on the paper pattern so I remember what they are. I pick up each piece and sew it, and that keeps me from getting all confused.
I tried sewing the twill tape on by machine, but it stretched out too much. So, I hand-basted. Quicker and more precise. Then I was able to stitch the shoulder seams on the machine.