I liked the pattern and colors on this fabric, but wanted to expand my sewing experience, so didn't want to make the same pattern as this shirt. I had many ideas for variations on the pattern, but they all seemed like something someone else would wear - nice, but not me. I settled on a vertical off-set ruffle, gathered the smallest amount I could manage while still being a ruffle. In general, I dislike ruffles - too childish or fussy, but a vertical side placement was a good compromise to provide some interest to the shirt, let me learn how to make and attach a ruffle, and still lean towards the sleek, simple silhouettes I prefer. I like how from some angles, the ruffle almost disappears into the fabric's pattern.
I also gathered the sleeves into a hem band, just to get practice doing it and to add a design element. I like how came out loose enough to move in and not too puffy.
I wore this to run errands and to an optometrist appointment and it felt good on a humid summer day. I like how it is as comfortable to wear and move in as a t-shirt, but looks more polished. To me, that's the perfect garment.