Because my primary goal was to use the original hem for the bodice and sleeve hems, I didn't worry about pattern matching. I'm not even certain I have the skills to match patterns. Besides which, I decided to make this in my last free day before I went to a professional conference. Packing, printing directions, making sure you don't leave your money behind? Nope! That doesn't matter; I need a new shirt!
I think by comparing the blue shirt made out of polyester sheets with this shirt made out of silky polyester, it is very obvious how fabric can make all the difference to how a finished piece looks. Now that I feel comfortable that the kinks have been worked out of this pattern, I am willing to invest in some beautiful, natural-fiber fabric.
I now have a woven shirt and a knit shirt pattern that I feel confident will produce satisfactory results. I started teaching myself pattern making in 2010, so it's been a long time with many frustrations and set-backs, but now it feels good to see success.