I have had a few days of higher energy. I drafted a pattern for a woven shirt that is only two pieces (plus neckline binding) and loose, but shaped. I used my go-to block, an old (and needing to be revised) self-drafted scrub-top pattern, and my memory of making a kimono-style robe. The first muslin fit in the body, but the sleeves were skewed and too tight.
I added more width, especially around the bicep and the second muslin, the sprigged navy one below, worked. This fabric was given to me and I love the feel of it. I think it might be a rayon. I love how it drapes and how smooth and fluid it feels. I do not like how it wrinkles if stored with any sort of crease - even loose folds from hanging show up as creases.
I also dislike the pattern - too little-girl ditsy or prairie-woman, but the wrong side of the fabric, with a lower contrast was palatable, so I sewed the wrong side as the right side. I'm keeping this shirt to wear to sleep in during the winter, unless it proves not warm enough. It does make a comfortable lounge top for evenings when I don't want to wear my work clothes any longer, but it's too early to put on sleep clothes.
For my husband, I made the blue and purple chiffon shirt, using the same pattern as the navy one. Not for him to wear, of course. For me to wear and be warm because all my skin is covered and for him to look at and enjoy ('cause, you know, chiffon is sheer...).
I was very careful to line up the "stripes" vertically so that they matched at the shoulders. As I began assembling the shirt, I realized that the "stripes" actually go both ways. It's obvious, but I tend not to see these obvious things until too late. Anyway, the pieces were cut well enough that the vertical and horizontal stripes line up on all seams. I am very pleased about that.
This pattern has one front and one back piece, so the shoulder seam extends down the sleeves. There are two side seams and that's it, besides finishing. Having the sleeves as part of the body does mean more fabric is needed for cutting, but I like the looser fit, compared to a set-in sleeve. Not for work, but for loungewear and lingerie. There are so many pretty fabrics that aren't knits, so I want to learn to work with wovens. Also, luxurious knits are far more expensive than wovens that look elegant/sensual/unique.