Now that I've got a better grip on what I am doing, I am enjoying this challenge.
Out of the box today came this piece
and good assortment of coin strips and little pinwheels. I have been making bits and pieces for the past few days but didn't have the space to lay stuff out and have a good look until today.
After playing around for a bit I decided that I'm not going to stick to the vertical, but will add in horizontal strips if I fancy it. Like this:
So I filled in the gap down the side to get this:
It doesn't look too bad in most of the photos but I am finding that one of the things about using every last bit of a shirt is that quite a few pieces are cut on the bias (sleeves especially) so sometimes there is quite a lot of stretch. It's not too much of a problem. I could keep trimming everything to keep it even but have decided to roll with it, making little adjustments where I can, until a particular area is running out of control and then I will piece in wedges to bring it back to order.
Of course this may not work and the whole thing may run wild, but I'll worry about that when I have to and not before. In the meantime I will just keep going. I am enjoying this a lot, and definitely learning stuff too, which is the whole point isn't it?