For my project, I used a sloper and flat pattern techniques, but draping directly on the dress form would work, as well as starting with a simply styled commercial pattern.
In one quadrant, I played around with a vertical curved seam -- kind of serpentine in shape. It wasn't as difficult to sew as I thought -- just needed to stay-stitch and clip along the entire length of the seam. I also converted the bust dart into gathers, which is something I really like. It gives the side seam a softer look while still allowing a nice fit.
On the other side, I drafted a princess seam and curved the CF piece so the middle is wider than the ends. For the side seam piece, I created a flared peplum.
I think it is kind of interesting to have a "partial peplum" and may incorporate this treatment in the future. I'm not too excited about the princess seam shape -- it may be more interesting if there is a way to create a unique shape that spans the entire front.
In the back, I tried to develop a curved "flap" that allows a peek of a contrast color underneath. For this, I drafted the curved piece and added a bit of flare to allow the piece to stand away from the body a bit (will stand away even more in a more structured fabric). I think this could be an interesting detail on a jacket.
I really had fun working on this, and came away with a couple of design ideas that I plan to further develop and use in future projects. I can see how this could be a great project to do regularly, perhaps every month or so -- such a great way to set aside time to play!