I decided to take M's advice and I scrapped my Ella Moss knock off. So I sewed up this outfit for S instead. Although I was completely frustrated by the top I tried to make for myself, I did learn some things in those hours. Including:
1) Stripes - not a great choice for a lose fitting top - at least not on me.
2) Beware cutting necklines on knits!
3) Using the zig-zag setting (#8) with spacing of 2.0 and zig-zag width of 2.0 makes for a mighty fine looking stitch - at least on super super stretchy knits like this one.
4) There are a gazillion ways to bind a neckline and I should go through all the ones I can think of and make myself a sample book to refer back to. I spent almost an hour making a collar on my shirt only to find it fell in the opposite way I expected it to so I had the seam line exposed - so frustrating.
So I made a tunic top and long shorts for S. The shorts are simple. Nothing fancy going on with the shorts. The tunic is cute, I think, but kind of odd if you look at it too closely.
I attempted to make a hidden elastic high waist (like an empire waist). I decided to make the wide hem on the top part of the tunic while at the same time attaching the skirt part of the tunic - which also needed to be massively gathered at the same time. The hem serves as housing for the elastic. This all worked out quite well except that... oops... I made the hem facing out. Not sure how I did that, but I decided to go with it and "make it work" because I was not about to try to rip out those tight zig-zag threads on the super stretchy knit. I think it looks okay. Like I said, it's a little odd if you inspect it too closely, but who's going to do that? No one.
Another oddity about the tunic is the way I made the sleeves. I'm not sure what this sleeve style might be called but ... I just sort of extended the shoulder and then folded the seam under. They meet at the arm pit. They might be a little tight - though S insists they are fine. I can always cut them into a typical tank-top style.