Sewing my Rock Chick outfit took me on a trip down memory lane!
I can’t tell you how much fun it was to sew this outfit for my American Girl ® doll Julie. As I was sewing this outfit all my teenage and not so teenage years came flooding back to me and there were so many times I cracked up laughing to myself at all the crazy fun I had when I was a youngster.
Anyways back to my Rock Chick outfit….
How cute is this?
For this outfit I used a Liberty Jane pattern for the skirt and the T-shirt. For the vest I used Burda 7753 which is an older pattern that my mother in-law ‘Kerry’ gave me and instead of buttoning the vest I folded the vest over so as to give it a collar effect to show off the lining fabric.
For the lining I simply used the opposite side of the same fabric… I actually think the darker side of the fabric is the wrong side of the fabric… but hey I loved both sides and used both sides for the skirt as well for a bit of contrast and I think it works perfectly for this outfit.
How I made the stockings
To make the stockings I went to Kmart and bought a pair of ladies fishnet stockings and cut one of the legs off and then cut it in half… so from one pair of stocking I can easily get 4 pairs… that’s what I call a bargain! Then I sewed two rows of zig zag stitches up the centre of one of the legs about 1/2 cm apart stopping in the crutch area and leaving enough of the stocking for the bodice/pant part. Then I used my scissors and cut up the centre of the two rows of stitches up to the crotch area. Next I serged the seams to give a prominent stitch line which is what you see on the back of the legs.
Here’s a close up of the back of the legs so as you can see the seam
Here’s what the stockings look like underneath her outfit… as you can see the seam goes from one side across the crotch area and down the other side. Then simply by twisting the stockings a little I was able to give the illusion of a centre back leg seam on the stockings.
Here’s a front view of the stockings
So that’s my little Rock Chick outfit for my American Girl ® doll and I have to admit I love how it turned out
For the jewellery I found a matching bracelet set at Kmart and thought they would be perfect to set the outfit off and help give her more of that Rock Chick look. I used one bracelet for the necklace and the other for as an actual bracelet.
I’m not sure if I’ll sell this outfit or keep it… I LOVE it and as usual if I could get away with it I’d wear it for sure. I might make another outfit the same to sell as I have enough fabric to make more.