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Summer bicycling dress

June 18, 2018

Happy Birthday, Sir Paul McCartney!  ❤  And what does Sir Paul’s birthday have to do with this dress?  Answer:  I wore it to his concert last July.  I finished the dress around this time last summer; just a couple of weeks before he was coming to town.  That made it super easy to decide what to wear to the concert.

Pink dress front

This dress met several objectives–

  • It is ‘bike-able’, meaning the skirt is loose enough to enable mounting the bike and pedaling.  A little bit of spandex in the fabric helps with that too.  The skirt is just long enough that I don’t flash passing drivers.  The fabric is a twill which makes the skirt a bit sturdier in a wind.
  • The dress has built-in reflector motifs for visibility.
  • And last but not least, the fabric came from my stash.  Every bit of stash reduction helps.

Pink dress reflector bodice

Why did I choose this dress for the McCartney concert?  Obviously, because it has a Swinging 60s look.  But there’s more.  I thought maybe when the stage lights panned the crowd, the reflective elements of my dress would light up.  I don’t know if it was visible from the stage, but it was fun wondering if I stood out in the crowd a teeny bit. 🙂

More views of the reflective details:

For biking, I added a kick pleat in the back, and gave it a strip of reflective fabric, too.Pink dress reflector kick pleat

The reflective buttons were made with reflective tape and a covered button kit.  IMG_20180618_132658800

Pink dress mirror selfie b

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From → Bicycling, Music, Sewing

12 Comments
  1. What a fab dress! ❤

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  2. You’re welcome! Such a great combo of fabric and pattern. Reflective strips is something i would never have thought of either 😊😊

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    • Right? That reflective tape is a bit of brilliance!

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      • Thank you. It’s almost an obsession, figuring out how I can work reflective tape into every day clothing, not just safety vests and outerwear. It’s a lot of fun.

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  3. Lovely dress, cheerful colors!! xoxo

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  4. SUPER cute!

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  5. Another fabulous swingin’ sixties dress! I LOVE that you wore this to see Paul McCartney in concert – that is so perfect and I’m sure you stood out! This looks wonderful on you! 🙂

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    • Thank you! It was sure fun wondering if Sir Paul or one of his cool bandmates saw my dress in the dark. 🙂

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