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