I spent my Saturday sewing. Dave took the boys out to the park and I had several uninterrupted daylight hours to work on projects. I got a good start on my Easter dress orders, incentivizing myself with the chance to work on this bicycle dress if I stayed focused and finished my task-list. Doing just one thing (sewing) for a few hours in row was refreshing. I need to mono-task more often!
The material for this dress came straight from 1985 via my mom’s sewing room (that has cupboards and drawers full of years worth of fabric sales!) I look around every time I’m visiting and ask for permission to relieve her of a few yards. I initially planned on using this bicycle print for some unknown something for my kids, but when I spotted a very similar motif in Anthropologie a few weeks ago, I knew it was destined to be a dress for me instead, made just how I like them with sleeves and pockets.
I began the bodice with B4443 (I do reference commercial patterns on occasion) and adjusted it for a better fit. Then I added a full gathered skirt and pockets to the side seams. I love the easy, yet tailored fit of the top, and the full skirt makes it fun and flirty. The dress is fully lined, which makes it comfortable, and adds a layer for structure and body.
I can’t wait for it to warm up even more so I can romp around the city in my bicycle dress. Maybe even ride a bicycle in it?
The thought of creating a Spring Wardrobe has crossed my mind, but I’ll have to see how much time I think I will have to sew for myself in the next couple months. I’d love this bicycle dress to have some new friends in my closet. We’ll see what happens. For now, “I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike…” will stay on repeat in my head and I’ll be smiling.