Get On Your Bike

by Erin on July 8, 2011

So here finally is a picture of my favorite dress of the moment, made from Simplicity 1577:



Here's something I had not considered when making this dress: a dress with a bike print is like catnip to the hipsters of San Francisco. In a five-block walk today from the BART station at Mission & 24th I had accumulated an equal number of dress-related compliments, mostly from people who were NOT under the influence of intoxicants. 

For extra hipster cred, this pocket is actually big enough to hold my large Moleskine notebook (not shown, you'll have to trust me, I didn't figure this out until today): 


Here's the back view: 

I like this dress A LOT.

I still have two versions of this dress cut out and half-made; I hope to finish them soonish-like. (I have been alternating what I'm calling "rescue missions" — fixing dresses that need new zippers, or bigger pockets, or whatever — with New Sewing, and I'm actually starting to like the rescue missions. They take less time, for one thing, and it's very satisfying to take a dress from the Pile of Broken and restore it to the rotation.)

The bike fabric is available here (also in white). 

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Tea July 8, 2011 at 5:13 am

I LOVE this!


Meaghan July 8, 2011 at 5:14 am

This print is darling and the style looks great! It’s all very classy. I love it! Great work and great eye!



flea July 8, 2011 at 5:29 am

The face that velocipedes are includes totally makes the print!


MB@YarnUiPhoneAppv1.5 July 8, 2011 at 5:40 am

I like! Now, unlike the real machinery, this is unlikely to be stolen. The seat and wheels will remain intact. And rescue missions? I don’t have those, but enough UFOs slumped on my day bed.


Nathalie July 8, 2011 at 6:09 am

Very cool dress and I love those pockets! I’ve been umming and ahhing about that fabric because I really don’t need to add to the existing stash, but this might have cinched it. On it goes, straight to the top of my list of next purchases!


A Peppermint Penguin July 8, 2011 at 7:22 am

Oh my word! I have that exact fabric.

Love the dress – obviously – and I love that you are sewing and wearing and sharing them with us.



samsara July 8, 2011 at 8:15 am

Do I spy some unicycles and penny farthings in there? What a great dress! And I adore the collar.


Rachel July 8, 2011 at 8:33 am

I saw that fabric awhile back and loved it. It is so nice to see is made up into a dress.


Fiona July 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

I actually miss your dress-making posts so much I have begun looking at the archives, so thank you for this! Love it!!


Elizabeth July 9, 2011 at 12:45 am

Cute cute dress! Can’t wait to see the other versions. I’m going to start wishing that pattern (or a similar update) gets released soon. Cute cute cute.


Dawn July 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

It’s great when you post a photo of your dress that we can compare to the pattern picture, and see what it looks like when made for a normal human. Not someone with that unrealistic (and that’s the nicest thing I can say about it) wasp-waist shape. This is a very cute dress and looks like fun to wear! Thanks!


Berenice July 9, 2011 at 11:33 am

My mom has that pattern and sadly I do not have the “wasp” waist but it looks cute on my girls. Thanks for the link to the fabric! How have I missed that site?? I just spent $10,000 window shopping….


Flo July 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Amazing, but the skirt doesn’t look quite full enough to actually wear while riding a bike! My most recent sewing project has been to create the perfect skirt pattern for skirts to be worn while biking: long and full enough to prevent accidental flashing, while still short enough to not get caught in one’s chain. Now I really want to make one up in bike fabric!


Kristen July 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm



Nada July 11, 2011 at 6:47 am

LOVE it.


Elissa July 12, 2011 at 12:06 am

I’ve made a dress in fabric very like this – but mine was beige flannelette with green and brown bikes. I sewed it last year during the Tour de France :)


Emily Jayne July 12, 2011 at 4:06 am

Gorgeous! You’re making me feel the urge to sew!


Franticaboutfrances July 12, 2011 at 4:52 am

Oh so pretty! I love unusual printed cottons, I use them a lot in my lingerie designs, usually they are hard to find though, unless you want to do patchwork! This dress is lovely.


Liz F. July 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm

what a perfect pattern for the bike fabric! You’d get a lot of hoots and hollers from biking hipsters in NYC, too.


Heather Azarmehr July 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Hey, my daughter got hooked on a bike print a couple of weeks ago and we made it up in a cool Cynthia Rowley sundress. Check out my blog “” and see the finished items. Nice to see we were on the same wavelength.


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