The ‘Future’s So Bright’ Bike Apron | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Fluro Nylon material “Ripstop” from Spotlight, $14
Pattern: Butterick 9809, thrifted, ~$1
Notions: Faux glass buttons, $12 from Spotlight
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: December 2011
Wear again? Yes, whilst I’m on the bike!
Total Cost: ~$26
For this week’s theme, I’ve been planning to STAND OUT on Melbourne’s roads! And whilst I’ve never SEEN anyone wearing a bike apron before, I became determined to make one!
Since my darling Cambodian bike riding holiday, I’ve been riding to work a few times a week! It’s about a 20 kilometre (12 miles) round trip, and just enough for a bit of fitness (for a non-fitness fanatic like me) but not too much to gain gigantic calf muscles.
My fashion observations for bike riding in Melbourne is lycra or tight clothing, like sportswear, or the exact opposite: hipster and vintage cool. Personally, I’m not cycling fast enough to break a sweat so I just wear my normal work clothes (No Lycra for me), BUT often I’ve found my skirts fly up around my ears if they’re not super long. This springtime dress is actually perfect and long for bike riding, but most of my other fuller skirts are just way too floppy, and frankly I love my pins, but not *that* much to show off my legs to the entire Melbourne commuting community.
I thought a ‘Bike Apron’ would work to weigh the shorter skirts & dresses down, and make me brighter to fast vehicles! Adding larger pockets (with a nifty smaller iPhone pocket inside one of the pockets!) would also help as I LOVE listening to the radio on my ride in.
The Butterick house dress and pajama pattern was just perfect (I really wanted a drawn in waist for my apron), but Heavens To Betsy’s I have NO idea where and when I got it. For this week, I actually shopped at Spotlight to pick up the FLURO nylon fabric and faux glass buttons for I really wanted to be SEEN and this fabric is probably the same as workmen’s safety vests. There was also bright pink, bright orange and a bright green to choose from, but I thought yellow stood out well for me (and my new hair!).
Sewing with the nylon was a breeze! I had to resize the pattern a little to make it smaller in the bodice, but I wasn’t too worried as I’m always going to wear it over my normal clothes. The fabric is slightly see through and didn’t iron flat too well, so I decided to topstitch (in bright orange thread, no less) everywhere that suited topstitching.
There were normal neckline facings, but not for the armholes, so I created some fluro bias binding and also added a little tab/loop of fabric to one shoulder in case I needed to add a little light on my right (and traffic side) shoulder. Totally practical!
The faux glass buttons took up most of my time, and whilst they are so cute, if I’d have found a reflective zipper (you know those silver reflector fabrics?) at Spotlight, I would have made it a zip up instead. I made the hem a little thicker than usual, so to weigh it down a little more, and it turned out so well!
My bike route is mostly off road pathways (like this one near my house!) but there are some thundering trucks in some parts of the route, so with this fluro, I’ll stand out a mile! Husbie and I took these photos just after the sun went down, to show you just how bright the fabric is!
Honestly, I *can’t* believe the year is almost over! Wishing you a happy holiday season, and please drive safely on the roads if you have to travel. Until next week! xoxo