Hot! The “Hepburn Bicycle” Ensemble

FabricGauze for Shirt and Checked Cotton for Petal Pushers & Head Scarf
Pattern: McCall’s M5357 and Self Drafted Head Scarf
Notions: Thread, Vintage Buttons Buttons & Bias Tape
Time to Complete: 6.5 Hours
First Worn: Harlem Piers Bicycle Path, NYC
Wear Again? Yes
Total Price: $6 for Checked Cotton, Rest from Stash

Audrey Hepburn – Bicycling

I recently started to ride my bike to work. I’m lucky to have a beautiful bike path that runs close to the water around the edge of manhattan. Seriously, riding home I get a view of the George Washington Bridge and the Hudson River. Reality check for me was that I had no cute outfits to ride the bike in so I took my inspiration from my favorite spunky girl – Hepburn, the Queen of Style!

I bought this blue checked cotton years ago, it was in the remnant bin – to good of a bargain to walk away from. It’s soft and light weight, perfect for a bike ride. You wouldn’t know it from my past post but I live in head scarfs, mostly because when I’m busy I liked to keep my hair off my face. I’ve bought quite few and I thought lets draft my own so I can style from head to toe.

This pattern was truly easy, the shirt was 4 pieces, the pants was 3 pieces but I added the vintage buttons to the shirt and bias tape to the pants to spice it up.

The photo shoot was 5 minutes from my front door, the path is much more crowded on the weekends so we pulled over to the side of the bike path to keep it safe.

The "Hepburn Bicycle" Ensemble - Front View

The “Hepburn Bicycle” Ensemble – Front View

The "Hepburn Bicycle" Ensemble - Side View

The “Hepburn Bicycle” Ensemble – Side View

The "Hepburn Bicycle" Ensemble - Head Scarf & Button Detail

The “Hepburn Bicycle” Ensemble – Head Scarf & Button Detail

The “Hepburn Bicycle” Ensemble – Made in the Shade



Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. Oh! The button on the sleeves is such a cute detail! Nice job on the whole ensemble. I’d wear this cycling any day.

  2. Thanks Adri, when people caught on at work that I sew, people started to donate stuff to me. My friends Karen’s Mom who’s in her 80’s gave me 8 mason jars of buttons she had collected over the years. I don’t thing I’ll ever have to buy another button. Which just goes to show you sewers look out for each other.

  3. I want those peddle pushers. Love the outfit, perfect for riding a bike.

  4. How adorable : ) From one bike commuter to another I LOVE this! I may have to make me some peddle-pushers now…heh, heh…

    • Hi Loran, I didn’t imagine how good it would feel to ride to work. In the morning its better the a cup of coffee and the ride how seems to release the stress of a hard day at work. You get almost Zen like. I’m excited to make maybe some active wear cloths, maybe a sweat suit or cute shorts.

  5. Lovely outfit.. Great your enjoying your bike ride to work..Happy sewing.

  6. love it! Fantastic bike style!

  7. Lovely airy outfit. Love the button detail on the sleeve. Very stylish. I can’t wait till it gets a bit cooler here so I can start cycling to school with my daughter again.

    • Hi Tempest, yesi know how hot it gets there, my Uncle and few cousins live in Phoenix. Sometimes the road so hot the rubber on the car tires start to melt.

  8. Great biking outfit! Both pedal pushers and blouse look very light and easy to wear in the heat of New York. lLove the photoshoot.

    • Thanks Barbara, I giggled when I saw your post last week and thought if Barbara only knew what I was working on myself. I like the practicality of the wardrobe I’m building but I still want to try to push myself to try new things.

  9. You look so carefree and comfy in this outfit Krista. Perfect pedal pushers for pedaling. Great button detail too. Krista Hepburn :)

  10. Thanks Kazz, definitely am excited to make more outfits for the bike. I think I’ll buy myself a dress form with the money I save from not having to ride the metro. Do you have a dress form? Or is there one you would recommend.?

  11. What a fantastic outfit for bike riding! Well done.

    • Thanks Jennifer, I love to add things that will get worn often and now I’m thinking I need more for the bike. I may just need to make a track suit for the Fall weather.