Sunday, April 15, 2012

T-Shirt Bicycle Dress

So I know it has been a while, but I have been out and about taking advantage of spring. It's finally here, guys. Huzzah!

But yesterday, in typical Utah fashion, we had a rainy, stormy day. So to wile away the wet hours, I decided to make this:

T-shirt Bicycle Dress

For the most part, I followed this tutorial by Leanne Barlow, but I added pockets and used the shape of my Mendocino Sundress for the skirt. It is amazing how easy it can be to sew a whole dress when you used an existing t-shirt from your wardrobe. Half of it is already done. I love shortcuts.

Pockets
Pockets!

The bicycle fabric I used is an organic cotton from the Birch Fabric's Commute collection . (You can purchase it here.) I think the color and print of this fabric is pretty delightful. And the 2 yards I had was the perfect amount for the skirt, waistband, and pockets. (But remember, at six feet I am a lot taller than most of you, thus I need more fabric.) If I had a smidge more fabric, I might have sewn some ties for the waist.

Bicycle Fabric
No classic step-through frames? Oh well. Cute enough. 

So this begs the question: Is it cheesy to wear bicycles because I like bicycles? It might be. But I think this cheesy little dress is perfect for weekends, and yes, maybe even a bike ride. How on the nose is will that be?

Me in T-shirt Bicycle Dress

22 comments:

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Love it!!! So you, the fabric is perfect. I also like how you added the pockets, I have been investigating skirts with pockets - they are on my to sew list.

Stacy said...

Nice - I love rainy days for doing projects! Looks cute friend.

anniebikes said...

Very nice. I am liking orange these days also. You can't beat bicycle fabric!

Meg said...

Love it! I need one immediately. Also, pockets are crucial to my happiness, so I must make that happen, too.

caknitter said...

Not cheesy at all...the dress is perfect, Kara!
And to think on my rainy day I just ate granny smith apples with nutella. Not very productive, but I made sure chocolate was involved. ;-)

Jill said...

Adorbs, as you would say!

Adam and Bri said...

love it in photos, loved it in person.

oh, and i love you. a lot.

Windybrook Spinner said...

It's completely darling! What else is a dress with bikes on it for then wearing while riding a bike? Perfect.

Nicola said...

Cuuuuuute! When I went to NYC recently I saw a bicycle print dress in Anthropologie that I agonised over buying, but it was pretty expensive so I left it behind. I maybe regret that a little bit now.

I have a bike print jumper that I feel self conscious about wearing while I ride my bike. But I figure I ride my bike pretty much every day, so if I didn't wear it then when would I?

AnnaPrasad said...

It looks great Kara, I love the material and it's perfect for someone who loves to cycle.

Jacey said...

It is so Kara. I love it! I'm glad you scored some of the Commute fabric; it makes me think of you when I see it! You look lovely!

Erin said...

I think it turned out really well. Looks so good on you kara-lara.

Karen said...

Love it! I keep meaning to do a t-shirt dress and now I am inspired. :)

ty and megs said...

love this! i'm adding it to my "must make" list.

you look great kara! love ya!

Pamela Morrell said...

I would definitely ride my bike in this. Soo cute!

ali said...

I love it! I've always wanted to do a Tshirt dress!

Lap Dog Knits said...

Happy to see you back - Love the dress, perfect fabric

today - I'm taking my bike to the farmers market....I have a new basket, not cute..but functional,

Dottie said...

This is a perfect dress! Bike-print dresses can be so pricey (I'm thinking especially of the new one at Anthro) - it's awesome that you can make your own.

Jodi said...

The skirt turned out really cute! The pockets are a great touch, and what a cheery color and pattern.

knitseashore said...

That is so incredibly adorable! Not cheesy at all. Flying the flag for two wheels!

lisa said...

I LOVE this print & no, it's not cheesy AT ALL! I am a sucker for novelty prints though :) You are so awesome at sewing! I want to make some easy skirts and dresses this summer and I think one of them needs to have bicycles on it. Any suggestions for easy summer dress patterns? I haven't found the perfect one yet for some vintage fabric I have lying around...

Sue said...

Love, love, love... I need to get me something with a bike print on it. I have one 'life is good' t- shirt with a little ole bike pic, but that's it.