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    vintage cycling costume patterns

    i was looking for something else and i found this..
    figured i'd share.

    Ladies’ Bicycle Costume is a copy of a period 1890’s pattern. ($14 pattern)



    Truly Victorian 299: 1901 Split Skirt ($18 pattern)

    The Split Riding Skirt is ankle length, and the Bicycle Skirt is calf length.
    The center front has buttons to close the split. The center back has double box pleats to hide the split legs. There are two side front plackets with flaps for the closure.
    This skirt is suitable for riding, hiking, bicycling, hunting, and other sporting outfits.

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    Nice. I think I remember seeing Rebecca Twigg wearing one of those.

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    Wow, so once upon a time there really was such a thing as attractive cycling clothing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by triplebutted View Post
    Nice. I think I remember seeing Rebecca Twigg wearing one of those.
    That's not how I remember Rebecca Twigg

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    Oh, and I can use it to go hunting, too!

    Nice find!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Fat Guy View Post
    That's not how I remember Rebecca Twigg
    I'd rather look at V. Pendleton than R. Twigg

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    Quote Originally Posted by triplebutted View Post
    I'd rather look at V. Pendleton than R. Twigg
    I'd like to remind everyone that this is a thread about vintage clothing, not the lack thereof...
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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    I'd like to remind everyone that this is a thread about vintage clothing, not the lack thereof...
    You tell them girl!
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    EraserGirl,

    I think that the double breasted jacket and pants combo (or is that a long skirt? I can't tell)
    would look perfect with your old Hercules or 'Marion'

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek View Post
    EraserGirl,

    I think that the double breasted jacket and pants combo (or is that a long skirt? I can't tell)
    would look perfect with your old Hercules or 'Marion'

    Marty
    those my dear are actual bloomers and i do like the outfit on the right.
    i ordered the pattern but it's been a long time since i have made clothing from scratch.
    I am much happier hacking thrift shop stuff.


    where does one find leggings anymore?

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    Bloomers? well not being up on turn of the century womens wear I thought bloomers
    were undergarments. Does one wear them under the skirt?
    Good thing you don't have an early Peugeot, or other french bike, then you'd be
    talking about pantaloons!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek View Post
    Bloomers? well not being up on turn of the century womens wear I thought bloomers
    were undergarments. Does one wear them under the skirt?
    Good thing you don't have an early Peugeot, or other french bike, then you'd be
    talking about pantaloons!

    marty
    no bloomers were not undergarments, that is a much later usage of the word
    some bloomers were designed to be worn with a half skirt, but they mostly resemble puffy knickers.



    pantaloons would be problematic as they originally had split inseams - ouch.

    here's a test for you kids...why was the CAN CAN dance so risque?
    because the dancers wore NOTHING underneath...hollywood had to mask that fact with those anachronistic frilly pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EraserGirl View Post
    those my dear are actual bloomers and i do like the outfit on the right.
    i ordered the pattern but it's been a long time since i have made clothing from scratch.
    I am much happier hacking thrift shop stuff.


    where does one find leggings anymore?
    Perhaps a Sutler's supply? I would imagine that the war re-enactors need to come up with leggings for the various wars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    Perhaps a Sutler's supply? I would imagine that the war re-enactors need to come up with leggings for the various wars.

    East Hill
    i was being facetious, WWII leggings were the most ubiquitous item at antique co-ops
    but i don't think it will go with the navy blue outfit i am planning.
    they can't be that hard to make.

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    Mrs. Road Fan loves culottes and long skirts - she'll be glad to see designs like these.

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    Very cool. You will have to show us how your stuff turns out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tolfan View Post
    Very cool. You will have to show us how your stuff turns out.
    i truly hope i find time to sew!

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    See if something called The Whole Costumer's Catalog still exists. It was an independent publication that originally came out of the science fiction convention masquerades. Covers just about everything fantasy to historical.

    Now, if I could come up with something proper for the gentleman . . . . . . preferably just pre and/or post WWII. I used to do costuming professionally, as a seventeenth century sutler (early colonies and English Civil War).
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    Quote Originally Posted by EraserGirl View Post
    i truly hope i find time to sew!
    Nice way to spend those winters when it's too cold out to be riding. Back when I had the sutlery, I'd knock out about 300 shirts, plus a selection of outergarments in between Thanksgiving and Easter.
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    Found the blouse pattern to go with the skirt

    Truly Victorian 491: 1893 Blouse Waist - this style was pretty much the standard shape until the late 10s. so a few adjustments can cover many eras.



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    FURTHER THOUGHTS

    I have been thinking about making knickers, plus fours or bloomers from overlarge women's trousers

    but then i found an historic clothing vendor
    they have mens plus twos, plus fours and knickers




    and they actually have the costume i was intending to make


    considering buying the fabric, notions and spending the time making mistakes
    the prices are wicked good.

    more vintage women's costumes




    i think i may split the difference and buy an outfit
    and then use it as a model to make more outfits.
    i always reverse engineer things much easier than working from patterns.

    any other ideas or links out there>?

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    they are having a sale on these men's cuffed knickers $55

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    The sale is good for those of you that can wear a 29" waist. I thought I was pretty snazzy when I wore a 30" waist after boot camp (down from 32" in high school), and I expect I will never see high school size again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    The sale is good for those of you that can wear a 29" waist. I thought I was pretty snazzy when I wore a 30" waist after boot camp (down from 32" in high school), and I expect I will never see high school size again.
    sorry i missed that...alas

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    Quote Originally Posted by EraserGirl View Post
    they are having a sale on these men's cuffed knickers $55
    That's actually quite a good price, considering what goes in to the making - assuming we're actually talking wool, of course. I was charging $65-75 ten years ago for the equivalent in 17th and 18th century, and they weren't any more difficult to make.

    Of course, you can always do a short fudge: I'd hit good men's stores in the spring and pick up good wool trousers in my waist, but way too short for my inseam (say, 32/28) at closeout prices; cut off the legs below the knee and use the material to make the button or tie cuff. Still have a few sets from my cross-country skiing days. They worked well, and were a lot cheaper than purpose made cross-country skiing knickers (er, plus fours).
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