Convert Your Skirt!

This morning, I met up with my friend Elizabeth at Heritage Bikes for a quick breakfast before continuing on to work.  Bikes and coffee and friends is a lovely way to start the day!

While there, I met Sarah, one of Elizabeth’s high school friends visiting from Berkeley.  She showed us her clever creation, a restrictive pencil skirt that she made bike-able by replacing the side seams with zippers and sewing in extra fabric.

The surprise pop of color is so fun!

At the office, you’re wearing a regular pencil skirt and then before getting on you bike at the end of the day, you unzip the sides and viola.  Here’s a short demonstration video.

Sarah has a website, Skirts on a Bike, where you can download instructions on how to convert your own skirt.  She plans to start selling kits complete with zippers and fabric in the future.

I have a few pencil skirts and dresses that I love but rarely wear due to not being able to ride my bike with them. I think it’s time to convert some skirts! :)

Has anyone else tried something like this?

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22 thoughts on “Convert Your Skirt!

  1. E A says:

    Love it! I’ll let you know how bike-able that skirt Sarah is showing off is… my gift to keep. Awesome! :-)

  2. E A says:

    Love it! I’ll let you know how bike-able that skirt Sarah is showing off is… my gift to keep. Awesome! :-)

  3. Poochpower says:

    I love it! I rode my bike in a skirt on Easter and I foresee many more trips in skirts. Thanks for this blog, it’s very inspiring.

  4. my hyggelig says:

    I really love this idea!  I absolutely love riding in skirts, but never a pencil skirt.  I also don’t wear pencil skirts at work because they are just too restrictive usually, but if you start feeling constricted at work… you could simply unzip :).  I’m all for great ideas that involve skirts, sewing, color, and bicycles.  yay!  Thanks for sharing.

  5. Liz H. says:

    That is amazing!  I’m finishing up law school, and foresee myself needing to wear skirts (from time to time?  every day?) and scheming how to do that and bike commute.  I *love* this!

  6. Liz H. says:

    That is amazing!  I’m finishing up law school, and foresee myself needing to wear skirts (from time to time?  every day?) and scheming how to do that and bike commute.  I *love* this!

  7. Lauren says:

    What a cool idea! I can’t believe I never thought of this before – so brilliant! Love the little pop of color when it’s unzipped :)

  8. Alyson Herreid says:

    What a great solution to the pencil skirt problem!

    Thanks for sharing a helpful DIY.

  9. Ash L says:

    Wow! Great idea. She should be making money hand over fist with this concept.

  10. cycler says:

    I’d like to hear from anyone who’s actually done this.  I suspect setting a zipper might be beyond my limited sewing skills, but I’d be delighted to be wrong. 

    I’ve tried adding a vent to a straight skirt by opening the back seam, but it wasn’t very successful, partly because it was suede and I had to hand sew it (it was beyond my old machine’s abilities.

    • Sarah says:

      If you can’t do it, you can make the flare & then take it to a seamstress to sew in.  Only half DYI, but that’s not too expensive & you’ll still get all the riding fun!  If you have enough time, practice with skirts you don’t love love love and you will get better for when you’re ready to try it on the one you do love love love!  I’m going to email a pattern to Dottie & hopefully she can comment on the difficulty.

  11. Skirtsonabike says:

    Thanks for the support ladies!  It’s great motivation to get the business up and running!

  12. Skirtsonabike says:

    Thanks for the support ladies!  It’s great motivation to get the business up and running!

  13. Lisa Garbrick says:

    Brilliant!

  14. anniebikes says:

    Wow. How innovative. 

  15. Jessie K says:

    I’ve made a few skirts with zippers along the back princess
    seam line, but I used self fabric instead of something contrasty for the inner
    pleat. I love the pop of color–I’ll have to try that with my next skirt.

     

    I like the idea in concept, and it certainly does make it somewhat
    easier to ride my bike with a pencil skirt, but my commuting bike is a cross
    bike with a high top tube, so although it might 100% solve the problem for
    someone with a step-through frame, I still find my modified pencil skirts to be
    a bit awkward.

    It doesn’t stop me from wearing them, though.

  16. mh says:

    Is it reasonable to try to sew a zipper in by hand? I just got rid of a brand new pencil skirt that I thought I might be able to ride in. I could, only if it was pushed up embarrassingly high. I don’t have a machine, nor do I want one, but I do have some old skirts I’d love to be able to wear again. (Year-round bike commuter…)

  17. fashionforgiants says:

    OMG.  This is brilliant.  I just complained about trying to ride (trying being the operative word) in a pencil skirt the other day.  I am definitely going to have to try this.  After I figure out how to put a zipper in.  lol.

    Gracey

    http://fashionforgiants.blogspot.com

  18. fashionforgiants says:

    OMG.  This is brilliant.  I just complained about trying to ride (trying being the operative word) in a pencil skirt the other day.  I am definitely going to have to try this.  After I figure out how to put a zipper in.  lol.

    Gracey

    http://fashionforgiants.blogspot.com

  19. Jessie K says:

    I’ve made a few skirts with zippers along the back princess
    seam line, but I used self fabric instead of something contrasty for the inner
    pleat. I love the pop of color–I’ll have to try that with my next skirt.

     

    I like the idea in concept, and it certainly does make it somewhat
    easier to ride my bike with a pencil skirt, but my commuting bike is a cross
    bike with a high top tube, so although it might 100% solve the problem for
    someone with a step-through frame, I still find my modified pencil skirts to be
    a bit awkward.

    It doesn’t stop me from wearing them, though.

  20. mh says:

    Is it reasonable to try to sew a zipper in by hand? I just got rid of a brand new pencil skirt that I thought I might be able to ride in. I could, only if it was pushed up embarrassingly high. I don’t have a machine, nor do I want one, but I do have some old skirts I’d love to be able to wear again. (Year-round bike commuter…)

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