My family are bikers, bike riders that is! Not like every day cyclists, but often, usually with a kid, and we have big plans to take multiple bike camping adventures this summer. What better reason do I have to sew for than my favorite outside activity?
Let me share with you my first bike jersey! My husband looks smashing in his super bright bike jersey! (We met biking. He always had extra snacks when we road together. He obviously knew how to win me over!) I actually made this in November, but forgot about blogging about it as it was in use by my husband.
My partner is 6’5 and so I made the largest size of the green pepper patterns men’s jersey (yes they have a ladies version too!). My only adjustment was to add 1.5″ to the length, which I did without actually measuring him as it was a surprise gift. Now I see he doesn’t need that much length, as the pattern includes the extra length needed for being in a riding position (hunched over the bars, that is.)
The sleeves I cut to the end of the fabric selvedge, so it has a nice finished edge without me having to do anything to it. I am so happy it turned out so well! Hemming spandex can be challenging. However it made the sleeves about 6″ longer than the short sleeve version of the pattern, which will make this jersey a bit too warm for August (our one summer month in Seattle.)
For my next version I will use a sweat wicking fabric, reflective details, no pockets, and remove the added length. He is building up a Big Dummy cargo bike for his day to day rides and won’t need to carry anything on his person while he pedals soon. So jealous!
This month is #30daysofbiking and May is #biketoworkmonth! Will you be out on the bike? If you see a gent in this jersey, wave hello and tell him how good his jersey is for me would you?
I love this pattern and found it a cinch with my serger. I love the simple styling, the easy directions, and the choice of multiple fabrics. The zipper wasn’t too tricky to insert, making this the best pattern for bike clothes ever. Can anyone recommend awesome Lycra fabric for jerseys? I am always in the lookout for top-notch active wear fabrics. A wool with Lycra would be ideal too!
What do you like to wear while riding your bike?