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Date: 9/4/13 12:07 PM

Hi All, My DD forwarded a pic of a pencil skirt with a zipper down the back, that opened to a pleated lining to allow space for cycling. At $160, she thought maybe I could do better.

Anyone have directions or ideas for modifying patterns? Or a pattern?

I can imagine how to do this, but would love to learn from anyone who has done this.

Also, the fabric is described as a structured 4 way athletic stretch, I think primarily nylon. Ideas?

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Date: 9/4/13 12:47 PM

Is the skirt supposed to be a fashion skirt or a performance skirt-- mostly for athletic wear? Jalie has an athletic skirt/skort that could work if she wants a skirt for working out and riding. If she's looking for a regular skirt that accommodates riding, check out nicegirl's reviews here at PR. She's a bike commuter and has lots of suggestions for making sure her clothes work with her bike.

I'd think most any skirt could be adapted, and be sure to think about length and fullness. This skirt has been well reviewed at PR and some people have noted it works well for riding. You could probably use a zipper around the godet.

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Date: 9/4/13 1:19 PM

I would think any micro-mini skirt would work fine for bike riding.

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Date: 9/5/13 0:33 AM

Quote: Vicsguy
I would think any micro-mini skirt would work fine for bike riding.

Hmmm...is this from Vicsguy or Wiseguy? LOL.

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Date: 9/5/13 4:01 PM

Maybe this would help?

http://letsgorideabike.com/2012/04/convert-your-skirt/
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Date: 9/5/13 7:36 PM

For pencil skirts, I generally stick to ponte. It stretches enough to bike commute in. The downside of ponte is that many of them pill horribly so you get limited wears. It is easy and fast to sew, though, especially if you do an elastic waist.

You can also do a zippered godet, which it sounds like the RTW skirt has. I don't know any specific patterns for this, but it is just what it sounds like.

For a gentle A line skirt that is bikeable (albeit with a 1 inch above-the-knee hemline), I have made Simplicity 2211 (unfortunately, now out of print but recent and probably fairly easy to find) at least five times in both summer and winter fabrics. I don't love A lines in general, but this one is very flattering and more professional looking than the wider A lines.

Also, if your daughter's commute is short, she will love you forever if you make her some unpadded bike shorts out of a lightweight wicking knit. I made some for myself this summer and they are a zillion times more comfortable than the padded ones in the heat, and I still feel secure biking in a skirt (because let's face it, you're gonna flash in a dress/skirt no matter what). My commute is less than 15 minutes, though, so I don't "need" the padding for such short rides.
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Date: 9/6/13 6:36 PM

I bet I saw that blog post as well - she sells on etsy but I can't recall the shop name. It looked very nicely made, in a stretchy woven. The back had a zipper all the way up/down and when unzipped had what looked like a big pleat of fabric underneath.

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Date: 9/6/13 8:07 PM

Quote: Vicsguy
I would think any micro-mini skirt would work fine for bike riding.

He meant a skort, of course!

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