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Tweed Ride 2012

4 Nov

After my poor showing at the 2012 Seersucker Social, I decided to step up my game for the DC Tweed Ride over the weekend. This is the best outfit I’ve managed to put together for these vintage-themed rides. I decided not to go crazy trying to make something and chose to use the options already in my wardrobe. I sorely wanted to wear my cape from last year, but felt I should mix it up.

Guess who *finally* got Instagram? Me. I’m @fussbudgit.

I wore a  black matte and satin jersey dress from Burda 9-2003-134 dress that I made back in 2007.  The coat is a vintage opera coat from 100 percent cashmere. It’s a garment that I couldn’t leave behind in the shop. It needed to be ‘saved’ by me. Someone who would love and appreciate it like no one else. LOL. Yes. That’s seriously what I told myself when I purchased it. The orange and black feather fascinator is borrowed from my friend Liz and the glasses are actually prescription from zennioptical.com.

This year, Liz borrowed from me again and wore my coat dress from Burda 2-2009-101. It’s interesting. This is one of the most complimented garments I own despite my fit issues. It was perfect for the ride topped with a thrifted fur cape and prescription glasses from coastal.com. Because Liz has a smaller head, she’s able to get away with wearing vintage hats. I on the other hand (with a ginormous head) am stuck with fasinators.

I’m sure Trena will tell you all about her look(s) soon enough. Let’s just say I am 120 percent in love with her hat(s).

I think this may be my last ride for a while. I love the concept. I like getting out. I really love seeing the District and how other people interpret vintage style. It’s a fashion lover’s dream! But, it’s gotten very popular with hundreds of participants. I find myself stressed out on the ride because with too many people, we’re not good at sharing the road. I want these rides to also be advocacy for biking. And, it’s not bike advocacy when drivers are annoyed that we’re hogging the road and not obeying traffic lights, etc. en masse. Pair that with one vegetarian option (*salad*) out of five meals after a two-hour ride and you’ve got one hungry, salty, cyclist.

Ooo! Love it? From ebay, custom mini license plates for your bike. Except, I broke mine on the way home to Baltimore :stinkface:. Maybe my next one will be Miss Celie.

I love that bag I’m holding. Sigrid was kind enough to accept delivery of it for me when I went to the Netherlands. It’s Basil and hooks on my bike rack. I use it *all* the time. These crazy old lady sunglasses are also prescription from zennioptical.com

DC Tweed Ride 2011 Cape: Burda 8-2008-101

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Guys. I was seriously just plowing through this cape to have something for the 10-mile DC Tweed Ride. It wasn’t until I finished the cape that I fell IN FREAKING LOVE with it!!! With over 900 people registered for the ride, I was definitely in a color that stood out.

I think my neck may seriously be getting shorter and shorter...

The BEST thing about this cape is that so many tweed riders were in darker fall colors. This turquoise blue just *popped*. I was nervous in general about how bright the blue is. It’s not a color I normally wear. My original fabric was a dark gray tweed, but I ran out of material and used this blue from the Carol Collection instead.

The Girls

 A good indicator of your outfit on these rides is how many people ask for photos or tell you they like your outfit. Liz is wearing my Burda jumper, 10-2009-119.

 Liz and I did *ok* during the Seersucker Social. But, we were on fire at Sunday’s ride. I borrowed the white feather fascinator from her. I’d love to be in a hat. But, my head is just too big for vintage and even modern hats are generally pushing it. 

The cape was finished on Friday. But, the buttons will NOT stay on. They are metal and shank. And, all four buttons on the opening edge have been resewn at least two times each. Three fell off on Saturday night. Two fell off before the ride on Sunday. Two fell off during the ride and now, on Monday morning, another fell off.  In fact, in the photo above Trena and I are with Claudia. She’s a DC dweller who reads our blogs. She saw the ride go by and happened upon us! Good for me, because she sewed one of my buttons back on!!

I *think* the rough metal shank is just cutting through the double strand of thread. I’m going to reattach with coat / button thread and see if that will help.

 I’m wearing a knit Burda jumper, 9-2007-121. It had a classic look with my shoes.  I lined the cape with a stunning raspberry material, also of the Carol Collection. It gives an amazing double whammy of color. The blue wool is fully interfaced, which happily did not stop me from having beautiful, crisp edges.

 

It can be worn open, and not buttoned. That does make it easier to *do* things.

Capes are totally and completely impractical, but I have a serious thing for them and trench coats. I guess it’s kind of that military influence, no?  The cape is PERFECT for this kind of ride and (I’m told) looks great while biking.

 Our ride took us around downtown DC. I couldn’t resist a photo in front of the White House. We also biked past the National’s Stadium, the Capitol Building, and through Chinatown. I’m not sure there is anyone Chinese in DC’s Chinatown….

The night ended at Smith’s just outside of Capital Hill with a live band, gin drinks and fun!

I fell in love with this guy’s vest. Someone (a UK National) recently told me I’d fetished the whole Brit thing. True Dat.

 We were wiped out oat the end of the night. I just love this photo! Liz has a folding bike so we popped that in the back seat. That’s Trena next to the bike with two more bikes out back!

 These rides are so much fun! You get dressed up, you get to bike and see the city and the people are all just incredibly cool. I’m already planning next year’s outfit!