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These cyclettes will give women who would cycle in a skirt the assurance that they are not revealing more about themselves than they wish.

I have a dark pair and this light pair as they are also very handy for wearing under full skirts on windy days, while climbing trees or doing cartwheels..
 
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Step 1: Terminology

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Omit this step if you have some sewing experience.

Right side: the side of the fabric that you will see when the garment is completed.
the side of the fabric with the most visible pattern.

Grainline or straight of grain: the lengthwise direction in the weave of the fabric. The grainline is parallel to the selvage.
The grainline on the pattern piece is indicated by a solid black line, usually with arrows on either end.

Selvage: the finished edge of the fabric.

Pins: are used to hold the two pieces of fabric together and are placed perpendicular to the seam. If you are using a regular sewing machine, sew over the pins but remove before sewing with a serger.

Fabric marker: a non-permanent method of marking fabric.

Step 2: Assemble Your Materials

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Choose a pattern for a loosely fitting pair of shorts and a lightweight breathable fabric. I use a rayon lining fabric.
Ensure pins, a measuring tape, scissors and a fabric marker are conveniently located.

Step 3: Layout the Pattern Pieces

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Place your fabric right sides together with the selvages even, and lay the pattern on keeping the grainlines parallel to the selvage.
Because I do not want an inseam, I have placed the pattern pieces very close to each other with the top of the inseam at the crotch almost touching.
Cut out the two pattern pieces as one piece, including all notches. I cut the back slightly higher than the front so it would not gape if I leaned forward.

*In this instance, I wanted to use the selvage as the hem, so I have the grainline perpendicular to the selvage.
are you all mad!

clearly the best thing about women on bikes wearing skirts is the occasional flash of panties, but only when they have mudguards fitted brown stripes are not good!

Before you all flip out I am only joking!

love and luck to all
billy.
bo88y3 years ago
Good thinking. This could be a big help for women who want to ride to work, who need to show up in a skirt, and who don't want to have to change when they get there. It's always nice to see ideas that simplify life, even though, as a guy, I have no use for this one.
MJTH5 years ago
Cyclists wear bike pants for a reason... Some even shave there legs to avoid accidents caused by long clothing getting caught in the gears haha. Just a warning haha Ive seen it happen. But nicee instructable :)
Sox (author)  MJTH5 years ago
Thank you, J-Mi. Warnings are always appreciated. Some may not know these things. The people who would wear these shorts are not likely to be riding the distances that require the use of a chamois. While these shorts do not have an inseam, someone who would ride farther might change to the padded variety. (Twenty miles in these shorts, for me, is not a problem). One of the reasons long distance racers shave their legs is so that road rash, should it occur, heals faster. People who ride in skirts are also aware that the chain/gear/wheel can 'grab' their clothing so their bikes are usually equiped with skirt and chain guards.
awesome, it looks like you made a pair of white boxer shorts...
Sox (author)  instructusamongus5 years ago
Yes, that thought did cross my mind.....
emattrose5 years ago
You mean... I don't have to steer with one hand and clutch awkwardly at my skirt with the other? Marvelous!
Very nice! The wife will love it.
ruzter5 years ago
First Instructable and you got featured! Way to go Twin!
omnibot5 years ago
Nice, as a bonus it also works with kilts!
threadbare5 years ago
Fantastic idea!
canida5 years ago
Nice.