Now I say that very casually, as it was still late 1890's when 'Sporting Costumes' went through a change for women.
With women now being able to be 'wheel women' amongst other sports, came an introduction to ditching the petticoats and skirts.
This arose out of a 'safety' factor so you didn't end up A over T and being very unladylike during an untimely dismount from your bicycle.
I had looked at the cycling costume before but it wasn't until 'Tacky Jackie' asked if I would make her one that I got more interested in it again. I quickly bought the pattern and got fabrics and away we went.
In my research I had found pictures of ladies in skirts on their bicycles with large hats or boater style hats. Still looked a little impractical but I have seen a friend riding her original antique cycle in complete skirt ensemble! So it is possible.
Wasn't what we were looking for though. Wanting the more practical version of Turkish bloomers and basque, this would bring 'Tacky Jackie' and 'Kathouse Kelli' into practicality fashion of the late 1890's.
However, I feel this picture probably says it all! Probably more what I perhaps would have been like, had I been allowed out of skirts back then! Lol!
The pattern used for these is Laughing Moon Mercantile #110 Ladies 1890's Sporting Costumes – with Leggings. It has a great bibliography, descriptions and excerpts from fashion books from the era. Too much for here today.
So, Jackies choice was a small check print cotton. She didn't want a wool fabric so this is what we created,with a contrast belt and collar in black. She has cream lace dickie, black buttoned leggings and of course the ensemble wouldn't be complete without her new boater hat.
I had fabric that I had bought from the lovely 'Aspen Filly'. A small houndstooth wool, the perfect colour for keeping dust unnoticeable whilst out riding. I'm waiting on a neat buckle to go on this one.
Haa! Bloomers on with leggings! I'm now waiting on a button hook to come as this was a chore doing it without one!
I also had enough fabric for a Hunting Basque (included in the same pattern) so now I can interchange the two of them. Waiting on an antique hunting buckle for this one and have yet to make an appropriate hat. I want to put a dead bird on it but can't seem to find them yet. Will keep looking.
So there you go! Something different and unusual compared to my other gowns but now it's back to corsets and shooting outfits for now.
Will get photos of us wearing them later!
Have a good one! Kat
http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/159074?rpp=20&pg=1&pos=1&ft=bicycle+suit&img=1 1896-98 Cycling Suit. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug02/hendrick/women.html The Possibility of Mobility: Women
http://www.lafnmoon.com/product_p/p110.htm 1890's Sporting Costume, Laughing Moon Mercantile