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Victorian women’s CONVERTIBLE CYCLE WEAR sewing patterns are here! Six PDF pattern packs (for a total of 9 garments) are FREE to download. Each is inspired by the research patents lodged by inventive women in the 1890s.

The patterns include:

#1 Pulley Cycling Skirt – by Alice Bygrave
#2 Cycling Semi-Skirt – by Julia Gill
#3 Three Piece Cycling Suit – a tailored jacket, convertible skirt and combined blouse & bloomer – by Henrietta Muller
#4 Cycling Skirt/Cape – by the Pease sisters
#5 Side-Button Cycling Skirt – by Mary Ward
#6 Cycling bloomers – I Tailored bloomers and II Full bloomers


Lots of people were involved in making these patterns. Many thanks go to Nadia Constantinou who interpreted the patents, our research and many discussions into the initial pattern blocks, Rachel Pimm who did much of the digital pattern making work, all the terrific women who gave up time to for the photo-shoot and the talented Charlotte Barnes and Eoin Norton who took the great front page pics.

We look forward to seeing what sewing cyclists make with them. Please share your creations with us!

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