What scooter skirt style do you think would be best?

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I want to make some scooter-type skirts to wear when bicycling on my
recumbent bike, because even my split skirts have too wide of a leg to
be modest, and I just don't care for slack-type garments at all after
having not worn them for 20 years (unless they are under a skirt or
dress).  I have seen two different types, and I wonder if you ladies
might hazard an opinion as to which type might be the safest bet.

Any style I make is going to be knee length, and that is not a
negotiable thing, because I don't wear anything that is shorter than
knee length, period.  Also, I am a very, *very* wide load, not a skinny
mini by any stretch of the imagination, and have a six-months-pregnant,
four-cesarean stomach.  So please take that in mind.

I don't know if I have completely ruled out a plain ol' scooter skirt
with a straight skirt with side slits, but my gut tells me that it might
not work well on a bicycle when it's knee-length.

I saw a tennis skirt that was a six-gore skirt with all the gores left
open and shorts underneath -- I am thinking maybe have the gores open
halfway up the thigh would work with knee-length shorts underneath the
six-gore skirt.

The other type I saw was on a movie, a jumpsuit or jumper style that
looked like a pair of shorts with a 3/4 wraparound-type skirt that was
left open on one side, giving a sort of wrap skirt look to the front and
back.  But the style wouldn't have to be made as a jumpsuit.

I liked both those looks on the people I saw them on, both of whom, of
course, were of normal weight.  But does anybody think one or the other
of those styles would look good on a mega-plus-size figure?  I don't
really have a lot of time to experiment, so I thought I would see if I
could get a consensus opinion on which type to try first, because
knowing what styles look good is not exactly my strong point.

Thanks for any opinions or maybe other ideas that I haven't even thought
of that this might inspire.

Re: What scooter skirt style do you think would be best?
Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to reply wrote:
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Just a thought: can you draw?  Even a tiny bit would help...  Print off
a few copies of the Large Lady from the Threads Croquis family, and
sketch the skirt options on the figure.  See what you like.  And if you
don't think that figure is quite wide enough, then once you have the
image captured, you can stretch it a bit using an image package such as
Visio before sketching the skirt in place.  There are lots of lines on
the figure to help you place gore seam lines and so forth.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Melinda, First, I can understand your reluctance to wear certain types of
clothing. Emotional comfort is just as important as physical comfort in
dressing.
Second, I like Kate's idea of drawing your ideas on a computer generated
figure. If that is not possible how about a stick type figure on graph
paper. You can then ser up a scale simialr to your proportions and round off
your curves rather than a box thing. Draw in your shorts in one color and
skirt in another so you get some kind of idea of what things wil look like.
it shouldn't take to much time.
I like the idea of the shorts with the open gored skirt. The skirt will
soften  the look for you and still be modest. I also think you should keep
the finished product the same color.
Juno



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Juno wrote:

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Thanks to Bruce McIntyre I have enough drawing skills that I can do
that.  I just don't trust my own ideas of what would look okay and what
would scream "home-made spit-and-chewing-gum solution."  I'd love to
wear a salwar kameez, but I think in my community that would be a little
too extreme, and I think the tails of the kameez might get caught in the
spokes of my bike.

When I was a teenager I made this adorable outfit that was a
mid-thigh-length tabard-style jumper with side slits and matching pants
to wear underneath.  I loved it and wore it everywhere.  But I think
that look is way too young for me right now and probably way too dated,
too.

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I was going to make them the same color, because the last thing I want
to do is attract attention by people who are sick enough to want to look
up a BBW's skirt to see what they can see.

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Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to reply wrote:

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Now *I* might want a look up the skirt to see how you'd made it, but I'd
ask first, and wait until you were wearing summat else!  ;)
--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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YES YES YES!  Tunics are totally in!  At least that is how I am seeing what
you are describing. Am I wrong here?  anyways, take a look at these, they
are great:
http://www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?crit=1065&page=thumbnailCustom.cfm&id=1089&startrow=1
#4377

And nobody is too young or too old for that look, I especially like the
outfit with pants and long sleeves. Maybe next summer...........It is going
to snow soon.  I need to make a tiered skirt in velvet or denim or corduroy
or something........

Racing off to make tiered skirt...
Michelle Giordano



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Doug&Michelle wrote:
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A tunic is like a long shift.  This was more like a cobbler's smock,
here's a pic of a cobbler's smock so you know what I am talking about:

http://www.promopeddler.com/Promotional_Products/Detail.php?item=3004-B&asi=36558&cat=Uniforms

and on my lumpy-dumpy figure it would look awful, like a maternity smock
or something, and it would not be something I would be comfortable wearing.

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You can always reinvent the rational cycling costume:
http://www.manchestergalleries.org/costume/object.php?irn=14678

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Kay Lancaster wrote:
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How do the bloomers have a band at the bottom and you don't see it?
Have you ever seen this outfit in person?

I have toyed with the idea of making my usual culottes and just having a
matching pair of bermudas about 3 inches shorter than the culottes
attached underneath like an underlining, and that's almost what this
reminds me of.

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Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to reply wrote:
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The bloomers have a cuff that buttons round the leg and then the gaiters
go over the top.  The main body legs are long enough that they droop
over the top of the gaiters.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Kate wrote:
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Yep. When I first got my antique bike (it's in the background of a
websuite...www.labreform.org, click on Who We Are, look for moi!), I
made bloomer outfits. Used a pattern for a full-cut straight-leg
elastic waist (shhh! not PC!!) pant, about 3" past the knee, gathered
to a band that fit my cyclist calves just below the knee. That extra 3"
provides range of movement, but standing still like the mannikin, the
knee band doesn't show. The pair I made of navy cotton interlock were
very comfy. IIRC I rode a century in them on my safety bike.
(Historical note: in 1897 they had women's saddles with, um, anatomical
cut-outs. Mine is very comfortable!)

Melinda, I have a bifurcated lower garment that has a skirt-type front.
(It's a pair of sh*rts, but keep reading.) Standard lower with a skirt
panel atop. From the front it's a skirt, from the back it's not.

I do not own a complete 'bent, but I've ridden them a lot, and I do
have a Counterpoint. ('bent-front tandem...google for pics) If I were
in your cycling shoes I would wear separate layers (saves on fabric and
washing). And not change your drumbeat or anything, but I've found that
riding a 'bent, no one's looking at your attire!

HTH

--Karen D.
who took an exam for City Planner today, and didn't mention the urban
amenity of bicycle racks until the 2nd essay question


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Veloise wrote:
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I've seen those, but I don't do pant-type garments as outerwear (see
previous post about personal standards of modesty), so I am looking for
a hybrid type of thing.  One thing I was thinking about was a panel
front *and* back, which would solve the problem nicely, and if I rounded
the corner of the wrap, it wouldn't have so much of a tendency to fall
into the wheel.

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Well, I am a very wide load, and a very wide load of a person riding
*any* kind of bicycle *does* attract attention.

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I've not, but I've seen some bloomers that blouse down over the bottom band,
which is what I'd guess is going on here.

Kay


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Kay Lancaster wrote:
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Yes, it says "short section at base of legs gathered at bottom edge with
elastic" so I'm thinking an early iteration of the puffball skirt - one for
each leg - mercifully covered by an overhang of the main part.

Culottes are in again. I reckon this outfit could be worn today, though
possibly without the tie and hat, and would be thought terribly fashionable.

Melinda, have you considered something like Folkwear's Big Sky riding skirt,
http://www.folkwear.com/frontier.html ?

Kay, thanks for reminding me about the Manchester Gallery of Costume. I can
feel a trip across the Pennines coming on.

--
Sally Holmes
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England



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Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to reply wrote:
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Melinda, there is a great women's biking discussion board at
http://forums.teamestrogen.com/ It's a wonderful site, for bikers of ALL
shapes, sizes. abilities and interests.

~Penny



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small change wrote:
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Are they going to be supportive of someone who doesn't wear pants for
very definite personal reasons or are they going to try to support me by
encouraging me to change my position on the issue?

Re: What scooter skirt style do you think would be best?
Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to reply wrote:
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Only you can decide.  Lurking won't kill you. I refuse to answer that as my
experience is never going to be your experience. I certainly have my
opinions having been a member  of that board for umpteen years, and seen
many women of all shapes, sizes, abilities, racers, recreation riders, big
and small, fast and slow, get along pretty darn well, finding their areas of
commonality, supporting each others' challenges, and respecting each other's
differences.  The nature of humanity is that some people want to tell others
what they think is best- there's no escaping that, not in real life, and
certainly not on the internet.

~p.



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small change wrote:
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Well, that information is very helpful and sounds encouraging.  Ya know,
sometimes groups of ladies will try to pressure other ladies to stop
marching to the beat of their own drummer, and because of that I
generally try to avoid such places.

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Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to reply wrote:
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Ladies should march to their own drum, and not the drum of others.  ;-)
--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth

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Pogonip wrote:
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I totally agree, but the legions of ladies who prefer that people are
very similar to them are many.

I suppose I could take some fabric I don't particularly care about and
try each style, but the last time I tried that, I had this wonderful
garment in a fabric I hated and no time to make any more.  I have like
40 yards of this gabardine and got it for $2/yard, so I can afford to
experiment with it.

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