Can you see me now?

My color palate is normally pretty subdued. Shades of dark gray combined with some solid jewel tones—mainly berry purple, cerulean, and leaf green. Sometimes a pop of burnt orange to liven it up.

So it may come as a shock to find me wearing this:

Neon yellow cycling dress | Bicitoro

Why, yes! That is a neon yellow dress with reflective trim on the flounce! Thank you for noticing.

A few months back I ordered several bolts of rayon jersey from Fabric Mart. A nice gray herringbone and a gauzy brick red that are both right up my alley–as well as a bolt of neon yellow rayon-elastane jersey that I somehow just couldn’t resist.

Me. Not resisting neon.

It’s a weird feeling.

I began to obsess about a dress made out of this stuff, and I finally got around to making this a month or so back. I’ve been trying to make time for a proper photo shoot with the husband, but it just hasn’t been in the cards.

Which is why I spent the morning involved in an incredibly awkward photo shoot with myself.

Neon Yellow dress jumping | Bicitoro

Trying to sort out the 10-second timer.

Glad that no one was around to see me.

(By the way, if you’re wondering where I got that enormous cowboy boot prop, it’s at Georgetown’s Hat and Boots Park. Of course! I talked about it a bit in this article for ParentMap Magazine.)

Hats & Boots park | Bicitoro

This dress is crazy comfortable. It’s made of a double layer of jersey, from a pattern I created myself. Well, by “created,” I mean that I traced one of my favorite tank tops, lengthened it by about 15″, then added cap sleeves and a flounce.

The flounce is a non-Jessie-like touch, too. But I’ve been spending far too much time around little girl dresses lately, on account of my last few years working as a children’s clothing catalog writer, and I’d become obsessed with the idea of owning a skirt with a flounce.

Because it’s obviously not visible enough, I also added reflective piping in the flounce seam. Can you see it?

Neon yellow cycling dress - detail | Bicitoro

You know a color is bright when its brilliance overshadows the reflective piping.

I had planned to change back into my normal clothes after the photo shoot, but I think I’m going to wear it out when I meet my coworkers for drinks later.

Neon yellow cycling dress 2 | Bicitoro

For such a sporty dress, it pairs surprisingly well with my painted heels.

Painted shoes | Bicitoro

I’ve had these for months, too, but never really found a chance to blog about them. They work pretty well on the bike, actually.

I wish I could be a bike-in-heels sort of girl, but there’s nowhere I can bike from my house (except within our tiny neighbourhood) without needing to be pretty aggressive. I just wouldn’t feel safe riding with semi trucks in heels and a skirt.

Are you succumbing to the siren call of neon yellow? I’ve still got 13 yards of jersey, and I’d be thrilled to send some other neon dresses out into the world.

It’ll probably take me a while to get a posting up on my Etsy, so just shoot me an email if you’re interested.

9 thoughts on “Can you see me now?

  1. Jessie, you rock! I love your style.

    As another Seattle cyclist, I totally agree with your comments about the need to ride assertively/aggressively!

    • Thanks! I actually did take the heels out for a spin around the neighbourhood–I ended up riding for a bit on 4th Ave S and other roads that needed aggressive riding, and I actually did fine. It was kind of fun!

  2. Wow, I completely love this dress! And I think about 70% of the reason you needed the flounce was because of the word, “flounce.” Looks like a great shape for riding, plus extra safety with that reflective trim!

    • “Flounce” is a pretty awesome word. The shape is good for riding, but the reflective trim is a bit constricting. It ended up getting hiked up my thighs a bit so I could pedal, but then I never had to worry about my skirt flying up because the trim held it in place. It’s a very fun dress to ride in. 🙂

  3. Adorable dress – great job on the creative patternmaking:) And, love the heels. And, agree with you — I have a 12 miles commute to work (I don’t always bike commute) and actually need sporty clothing to wear. . . no heels on that commute.

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