December 5, 2009
  • 1930s Felt Hat – Merrimac, from Alexandra's in PDX
  • Hello Kitty holding an umbrella earrings – made by me from cell phone charms
  • 1950s? coral coat – Buffalo Exchange (I changed out the buttons)
  • 1940s blouse – http://www.etsy.com/shop/13bees
  • Black sweater from Express – circa 1998
  • 1960s slinky black dress
  • Coral socks – American Apparel
  • Pointy Black shoes

I have been car free for 2 years this January. When I moved from Oregon to Texas I sold my car to my best friend and shipped my 1970s yellow Raleigh down with me. This spring, I sold my Raleigh and got a sweet road bike that is zippy and really comfortable to ride for miles and miles. I have her outfitted with a top tube rack from etsy (it reads “Quite Contrary” and is much more faded after sitting in the Texas summer sun) and back baskets for carrying my backpack and groceries.
Raleigh Sprite 27Raleigh Sprite 27 – early 1970s Road Stripe Yellow with original fenders and chain guard.
Top tube cover

I love these Comet Ride Bike Accessories and wished they matched my bike better!

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left;”>I have a high level of anxiety when I drive or ride in cars and I prefer to take the bus or ride my bike when I can.  My only concern has been being seen by other cars, but I also want to not feel like a total dork. Most of the safety do-dads out there are glowing safety vests and clunky helmets. I bought this coat so I could be better seen while riding my bike. When I first thought up a plan to have a day-glo coat, I thought I would have to hire someone to remake a coat from a vintage pattern. However, I snagged this coat for a measly $24 at Buffalo Exchange. When I got it, it was a bit too big and had other problems.Hideous orange buttons lined a double row down the front, so I cut them off and replaced them with black buttons. I also moved the buttons so that the coat is at least a size smaller.

There is the most adorable reflective lace with little bicycles on it that I may get to sew on the hem of the coat.


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5 Responses to December 5, 2009

  1. Vanessa says:

    You always look great in all your outfits!

  2. Sarah Louise says:

    That is SUCH a great idea with the coat buttons. I am so tempted to thrift a super warm 100% wool black peacoat now and do something similar.

  3. Maria says:

    You are so clever and creative! I think it is a great idea to use this coat for visibility on the road instead of those horrible modern neon vests! And the lace is also a fabulous idea!

    Congratulation on completion of the finals!
    It’s always nice to be done with those!


  4. Miss Tess says:

    OMG, you’ve rocked my world with the reflective lace!

  5. 13bees says:

    the blouse looks so cute on you!