Last weekend was the 3rd annual Brompton World Championship. Just in case that means nothing to you, it's a folding bicycle race around the grounds of a stately home in Oxfordshire, with a dress code that includes 'jacket and tie' and 'no visible sportswear'. My husband was taking part, dressed in green to match his bicycle, and I had planned to take all the little runcibles for a picnic next to the track so we could cheer him on. But we are fair weather supporters and the weather was not fair at all. The torrential downpour made it look a lot more gruelling and less cucumber-sandwichy than last year (at least on the you-tube version of events, which was as close as I got this year).
Anyway, as I wasn't there for the actual race I thought I could show my support instead with some upcycled cycle shorts for son#2, aged 5. There's something very satisfying about a bicycle-themed upcycle.
This isn't a tutorial, as such, because there are so many better ones out there. My favourite is at Make Baby Stuff, and includes patterns for baby sizes. This is just larger version using a current pair of shorts as a template, and tweaked slightly to make the most of the 'vroom' T-shirt...
|Here's the original T shirt, from last year's Bike to Work day...|
|All the pieces opened out and ready to sew.|
|Here's the left leg folded right-sides-together and pinned ready to sew the inside leg seam, and the right leg, once again, is just the same.|
|Hooray, Vroom shorts completed!|
|And this is the back view with pockets.|
The fit is more circus short than cycle short at the moment, but son#2 loves them.
Perhaps he can wear them to the 2011 world championship (weather permitting)...