Early cycling season might just be a lot more fashionable chez The Sewing Lawyer, now that my new bike jacket is all sewn up and ready to go. Now, if only it wasn't -25C outside (-30-something with the wind chill)....
Golden Triangle Cycling Jacket". I can't find any sign of its origins in the packaging or on the internet. My copy is an antique - imagine, the multi-size pattern looks suspiciously like an actual blue print. Does anyone use that technology any more?
Anyhow, here it is - pretty blue goretex purchased last year from Ressy's Coop, lined with some sort of athletic mesh in white (from stash) and embellished in a practical sort of way with retro-reflective piping (Montreal, St. Hubert Street) and nylon ripstop printed all over with a retro-reflective pattern (stash). I used the retro-reflective fabric at the collar, back yoke and lower band.
I split the front to create a yoke seam where I could insert piping, and did the same on the sleeves. The piping starts at the back yoke, and runs diagonally across the sleeve so you can see it in the front. To the right, the back, in pretend biking position. The lower back curves down so that when I'm really on the bike, there is no risk of gaposis; the hem should be more or less horizontal in that position.
In the photo to the left, you can see how the upper back yoke is only attached at the CB. Even though goretex is more breathable than many waterproof fabrics, I expect it to be pretty steamy on occasion and this will help. If you click on the photo to the right, you can sort of see how the retro-reflective stuff performs. Naturally it's even more startling in the complete dark, but that's pretty hard to photograph!
The pattern calls for a lot of fancy pockets, but I only used the lower front ones that open at the side seam. I'm strictly a practical biker (i.e. I commute to work in the 8 or so months a year when there's no snow) so I have no need for stashing energy bars or whatever the high-test cyclists put in those pockets found at the lower back of almost every cycling jersey or jacket sold around here.
I'll enter this in the PR activewear contest currently running. Vote for me!