Monday, November 14, 2011

Dc Tweed Ride 2011: The Photos

The Girls

The Tweed Ride was a huge success! I would guess that around 250-300 people participated (it was hard to tell, exactly--bikes take up a lot of space so you can't really clump people close enough together to see them all at once).

Shoes

As you can see, I went with the brown booties. At the last minute I was able to make a top, and I felt brown went best with the overall outfit. They ended up working well and I really do love the style of these crazy shoes.



Old Timey Truck at BicycleSpace Stop

Here's the whole outfit, on a fun set provided by BicycleSpace for our rest stop there. The yellow top was my very last minute addition to the outfit--I found the perfect fabric at G Street on the $2.97/yd table on Saturday and made the top late Saturday afternoon. I made the cape three years ago, but never wear it because it is so motion restrictive and impractical. I was glad to give it another wear for the event! My mom gave me the kilt, a sturdy Pendleton wool from her younger days. The hat came from my trip to Ecuador, and the feather pad was found at Mood (had a quick trip to NYC for work last week; more on that at a later date).


Cidell



Cidell was in the same cape, a pattern from BWOF 8-2008, in the shorter version. I just love her bright turquoise with hot pink lining! The feather fascinator in her hair is just the perfect touch, isn't it?



Crowd at DC Tweed Ride 2011 Everyone in the crowd was dressed to the nines! I am amazed by how much creativity people showed, and just how much tweed resides in the closets of DC. One clever thing several people did was to create "knickers" by wearing regular pants, pulling a pair of long argyle socks over the pants, and then blousing the fabric a little over the top of the sock. There were hats galore, which I just loved, and so many cute vintage bikes. The people-watching was superb!

Trena at the White House Our route was so fun. We started at Meridian Hill Park, which is on a large hill (large by DC standards). While you had to get yourself up the hill, after the ride actually started much of it was a comfortable downhill or flat. We visited DC landmarks both famous and obscure. You may recognize this location--Lafayette Square in front of the White House.


Titanic Memorial We also stopped at the more obscure Titanic Memorial. I've visited this before because a friend of mine used to live near it, but it's Southeast Waterfront location has kept it a bit of a secret. It's a strange, ethereal monument, put up in gratitude by the women and children saved by the self-sacrificing men of the Titanic, who stayed on the ship to make more room on the lifeboats.

We ended at Lincoln Park in Capitol Hill, where Cidell and I were spotted by a kind blog reader. It's always so fun to meet people who actually read what you write!

All in all, a wonderful event and a nice day for it--a bit cool but not cold with no rain--you can't ask much more than that from mid-November! All the photos are here. A review of the top will be coming soon...

27 comments:

badmomgoodmom said...

Bicycling and vintage fashion? Sounds like heaven! You all look great.

Meetzorp said...

Your friend Cidell has the most adorable personal style.

I also dig the moustache on her bike.

And your shoes are completely fab. They set off your outfit perfectly.

Glad you had such a nice day for your ride.

Clio said...

What fun! And you all look tweedy and fantastic!

couturearts said...

It looks like you're having so much fun! I'm glad you got to wear your cape.

KID, MD said...

So cute!! You look great. I love the outfit you chose.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful pictures. Loved your outfit and glad you had a great time!

Bijoux said...

So glad you had a fab day. I really admire that you actually finish all the garments you say you are going to make before the occasion you say you are going to wear them for. This is where most people fall down flat and then never get up and try again, because they have so much 'omelette sur votre visage.' Could I possibly be talking about me??? Lastly, I LOVE your shoes, would it be rude to ask where they could be obtained?

Venus de Hilo said...

Sounds like a fabulous time! Your capes look smashing.

Louise said...

They do a similar thing in London. I've never taken part, but I'd like to. I love your outfit.

MushyWear said...

Your outfit came together perfectly. Looks like a really fun event!

Mary said...

What an absolute blast that must have been. You all look wonderful and so...tweedy. :-)

Nancy K said...

A chic crowd! Love your new top.

Mrs. Micawber said...

Fantastic shoes. Cidell looks wonderful in turquoise. Your outfit came together perfectly, and that hat is so beautiful. What a fun, fun ride.

Aroura said...

You looked great with the hat and shoes you chose! The whole crowd looks so interesting and fun. Also looks like you got perfect weather for it. Glad it was such a success!

Carol said...

You all look lovely. I am seriously jealous.

Lisette M said...

What fun! You look fantastic!

Lynn Mally said...

Wow, this looks like an amazing event! Fabulous hat and shoes. Alas, I own no tweed, so I cannot even pretend to emulate this event in Southern California.

senaSews said...

Oh, it looks like you were having a blast. Love your and all of the other retro outfits.

M Kate said...

I loved the purple hat in your collection, but your choice is perfect with your outfit! What a lovely day all around.

Amber Elayne said...

You always seem to be doing such fun activities! And how cute do all of you look????!!!!! I love the vibe that is coming through your pictures and your outfit is perfect!

Uta said...

You look adorable, and your respective capes just "make" the picture! I still have trouble commenting; must be me not you then :(
Uta

Uta said...

Just goes to show... even blogs can be contrary:) Have you changed anything again? This is the first time I could comment in weeks. Anyway, I'm just glad I can.

Katharine said...

Sounds like it was lovely, and you all look like you had a good time. Glad you got mileage (yes) out of your cloak, at last. So for surreal, my maternal grandparents were supposed to be on the Titanic but the tickets sold out. Eeee...

kathy said...

I am lovin' your hat with the glasses. So - tweedy.

McVal said...

Awesome capes! That looks like so much fun!

Meetzorp said...

That top is adorable. It didn't show as well in your other photo, but it is a darling design. Perfect with your mustardy tights, too.

Sherril said...

Trena, you're outfit is wonderful. The hat is perfect and I just love the little top you made for the day. It was really meant to be.