The Reno Tweed Ride: Inspiration

May 9, 2014 11 comments
Coming up in June, our local Steampunk group is hosting the first Reno Tweed Ride, wherein a lot of nutters dress up in, well, tweed, and ride bicycles through Downtown Reno.

Yes, I'm bubbling with joy over this, but of course I need some more tweed in my closet! I have an outfit that could work already, either as a whole or in parts:

...but I'd like to make something new, or at least some new pieces to mix-and-match. Here is some inspiration:
Russian Tweed Riders - hella. Love both these coordinated looks.
Wayne Tippetts - via
This man.
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Pretty much any of the Ralph Lauren looks at this link (click through)
Manchester City Galleries - late 19th, early 20th c. cycling outfit
I dearly want to make up the Wearing History "Smooth Sailing" trousers in tweed, just to have for my normal wardrobe (and because I can't get this image out of my head:)
From Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
I have the pattern and will be off to our local Mill End Fabric (AKA Tweed Palace, and also sometimes Lace Mecca) to find the perfect yardage for the project. Then I suppose I'll pair it with a vest, a shirt, a tie (a bowtie?), and some sort of killer hat.

Of course, my bicycle is a seafoam green beach cruiser. I will in no way match it, or attempt to match it. We shall be glorious together in our clashing hues.

So that's next on my ever-growing list!


  1. All of these are glorious (including you!)!
    I love the couple in matching norfolk jackets!

    1. Norfolk Jackets ftw. I need one. I have a great 1930s pattern that was my grandmother's, but it has to be graded up, like, 5 sizes to fit me, haha. I best get to work because I need one of these jackets in my life!

  2. This sounds awesome! I love the Smooth Sailing pattern. When I bike in them, I find I really have to make sure the legs are rolled up or tucked into my socks so that the chain/gears don't catch on the cuffs. That's my only problem with such wide pants.

  3. I love all of those inspiration images. I'm an Anglophile and have always been a sucker for tweed.

  4. Lovely! We'll be joining a tweed ride the 16th of June :)

  5. Oh, how fun. A lot of choices.

  6. Aaaaweeesoooomeee! These Russian riders rock, the lady especially. No, wait. They're both equally awesome!

  7. I totally love the long Spats on the one from the Machester City Galleries. The Double-breasted waistcoat and jacket are just gorgeous too! You'll look great whatever you choose, you have an eye for these things!

  8. Have a rollicking swell time! We had our 5th annual Fantastic Cleveland Tweed Ride a couple weeks ago, and it was quite the event. In fact, I blogged about the 2013 one here: Looking forward to seeing what you come up with as your costume for the Reno Ride!!


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