Thursday, October 23, 2008

Clothes Conversion Demos at the Temescal Farmers' Market

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the new B. Spoke Tailor blog.

Our first entry is about how we love to recycle clothes into bike clothes. We want to show you how practical, fun, and creative it can be! Local bicyclists and those who sew are invited to join us creekside to learn how to convert trousers into knickers and sweaters into arm warmers.

Over the next two Sundays, Nan will treadle you through the how-to of:
  • recycling used pants into knickers by cutting off, hemming, adding velcro or snap knee tabs and a phone pocket to make your work pants or wool suit pants into knickers ((Jay in his bike knickers))
  • recycling wool sweaters into stylish arm warmers using our custom pattern and adding used bike tubing for elastic to the top hem ((Wendy in her arm warmers))
If you do not sew, we offer other options. You can purchase our recycled knickers ($50) and arm warmers ($45). Or, bring used clothing suitable for us to recycle and receive $5 off these prices. Additionally, we can help you be more visible on your bicycle by sewing reflective safety trim to your waistcoat or vest.

Join us to learn how it's done on Sunday October 26 or Sunday November 2 at the Temescal Farmers' Market. The market takes place from 9:00-1:00 in the parking lot of the North Oakland DMV, located at 5300 Claremont Avenue. See you there!

((Genevieve in her vestpack, knickers, and wool safety gaitors))