I got a new-to-me bike a few weeks ago. (A hand-me-down from Basia) I can't tell you how much I've been wanting a bike like this. The one I do have has a zillion gears on it and I have no idea how to use any of them. Plus, the bar on it is so high I can't ride it in a skirt. In my defense, when I bought it 20 years ago, I'd have laughed at anyone who said I might one day want to ride a bike while wearing a skirt. But now the problem has been solved. Behold my Schwinn Collegiate:
The wicker basket looks much better on this bike than it did on my mountain bike, but it needed a little sprucing up.
The fabric is from an old pair of Laura Ashley dungarees. Yes, I wore them out of the house once upon a time. It was when I had no problem looking like an overgrown toddler in public.
The fabric was cut so I could use the already existing pockets inside the basket to hold my keys and cell phone when the kids and I are out.
The bias tape binding was thrifted. A couple well placed buttonholes allowed the straps to run through the lining.
It still needs a bell.