SBS Re-Imagining & Re-Making

In the late 1890s, women embraced cycling & transformed their clothing to be able to ride safely in shorter skirts or bloomers, & breathe more easily without corsets. This was a revolutionary transformation sparking a significant backlash, that also helped fuel the suffrage movement.

As part of our exploration of the pioneering heritage of women & cycling, we’re thinking about how perceptions of cycling clothing today – lycra, helmet hair etc – discourage women & girls from riding bicycles.


SBS is running a series of free talks & sewing workshops to Re-Imagine, Re-Frame & Re-Make women’s clothing for cycling or any time.

Come & transform preloved clothes – repairs or making them fit; transforming them completely adding splashes of colour or different fabrics; merging two or more completely different items in chaotic experiment. We’re also creating a dressing up box of bloomers upcycled from men’s shirts, to tour alongside the Sussex Blazing Saddles exhibition.

Get involved in the next planning sessions in Newhaven & Brighton to help us develop what we will do in each location. Coming up:

NEWHAVEN, an initial, open planning session to be followed by two days of making sessions

  • 22 May, Hillcrest Community Centre, Newhaven 6pm-8pm

BEXHILL, two making & upcycling sessions. BOOK HERE, drop in or stay the whole day:

  • 1 June, with Community Supporters, at the Eco Hub, Western Road, Bexhill – 10.30am-12.30pm & 1pm-3pm
  • 10 May, with Community Supporters, at the Eco Hub, Western Road Bexhill, 10.30am-12.30pm & 1pm-3pm

BRIGHTON, initial planning session & two days of making dates tbc


Have a look at the images below to find out more about the project so far


This element of the Sussex Blazing Saddles project started in February 2024 with two conversations in Worthing & Bexhill. Local people came to hear about the project, help us develop ideas & frame how we might work together.

The initial sessions took place in:

Worthing – Saturday 24 February 1.30-3pm at the Stitch It Don’t Ditch It session at CREW, Climate Resilience Centre, Worthing, 8-9 South Stree, Worthing, BN11 3AL, &

Bexhill – Monday 26 February 1.30-3pm at Bexhill Museum, 47 Egerton Road, Bexhill, TN39 3HL

Following this, we ran:

A FREE, all day or drop in workshop at CREW (Climate Resilience Centre Worthing) 8-9 South St, BN11 3AL on Saturday 13 April, 11am-4pm

Next up:

Two sessions in Bexhill with Community Supporters on 1st June & 10th June & one more tbc. More info soon

Please contact for more information