When the calves come home

I finished a little skirt today. It has an elastic waistband, because Action Hero Melissa told me that every girl needs an elastic waistband skirt in her closet. I was actually inspired by the Hedster, who whipped up a little elastic waistband monkey skirt for herself (and hers has perfect seams):
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The fabric is some scrap fabric I bought to use as bag lining. Now that I have the sizing somewhat right, I can make some more comfy skirts with my fabric stash, which is in desperate need of reduction (though I bought some more fabric today. Oops. I was buying a pattern, and the patterns are 50% off IF you make a fabric purchase, so I had no choice! And then I was mocked by the employee, “Are you going to buy that crazy giant clown fabric? Most people are scared of clowns.”)
Today at the knitting guild meeting, some of us got in a discussion about calf size (mostly because I was complaining about the enormity of my calves). Nancy of crazy slipper fame has a roommate whose calves are bigger than her boyfriend’s calves, and he is a foot taller than she is! So, when I got home, I immediately measured Peter’s calves, and phew, they are slightly larger than mine (I still can’t fit my calves into gogo boots, though, and YES, I want to).

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14 Responses to When the calves come home

  1. amy says:

    You are so creative! Love the skirt and envy your sewing abilities. You have great style too, very vibrant and fun :) And I now understand how you can be such a food lover, you JOG.. Read your recommendations over at Rachael’s and thank you for letting her post them. I am a runner wanna be too..

  2. Sharlene says:

    Too much time put in on Strawberry Canyon and the Dipsea during my formative years has left me with huge calves too. They don’t go away! I’ve hardly ran at all in the past 5 years and I’ve still got ‘em. So I guess that means I gotta tie on the shoes and get at it again…

  3. Erica says:

    I LOVE that skirt – it reminds me so much of the Partridge Family (the birds in the credits)! And that’s a good thing of course. What’s up with the fabric store person? Therapy recommended, if you ask me. Clown fabric=goodness.

  4. Elaine says:

    Skirt looks great! I wish I could wear skirts. Talk about calves. But you’re a runner so it makes sense. Me, I’m barely a walker so it makes no sense…er, on second thought, maybe it does.

  5. claudia says:

    Cute. Your calves, BTW, do not look huge.

  6. bethanie says:

    I have enormous calves and I have no idea why. I too get sad that I can’t wear knee-high boots.

  7. Silvia says:

    Erica is totally in my head, I started singing the Partridge Family theme as soon as I saw the picture download! I love it! Whimsical and summery.
    Your calves aren’t huge, they’re quite nice. Plus you’re a crazy runner and if you had tiny useless calves you’d be a bad runner. I love the boys at the gym who have those huge upper torsos and can’t hang their arms down to their sides, but have tiny little bird legs. It’s like they forgot all about them. They look like those weebles from childhood. Don’t tip man!

  8. Terri says:

    Very cute skirt, Mariko! “c’mon, get happy!” And -of course- you had to get fabric, because you were saving money if you did – 50% off the pattern!

  9. Meg says:

    Shapely calves make one’s ankles look nice, though, eh? Your calves aren’t big s’far as I can tell. Nice skirt!

  10. isabelle says:

    adorable skirt! did you make the birdies yourself? if not, where can i get them?

  11. Minna says:

    I’ve got “Natural Calves” too (according to the shoe-department clerk… makes you wonder about all those chickas with the “unnatural calves”) and a love for go-go boots. Ecco makes a knee-high boot that actually fits, *and* they’re comfortable too!

  12. Carrie says:

    Okay, that skirt is freakin’ cute. LOVE the fabric.
    And I am at the other end of the spectrum with my calves…I have NO calves, just tiny chicken legs attached to my tiny-can’t-find-any-shoes-to-fit-me AAA narrow feet. I’ve actually had to take a pair of knee high boots to have them sized to my abnormally shrunken calves. Your legs are hot, and I am jealous.

  13. My husband is one of the few people I’ve met with calves bigger than mine, I’m at 16 and 1/2 inches, which on a 5 foot 8 frame still looks kind of odd :)
    No one expects it till the shorts are broken out.

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