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Topic: Being a girl is fun...except for the pantyhose.  (Read 4228 times)
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« on: May 25, 2007 09:44:53 AM »

I've got a bit of an issue, perhaps someone (anyone!) can help me with. I'm short and cuddly. 5'3", and 210 lbs. I tend to lean towards more of the "goth" style of clothing, and occasionally bring myself to go out to the clubs and dance.

Usually when I go to a club, it's about the only time I wear a skirt. But I have issues with skirts. Big, ugly, angry issues with skirts. My thighs aren't exactly the most...er...muscula r in the world, and I have a little bit of flabby, loose sort of skin on the insides where I've lost some weight. Toning the muscles does nothing for it - I've tried. It's just sort of a loose skin that's there to stay.

When I wear a skirt, these bits (for lack of better term?) rub together and chafe in some of the most painful ways possible - resulting in welts and sometimes bleeding.

I've tried stockings - they make the welt/bleeding issue worse. Pantyhose are a little bit better - when they fit. But they rarely ever fit "right". The Fundeez/Flezees glorified  bike shorts things work okay - until about five seconds of movement jar them out of place and they start riding up to the point where they do no good anyway.

Do I forgoe skirts altogether? Do I try more pantyhose and eventually (after much pain) hope I find a pair that fits?

Is there anything I can make that might solve this issue? I was thinking bloomer-type things, maybe a lycra-cotton blend with some decorative lace on the ends - but I don't know where I'd look for a pattern I could use.

Suggestions, comments, and anything you can add would be wonderful. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2007 10:17:39 AM »

Have you tried a skort? (a one piece skirt with shorts underneath)

I've heard that rubbing a bit of talc powder on your inner thighs can help with the friction/sweating issue as well.

I'm no use for sewing, so no suggestions there, but I wish you the best of luck!  It's no fun being uncomfortable.
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2007 10:18:51 AM »

A skort may very well be the answer to my question - I'm keeping my options open, though. Skorts remind me very much of my kindergarten days, for some reason.

Bad memories, I guess.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2007 10:25:45 AM »

There's a post on here about this topic already "underwear for the prevention of thigh chaffing"--there might be some ideas here for you!

Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=151059.msg1498514#msg1498514

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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2007 11:27:16 AM »

I understand completely. My sisters and I went backpacking one summer, and I decided a skirt was the right option for trekking all over Rome one day, so painful bloody chafing was the result. I dont know about the talc powder, but i went the opposite direction and rubbed vaseline on my inner legs, which kind of lubed everything up and prevented worse pain. You might try that?
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2007 11:39:08 AM »

SPANX!! I absolutely love them.  I have the same problem with my thighs, muscular and fat they are.  Spanx are thick pantyhoe short like things.  they sell them at Lane Bryant, and another kind for like $10 less at Target (which is the kind I have - poor college student that I am)  They come in colors, and different shapes, and they are thicker so the rub blisters didnt happen when I wore them instead of hoes. 
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2007 11:42:47 AM »

I totally hear you. My mom calls me thunder thighs. Some women talk about chicken wings-when the fat under your arms wiggles. I have chicken thighs.
I love wearing skirts, I've tried bycicle shorts (those are so meant for athletes), tights and stockings, oil and talc powder...the works.
The best results:
Lush makes a few talc based powders-ordinary talc powder blends with sweat and turns into goo. Lush is a fantastic company based out of england. They make stay dry powders that go the extra mile.
Another option is boys underwear-the boxer breif kind. At least the cotton is absorbant and keeps me dry.
Yet another option is what my mom calls 'fat lady underpants'. 'Just my Size' makes a panty made for just this. So does spanx-they are like bycicle shorts-but made from differnt fabric. They don't ride up as much.
Tell me how it goes!
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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2007 05:53:12 AM »

I agree with the other about spanx.
I have the same problem, and it sounds like we may be around the same size. I'm 5'3'' and about 205ish pounds and have the big thighs as well. I have the Hanes version of spanx, but they work great. I just saw on Target.com that they have a new line called Assets by Sara Blakely that has all sorts of shapewear and the most expensive thing there is $20, and that goes from thighs to the top of the tummy.
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2007 06:44:49 AM »

Band-Aid came out with this product that prevents blisters. it looks like a little tube of deoderant, and you rub it on places you get blisters and it's supposed to lubricate things odorlessly to keep you from getting blisters. I haven't tried it yet, but I wonder if it would work on theighs to prevent chafing?  I've actually applied deoderant to my legs before because I tend to sweat a lot, so maybe it would work!
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2007 08:09:24 AM »

Vaseline can leave a greasy stain on your clothes. I don't have thunder thighs or chicken legs, I'm somewhere in between, but I sometimes do have this problem and I have found that diaper rash cream works the best. It soothes the area and helps to clear it up, while preventing further chafing.
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