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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.
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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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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2007 08:44:57 AM »

I had the same issue, my mom who is a nurse gave me the best idea, she gave me the clear sticky stuff they put over patients iv rigs. I think it's called 2nd skin. It doesn't make the chaffing worse, you don't even feel it and doesn't hurt too much to take off. Hope this helps. I really do feel for you my dear.
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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2007 09:22:57 AM »

I had the same issue, my mom who is a nurse gave me the best idea, she gave me the clear sticky stuff they put over patients iv rigs. I think it's called 2nd skin. It doesn't make the chaffing worse, you don't even feel it and doesn't hurt too much to take off. Hope this helps. I really do feel for you my dear.

Being a nurse, I've used Tegaderm ( you can buy it from the pharmacy or internet) before to prevent chaffing.  But for a one time use thing, it is really DAMN expensive (but works!)  I think the Spanx may be your best bet.  Let us know how it goes.   Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2007 11:41:52 AM »

Cycling stores sell this stuff in a tube (sorry I can't remember the name) to prevent chafing while cycling long distances.  Bound to be very hi-tech and all, but can't vouch for the effectiveness. 
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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2007 12:03:40 PM »

i have only two words for you.. DUCT TAPE!  but make sure you put it on before you chafe..  Not really an everyday option..  It's my plan for bonnaroo, though!  Tough enough to stand up to miles of walking, but not something I have to wrangle on and off in a portapottie at 4 in the morning.  perfecto!  Cheesy

I've tried that chafing cream-powder before  (i can't remember what it's called) but it was crapola.  It sweats right off.  Sad
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« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2007 12:18:33 PM »

there was another thread on here a while ago that I just looked up, and a lot of people there were suggesting bodyglide. it's for atheletes and such and it's supposed to work really well, I plan to get some this weekend since it's getting much too hot for the shorts-under-the-skirt approach.
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« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2007 12:36:03 PM »

I second (of was it fifth) the Spanks...or assets by Sarah Blakely.  I Have a pair of the bike shorts and a pair of the footless sheer tights. 

Even the tights seem to be made of a slicker, nylon-y material that glides over itself super well. 

The bike shorts I have are from Wal-Mart (in the shapers section of lingerie) and they do not ride up in the leg, look for ones with a little silicone ribbing on the inside.  This will prevent them from sliding up your leg.  They were about $15 and they come up to just under the breasts.  They slim and shape the tummy and ..love handles as well. 

The Assets I bought were $10 a pair at Target.  I have worn them about 10 times now and they look new still.  If you want anymore proof that they are the best tings ever - I am in Canada...we don't have Target and I drive to the States to get these babies..they're that good!

(You can get them on Ebay too).
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« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2007 12:46:12 PM »

definitely try the spanx. i have the same problem if to a lesser extent, and my mom was thinking of what could help me one day, and apparently runners and such have the same problem and they simply rub deodorant between their legs and that helps a lot. but i know that could be pretty icky so that's like a second option to the spanx. good luck!
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« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2007 01:34:09 PM »

I haven't read though everyone's posts completely, but what about leggings? (not sure if you call them that in the US)

I love to wear short shorts / skirts when I'm out and I wear leggings underneath, they are a lot stronger than tights / pantyhose and do a better job. Plus being longer than cycling shorts they don't tend to move out of place.

It is a big fashion thing in the UK at the minute with the leggins under skirts.
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« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2007 06:47:05 PM »

Omg, bodyglide is amazing!!!!  It's not sticky or anything, and it really helps me not feel the burn.  I heartily recommend it!
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« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2007 10:50:36 PM »

I make/wear leggings (essentially footless tights) out of slinky material. Good for summer because one of the neat things about slinky is that it tends to feel cool and has a natural sort of slip to it -- it's like swimsuit material.

I'm intending on making some shorts-length of the same material for more summery applications. I haven't had problems with the legs on bicycle shorts riding up, but I'm guessing if the legs are long enough to go over the swell of the thigh, they'd be less likely to walk up. Or even put a bit of elastic at the leg opening.

Monistat makes Soothing Care chafe-relief powder/gel, which I have, but it seems to me that I'd find it a bit creepy to have my thighs slipping around on each other, so I'll just keep 'em covered. (I use the Soothing Care in the summer for bra/sweat related situations.)

Those are my recommendations anyway!
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« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2007 02:56:45 PM »

I am a size 26 and my best friend is a small size 10 we both get thigh chaff ...its so nice to know its not just a size thing..we are both mad sewers so we decided bloomers were the way to go ...rather victorian but cute ...I myself favour satin bloomers with lace frills in black  she makes hers in tie dyed flannel (for warmth) any costume reproduction site well be able to point people in the right direction ..
and yes, spilt bloomers are still comfy and modest as well as useful under corsets Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2007 07:05:25 AM »

and yes, spilt bloomers are still comfy and modest as well as useful under corsets Smiley

Bloomers rock!  I always wear skirts, and bloomers really do help with the chafing problem.  I made mine out of lightweight cotton broadcloth or calico, and they're very comfortable, even in hot weather.  I'd love to find a split bloomer pattern, if you can recommend one. 

I despise pantyhose.  I can usually find hose that fit, but I can't stand the things.  And they don't do a thing to prevent chafing.  I usually wear my skirts long enough so that I can wear knee-highs and nobody will know the difference.  Smiley 
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« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2007 08:31:18 AM »

Alright, after walking for hours on end at bonnaroo this year, i've discovered something that works.  THAT WORKS!  It was suntan oil.  I just greased them up and BAM!  no pain!  no chafing!  It was like I weighed 80 pounds!  magic!  Not practical for everyday application, perhaps, but certainly good to know.
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« Reply #23 on: July 28, 2007 07:43:14 PM »

Ok, pantyhose are the devil. I have not worn them since prom, (seven years and counting) and I absolutely hate them.

Fortunately, I don't have chafing issues. Strangely enough though, my husband does. We got him some Monistat (don't tell his friends) and it works great for him. Even though it is designed for women, it works great in the manly areas... maybe more than you wanted to know, but it doesn't cost much and it is worth a shot. We also tried getting him some boxer briefs (to keep his legs covered in fabric) but it didn't help at all.

The slippery feeling isn't a bad thing. My legs feel slippery after I shave them, just because they are smooth.
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« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2007 04:51:16 AM »

Boxer-briefs rock. Plus, they don't ride up like panties do. I wear them all the time.
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