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« on: July 06, 2013 10:20:46 PM »

Hello everybody. Now, I'm not plus size but I'm not tiny by any means. I have an issue where I own lots of dresses and some skirts and I have to wear shorts under them otherwise I get these very painful bumps on my thighs. And it sweats down there too. Hey, we are human!

I have some American Apparel bike shorts but I find them awkward to wear. I have them in cotton spandex, nylon tricot, and lam. If I do not wear hose underneath, they ride up my thighs to my crotch. Picture walking around with shorts wadded there...I'm always embarrassingly having to pull down my shorts under my skirts/dresses! The seam also goes up my butt and...other crack. Even with underwear on. I luckily got them at 50-90% off while I worked for them...it's the only reason I even wasted the money. I found the lam fabric holds the best and longest before slipping but I only have a few small scraps and have not seen any at my local fabric stores (also not the best for summer)

I'm around a size 12. I can't have shorts too long since I do wear short skirts. How do I make tight, fitted shorts that don't ride up or roll up my legs? I don't want a long inseam. I also wear most items at my waist but have to be careful the items don't roll down my tummy. I have uneven hips and don't know how to adjust for that either. How do I get a waistband like the American Apparel shorts so that it's comfy? I do not have a serger and I'm not super versed in making tight, fitted knit garments...mostly make flowy stuff. I haven't left my house very much recently simply because I run out of undershorts SO fast.
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2013 11:09:23 AM »

Ugh, I have that problem too. I bought this:      http://www.target.com/p/assets-by-sara-blakely-womens-high-waist-shaping-pantyhose-assorted-colors/-/A-13385037#prodSlot=large_1_2        once and loved how it protected my thighs, but pulling it down and back up every time I had to pee was a struggle plus it was hot. So I cut the legs off, so I had two tubes of spandex or whatever it is, and wore just those around my thighs. They stayed in place for the most part and were much cooler because my lady business could, um, 'breathe' I guess lol. Anyway, if spending $16 on these just to cut them apart seems like a waste, then maybe you could find some thin stretchy jersey to try it with? I hope this helps.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2013 06:25:10 PM »

I like the idea but I should have mentioned that these shorts would also need to be worn alone Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2013 05:42:24 PM »

I haven't tried these myself but Liz over at http://psitsfashion.com/ swears by them. They're called Bandelettes (available at http://www.bandelettes.com/) and are essentially a wide band of stretch lace you put over your thighs to provide a barrier against any rubbing.

I, too, get nasty chafing along my curvy thighs when wearing skirts in the summer and I think these would be incredibly easy to DIY. Simply purchase some wide stretch lace, cut an inch less than the diameter of the widest part of your thigh, and sew a seam with a zig-zag stitch.

These would making bathroom trips really easy and they'd be pretty unnoticeable under skirts, unlike some shorts that can show an outline.

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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2013 06:45:56 PM »

I've never been able to get bike shorts to stay down.  I don't know why, when everything else slips down, they insist of going up!

I've been thinking I need to make a pair of bloomers out of some cotton knit.  Maybe something like that would work?

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