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Chub rub killed my jeans!
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lucyquick wrote in fatshionista
OK, so I just noticed that my favourite pair of Venezia jeans, which fit me perfectly and which I love dearly, have chub rub holes in both sides of the inner thighs. I'm figuring that a lot of you other fats out there have had the same issue, and I'm looking for some tips on the best way to patch the holes. Do iron-on patches work? Should I just find some sturdy fabric and sew patches on? Should I take them to a seamstress or dry cleaner to have them patched? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Excellent info - I really appreciate it. Thanks!

Well, first of all, anything that patches the holes is going to make the fabric in that area rough and more likely just develop holes again. But I've used iron-on patches on the inside to hold me until I could buy new jeans. I've also cut out the inner thighs, cut off the legs, and made shorts with a thigh panel.

I was going to recommend patches on the inside of the jean as well. It's extended the life of many a pair of pants for me.

Thank you OP for posting this item this information is about to be handy (I am just down to like 2 pairs of jeans) I was desperate not to spend more month on jeans. Y'know, being unemployed and such can't really buy anything. I'll just have to be hand stitching I think until I find my handy dandy sewing machine (moving is a bitch for finding anything there after!)

I tried to iron on my own patches once and it was a disaster. The edges wouldn't stay down and you could see them sticking out. I would suggest taking them somewhere to get repaired so that it looks professional and lasts you a lot longer!

I usually use iron on patches on the inside of the thighs, and stitch them down as well, because the iron-on patches often unstick...

One of my favorite pairs of jeans has massive chub rub in the crotch. I thought about just throwing them out, but instead I'm going to cut the legs and use the denim for a graphic design project:)

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Thanks for the info - and the good wishes!

I have had mixed results with the patches. The Venezia Jeans have a tendency to run like stocking once a hole develops so patches are a short term solution. Iron on works best as it adheres to the hole - anything you can do to disrupt/reinforce the edges will help. You can even paint on some clear nail polish like you would a run - it helps a little.

Mostly though you are forestalling the inevitable. At least they make their jeans pretty thick so they last longer than others I have had experience with.

What you can do with them once the holes are there though, which is fun - is cut the legs up the inseam and sew in a panel on the front and back (triangle shaped) to create a jean skirt. It is cute and bohemian.

Good Luck!

Oh and a caveat - I did once just ignore the growing holes and tried patching and what not for too long. They ripped all at once along the inseem and straight across the back leg. -- Thank goodness I was at home! So when they get too thin, be warned. :)

It is funny now though!

I really like this idea a lot - in fact, I wear denim skirts at least as much as I wear jeans, if not more. I think I may give this a try. Thank you!

My aunt fixes my worn jeans by sewing pieces of an old jeans onto the holes from the inside (it's important that the pieces are larger than the holes themselves). She runs the pieces over multiple times with her sewing machine. This reinforces the worn areas so much that none of my fixed jeans have ever gotten holes again, plus: it's in fact barely visible if you match the thread and fabric colors right.


Thank you - this is a great idea. I wouldn't have thought about patching jeans with denim (duh!), but it makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

I also patch from the inside. I'm lazy, so I used iron-on patches. One word of caution: if the hole is big and you try to iron a patch on from the inside, it WILL iron onto the ironing board. Sounds obvious, but, you know. I did it. =\

Also, if the patches go on from the inside, there is way less chance of the edges and corners peeling up since they get less wear against your skin rather than rubbing up against the other pantleg. I've had a few patches ironed on that stayed for a good three or four washes before I had to sew over them a la one_six_seven's comment above. (That works great, btw)

I've also had jeans where the whole inner thigh will just sort of...thin out? No real holes, but when you hold the denim up you can see light through it. In that case, I sew big panels of denim into the entire upper thigh from the inside, but I use less stitching than on a smaller patch so it isn't quite so thick. I may even put some decorative stitching on the lower legs just to help make the thigh stitching look more on-purpose. The sewing doesn't even have to be in straight lines- swirls and designs work just as well.

When you have a great pair of jeans, you do what you can to save them!

Thanks. And, I'm also the type of person who would iron the patch right onto the ironing board....yep, the obvious sometimes escapes me!

If you decide to do your own fix, by whatever method, do a much larger area than the hole(s). Their edges are soft and thin, so too small a patch could just tear a larger hole.
And since the fabric is really worn, iron ons will not work their very best. They can be ok, but sew down at least the corners if not the whole edge.

I've only patched jeans on the outside.

FWIW, I gave up on iron-on patches years ago because the adhesive makes them non-breatheable and really sweaty. I think one_six_seven's aunt has the best method.

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