June 16th, 2009

Quick question: maxi skirt + flats?

Another packing dilemna for my upcoming trip.  I have a black maxi skirt that would be great for a lot of sitting on trains and buses, but I'm not sure that I want to take a pair of sandals.  Plus, we'll be up above the Arctic Circle for part of the time and I'm thinking that my toes might get cold.  So, I was thinking of wearing Mary Janes or simple flats with this skirt.

But I don't think I have ever seen anyone wear a maxi skirt or dress with anything other than sandals.  Would it look wierd?

Flax Designs clothing company

I don't know if anyone has posted about Flax Designs clothing but it is one of my favorites. They make loose, flowy clothing from natural fabrics such as linen, cotton, and some cord and rayon. Their plus sizes are called "generous" so you order a 3G instead of a 3X. They have lots of unstructured shirts, elastic waist pants and crop pants, flowing skirts and a few dresses. Each year they come out with several lines (Spring, Summer, Fall, Neutral, Underflax etc) and offer them in a  variety of colours from somber to vibrant. The clothes have affirmations sewn into them so you get a nice boost when getting dressed and read something like "Good things will happen" on the back of your skirt as you slip it on. 

You can't buy directly from the head office but you can see the new line there:
http://www.flaxdesigns.com/

Several stores sell the new line each year and offer pre-ordering options. The new season is always a little expensive, but there is a large secondary market. Many sellers buy up the samples and unsold stock and re-sell it at good discounts. Here are my favorite sellers who carry the genrous size line. I have bought from all of them and the customer service is great.        

http://www.recycledthreads.com/Store.html
http://www.eastcoastcollection.com/
http://www.tendertreasures.com/
https://www.gidgetsclothing.com/index.html
http://www.2oncrescent.com/
http://www.beachboutique.com/wecs.php?store=patricia&

The company has an interesting history from hippy designer to mega company which is told here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/23/AR2005072300085_pf.html

Some people keep track of all the designs going back about 15 years and swap and sell on internet groups - but I haven't found a group that focuses on the plus size line.

There is variation in the size of different styles so check the measurements carefully. I have 3G items from them that range  from 54-62" in the hip measurements.

Most of the clothes are offered in solid coloured light weight linen which is lovely and light and the medium weight linen works well for cooler weather. Because it is linen, it does get wrinkly but in a nice authentic way so I don't mind and it breathes beautifully. The cut runs long so petites may not find that it works for them. I am tall so it is a treat for me. I am long waisted too but they run very long and I have shortened a few  tops because I don't like a complete tunic look.

My favorite dress of all time (it is along the lines of my icon picture) is a Flax Design which is from 2003 but can still be purchased  here:
http://www.eastcoastcollection.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=132

Have a good day,

Erin
little miss shy

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this is embarassing, but i'm hoping somebody here can help!

we've talked about chub rub many times -- and i'm familiar with that as a (sometimes painful) red rash on inner thighs...but does anyone (else) get other symptoms?  Like large painful sorta blister-things?  i tend to get them in the fold between my (under)belly and my legs....very sore.  i've found in the past that wearing spanx-type garments helps because it holds the belly away from the legs, so the thingies don't develop.  But i HATE spanx and similar garments....so i'm wondering:

(1)  does anyone else get these?
(2)  what strategies do you use to avoid them or to treat them?
(3)  what undies and clothing would you recommend to deal with them?

i'm 5'6", 330lbs with a rack o doom and a belly o doom and no butt to speak of.....any help would be muchly appreciated! 

ETA:  I just want to say thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!  For all the information and advice.  And just for the validation that other people get this too.  It's funny, I usually think of myself as refusing to be shamed about my body, demanding health care etc....but I confess, I cancelled a doctor's appt on Monday b/c i was too humiliated to ask my doctor about these lesions/boils....now i not only have some ideas for dealing with 'em but feel way more comfortable going to the doctor knowing that i'm not alone, other people get these.  so again, thank you all!!!
lupin with wand

Mending Jeans with Thigh Rub Holes

I have big thighs! I like to wear jeans! In some jeans, this causes a problem: holes rapidly appear in the inner thighs of the jeans, making them uncomfortable to wear. There's a very easy mending solution - which can also be used preventatively - which will save your jeans and the delicate skin of your thighs!

The tutorial below uses a sewing machine, but you could certainly stitch by hand if you have a nice sharp needle that will go through denim without wearing out your fingers. The project is suitable for beginners and/or untidy people.

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Crossposted to my LJ.
Prinny

Fat Girl; Skinny Belt

Hello, Fatshionistas and associates!

I was wondering if any of you could help me find a skinny belt that would fit up to about 44". I'm hoping for leather, and would like it if it came both in black and in various bright solid colors. I'm not interested in Old Navy, because I feel their relegation of the plus-size department to online only is an asinine move, but I'm free to hear other suggestions.

Thanks!