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Hello! So.... I've gained some extra thigh width and I'm in need of something to ...
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    Question Please help me make my chaps bigger!

    Hello! So.... I've gained some extra thigh width and I'm in need of something to help me zip them up! I've found extenders you can buy to add width across your hips, but nothing to add to thigh width!

    I am borrowing the chaps from my trainer so I can't sew anything in. So I was thinking maybe adding zipper halves on either side of some elastic or ultrasuede?

    Thanks! Any patterns, products or suggestions oul dbe much appreciated!

    (Or if you know of someone selling large ultrasuede chaps for super cheap!)
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    If it were me, I would find someone with a sewing maching, and buy some suede and just sew in some more. My friend's sewing machine (a little heavier duty than most, but not a leather sewing machine) did a great job of going through double-thick suede when my chaps needed to be made smaller.
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    Thanks! I'll keep that in mind, I just don't think I can actually alter the chaps as they're not mine
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    Somewhere on this lovely sea of internet, there is someone who sells zip in elastic chap thingys.

    They were $39.99, I'll try and find them again.

    ***They are a little more expensive then I remember but here are some:
    http://chapinserts.com/
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    Oh wow, thank you so much! That's exactly what I've been looking for! I've been surfing the internet forever but I havn't come across them yet! Yes, definately let me know if you find the cheaper ones! Thanks!
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    I let out some chaps once just sewed in a 2" panel of heavy duty elastic betwee the zipper and the suede. Works best with black fringed chaps, but should be cheap to have done. IIRC, the elastic was only like $10. Doesn't take much skill or a very heavy duty machine.
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    Ok thanks so much! What do you think I should do about zippers? Will I have to find the exact same zipper used in my chaps or would a heavy duty zipper of the same size teeth zip in perfectly?
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    Where did you buy the heavy duty elastic?
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    The elastic was from the fabric store - just the widest black elastic they had. I'm not sure if your question about the zippers was addressed to me, but if it was, I just used the original zipper and attached it to the elastic, then the elastic to the suede where the zipper was removed.
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    what size do you need? i have a pair of grey smooth leather show chaps for sale for pretty cheap as i dot fit them anymore. they would probably be classed as a xl but i had themn custom made. pm me if you want more info/measurements.
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