You might be wondering, what is a gusset and why are we talking about it? Surprise, surprise, you are probably more familiar with them than you realize.
If you own a pair of tights or work out leggings, more than likely, they have a gusset. For pants, the gusset can be found at the crotch seam; however, gussets can also be also be used under arms, for pillows, and in bags...they are quite versatile.
So let's finally explain why.
A gusset is an extra piece of fabric that gives you a little more room at the seam by redirecting the weight load over the fabric at a different angle. The inserted piece of fabric provides ease of movement and improves the shape and fit of a garment.
For pants and leggings, this is a handy way to help reinforce the seams if you are going to be stretching, or doing an activity like biking that might wear away the seat of your pants faster. It's also a great way to ensure that you do not have any sag in the crotch area, which can be very annoying.
For athletic apparel, gussets usually come in 3 shapes: triangle, diamond, and almond shaped.
Sewaholic has a great tutorial on how to sew in a diamond shaped gusset, with informative visuals and super tips not to be missed. I learned from her not to sew to the ends... it's genius! Read the post HERE.
Photo By Sewaholic
Johanna from Last Stitch blog also has a great tutorial on how to insert a triangle crotch gusset which is slightly easier than a whole diamond or almond shaped gusset. I have been noticing this gusset RTW clothes more often lately. Read the post HERE.
Photo by Last Stitch
The Sloan Legging pattern does not come with a gusset piece but Michelle from Sewjourners wrote a guest blog on the Hey June website including a free pattern piece! She also provides instructions that we will be demonstrating in a later post for you. To read her post, click HERE.
Photo by SewJourners For Hey June
So now comes the time to decide. Choose to add a gusset or, go without. We will show you how to handle both options in coming posts.
Stay tuned! We'll see you back here on Thursday!
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