Saturday, September 10, 2011

To Gusset or Not to Gusset? That is the question.

Dear readers!

Look what I found:   Crotch gussets in J.'s high end hiking pants.  These are made by Royal Robbins:

What an ingenious idea!  Now I think every man should have them, at least in their active wear!

Don't you think it would increase the comfort while not decreasing the style?

For example, in the Kwik Sew shorts I made for J.  Perfect Fit.  Absolutely perfect.  But, wouldn't a crotch gusset make them more comfortable for outdoor activities?

Have you run across this before?  I want to put gussets in all my man's trousers and shorts now!  I googled "crotch gussets" and found a jeans company  Gusset Jeans (really, great jeans but need PR help for that name -  - I originally thought they were named "crotch guesset jeans"!).  Here is a picture, courtesy of their web site:

They also make women's jeans - but I'm not so impressed with those. . .

Now other bloggers and messages boards have considered the idea of crotch gussets.  Fashion incubator in particular has wonderful tutorial (and great pictures of when you should add gussets (I hesitate to say it - "male camel toe").

Fashion Incubator's Article on Crotch Gussets

Here is what I think is the best tutorial on Gussets - it is for underarm gussets but can easily be adapted to the crotches (similar concept of expansion):
Tutorial on Gussets

This is what I would use - I'd like to do a series of tutorials but have not gotten around to perfect execution to actually think through the learning steps for new tutorials.

I am going to add the gussets when I make J.'s next page of cargo pants/shorts - I've added a link below to the pants.  And, I will do a gusset tutorial at that time!

                                           Green Pepper Cargo Pants

I finally bought some rivets from Tandy Leather and Jeans Button and will do a cleanup post next!  What am I working on - an elastic self-drafted A line skirt.


  1. You're not joking that they need help with that name!

  2. I tend to agree with you - I'm not wearing jeans labeled crotch gusset jeans or even gusset jeans for that matter!

  3. Now did J. know that you took his picture like that, or did you sneak it? Dean would've died - but he probably wouldn't even be wearing shorts I made for him in the first place! That IS a cool idea.

  4. I should maybe switch J.s Photo! It was originally a entire picture (consensual) but I did some nonconsensual cropping of that picture. So, I may look to replace it:) I do feel a bit bad!

  5. Oh,I didn't mean to make you change the picture - I just thought it was funny!

  6. Oh no Sister - I was already on the fence about it and about to take it off regardless - it was a bit iffy:)

  7. How funny! But gussets in that spot make a lot of sense. After all, baby clothes have them!

  8. I did not realize that! But of course! More evidence for production of the gusset pant!

  9. Hi, nice blog :^)
    Did you do a tutorial on the gussets? I've been searching for years on a how to, and only find very very incomprehensive instructions. Kinda tried some, but need more...I'd like to make some running shorts but need to put a gusset for comfort like the store-bought kind.

    And, by the way, saw your first pair of jeans blog, too and they came out great!

    1. Thanks Strix! I hope you are doing well - sorry for the delay in response - it's been a difficult week (Paddy passed and then I had some minor surgery). . . Now I'm back - the best gusset I have seen for a tutorial is not for pants - but for sleeves. I reference Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing at:

      Which I think could easily be applied to pants. Thanks for the shout out on the Jeans too!