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  • What is a gusset and why do we put one in half of our pants?
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What is a gusset and why do we put one in half of our pants?

What is a gusset and why do we put one in half of our pants?
The gusset – a diamond shaped or triangular insert in a seam to provide expansion or reinforcement – has been utilized for centuries to improve garment contouring, freedom of movement and durability. 

The Thorsburg Trousers: approx. 1st-4th century, Thorsberg More, Germany

The gusset is an elongated rectangular piece connecting the front to the inseam at the back trapezoidal panel.

Short Trousers/Braies: approx. 8th-9th century, Balkans, Slavic Origin

A square is folded in half and sewn to two rectangular pieces to create a symmetrical triangle gusset on the front and back.

Modern utility applications that feature the gusset include firefighter and rescue pants, cold weather army long johns, climbing trousers and even cycling shorts.

Easy, breezy. Ability to layer thermal underwear in colder temperatures and will give your lower half some breathing room in warmer climates. Also, feel free to sit without concern over ripping a seam.
Lastly, you’ll never take yourself too seriously in a gusset. Less seriousness = more fun.

Fitted or roomy on a plane/train/car? The latter.
 – No leggings or sweatpants required –

Light sport
Whether chasing after your toddler, squeezing in some squats in the break room or running to catch a train, your gusset will move with you. 

It’s likely that no one else will have them. Even if they do, your Atelier & Repairs pair will always be #1of1 and unique to you.
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