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Sew a triangle crotch gusset in three easy steps

Attaching a triangle crotch gusset in three easy steps

Sewing a triangle crotch gusset on leggings doesn’t have to be hard. But every time I read sewing instructions for how to insert a crotch gusset I think my head will explode. They are so confusing and every pattern company seems to have their own version. That just does my head in! So I always end up doing my quick cheat method*. And you know what, I don’t think my preferred method such a bad way to do it. So I thought I should share it and I would also love to get your feedback on what you think about my way and if you have method that you think is the best!

 

How to sew a triangle crotch gusset

1. Attach one side of gusset to the crotch

For this step I recommend basting first to keep the gusset from slipping. Then attach the gusset using a stretch (overlock) stitch sewing from the end of the crotch to the tip of the triangle.
Attaching a triangle crotch gusset in three easy stepsAttaching a triangle crotch gusset in three easy stepsAttaching a triangle crotch gusset in three easy steps

2. Sew the entire crotch seam

With this method you’ll sew together the crotch seam and the other side of the gusset in one continuous line. Trust me, you will get a good looking triangle gusset this way! Again I recommend basting first.Attaching a triangle crotch gusset in three easy steps

Attaching a triangle crotch gusset in three easy steps

Attaching a triangle crotch gusset in three easy steps

Attaching a triangle crotch gusset in three easy steps

3. Top stitch the gusset

To avoid chafing seams, top stitch the the gusset seams using some type of decorative sewing machine stitch that has a good stretch. I recommend doing a sample first to make sure the seam will both work and look good

Attaching a triangle crotch gusset in three easy steps

Attaching a triangle crotch gusset in three easy steps

That’s it! The gusset seam will be a tad bit ticker because I used both a stretch seam and top stitching, but it’s not noticeable when you wear the leggings. Also this method is super durable.

How to sew a crotch gusset

* Edited to add: My method doesn’t use any notches, whereas both Jalie and Kwik Sew use notches on the gusset and crotch that you sew within, then align the remaining seam allowance with the other pattern pieces.

So what do you think. Is this method fine or do you prefer doing it some other way?

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13 Comment

  1. Reply
    Dawn
    May 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I think your directions are exactly the same as the Jalie directions, aren't they? Or maybe I missed something.

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      Johanna
      May 21, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      The difference is that they don't sew the gusset from end to end, they just between the notches on the gusset and then fold it to align with the seam allowance of the other pattern pieces (I think?) That is the part that confuses me!

  2. Reply
    paloverdeblooms
    May 21, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I've never done a triangular gusset, only diamond-shaped ones under the arms. But that said, I don't think I've ever followed anyone's directions. I just look at the what needs to be inserted and put it in. I don't see it as being particularly difficult. Your method for the crotch gusset looks quite efficient to me.

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      Johanna
      May 23, 2016 at 9:20 am

      That is what I'm prone to do too. But then I struggle with the feeling that I'm not doing it the "right" way. But maybe there is no one right way 🙂

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    Summer Flies
    May 22, 2016 at 12:03 am

    I haven't done a triangle gusset yet but have some leggings planned so this is very helpful. I haven't got Jalie leggings (just some swimwear patterns) but although they get a lot of kudos for their instructions, I have found some confusing and some missing. Maybe if you have done it before it makes more sense but overall they are ok but I wouldn't say they are the best.

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      Johanna
      May 23, 2016 at 9:21 am

      I agree about Jalie. Some steps are brilliantly explained, though others not so much or use a method that is quite fussy.

  4. Reply
    Kyle
    May 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I don't think I've ever inserted a crotch gusset but your method is what I will use when I get to that point!

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      Johanna
      May 23, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Yes please do, and get back to me with any feedback!

  5. Reply
    Ann
    May 22, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I really appreciate this! I agonized over a gusset recently and my aunt had to help me. I'm still scared of doing another one without her around.

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      Johanna
      May 23, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Gussets are hard, especially the diamond version. I think there is something about the construction that is so different from other sewing steps that it is easy to get confused

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    LinB
    May 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Have you ever tried ovoid gussets? V. useful to add room along a seam in a ready-to-wear garment that is too tight somewhere. I like a long, thin ovoid that is fattest wear most needed, with long legs that are easy to ease into the length of a seam. Easier than sharp points to insert, anyway.

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      Johanna
      May 24, 2016 at 6:08 am

      Have not heard of this gusset type before, but now I'm definitively intrigued. That sounds like a brilliant way to add width without having to use a wedge.

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      Anonymous
      May 24, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      The oval is the type of gusset that is used in almost all dancewear tights and most serious RTW yoga pants, as shown here: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/d9/df/7a/d9df7aa66a172f09a9a4d464b36d8c2b.jpg

      It is almost camel-toe proof!

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