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AIBU to solve the mystery of the flappy gusset?
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Sockbogies · 11/05/2020 16:22

So I noticed that some of my knickers from M&S have a rather strange gusset feature, in that it is not sewn in around all four edges leaving a rather odd pocket at the front. This troubled me greatly as my life is fairly dull and empty, so I decided to have a knicker gusset comparison study with my other underwear purchased from other companies. Most of the other pantage from other vendors had the gusset sewn in properly. What is the mystery pocket that M&S has kindly added actually for? AIBU for wanting to know the purpose of this odd little flap (pun intended)?

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Am I being unreasonable?

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blitzen · 11/05/2020 16:23

Is it to avoid seams/VPL type thing?

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pussycatinboots · 11/05/2020 16:26

Interesting...I noticed this with the last lot I got from M&S...I thought it might be for ventilation? Grin

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BelladonnaKebab · 11/05/2020 16:28

A handy pocket to carry sanitiser gel for when you are unable to maintain social distancing?

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Frariedeamin · 11/05/2020 16:29

It’s cheaper to manufacture them that way and that is most likely the reason. I make my own knickers and leave them open (or ‘flappy’) as the polyester thread going across the gusset pisses me off - probably not the reason m&s do it that way!

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Rainycloudyday · 11/05/2020 16:30

@Frariedeamin that’s impressive, homemade knickers!

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AlmostAlwyn · 11/05/2020 16:32

It's probably quicker to sew if you don't enclose the front part of the gusset Smile

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Frariedeamin · 11/05/2020 16:32

@Rainycloudyday it’s easy when you know how! I recommend looking up ‘bunzies’ if you ever fancy giving it a go!

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Justkeepswimmingdory · 11/05/2020 16:34



Answer at 4.29 minutes
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SeriouslySoDoneIn · 11/05/2020 16:34

I’m rather upset that I don’t own any knickers with a flap in them...

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julybaby32 · 11/05/2020 16:35

To enable you to carry a Top Secret Document safely whilst working as a spy. I thought everyone knew that!

My Great Aunt used to knit her own knickers when they stopped making "proper" ones.
(ie knee length heavy-weight knit)

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YummyVeggie · 11/05/2020 16:36

All my underwear are like that...

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dancemom · 11/05/2020 16:36

To slide a folded up tenner in for emergencies

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mrsbyers · 11/05/2020 16:37

An emergency £10

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mrsbyers · 11/05/2020 16:37

@dancemom snap !

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BelfryBat · 11/05/2020 16:38

It's simply easier to sew them that way than sew up the final seam. Money saving exercise.

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Cosyblanky · 11/05/2020 16:39

A bit of a vent for fanny farts

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pussycatinboots · 11/05/2020 16:41

Cosy and there was me being polite Wink

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dancemom · 11/05/2020 17:02

@mrsbyers clearly you and I are well prepared 🙌🏼

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Sockbogies · 11/05/2020 17:06

It's an aesthetic design apparently. I felt so strongly about the issue I messaged them. Initially Darren from Customer Services said he was sorry to hear about the issue and could I return the knickers and associated gusset to a store for further examination.

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Sockbogies · 11/05/2020 17:07

I had already worn the undercrackers so didn't fancy a gusset inspection, even after washing. So I messaged them again to say it wasn't a fault but obviously an intentional flap.

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Sockbogies · 11/05/2020 17:08

This was their reply: Hi Rachael, I've had a reply from our knicker-expert! I'll just pop it here

'A number of our knickers have this grown on ‘floating’ gusset due to design aesthetic. We have used this gusset construction for many years and offer both fixed and ‘floating’ gussets. All our knicker packs are generally fixed and our single selling garments with more design detail can sometimes have the floating gusset depending on styling.

Online, we show the knicker on the person and also as a flat shot, so the customer can see which style has a grown on floating gusset. Where there is a gusset seam, you can see this on the flat photo shot on line – I’ve just had a look and it is clear. If you cannot see a seam online where the front gusset goes, this will be a floating gusset.

I will bear this customer feedback in mind'

I hope this helps answer your question! - Conor

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FelicityBeedle · 11/05/2020 17:08

A lot of my knickers have a sort of tunnel gusset, they’re all cheap brands though. As a young teen I wondered if it was to hold a sanitary device

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EngagedAgain · 11/05/2020 17:09

I've noticed this but can't remember the brand. Must admit I'm not keen, it feels like they haven't been properly finished. Surprised m and s do this.

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FlamingoAndJohn · 11/05/2020 17:10

I've noticed that before.
I've never really wondered why it was there.

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EngagedAgain · 11/05/2020 17:11

Goodness OP, how embarrassing that would have been with a phone call!

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