I had two concerns with adding a gusset: (1) adding to the difficulty of sewing them up and (2) visibility! To test the latter, I used contrasting thread, making the gusset more obvious than it would be in actual leggings. I used the dimensions of my hand to draft the gusset: 6 inches long by 3 inches wide, with the longer portion of the diamond in front.
The gusset is basically invisible and doesn’t noticeably change the feel of things. I can sit cross-legged on the floor just as easily without the gusset as with. Curiosity satisfied. I don’t suppose I’ll include a gusset in the final leggings.
However, all this thinking about how the crotch & surrounding areas feel, makes me realize that the inside front of my thighs are a bit snug. The photo doesn’t have enough focus to show the fabric is stretched out, but it is, so I guess I’ll modify my template to add an inch or so. Now instead of being basically a straight line, the front crotch curve of my pattern will have a little curve.
Basque waist yoke
I googled “fat leggings” and one of the images that popped up intrigues me, a pair with a basque yoke:
Does this just create an arrow pointing at my impressive overhang, or does it divide my belly into less prominent portions?
Actually, slapdash cutting and sewing has a pay-off here: as my leggings twist, one side of the yoke sits lower on my belly than the other, and I prefer that side. But even if the yoke were just right, would it be better than no yoke, just a simple seam up the middle?
And the back:
It is very hard to see the yoke in this picture, but once again, the skew gives me options: I prefer the seam when it’s a little higher on my high hip, so I’ve modified my yokes to accommodate my preferences. The sticking point is that my yokes are no longer matching lengths at the side seam. Urgh! Well, who says the front yoke has to have a straight line from point to hip?
I think I’m ready to move on to my 2nd muslin, in a heavier fabric: a poly/lycra double knit with, ironically the same 60% stretch as this thin cotton/lyra. Unfortunately my final fabric only has about 40% stretch.