You would think that you know absolutely everything for something that you have used every day for a couple of decades, or maybe even more, right? Well, the truth is that there are many secrets in everyday objects that we learn each day, and one of those hidden mysteries is the reason why women’s underwear has a “pocket”.
You’ve probably all noticed it at some point, but you’ve never really thought about it. Was is designed to hide something, like a tampon, or a pad, or maybe money?
As it turns out, the answer is neither of that. The true reason of why women’s underwear have a “pocket” is because they are required to. The layer must be made from a special tissue and it’s there to add more comfort, but that still doesn’t answer the question of why there is a “pocket”.
Any underpants, whether they are designed for males or females, have a part that is called gusset, and it’s there for reasons of fit (mainly). However, it can also be there for hygiene purposes and absorbency when it comes to female underwear. It reduces four joints coming together in one spot, and thus creates a freedom of movement and a more comfortable experience.
The gusset is usually of double thickness, and it’s usually sewn in with a concealed seam at each end. However, sewing these two seams is really hard, so that’s why cheaper brands use only one seam in this area, and the end result is to leave the gusset unattached at one end. Thus, it forms a pocket-like opening.
So, the real reason for leaving the one seam out is not to save fabric, but to make it faster to sew the garment, as it saves from 10 to 30 seconds per piece. Multiply that number to the number of knickers produced, you can see why companies do that.