The object of the invention is an improved brief or panty and method of making the same that has porous fabric panels and elastic members that are elastic in all directions. The panty lies flat against the body of the wearer and the fabric panel does not gather adjacent the elastic members.
The panty has an hourglass-shaped panel (10) and an elastic member (11) having hourglass exterior margin (21) and interior margin (22) overlying and bonded to the exterior margin of the fabric panel (10). A functional crotch portion (20) is interposed between the elastic member (11) and the panel (10).
The panty is manufactured by forming an hourglass-shaped panty blank (10) of elastic material having front (19) and rear (18) panel portions; forming an elastic border member (11) from elastic material; superimposing the border member (11) on the hourglass margin of the panty blank (10) and bonding it thereto; and securing corresponding transverse edges of the front (19) and rear (18) panel portions.