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Publication numberUS1177952 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 4, 1916
Filing dateAug 20, 1915
Priority dateAug 20, 1915
Publication numberUS 1177952 A, US 1177952A, US-A-1177952, US1177952 A, US1177952A
InventorsLeverett L Inman
Original AssigneeWilliam J Conklin, Leverett L Inman
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1177952 A
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l L. L. INMAN.



Patented Apr. 4, 1916.





Patented Apr. 4, 1916.

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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Apr. 4, 1916.

Application filed August 20, 1915. Serial No. 46,549.

T 0 all whom it 'may concern:

Be it known that I, Lnvnnn'rr L. NMAN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Beacon, in the county of Dutchess and Sta-te of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in VVearing-Apparel, of which the followingr is a specilication.

This invention relates to wearing apparel and more particularly to an improvement in coats and has as its primary object to provide a coat which will be more comfortable to the wearer than the ordinary coat and which will allow greater freedom of movement of the arms and shoulders than is possible when the ordinary coat is worn.

The coat embodying the present invention is so made that it may expand to allow for free movement of the arms and shoulders and is, therefore, particularly well suited for wear by those engaged in athletic sports and, in fact, by any one desiring a garment of this nature neat in appearance and normally more or less close fitting and yet capable of allowing great' freedom of movement of the body.

Another aim of the invention is to provide a coat of the character above mentioned so made that when the wearer is standing or. sitting erect the coat will neatly and properly fit the body and yet when the arms are raised or moved forwardly the back of the coat will be permitted to expand so that freedom of movement will not be interfered with.

Tncidentally, the invention aims to so construct the coat that the same will with certainty resume its normal form and hang when the arms or shoulders are in the position they naturally assume when the wearer is stan-Ting or sitting erect.

ln the drawings: Figure l is a perspective view illustrating an embodiment of the present invention and illustrating furthermore, the manner in which the back and sleeves of the coat may expand. Fig. 2 isa similar view illustrating the normal appearance of the coat. Fig. 3 is a horizontal sectional view through a portion of the back of the coat illustrating the back plaits in normal position. Fig. 4: is a similar view illustrating the plaits partly opened to permit of expansion of the back of the coat. Fig. 5 is a view similar to Fig. 3 illustrating a slight modification of the invention Fig. 6 is a view similar to Fig. 4: illustrating the plaits opened.

Corresponding and like `parts are referred to 1n the following description and indicated in all the views of the drawings by the same reference characters.

Tn the drawings, the numeral l indicates the back of the coat, the numeral 2 the usual back seam, and the numeral 3 one of the shoulder seams.

The sleeve of the coat is indicated by the numeral i and the sleeve seams by the numeral 5, these seams and the seams 2 and 3 being located the same as in the ordinary coat. y

ln order that the coat may be permitted to expand in the manner heretofore mentionedso that freedom of movement of the arms and shoulders of the wearer will not be interfered with, plaits are formed in the back of the coat at opposite sides of the back seam and similar plaits are formed in the inner half or section of each sleeve of the coat between the arm pit -and elbow. As the plaits in both instances are formed and stitched in the same manner a description of the plaits in the back will suffice.

The manner of forming the plaits is clearly illustrated in Fig. 3 of the drawings, which figure is a horizontal section taken through one side of the back of the coat, In carrying out the invention the material of the baclrl of the coat and also the material of the inner section of each sleeve, is folded to form plaits indicated by the numeral 6, and the plaits are stitched along lines parallel to the folds which result in their formation as indicated by the numerals 7 and 8. The lines of stitching 7 are located adjacent the juncture of the plaits with the body of the material in which they are formed and the lines of stitching 8 are located adjacent and parallel to the outer or free edges of the plaits, the said lines of stitching 7 passing through the inner plies only of the plaits and through the said body of the cloth. In the instance of the plaits which are formed in the back of the coat the same are arranged in a substantially vertically extending series at each side of the outer edges are stitched to the body of the material ofthe back, or, if desired, the plaits may terminate at their lower ends substantially at the waistline and the body of the material may be plain below this point.

It will be understood that any desired number of plaits may be provided at each side of the buck seam 2 and that they may be arranged nearer the back seam than illustrated in the drawings or nearer the arm openings of the coat if desired. In the instance of the plaits which are formed in the inner sections or halves of the coat sleeves, these plaits terminate at the usual sleeve seams 5 and extend transversely of the said inner sections or halves as shown in Figs. 1 and 2 of the drawings.

It will now be understood that when the wearer of the coat raises his arms or moves them forwardly or, in fact, makes any other movement which in the use by the wearer of the ordinary coat would be more or less interfered with, the plaits in the back or in the sleeves, or in both the back and sleeves, will open in the manner illustrated in Fig. 4 of the drawings, thereby permitting the garment to expand in such manner as to insure against interference with freedom of motion. Due to the provision of the lines of stitching 7 and 8 the plaits are not permitted to fully open as will be readily understood and, therefore, the folds resulting in the plaits will not be liable to be broken down in the wearing of the garment and as a result when the body assumes an upright standing or sitting position the plaits will close or resume their normal shape as shown in Fig. 3 of the drawings and this they would not be liable to do if it were not for the provision of the said lines of stitching 7 and 8.

While I have found by actual eX lerience that plaits formed in the manner slliown in Figs. 3 and 4 of the drawings will close with certainty when the body assumes an erect standing or sitting position, nevertheless, it may be desirable, where the coat is made from certain kinds of cloth, to provide means for assisting 'the plaits in their closing action and such means is illustrated in Figs. '5 and G of the drawings. In these figures the plaits are indicated by the numeral 9 and the stitches corresponding to the stitches 7 and 8 are indicated respectively by the numerals 10 and 1l. In these gures the nuplaits 9 and the stitches l() pass through this n elastic tape as well as through the inner plies of the plaits and the body of the cloth..

ne ends of the tape 12 are secured by stitches 13 to the body of the cloth as shown in said figures and it will be understood that in this form of the invention when the plaits are open and. are subse uently permitted to close, the contraction o the elastic tape l2 will assist them` in their closing action.

It will be understood, of course, that the plaits may have lines of stitching running completely through their edges or they may be blind stitched.

Having thus described the invention, what isclaimed as new is: j

l. A garment having a portion provided with a plurality of plaits each having. an inner ply and an outer ply, the plaits being free to open when the said portion of the garment is subjected to stretching strain, the plies of each plait being united near their fold line by a line of stitching, all of the said outer plies and all of the said inner plies being arranged to respectively assume corresponding angles in all open positions of the plaits, all of theplaits having their free edge portions presented in the same general direction. I

2. A garment having a plurality of plaitsl formed therein, the inner and outer plies of each plait being united along a line adjacent the fold forming the plait and the plaits being arranged to lie normally against the inner side of the body portion of the garment in which they are formed, the inner ply of each plait being united to the body portion of the garment along a line adjacent the line of juncture of the said ply with the said body portion of the garment, and an elastic strap secured at its ends to the said body portion of the garment at the opposite ends of the series of plaits and at intermediate points secured to the body portion of the garment substantially at the lines of juncture of the inner plies of the plaits therewith.

In testimony whereof I ailiX my signature in presence of two witnesses.


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U.S. Classification2/93, D02/828, 5/482, 2/DIG.400
Cooperative ClassificationY10S2/04, A41D1/02