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J. STEIN CATAMENIAL APBON Oct. 19 1926.
Filed May 1922 Patented Get. 19, 1926.
UNETED JACOB STEIN, or new YORK, 1v. Y.
Application filed May 27, 1922. Serial No. 564,162.
The present invention is a sanitary or catamenial apron to be worn by women over a'l ear portion of the person during certain periods, for the purpose of protecting the garments from: menstruation, or may be ordinarily worn for the purpose of protect ingil ight and delicate garments from being soiled by perspiration'orf the like.
All aprons made up to the present time have been constructed of a flat piece of material devoid of fit or shape toparts of" the anatomy over which they'are worn. Aprons of this description-never aflord: suflicient protection because of the fact that, when the wearer is seated, the sides of the apron have a tendency to lie flat and allow the escape of fluid. Furthermore such aprons becoming readily disarranged causing discomfort'and embarrassing appearance of the outer-garment. V
The object of the invention is to provide a light,' 6001 and odorless article of the above nature having an. extremely neat appearanee, assuring a high degree of sanitation ,'ancl remaining stable in its properly adjusted position against embarrassing disarrangements, by fitting or conforming to the contour of the body in Whatever positi n assumed; without any creases or surplus of material causing wrinkles and consequent soilin of the outer-garments and disconifortto the wearer; particularly when seated. I a V The invention broadly'consists'of a form fitting apron, of the above stated character, havingits protecting portion made of impervious material and having built thereinto the general configuration ofthose parts 1 of the body to whiclrthe apron is applied and covers; 7
One: of the features of the invention resides" in the apron being soconstructedthat its seat portion is' concaved and extends rearwardly to conform to the buttocks of the wearer, and that its side portions extend a curved line around the sides of the hips and thigh of the wearer, resulting in the lower edgeof the apron curving; inwardly toward the knees and maintaining this position without the aid of fasteners and the like. 7
Another feature resides in constructing the apronto have reinforcing stays or strips extending lengthwise thereof which increase the durability of the apron and assures the inward curving of its lower edge toward" the knees of the wearen when worn.
Sundry other ob ects and features of the invention will appear from the following description.
In this specification and the annexed drawings, the invention is disclosed in: the form in which it is considered to be the best, but the invention is not limited to such form because it is capable of being embodied in other forms; and it is to be under stood that in and by the claims following i the description herein it is intended toco'ver the invention in whatever form it may embody within the scope" thereof.
In the drawings which illustrate the invention in the embodiment in which it is at present devised:
Figure 1 is a side view of a human form showing the apron of the invention applied thereto Figure 2 is an enlarged prospective view of the apron viewing it from a general rearwardly direction,
Figure 3 is a transverse sectional view of the apron taken on line 38 of Figure 2,
Figure 4 is a fragmentary transverse sectional view similar to Figure 3 showing the manner in which the the seams or reinforcing stays are formed, and
Figure 5 is a diagrammatic view illustrating the sections which compose the apron and showing the sections assembled in dotted lines.
Referring more particularly to the drawing in which like characters denote similar and like parts throughout the several views, one denotes an apron, of the above stated character, having" a waist band 2. The apron comprises a fabric section a of suitable material such as net, nainsook, muslin; lawn or the like secured to the band 2 and a substantially rectangular sheet of impervious material Z). such as rubber, secured to the lower edge of the fabric section. The outer edges of the section a and b are bound by suitable braid 3, in order to prevent undue tearing of the material. The waist band 2 takes the form of a suitable belt or tape to extend around the waist of the wearer and to be tied or otherwise fastened.
It is, of course, understood that the apron of this invention is intended to be supplementary to the usual napkins or bandages and the section a is of such dimensions as will permit the impervious section b to eX- tend from a point slightly below the hips to the'knees of the wearer.- The section a may be dispensed with without deducting from the present invention and is merely provided for coolness and ventllation at and achacent the waist.
The section b is constructed 01' formed'to' provide a concave and rearwardly extending substantial curve and thereby cooperate I curved line.
seat portion tin such a manner as to cause the lower edge portion 0 of the apron to skirt inwardly to lie close to the knees of the wearer as clearly ,shown in Figures 1 and 2. The upper edges of the side portions (Z of the impervious section b are cut on a with the formation of the concave seat 4: to cause the side portions d to extend forwardly around the hips and the sides of the thighs of the wearer on a substantially In'other words, the apron I of this invention is so formed and shaped to conform" to and lie closely against the buttocks, hips and thighs of the wearer so that when ineither seated or standing position the sides of the apron will notv lie flat, but curve correspondingly with the form of the body. for the purposesabove set forthf It will thus be seen that an apron so formed or constructed will not become accidentally disarranged by the ordinary movements of the body which will cause bulksome and unsightly appearances, as well as discomfort, but will remain in close fitting relation with the bodys contour. The apron 1 maybe 'made of one piece by molding, stamping or pressing the material to such form but in i the present instance, the impervious por tion 72 of the apron is shown as beinsrmade up of a center section 0 and two side sections d of sheet rubber or other water resisting material arranged sidebv side and having their contiqous edges joined. As clearly sliown in Figure 5, the center section 0 has its side edges cut to diverge downwardly from its upper edge for a distance in the length of the section say, approximately at the point The inner side edges "of the side section (Z are" correspondingly cut and thus when oined together, produce a concave seat portion 0 clearly shown in Figure 4C. The sections also have their upper edges cut downwardly on a slight curve orangularly as at f, before being joinedto the top section a so that the side portions d' of the apron are drawn upwardly when connected to the lower edge of the top section a, whereby the sides of the apron will extend around the sides of the wearer when the apron is worn. Also by reason of the pattern of these'sections and the manner in wh ch the r edges are joined together and to the fabric section a, the edge e will curve inwardly toward the knees of the wearer as mdicated 1n the drawlngs.
The contiguous edges of the section 0 and d are oined together mthe manner shown in Figures 3 and 4;, by folding one of the edges upon itself and applying it on the edge'of the adjacent section, as indicated at 7 m and a, and vulcanizing or otherwise suitably joining these edges together. By folding oneof the edges upon itself, seams of considerable thickness and strength are provided which'act as reinforcing strips or 75 stays in order to take up undue lengthwise strain on the section b, which strain may be occasioned when in seatedf positions; thus, increasing the durability and strength of the garment. The curvature of the adjacent side'edges of the sections a and d from their top edges to the point m," are in effect the same as darts should the sections 0 and (Z being of one piece.
Loops 5 and 6 are provided" on the lower 35 side edges of the apron'to be engaged by the garter or other fasteners in order to maintain the apron in position. These loops, however, arenot necessary to the ment of this invention because of the distinct form fitting properties' which itpossesses 'but are merely provided for those who. may wish to use them through abun- N dance of precaution.
will be observed that a very desirable apron has been provided which is' truly form fitting and which overcomes numerous drawbacks and disadvantages enumerated in the 1 forepart of this specification.
What is claimed is:
1. A catamenial apron comprising a supporting section, an impervious apron sectiondepen'ding' from the supporting section, a waist band on the supporting'section, said impervious section having darts extending from the top edge of the section. whereby a concave seat portion is formed in said section at the buttocks of the wearer.
'2; A 'catamenial apron comprising a sup- Having thus described the invention it u before said sections are assembled to adapt the sides of said apron to the shape of the wearer.
3. A catamenial apron comprising a waist band. a supporting top section having a sub; stantially straight lower edge, an imper vious lower section having its upper edge attached to the lower edge of the top sechaving darts extending tion, the central portion of the top edge of the lower section being substantially straight and the side portions of said edge being so formed that when joined to the supporting section, the sides of the apron will be drawn about the sides of the wearer and the lower edge toward the knees.
4. A catamenial apron comprising a supporting section to hang from the wearers waist, an impervious section secured to the supporting section, a waist band on the supporting section, said impervious section from the top edge of the section, whereby a concave seat portion is formed in said section at the buttocks of the wearer, the central portion of the top edge of the apron section between the darts being horizontal and the side portions of said top edge being cut diagonally with relation thereto before being joined to the supporting section.
In testimony whereof'I have hereunto set my hand.