US 1971682 A
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Aug. 28, 1934. H. w. HQCH 1,971,682
GARMENT Filed April 21, 1934 HENRY W. HO H INVENTOR ATTORNEY Patented Aug. 28, 1934 UNITED STATES ENT- OFFICE GARIVIENT Application April 21, 1934, Serial No. 721,735
My invention relates generally to garments and, more specifically, to outer coats which are reversible in the sense that either face of the coat may be worn on the outside.
The two faces of such reversible coats are usu- 5 ally made of different fabrics, one face for example being of wool and the other of cotton. These two fabrics have different stretching coefficients, the wool stretching more than the cotton, if the latter stretches at all. The consequence of this inequality in stretching qualities is that the wool face elongates in use disproportionately to the cotton face and when the garment is worn with the' cotton face on the outside a part of the wool face will be visible at or near the lower edge of the garment, disturbing the continuity of appearance of this face and marring the generaleifcct.
The principal object of my invention is to obviate the above defined defect in reversible garments and I accomplish this object by providing the inside of each face of the garment, at or adjacent its lower edge, with a strip of the same kind of material as that of which the other face is made.
One form of the invention is shown in the accompanying drawing, in which Fig. 1 is a perspective view of an outer coat having my improvement applied thereto; Fig. 2 is a perspective view of a fragment of the lower portion of the coat and Fig.
3 is a section on the line 3--3 of Fig. 2.
Referring to the drawing by reference characters, the coat as a whole is denoted 10, the cotton gacizbeing indicated by 11 and the wool face As will be clearly apparent, more particularly from'Fig. 2, the lower edges :c of the two faces are not sewed to each other. Secured by stitching 13, or in any other appropriate manner, to the lower edge of the inside of face 11 is a strip of material 12 which is the same character of 40 material as that of which the face 12 is made; and secured by stitching 14, or its equivalent, to the lower edge of the inside of face 12 is a strip of material 11 which is the same character of material as that of which the face 11 is made. While I have used the term strip to define the pieces of material 11 and 12 it is obvious that they may be of any desired width, and in practice a width of approximately one inch and a half has been found satisfactory.
To prevent undue separation of the lower edges of the faces 11 and 12 I connect them together by an appropriate number of hinges 15', the opposite ends of which are desirably secured under the strips 11 and 12 respectively. The hinges are preferably made of fabric.
When a coat, constructed as described above, is worn and neither face has stretched disproportionately to the other. whichever face is outermost will be visible in its entirety. If, however, the wool has stretched, which it is likely to do, and the coat be worn with the cotton side outermost, the strip 11 on the lower edge of the inside of face 12 will complement the outside of face 11 and give an appearance of uninterrupted continuity thereto. Conversely, if the face 12 is shorter than face 11 and is worn on the outside, the strip l2 on face 11 will complement the face 12 so that the latter will appear continuous.
1. A reversible garment having faces of different material capable of limited relative movement at their lower edges, and a strip of material on the inside of each face adjacent its lower edge of the same character as the material of the other face.
2. A reversible garment having faces of different material capable of limited relative movement at their lower edges, a strip of material on the inside of each face adjacent its lower edge of the same character as the material of the other face, and flexible hinges having their ends attached adjacent said strips to prevent undue separation of said lower edges.
HENRY w. HOCH.