US 2142814 A
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A. R. FITCH Jan. 3, 1939.
GARMENT Filed Jan, 15, 1958 M m3 T mi MM I H1. 55/? BY M v I ATTORNEYS" Patented Jan. 3, 1939 UNITED STATES BElSSU-F PATENT OFFICE GARMENT Application January 15, 1938, Serial No. 185,115
This invention relates to improvements in wearing apparel and has particular reference to a garment capable of being folded and contained within a pocket forming a part thereof.
An object of the invention is to provide an improved garment of simple and practical construction in which is incorporated a pocket so positioned in the garment as to be invisible when the latter is being worn, and wherein said pocket is arranged in a manner which will enable the garment to be neatly folded, when not in use, and conveniently enclosed within said pocket to form a small, compact bundle which can be easily carried about.
The above and other objects will appear more clearly from the following detailed description when taken in connection with the accompanying drawing which illustrates a preferred embodiment of the inventive idea.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a front elevation of a coat showing the adaptation of the present invention thereto.
Figure 2 is an elevation illustrating the coat in a partly folded position preparatory to its insertion into the pocket forming a part thereof.
Figure 3 is a section on the line 33 of Figure 1 illustrating the normal position of the pocket, when the coat is being worn.
Figure 4 is a sectional view somewhat similar to Figure 3, showing the position of the pocket during initial stages of the folding operation.
Figure 5 is a plan view illustrating the garment or coat completely folded or rolled, and prepared for the final operation of enclosing the same with in the pocket by a reversal, or turning inside out, of a portion of said pocket.
Figure 6 is a transverse sectional view of Figure 5, and,
Figure 7 is a view similar to Figure 6 showing the final operation of reversing the pocket and closing the same.
The invention is illustrated in connection with a coat which may be utilized for sports wear which is capable of being folded or rolled into compact form so as to occupy a minimum of space when not in use. As shown the coat consists of the usual rear panel or section 8 and the two front panels's the meeting edges of which may be secured together by suitable means such as the slide fasteners l0.
In accordance with the present invention it is proposed to provide the coat with a pocket so situated therein that the same will be invisible when the coat is being worn, during which time said pocket may be utilized to contain various articles,
and will be adapted to conveniently receive and enclose the garment in a rolled or folded condition. To this end, the bottom of the rear panel 8 of the coat is extended to form a flap H of a width substantially equal to that of the panel 8 5 and, of a height to impart sufiicient depth to the pocket of which said flap forms a part. In forming the pocket, the flap I l is turned inwardly and upwardly, as best shown in Figure 3, so as to combine with the lower portion I2 of the panel 8 to 10 form the pocket I3 located on the inner side of the coat and at the rear thereof. The vertical end edges of the flap II are seamed and stitched to the panel B as indicated at M along lines which are coincident with the regular seams H) which It will be apparent from Figures 1 and 3 that when the coat is being worn, the pocket formed by the rear panel 8 and flap II will be disposed across the interior of the back of the coat and will be completely invisible but nevertheless accessible should it be desired to use the pocket for the de- 80 posit of any articles. When it is desired to fold the garment and contain the same within the pocket I3, the procedure is as follows. The garment is first laid upon a support with the interior thereof faced down, as shown in Figure 2,
whereupon the sleeves l8 are first laid and folded across the garment as shown in said figure. The front panels 9 are then folded over, as illustrated at the left of said figure, the folding line being substantially coincident with the seams l5 so that when both panels 9 have been folded over the garment will have been reduced in width to substantially that of the pocket [3 which, at the moment, is exposed on the underside of the garment as shown in Figure 4. With the garment still in the same position on the support, the same may be rolled or folded from the collar end thereof downwardly toward the pocket until the same is in the condition shown in Figures 5 and 6, at
which time the flap H forms the major portion of the outer convolution of the roll. The slide fastener ll is in open position at this time and, as the final operation in enclosing the garment within the pocket, the free edge of the flap ll may now be grasped andpulled to a reversed position,
Preferably, such means take the form 20 or turned inside out, as shown in Figure '7 and at the same time the rolled garment is tucked into the pocket. When thus adjusted the two fastener strips l6 will be brought into juxtaposition, whereupon the slide I I may be operated to interlock the two strips and thus secure the pocket in its closed position.
What is claimed is:
1. A foldable garment comprising front and rear panels, a flap formed at the lower end of said rear panel and coextensive in width therewith, certain marginal edges of said flap being secured to said rear panel to form a pocket provided with an opening the width of said rear,
extension of said rear panel and having its ends terminating at the seams defining the vertical edges of said rear panel with the ends of said flap secured to said rear panel so as to combine therewith to provide a pocket having an opening coextensive with the width of said rear panel, the bottom of said pocket being defined by the lower edges of said rear panel and said flap, and said opening being defined by the upper edge of said flap, the front panels of said garment being foldable along lines substantially coextensive with said seams and the ends of said flap and the latter being reversible from its normal position to enclose adjacent portions of said front panelsafter the latter have been so folded, said pocket'then receiving and enclosing the remainder of said garment after it has been folded, and means to close said opening after the garment is fully contained in said pocket.
ALBERT R. FITCH.