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Publication numberUS2157460 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 9, 1939
Filing dateAug 17, 1937
Priority dateAug 17, 1937
Publication numberUS 2157460 A, US 2157460A, US-A-2157460, US2157460 A, US2157460A
InventorsRobertson Eugene C, Roy Hamman Betty
Original AssigneeDecatur Garment Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Woman's dress
US 2157460 A
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May 9, 1939. E. c. ROBERTSON ET AL 2,157,460

WOMAN S DRES S Filed Aug. 17, 1937 Patents May 9,

UNITED STATES WOMANS DRESS Eugene C. Robertson and Betty Roy Hamman, Decatur, 111., assignors to Decatur Garment Company, Decatur, 11].

Application August 17, 1937, Serial No. 159,570

3 Claims.

This invention relates to women's dresses and more particularly to the type of dress known as wrap-around house frocks.

The prime object of the invention is .0 construct such a garment that it presents a fitted appearance, is economical to manufacture and properly covers the person.

Another object is to make up a garment of this character which will fit the wearer's body snugly 0 and be retained in position without the use of buttons, snaps or hooks.

A still further object is to cut and fabricate the dress from a series of flared panels joined to an outwardly tapered flared shoulder piece in such a manner that when the dress is worn a sleeve appearance is obtained without the use of actual sleeves and which fits the wearer snugly under the arm without constriction when the sides of the garment are wrapped around the body in overlapping relation.

In the drawing:

Fig. 1 is a plan view of the garment spread out to show its component parts.

Fig. 2 is a perspective view showing the garment in position on the wearer and illustrating the snug fit under the arms and wrap-around feature.

Fig. 3 illustrates the manner in which the wearer assembles the dress to the person.

Fig. 4 is a rear perspective showing the fit of the shoulders and the tying straps.

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary View showing the position of the front and rear lapping sections when the wearer is taking a long or elevated step.

Essentially the garment consists of main front and rear sections I and 2, the front section being composed of three flared panels 3, 4 and 5, while the rear section has corresponding panels 6, I

and 8. The front and rear sections l and 2 are joined at their upper edges to an outwardly flared, relatively narrow medial shoulder panel or yoke.

The front and rear panels 3, 4, 5 and 6, I, 8 are tapered or cut with a top and bottom flare, as illustrated in Fig. 1, so that, when the dress is worn it will conform to the figure. A fitted appearance is thereby attained both in the bodice and skirt portions, and the dress possesses what is known in the trade as a princess line. The present design completely eliminates the previous attempts to construct a practical wrap around type of house frock which have resulted in clumsy nonfitting garments, possessing small utility and utter lack of esthetic appearance.

The fit of the dress at the shoulder and in the 5 belled bodice and the flared, graceful skirt which is provided result from the opposite, concave longitudinal edges of the four-sided shoulder panel 9, the convex upper edges of the tapered front and rear sections l, 2, the markedly concaved longitudinal edges of said sections, and the rela tionship of these parts to each other.

The general fit and appearance is further enhanced by having the top portions of the front side panels 3 and 5 shirred at I0 to give fullness for the bust with a head opening I l formed in the flared medial yoke 3 and top of the middle panel 4 of the front section I. The portion of the head opening in the panel 4 may be a simple cutout section or it may consist of a folded over vestee l2 having its lower end terminating on the longitudinal seam formed between front panels 4 and 5 so as to give a double-breasted effect.

Pockets l3 are preferably attached to the inner edge of the side panels 3 and 5 of the front section and are stitched outwardly to the panels. A pair of cppositely extending belts or tapes I! are affixed to the outer edges of the rear side panels 5 and 8, while additional belts I5, preferably made of the same material as thedress proper, are secured to the front side panels 3 and 5. It is important that the front belts, which extend around the waist of the wearer and show when the dress is worn, should be stitched at l6 in the seam between the front center and side panels and at the outside edges of the side panels with the overlying portions between the stitching free. It will be obvious that shirring, lace or other ornamental trimming may be applied to the dress, as indicated on the collar, vestee, yoke and pockets.

In use, the wearer inserts her head through opening II and permits the front and rear sections to drape the body, whereupon the tying tapes or cords H of the rear section are tied over the front of the body, as illustrated in Fig. 3. The front section is then positioned and the ends of the front belts l5 tied at the rear, as shown in Figs. 2 and 4, although, if desired, the front section may be tied first, with the rear section overlapping at the sides. Either position will cause the overlapping of the side panels, as illustrated in Fig. 5, and no portions of the limbs are exposed, even though the wearer takes a long or high step.

The curved formation of the yoke 9 with the outwardly flared portions of the front and rear sections insures a snug under arm arrangement, as shown in Fig. 2. The curved flared top section of the front and rear portions, together with the flared yoke, give the wearer the proper shoul- 'der support for the garment and a sleeve appearance without the use of a true sleeve, and thus, constriction of the arms is avoided and a fitted and snug form of the dress is secured.

What is claimed is:

l. A dress for women comprising an upwardly tapered front section having opposed concavities in its longitudinal edges adjacent the top end; an upwardly tapered rear section also having opposed concavities in its longitudinal edges adjacent the top end; a four-sided shoulder panel intermediate the front and rear sections and provided with a central notch adjacent the front section, said shoulder panel having its opposite longitudinal edges markedly concaved and its opposite transverse edges convexed, said rear section having a convex upper edge coextensive with and joined to one of the concave edges of the shoulder panel, and said front section having a discontinuous convex upper edge with a notch therein aligned with the notch of the shoulder panel and its adjacent convex edges joined in shirred fashion to the adjacent concave edges of the shoulder panel, the convex edges of the shoulder panel and the adjacent edge continuation of the front and rear sections providing a sleeveless, belled bodice, and the tapered front and rear sections a full, graceful skirt when the dress is in use; and tie means for separately securing the front and rear sections about the waist of a wearer.

2. A dress for women comprising an upwardly tapered front section having opposed concavities in its longitudinal edges adjacent the top end; an upwardly tapered rear section also having opposed concavities in its longitudinal edges adjacent the top end; a four-sided shoulder panel intermediate the front and rear sections and provided with a central notch adjacent the front section, said shoulder panel having its opposite longitudinal edges markedly concaved, said rear section having a convex upper edge coextensive with and joined to one of the concave edges of the shoulder panel, and said front section having a discontinuous convex upper edge with a notch therein aligned with the notch of the shoulder panel and its adjacent convex edges joined to the adjacent concave edges of the shoulder panel, the transverse edges of the shoulder panel and the adjacent edge continuation of the front and rear sections providing a sleeveless, belied bodice, and the tapered front and rear sections a full, flared skirt, when the dress is in use; and belt means for separately securing the front and rear sections about the waist of a wearer.

3. A dress for women comprising an upwardly tapered front section having opposed concavities in its longitudinal edges adjacent the top end, an upwardly tapered rear section also having opposed concavities in its longitudinal edges adjacent the top end; a four-sided shoulder panel intermediate the front and rear pieces and provided with a central notch adjacent the front section, said shoulder panel having its opposite longitudinal edges markedly concaved and its opposite transverse edges convexed, said rear section having a convex upper edge coextensive with, and joined to one of the concave edges of the shoulder panel, and said front section having a discontinuous convex upper edge with a notch therein aligned with the notch of the shoulder panel and its adjacent convex edges joined in shirred fashion to the adjacent concave edges of the shoulder panel, the transverse edges of the shoulder panel and the adjacent edge continuation of the front and rear sections providing a sleeveless, belied bodice, and the tapered front and rear pieces a full, flared skirt, when the dress is in use; a vestee piece secured in diagonal overlapping relation to the front section adjacent the notch and to the front concave edge of the shoulder panel, the front section being provided with a longitudinal seam extending from the lower end of the vestee piece to give a doublebreasted effect; and belt means for separately securing the front and rear sections about the waist of a wearer.

EUGENE C. ROBERTSON. BE'I'I'Y ROY HAMMAN.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/74, D02/795
International ClassificationA41D1/00, A41D1/22
Cooperative ClassificationA41D1/22
European ClassificationA41D1/22