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April 1941- K. OPPENHEIMER 9 ARTICLE OF APPAREL Filed hlay 11, 1940 Zyz 2% f 241 2/ A 6 a N g Q 1 g 2f INVENTOR. ffLEE OPPE/VHE/MER ATTORNEYS Patented Apr. l, 1941 UNITED STATES v PATENT OFFICE I I ABTIJIZIZZZGZPABEF Klee Oppenheimer, New York, N. Y. Application May 11, 1940, Serial No. 334,474
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The invention relates to articles of apparel or garments of outerwear for men, women, or children, such as trousers, knickerbockers, riding or Work breeches, and skirts, and more particularly to a novel construction of pockets for such garmerits.
One of the objects of-the present invention is to provide an article of apparel, conventionally including pockets, with a pocket structure comprising two completely separate and individually accessible compartments fabricated from a single piece of material and applied to the conventional type of garment without any change being necessitated in the cut or designof the fabric constituting the garment, and which two compartment pocket will be retained in proper position for ready access to the contents of either compartment by the hands of the user through a single opening in the garment.
A further object of the invention is to provide such a two-compartment structure of pocket which is supported from the waist line of the garment in proper position to conform with the body contour of the wearer in all postures of the wearer, whether standing, sitting, or walking, and which will not interfere in any way with the smooth fit of the garment in either of these postures and yet be able to support and contain any of a plurality of articles which are flat or bulky and within easy reach of the user.
A still further object of the invention is to secure a duplex compartment pocket to the body of the garment along the conventional side seam or seams of the garment in substantially the conventional position of the usual pockets provided on garments of this type and yet to provide ready character indicated in which the two compartments are of substantial depth, separated from each other below the point of juncture of the two openings to the compartments, at which point of juncture the entire pocket structure is securely fastened to the garment material.
Other novel features and advantages of my con struction will appear fromthe following description of a specific embodiment thereof illustrated by way of example, but not bywayof limitation,
in the accompanying drawing.
In such drawing, Fig. l is an outside view of the upper portion of a pair of trousers, in the construction of which my invention has been embodied;
Fig. 2 is an inside view of they waist region of a pair of trousers showing the application thereto of my novel pocket arrangement with part of the a pocket construction broken away to illustrate its structure and application to the garment fabric; Fig. 3 is an enlarged sectional view taken on the line 33 of Fig. 2.
Referring more particularly to the drawing, inwhich similar reference characters identify similar parts in the several'views, Ill represents a portion of a trouser leg having the conventional side seam ll joining the fabric strips constituting the leg, and a waist 'band l2. Immediately in line with the side seam II and below the waist band l2, there is formed a substafitially V-shaped opening l3, one side of which is constituted of the edge H, a continuationof the trouser seam ll,
' extending to the waist band, and the other side access tothe contents of the pockets without the necessity of contortion, either of the body or of the hands, in order to reach the inner recesses of either of the pockets.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a plurality of pockets constituted of a single strip of fabric capable of manufacture and application to the garment with facility and low cost, with the opening, providing access to either of the compartments of the pocket, extending only partway along the side seam of the garment and thereby providing a complete enclosure for any objects of substantial size or bulk which may be contained in either compartment, so as to prevent loss thereof during any position, whether walking, sitting, or lying down that the wearer of the garment may assume.
A still further object of the invention is to of which is constituted of an edge l5 of the front garment fabric extending at a substantial angle from the side seam at a point at which the edge H terminates, to the lower edge of the waist band l2.
The pocket structure, constructed in accordance with my invention, is preferably constituted of a single piece of any suitable material conventionally utilized in fabricating a garment pocket, such single strip of material being cut from a pattern which is then doubled over upon itself along the line l6 and seamed at the opposite edges I I throughout the length of the pocket and also along the two bottom edges l8 and I! of the two compartments 20 and 2| to be formed, and along a curved cut-out 22 extending substantially along the center of the single strip of fabric from the bottom edge thereof to a little below the vertical midpoint thereof.
The two compartment pocket, as thus constituted, is secured as a wholeto the waist band l2 by stitching 23 running along the upper edge of the fabric material constituting the pockets. The material of the edges I I and I! of the opening I! is folded over and stitched to the corresponding edges of the pocket material to form an edging or binding 24 around the pocket opening. A strip of facing material 25, preferably of the same material as the garment, is stitched to the inner wall of the pocket to constitute a facing for the entire V-shaped opening II.
A bar-tack 2 is formed at the terminus of the V-shaped opening, such bar-tack extendin through the pocket material and serves to secure the pocket to the garment just below the opening. Such bar-tack is applied at a point slightly above the vertex of the curved inner edging or cut-out 22 of the compartments of the pocket.
As shown in the drawing, the preferred embodiment of my invention provides the V-shaped opening with one of its edges running substantially coincidental with the side seam of the pocket. Both of the edges of the opening l3, however, might diverge at a considerable angle from the bar-tack 26, so that the opening to each compartment of the pocket is disposed at an angle to the trouser side seam for providing even greater facility of insertion of the hand of the wearer into either of the compartments. The degree of divergence of the two side edges of the opening depends entirely upon the type of garment to which my novel pocket arrangement is applied. For instance, in a pair of overalls or knickerbockers, the divergence may beoonsiderable so as to provide the ready access to the hands which wearers of this type of wearing apparel like.
It will be noted that my novel construction of pocket provides a pocket structure of great strength and large capacity, but which is so disposed and formed as not to interfere with the comfort of the wearer, the fit of the garment, or the ready disposition of a plurality of articles in the compartments and the ready access thereto by the hands of the wearer without the necessity of unnatural contortions of the hands orof the wrists in order to make it possible for the wearer of the garment to reach either of the compartments. Thus, access to the front compartment of the duplex pocket structure may be had by inserting the hand forwardly into the pocket through the opening it, while access to the rear compartment may be had with substantially'the same facility by inserting the hand into the same opening but directing the hand rearwardly. By
lowermost recesses of the compartments irrespective of the depth of the pocket.
By reason of my novel construction, therefore, a considerable increase in the size of the pockets from the conventional size may be attained while retaining the ready accessibility to such compartments, a consideration of primary importance in trousers or overalls used by workmen who may have tools and materials which must be stored in pockets and yet be readily accessible in the course of their work.
It will be noted, also, that the contents of the two compartments are readily kept apart, particularly by reason of the configuration of the single strip of material constituting the pocket in the formation of the curved cut-out portion 22,- extending from the bottom of the pockets to the bar-tack 26. While the contents of the two compartments are kept apart when desired, it is, nevertheless, very easy to transfer an object from one compartment to another without completely withdrawing the object to be transferred from the confines of the duplex pocket. This would not be possible if the duplex pocket were formed by a vertical partition extending substantially from the bottom edge of the pocket to its upper edge.
1. An outer garment of the class described. having a substantially V-shaped side-opening, and a pocket structure comprising two superimposed plies of fabric assembled within said garment, one of said plies having a V-shaped pocket opening substantially corresponding to that of the garment, said pocket structure being stitched along its upper edge to said garment, and having the edge of its pocket opening stitchedto the adjacent edge of said opening in the garment, forming therewith a single pocket opening, said pocket structure having said plies formed into two compartments. both readily accessible through said single pocket opening, one compartment being disposed forward of said opening and the other compartment to the rear thereof.
2. An outer garment of the class described,
.wherein the realedge of said V-shaped single reason of the wide mouth or upper edge of the pocket-opening extends upwardly and rearwardly relatively to the upright side seam line of the garment, thus giving free access directly downward into the rear compartment of the pocket structure through a relatively wide upper portion of said single opening, said last-named portion also permitting the hand of the wearer to be extended freely in a forward direction into the front