US 2317176 A
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April 20, 1943. A BYRD CONTAINER BAG AND OUTER GARMENT Filed May 14, 1941 R O T N E V m Patented Apr. 20, 1943 CONSAINER BAG AND OUTER GARMENT Marie A. Byrd, Boston, Mass. Application May 14, 1941, Serial No. 393,360
1 Claim. (01. 2-48) geous construction and as an outer garment for the user.
It is an object of the invention to provide an improved bag of this type. The bag of the present invention has an opening which is ad- ,iustable but may be extremely large and, as the bag is attached to the person of the user, it is convenient merely to drop into it articles such as knitting supplies, sewing or the like, when it is necessary for the user to move from one place to another. At the same time, the bag may be neatly closed, at which time it has the appearance of an apron or other garment and may serve either the function of a garment, bag, or both. The bag is of durable construction, easily put on and taken off and adapted to fit nicely to the body of the wearer. Other objects and ad- 4 vantages of the invention will be apparent from the ensuing more particular description and from the accompanying drawing, wherein- Fig. 1 is a plan view of a bag made according to the invention; and
Fig. 2 is a sectional view on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1.
Referring to the accompanying drawing, the combined bag and apron of the invention has an upper or waist portion l formed of suitable durable fabric. To the upper edge of the portion I0 is secured a strap l2 provided at one end with a buckle i4, said end of the strap being adapted to extend around the waist of the wearer and to be attached to the opposite end of the strap by means of the buckle 14 to support the apron. Strap l2 may conveniently be made of one or more plies of the material forming the body portion i0, turned over at the top edge and secured together, and to the body portion ID, by rows of stitching l6 along the bottom edge. The upper part of the upper body portion ill of the apron may be provided between its side edges with pleats l3 secured by vertical lines of stitching 20. The pleats l8 not only enhance the ornamental appearance of the apron, but also enable this portion to fit neatly about the waist of the wearer.
To the lower edge of the waist portion in is secured, by a horizontal row of stitching 22, a[
pouch or bag 24 forming the lower body portion or skirt of the apron and extending the full width of the portion Ill. As shown in Fig. 2, bag 24 is made of a sheet of fabric folded over intermediate its ends at 26 and secured together at its side edges 23, 30 by stitching (not shown) to form a pocket, of the same width as the lower edge of the portion ill and, in the form shown, of greater length than said portion, having a front flap 32 and a rear ii p 34, the front flap 32 being slightly shorter t5? the rear flap as shown. V I
The bag 24 is adapted to be opened and closed by a slide fastener of usual form having complementary rows of teeth 38 and 38 attached to tapes 40 and 42 secured by stitching to the inner surfaces of the upper edges of the front and rear flaps respectively, and a slide 44 adapted to be reciprocated between the rows of teeth to lace and unlace them.
Preferably, the tapes 40 and 42 are sewn to the fabric before the latter is folded, the fabric is then folded, and sewn at the edges, with the fabric surfaces carrying the tapes on the outside instead of on the inside as shown, and the pouch is then turned inside out and sewn at the upper edge of rear flap 34 to the portion Ill by the stitching 22 which passes through the tape 42 as well as the fabric of the portion l0 and rear flap 34. The seams at the sides of the pouch are thus on the inside and concealed from view, enhancing the appearance of the bag.
There is thus provided a bag of neat, attractive appearance, well adapted to serve the dual function of providing a conveniently accessible p 'uch of large capacity in which bulky articles may be readily placed and carried and at the same time to serve as an outer garment. The slide fastener closure for the pouch not only provides an easily operated, efficient seal for the pouch, but also serves to prevent unsightly sagging of the front flap of the pouch under the weight of articles carried therein.
Having described and claimed a preferred embodiment of the invention, what I desire to claim and secure by Letters Patent is:
As an article of manufacture, a combined garment and bag comprising a skirt portion of substantially rectangular formation and formed of a length of fabric turned over intermediate its ends and sewn together at its edges to form a bag having front and rear flaps free of each other between said sewn edges and presenting an access opening at the upper edge of the bag, a waist protector portion formed of a piece of fabric attached to said rear flap and extending a substantial distance above said skirt portion, means on said waist protector portion for securing same about the waist of a wearer, said waist portion and means being insertible in said bag portion, and means for closing said access opening with or without said waist portion and means therein.
MARIE A. BYRD.