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Publication numberUS2387405 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 23, 1945
Filing dateAug 22, 1942
Priority dateAug 22, 1942
Publication numberUS 2387405 A, US 2387405A, US-A-2387405, US2387405 A, US2387405A
InventorsNeilson Mary D
Original AssigneeNeilson Mary D
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Garment of the slacks type
US 2387405 A
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Oct. 23, 1945. D. NEILSON 2,387,405

GARMENT OF wn smcxs TYPE Filed Aug. 22, 1942 1945- M. D. NEILSON GARMENT OF THE SLACKS Filed 1m 22, 1942 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 #MW/ m? 2 3 Patented Oct. 23, 1945 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,387,405 GARMENT OF THE SLACKS TYPE Mary D..Neilson, Minneapolis, Minn. Application August 22, 1942, Serial No; 455,693

3 Claims.

This invention relates to a garment,and particularly to a garment of the type having leg portions, which type of garment is used in slacks, overalls, pajamas and other'garments. A garment to have the best appearance and give the greatest comfort, must be formed to fit and look i right on the body both when the body is in a standing position and in motion. In so fitting the body it must be remembered what part the front and the back of the body play in such activities. The front of the body should be fitted in a standing position as in that position it is at its greatest length. No usual activity of the body takes more length from the waist down than a standingposition. It follows that the or stooping position but also when the body bends and the legs spread apart in the position a child assumes at play. The rear portion of the garment should also look well when the wearer is standing. The above requirements apply to all persons whether men, women or children. In short, to be comfortable and also to really be best looking, the garment must be able to adapt itself to anyand all usual movements of the body in its various activities.

The usual womans garment of slack or trouser type as heretofore and now made, does not meet the essential requirements above set forth. Womens slacks which are now .being worn in such large numbers, are made on a wrong theory. It is the common practice to have the crotch line at the front at a point considerably below the crotch line of the body. This is apparently done on the theory that this extra length at the front will be carried through the crotch to the rear where extra length is needed, for a womans figure, because of the larger development across the buttocks. The idea is that this extra length given by the lowered front crotch line will pass throughbetween the legs and help out at the back of the garment where the extra length is needed. As an actual fact this result is never realized for the front cannot give its extra length to the back. As the leg is raised or as the body bends or whenthe person sits, the extra length of the garment in the front is raised from the bottom 'of the crotch line or the lowest point of the crotch and is caught up in an unsightly bunch across the front of the body or the moving legs. The extra length in the crotch at the front of the present womens slacks therefore, servesno good or useful purpose. Also inthe modern slacks the crotch line at the rear is substantially as that at the front so that the back is fitted or shaped to the body and there is no extra fullness in the rear.

Another objectionable feature of the present Womens slacks is that the crotch line is the shortest line forwardly and rearwardly of the garment. When the wearer stoops or bends the garment tightens or draws tight along the crotch line and this gives the wearer the feeling of being astride a single tight line. The said tightening at the crotch line draws the central part of the garment between the buttocks and this gives an objectionable appearance. This tightening ehect also takes place in the ordinary mehs trousers because they are fitted front and back. In a mans garment however, the tightening of the garment between the buttocks is not so objectionable.

It is an ob ect of this invention to provide a garmentof the trousers or slacks type which will be attractive'in appearance when the wearer is standing and Will also be good looking and very comfortable when the person is in motion and in other positions,

It is a further object of the invention to provide a garment of the trousers or slacks type, the same having leg portions and a front portion fitted at the crotch, said garment extending rearwardly at the crotch substantially to a vertical plane touching the rear portion of the buttocks and having a very full seat portion.

It is also an object of the invention to provide a garment of the trousers or slacks type having a comparatively straight front portion fitted at the crotch and having a full seat portion which extends in a line substantially horizontally across the body substantially at the center of the buttocks, said rear portion extending from said line quite smoothly to the waistband and extendin forwardly from said line to the leg portions whereby the crotch line is not the shortest line forwardly and rearwardly of the body and a rear portion is provided which will not draw in or tighten between the legs and buttocks when the wearer bends or stoops.

It is still another object of the invention to provide a garment, of the slacks or trousers type,

, having a front portion fitted at the crotch, said garment extending rearwardly at the crotch between the legs almost horizontally to a point substantially in a vertical plane just touching the buttocks and extending laterally across the buttocks from said point and forwardly to the leg portions slightly below said point whereby a full seat portion is provided which will be taken up when the bod bends or stoops and which will provide ample fullness and comfort when the wearer is walking.

It is still further an object of the invention to provide a garment of the slacks or trousers type made from two similar rear pieces having legforming portions with an upper straight side extending. at an angle of substantially 45 degrees to the center line of the leg-forming portion, said pieces being adapted to be connected along said straight sides and also two front pieces having leg-forming portions and having curved. recesses therein at their upper side portions, said front pieces being adapted along the sides of said curved recesses to constitute a form-fitting centralfront line of said garment.

It is also an object of the invention to provide a garment of the slacks or trousers type having a fitted front portion and a very full rear portion in combination with a band or girdle-like portion wearer within said garment.

' These and other objects and advantages of the invention will be fully set forth in the following description made in I view of a person garment of the present invention;

Fig. 2 is a View of said person raised or moved slightly forwardly;

Fig. 3 is a rear view of said person; Fig. 4 is a' central vertical section through the garment,"

Fig. 5' is a view'of a person in one kneeling position wearing the garment;

Fig. 6 isa trating an inner portion of the garment;

Fig. "7 is a partial rear'view of the garment; Fig; 8"is a planview of the patterns or pieces used in making the front of the garment;

Fig. 9 is a plan view of the used in making the rear portions of the garment;

wearing the with one leg "Fig.1 1 is a plan View showing the pieces forming' the rear part of the garment connected; and

Fig. 12 is a perspective view of a portion of the garment showing an inner portion thereof.

Referring to the'drawings a garment of the type having leg portions such as trousers or slacks, is shown,the" same comprising a waistband 2.0. This waistband may be either made of a separate piece orformed as part of the remainder of thegarment. The garment has leg portions 2| and these merge into a substantially straight front portion '22. The garment is fitted at the crotch in the front and the crotch line 24 extends from the front portion 22, which as stated, is substantially straight or vertical, in a curve 24a to the vertical seam 23 at the inner sides of the leg portions 2|. As stated, the garment is fitted at the front and at the crotch, and at the crotch line. is located quite close to the crotch of'the body at the front portion. From the seam 23 the crotch line- 24 extends as shown at 24?) rearwardly and rear portion 25; This partial View in side elevation illusfrom pieces 30 and substantially horizontally with a slight downward inclination to a point 240 which would be located substantially in a vertical plane just touching the buttocks of the wearer. extends from point 240 transversely and substantially horizontally across the buttocks of the wearer substantially at or a small distance below the center of the buttocks. As shown, in Fig. 4, the crotch line from the portion 24b curves upwardly rather sharply to the vertically extending rear portion 25 which extends from the waistline to the above mentioned horizontal line 26 is practically smooth. From the line 26, which in reality in the garment is in the form of a fold or fairly sharp curve, the rear portion extends forwardly and somewhat downwardly to each leg portion. There is thus quite a long forward distance from line 26 forwardly to the leg portions and particularly the inner half of each leg portion. It will thus be seen that the rear part of the. garment isnot fitted to the body and. in a. standing positionthe garment appears as. shown in Figs. 3 and 7 with the line or fold 26 extending laterally and having sort of a hanging. effect. There is thus much fullness. in. the rearand there is quite a space in the rear of the garment into which the wearer will sit as she moves to sitting position. It will also be notedthat. the crotch line 24 is not the shortest line forwardly and rearwardly of the body or garment. The lines forwardly and rearwardly a t-either side of the point 240 are substantially thesame length as the distance or line centrally of the crotch. In the embodiment of the invention illustrated the garment'is open along one side as shown in Figs. 2 and 6, adjacent the top and will be closed with any suitable fastener such as the well known hookless fastener or zipper 21. a

While the-garment might be made from various patterns and still have the form and characteristics above noted, in the embodiment of the invention illustrated it is shown as being made from pieces or patterns shown in- Figs. 8 and 9. Two

are provided having legforming portions 301; and am. It will be noted that pieces 30 and 3| are similar but'merely reversed in form. Said pieces have a recess cut from their upper inner sides having. a substantially straight portion 30b and 3l'b and the lower curved portion 300 and 3lc; The outer sides of pieces 30 and 3| are curved along'the hip-line as shown in Fig. 8'. Said pieces will beconnected together along the lines 3th, 300, Sib and 3E0. When pieces 30 and 31 are so connected a form'- fitting central front line of said garment is formed. Two rear pieces 32 and 33 are provided, each having a leg forming portion 32c and 33a; These pieces have substantially straight outer sides while the inner sides. 32?) and 3317 are curved somewhat at the crotch portion. Pieces 32a and 3311 have an upper side portion 320 and 330 formed. on a substantially straight line which makes an angle of approximately 45 degrees with the center line of the leg forming portions 32a and 33a respectively. The pieces 32 and 33- will be connected along the lines 320 and 330 Fig. 11. The top edges of pieces 32 and 33. are shown as making somewhat more than a right angle with the edges 32c and Y330 so that when connected [they will'fo-rm a fiat angle. as shown in Fig. 11. The united piece as shown in Fig. 11', will. be moved so that the center lines of the leg portions 32a and 33.21 will be substantially par- The rear of the garment as shown in.

L observer.

8.1161,". {This will1 bring the topof; the united piece substantially intoone line or: plane and thefull ness in-the: ean .portion .of, theygarment shown nected to side portion 32b. Side portion 3001 will be connected to side portion 33d and side portion 30c will be connected to side portion. 33b.

It is the custom of many women at the present time to wear slacks without a girdle or other undergarment which holds the body in shape. In accordance with the present invention a portion 36 may be provided which is secured at its upper end to the waistband 20 at the inner portion of the garment and extends downwardly to a line below the buttocks as shown in Fig. 12. This portion 36 is adapted to closely surround the body and hold it well in shape. {Said portion open at one side and will be closed by any suitable fastener such as the well known hookless fastener or zipper indicated at 31 in Figs. 6 and 12.

From the above description it will be seen that I have provided a novel garment of the trousers or slacks type and one which will have a pleasing appearance when the person is standing and will also have a pleasing appearance when the wearer is movingor goes through motions such as walking, bending, stooping or squatting. The front of the garment fits the front part of the body when standing'and the back or rear portion of the garment fits the rear part of the body when walking, bending, stooping or squatting. By having the fitted front part of the garment there is no unsightly bunching of the material when the With the present garment when the wearer stoops or bends the fullness provided in the seat is taken up so that the garment does not tighten or pull in at the crotch line. This is illustrated in Fig. where it will beseen that the garment extends transversely across the buttocks in a smooth fold or line and is not drawn in at the crotch. The tendency of the trousers and slacks heretofore made to draw in at the crotch line also means discomfort to the wearer. What is uncomfortable to the wearer is always unattractive to the In a perfectly fitting garment the lines of the garment follow and coincide with the lines of the body when the body is in motion. They never run contrary to the lines of the body.

In the present garment when the wearer moved her leg forward, as in taking a step in walking, the extra length through the crotch and the fullness in the rear is utilized and the leg of the trousers moving forward remains in substantially smooth form as shown in Fig. 2. There is no pulling or tightening at the crotch and there is an absence of the folds or creases running toward the crotch. When the wearer bends forward the fullness in the seat, is taken up andtthe. garment com'es'to asmooth fitting 'position with 'nopulling in at" the crotch, and there are-thus no "lines or folds runningtowardthe crotch. The garment thu has an attractive appearance both when the weareris standing and when the wearer goes through the motionsin. theusual activities of walking, bending, stooping orsquatting. The garment furthermore correspondingly'comfort able in all positions. The garment of the present invention, while particularly suited for women's slacks, is also applicable to sleeping gar ments for men, women and children and for working garments for men such as the common overalls. It is desirable for the use of any individual in any trouser type garment where comfort is desired in the bodily movements.

The garment has been amply demonstrated in actual practice and found to be very successful, comfortable and pleasing in appearance.

It will, of course, be understood that various changes may be made in the form, details, arrangement and proportions of the parts, without departing from the scope of applicant's invention, which generally stated, consists in a device capable of carrying out the objects above set forth, in the parts and combination of parts disclosed and defined in the appended claims.

, What is claimed is:

1. A garment such as slacks having a Waist band and leg portions, said garment having a front portion comprising a pair of front pieces having recesses at their upper inner ends, said recesses having lower curved portions, said pieces being connected along their inner edges including the edges of said recesses, said garment also having a rear portion comprising pieces with upper inner edges extending outwardly at a decided angle, said latter pieces being connected along their inner edges including said last mentioned edges, the length of the edge portions of said recesses being much less than the length of said upper inner edges so that the crotch part of said rear portion is held high and close to the body by said front portion and a fitted front portion and crotch is produced, said first mentioned pieces and last mentioned pieces being connected respectively along their outer edges, said rear portion thus having a vertical central seam and having a full unfitted seat portion which is formed quite full across the buttocks, which full seat portion is taken up when the wearer stoops or bends forward and whereby said full rear portion prevents the center line of the crotch from tightening between the legs and buttocks upon such stooping or bending.

2. The structure set forth in claim 1, the end parts of said lower curved portions making a substantial right angle with the adjacent side of said front pieces whereby in the finished garment a seam connecting said parts extends substantially at right angles to the length of a narrow zone extending from said seam through the crotch and to the ends of the leg portion of the garment whereby stress on said seam from spreading of the legs of the wearer is at right angles thereto.

4 sesame front and rear parts, said. rear part having, a.

unfitted seat portion which is formed quite full across the buttocks,- which full seat portion taken upwhen the wearer Stoops or-bends ton ward and whereby said full rear part prevents the center line of the crotchfromtighteni ng between the leg and; buttocks: upon such stoopini or-bendingf.


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U.S. Classification2/227, D02/742, 2/79
International ClassificationA41D1/06
Cooperative ClassificationA41D1/06
European ClassificationA41D1/06