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Publication numberUS2493531 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 3, 1950
Filing dateApr 20, 1948
Priority dateApr 20, 1948
Publication numberUS 2493531 A, US 2493531A, US-A-2493531, US2493531 A, US2493531A
InventorsFitches Gerald E
Original AssigneeFitches Gerald E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Novelty garment
US 2493531 A
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Jan. 3, 1950 G. E. FlTcHEs 2,493,531

NOVELTY GARMENT 7 Filed April 20, 1948 2 Sheets-Sheet l GeraJd KLZ'Ches,

Jan. 3, 1950 G. E. FITCHES 9 NOVELTY GARMENT Filed April 20, H48 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Elmo/WM:

Gertdd E. Eil'ches,

Patented Jan. 3, 1950 UNITED STATES PATIENT OFFICE-4' NOVELTY GARMENT Gerald Fitches, Salt Lake City, Utah Application April 20, 1948, Serial N 0. 22,104

This invention relates to improvements in novelty garments, particularly shirts, dresses or other articles of wearing apparel where novel effects may be desired.

One, object of the invention isto improve the ornamental effect obtained in a garment by variations inthe appearancethereof particularly in obtaining changes in color by the combining of sections in novel effects,

This may beaccomplished by detachably connecting the sections of the garment whereby a garment made of two sectionsfor instance may have one section thereof replaced by another section of a different color, thereby :producing novel and unusual effects in the garment. It is applicable especially to shirts which may be formed in two sections, either of which may be interchanged with a corresponding section of an-.

other shirt made in a different color. Thus, by

providing two shirts of difierent colors, four novel garment, particularly the cuff of the sleeve, by

utilizing a slide fastener in combination with a snap fastener to obtain a closure thereof that is substantially invisible and may be opened or closed securely when desired.

Certain embodiments of the invention are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in

which: we

Fig. 1 is a front perspective Viewof the invention applied to a shirt shown applied on a person;

Fig. 2 is a rear perspective view thereof;

Fig. 3 is a front perspective view of a collar and its fastening;

Fig. 4 is an enlarged perspective view of a fragment of the shirt sections and their fastening;

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary perspective view of a cuff construction on a shirt;

Fig. 6 is a perspective view of the shirt sections separated or detached;

Fig. 7 is a front elevation showing the invention applied to a skirt and blouse;

Fig. 8 is an enlarged perspective view thereof;

Fig. 9 is a diagrammatic view of the blouse showing the sections separated; and

Fig. 10 is a perspective View of the skirt from the side and showing the slide fasteners therefor.

The invention may be applied to different types of garments, some of which are illustrated in the drawings merely as representative of different 2 Claims. (01. 2 11s applications. In Figs. 1 to 6, inclusive, the invention is shown applied to a shirt made in two sections, although it is evident that any desired number of sections may be used for different ornamental effects.

The sections of the shirt are designated generally by the numerals l0 and l l divided on a diagonal line that corresponds substantially with the line indicated at H! in Figs. 1 and 2. As shown in Fig. 6, the sections 10 and II are entirely separable from each other, capable of complete detachment so that another section 'of corresponding construction may be substituted for either of these.

The detachable fastening of the sections may be accomplished by any suitable fastening means although it has been found preferable and desirable to use the usual form of slide fasteners, elements of which are illustratedat' l2 and'l3, comprising tapes containing guide members adapted to be connected together by a slider of the usual character. overlap the juncture between the slide fastener, as designated generally at I 4. When this flap I 4 is closed and the slide fasteners connected throughout the entire length thereof, a substantially invisible seam results between the sections Iiland H, which nevertheless may be rendered ornamental by disposing it diagonally over the shoulder of the garment in the form illustrated.

.It will be evident that upon separation of the slide fastener elements l2 and I 3 in detachable relation, dilferent ornamental effects-may be obtained. -By the provision of two garments as an example of different ornamental effects or different colors as many as four changes can be provided by substituting a section of one color for that of another in the respective garments, replacing either of the sections in each garment with the corresponding section in the other. This provides a highly ornamental and desirable novel effect which improves the ornamental character of the garment and its desirability for use.

The slide fasteners illustrated as an. embodiment of one form of connection may be of the usual character capable of separation of the sections l0 and I at the ends of the slide fasteners, as illustrated in Fig. 4.

The garment may be provided with a collar, such as a sport collar or other suitable character, one form of which is shown in Fig. 3 and designated at IS. The collar opening does not extend throughout the height of the garment in this form but is adapted to be closed by a fastening such as a slide fastening, elements of which A fly or flap is adapted to.

' tom'edge of the blouse,

are shown at l6 and I1; and to be closed by a cover flap I8. This slide fastening also may be ,at l9. 7 .The cufl, and lower portionlof. the sleeve are adapted tobe closed by a slideljfastener, ele'-" ments of which are shown at and 2|, and

' closed by a flap 22. In addition to this slide fastener, a snap closure may be provided, as illustrated at 23 and. 24.

flap 2 2 normally closed, although allowingits separation when it is desiredtofiopen'thecuff;

by separating the slide fastener.

V This snap fastener supplements the slide fastenenby holding the The invention is shown in Figs. 7 to 101 inclu sive, as applied to a blouse and skirt, each of 7 which has separable sections that may be repla'ed Y-0ther sections for novel orname t l efiects} .1

Referring'to-Figs; Ito 9, inclusive, thelbl ouse is shown as formed of sections Hand 26 divided on a'line extending diagonally of the blouse'as an example, although any desired form 'of separation therebetween may be used. These sections are connected together by separable fastenings which are illustrated as a slide fastening, eleme'ntsof whichzare shown at 21 and 28 in Fig. 9.

If thegsection'fli. is open at the-left side in Fig; 9.t0'facilitateilth' putting' on or removal of J this section or blouse, two separate slide fastenings may be used extending from thetori tothe bot- Referringto Figs. 7,8 and 10, the skirt is shown as formed of'sections'29 and 3I1detachablyconnected togetherby slide fasteners '33 and 34 illus-' trated in Fig 10.. Ifhe'se slide fastenersare adapted to be covered by fiaps'tl and 32 "and to extend diagonally downwardly in themanner illustrated in Figs. 8 and 10." The section'39is appearance by substituting a different'colored panel therefor. I V It will beevident thatthe invention'may be applied to'other articles 'of clothing of'which these are illustrated'asexamples andby'means of thereplacement of difierent'sections with other sectionsof differentcolors or other eifects, hovel results may-be obtained with very few parts.

W i th nv o has b a newer length extendingfrom and through the lower.

margin of the front panel diagonally upwardly through such panel over a shoulder and thence di agonally downward through the rear panel to andthroughthedower margin thereof to thereby present a p' r' of sections completely separable on jsuch dividin'glin-e, and disengageably separable fastening means connecting the sections toeach other and permitting replacement of one section by a correspondingsection,oi adifferent ornamental appearance.

A Waist a tr ents ssmhleiepmmfi e aphirality of sections-each fashioned .to include a linear contour adapted to co-,,op, erate I with p the linear contour ofl-a complemental section in completing the garment, fsuc ombin'ed linear contours forming a s'ep'arable division line-extending from and throughfthe lower rnargin of the front panel of ,the. garment diagonally upward to and over 'a' shoulder and thencediagonally downward through'the'rear panel; to and through the lower niargin pf suchlfr arpanelfsuch linear contour'portions carrying elements of separable fastening means for'detachablysecuring complemental sections together to coinpletesuch division line and to thereby complete thegarment solely by assemblingsuch-complemental sections on such division line saidensernble permitting interchangeability; of s qns jatwill Icy-replacing a section with asefct on of similar-contour;

B ?;F N EQ TED The following referencesare,of.'.record in the V file of .thisfpatenti if UNI'ITED seamen-T NTS Number 1,168,698 Andrews Jan. 18,1916' 2,119,040 Careyet'al. ay,s1, 1933 1 j FOREIGN PATENTS mber .H-CQu tryl Da e

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U.S. Classification2/115, D03/25, 2/128, D02/797
International ClassificationA41D15/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41D15/00
European ClassificationA41D15/00