US 2597179 A
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May 20, 1952 v POHLOD 2,597,179
MEANS FOR KEEPING TROUSER GREASE STRAIGHT UPON THE LEGS Filed Sept. 9, 1950 2 SHEETS-SHEET l May 20, 1952 M. POHLOD 2,597,179
MEANS FOR KEEPING TROUSER GREASE STRAIGHT UPON THE LEGS Filed Sept. 9, 1950 2 SHEETS-SHEET 2 P ORNEY the pull from the hips.
Patented May 20, 1952 UNITED STATES S FOR KEEPING TROUSER STRAIGHT UPON THE LEGS Michael Pohlod, Jcrsey'City', N. J
Application September 9, 1950, Serial No. 183,948
6 Claims. (Cl. 2- 233) This invention relates to trousers and particularly to means for keeping the trouser crease straight upon the leg.
This application is a continuation in part of my co-pending application Serial No. 112,353, filed August 25, 1949, now abandoned.
In a well tailored pair of mens trousers which hang properly on the wearer, the inside of each trouser leg should assume a substantially uniform convex curvature which extends unbroken from the crotch to the ankle, with the front crease of each trouser leg extending straight down in front of the kneecap. This condition, however, is frequently distorted by the pull exerted by the hips, causing the natural curvature to be broken so that the trouser creases are displaced and assume a bowed or crooked appearance.
This invention is based on the principle that a suitable elastic tension, when applied to the trouser legs at the level of the knee, will cause the natural curvature to extend in an unbroken, straight line to the ankle, thereby overcoming This elastic tension, when thus applied, causes the trouser legs to favor the outside outlines of the legs instead of the inside outlines as they do when th hip pull is not offset. The elastic tension changes the cross-sectional shape of the trouser-leg, thus stiffening the inside vertical lengths of the material.
It is an object of the present invention to prov vide means attachable to the trouser legs for fitting the trousers in such a manner upon the ,A body of the wearer as to keep the trouser creases It is a further object of the invention to provide means for adjusting ready-to-wear trousers about the knees to fit different sizes and shapes of legs so that the creases in the trousers will be. kept straight while the trousers are being worn. It is a further object of the invention to provide means for keeping the creases of trousers straight upon the wearer which is of simple construction, inexpensive to manufacture and easy to install upon the trousers.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will appear hereinafter.
A preferred embodiment of the invention selected for purposes of illustration is shown in the accompanying drawings, in which,
FFICE- Figure 1 is a front elevation of a pair of trousers before application of the invention thereto.
Figure 2 is a similar view of the trousers turned inside out. w v
Figure 3 is a fragmentary sectional view ofthe trousers showing one of the attaching strings connected to the same.
Figure 4 is a front elevation of trousers to which the present invention has been applied.
Figure 5 is a transverse sectional view taken on line 5-5 of Figure 4. v
Figure 6 is a front elevation of a modified form of connecting element.
Figure 7 is a rear elevation of the same.
Figure 8 is a transverse sectional view, similar to Figure 5.
Referring to the drawings, I0 represents a pair of trousers havin legs II and I2 and front and rear creases l3 and I4. When the trousers are worn, these creases will often take the bowed form as shown in Figure 1 and will not remain straight. With the use of the present invention, these creases can be made straight and kept straight while the trousers are worn and the trousers will have a much more neat appearance.
Trousers usually have an inner seam l5, and extending across this seam and connected to the fabric of the trousers at points l6, l6 preferably spaced at substantially equal distances from the seam is a connecting element comprising, in the form shown in Figures 3 and 5, a loop I! of string or thread and two smaller attaching loops l8, l8, also of string or thread. Preferably, all or at least some of said loops are made of elastic string or thread so that they may be easily stretched, but may exert yielding tension at the points of attachment to the trouser leg when the trousers are worn.
The strings or threads forming the attaching loops l8, l8 may be threaded through the fabric of the trousers at points I6, I6 and tied in knots l9 with the string or thread forming the loops I! passed through and caught in the loops [8, l8. Adjustment is effected by tying the knots 19 so that the total unstretched length of the connecting element from It to I6 is somewhat less than the length. of the trouser. fabric between these points. For best results the oints 16, 16 are located approximately at the level of the wearers kneecap, and are spaced two to three inches from the seam.
A modified form of connecting element is shown in Figures 6, 7 and 8. In this form, the connecting element comprises a pair of attaching members in the form of patches 2|, 2| of substantial area, a pair of loops 22, 22' preferably of elastic thread and a hooked member 23 connecting said loops.
The loops 22, 22' are anchored to the respective patches by means of tapes 24, 24 which are threaded through parallel spaced slits 25, 26 and 25', 26' cut in the patches. The ends of the tapes extend under the rear faces of the patches and are secured between the patches and the trouser fabric. Preferably the rear faces of the patches are coated with heat sensitive adhesive so that when it is desired to attach the connecting element to the trousers, it is merely necessary to apply a hot iron. The adhesive not only secures the patches to the trousers, but also secures the tapes to the patches.
The member 23 is preferably formed of wire with its ends bent to form two hooks 21, 21' to receive the loops 22, 22'. are not completely closed, thereby permitting one or both of the loops to be detached therefrom when the trousers are to be pressed.
Adjustment may be effected by means of knots 28, 28' in the loops, it again being desired that the total unstretched length of the connecting element from one anchoring position to another is somewhat less than the length of the trouser fabric between these positions.
vThe effect of using the said connecting elements is illustrated in Figures and 8. The effect is also illustrated by comparison of Figures 1 and 4, showing, respectively, trousers without and with such connecting elements. By exerting a very slight tension across the inner seam at approximately knee level in the manner shown in Figures 5 and 8 the fabric of the trouser leg is bulged outwardly somewhat tending to cause the creases to hang straight as shown in Figure 4.
It will be understood that the invention may,
1. The combination with loosely-hanging trousers having two legs, and front and rear:
creases extending lengthwise of each of the trouser legs and defining inside and outside panels, the inside panels of said legs confronting one another and each having an inner seam extending lengthwise of the trouser leg between said creases, of a connecting element extending across the seam of each leg at knee height and connected to the inside panel of the trouser le at points spaced from said seam and from said creases, said connecting element being of elastic material and of a length less than the distance between said points as measured along the surface of the trouser fabric between said points.
2. The combinat on with loosely hanging trousers havin t o legs. front and rear creases extending lengthwise of each of the trouser legs. and defining inside and outside panels, the inside panels of said legs confronting one another and each having an inner seam extending lengthwise of the trouser leg between said creases, 6
of a connecting element extending across said seam at knee height, said connecting element comprising two patches of substantial area secured to the inside panel of the trouser leg on op- Preferably the hooks posite sides of said seam, and means including an elastic thread anchored to said patches, the unstretched length of said means between said anchoring positions being less than the distance between said anchoring positions as measured along the surface of the trouser fabric.
3. The combination with trousers having front and rear creases extending lengthwise of the trouser leg, and defining inside and outside panels, each inside panel having an inner seam extending lengthwise of the trouser leg between said creases, of a connecting element extending across said seam at knee height, said connecting element comprising two patches of substantial area secured to the inside panel of the trouser leg on opposite sides of said seam, and means including an elastic thread anchored to said patches, the unstretched length of said means between said anchoring positions being less than the length of the trouser fabric between said anchoring positions as measured along the surface of the trouser fabric, the elastic thread having a separate loop anchored to each of said patches, and a double hooked metal element by which said loops are detachably connected together.
4. A connecting element for attachment to the inside of loosely-hanging creased trousers .to hold the creases straight on the leg of the wearer comprising, a pair of patches each of which is adhesively coated on one face, a loop of elastic thread connected to each of said patches in the center region of the patch and extending from the face of the patch opposite to the adhesively coated face, and a member detachably connecting said loops. 7
5. A connecting element for attachment to the inside of loosely hanging creased trousers to hold the creases straight on the leg of the wearer comprising, a pair of patches, each of said patches having front and rear faces and slits therein, a piece of tape threaded through the slits of each patch with the ends of the tape extending behind the rear face of each patch and the midregion of the tape overlying the center region of the front face of the patch, a loop of elastic thread extending around the mid-region of each of said tapes and secured thereby to the patch, in the center region of the patch and extending from the front face of the patch, and a member detachably connecting said loops.
6. A connecting element as set forth in claim 5 in which the rear face of each patch is coated with adhesive to secure said patches to the trouser fabric and to secure said tapes to said patches. 7
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