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Jul 24, 1962 s. SCHWARTZ 3,045,244
CLIP 0N APRON Filed June 28, 1960 illiiiiiim I If INVEN TOR.
ATTOP/VEY SAN DOR SCHWARTZ.
' taining the pleated condition of the skirt.
United States Patent 3,045,244 CLIP 0N APRON Sandor Schwartz, 755 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn 13, N.Y. Filed June 28, 1960, Ser. No. 39,279 1 Claim. (Cl. 2-52) This invention relates to a garment protector and particularly concerns a novel apron, especially adapted for use by women.
According to the invention there is provided an apron formed of synthetic plastic material adapted to be put on by engaging a spring waistband around the waist of the wearer. 'The apron is provided with a self-supporting chest covering portion.
Heretofore, aprons have been provided with an upper loop which engages around the neck of the wearer and which is put on over the wearers head. This is generally undesirable since often the wearers hair is disarranged in the process of putting on and taking off the apron. Also, the loop hanging around the neck disarrays the wearers clothing and spoils the appearance of the wearer. Such prior aprons also are provided with strings which require tying around the waist. This is also undesirable. The strings require diiiicult manual manipulation. They frequently become untied or become knotted and are difiicult to untie.
The present invention is directed at overcoming the above mentioned and other difiiculties and disadvantages of conventional aprons.
It is one object of the invention to provide a plastic apron having a pleated skirt portion and an upstanding chest portion, with a springy band adapted to encircle the waist of the wearer for holding the apron on the body of the wearer.
Another object is to provide an apron of the type described with a preformed chest portion including a double layer of plastic sheet material and curved stays, the apron having a stitchless construction.
For further comprehension of the invention, and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the following description and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claim in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.
In the accompanying drawings forming a material part of this disclosure:
FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of the worn by a female person.
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the apron on a larger scale than in FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a vertical, central sectional view taken on line 3-3 of FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary sectional view taken on line 4-4 of FIG. 2.
In FIGS. 1-4 is shown the apron including a skirt portion 12 and an attached chest or bodice portion 16. The chest portion is formed of an inner plastic sheet layer 18 and an outer plastic sheet layer 20. The skirt portion is formed of a single sheet of plastic material with pleats 14. The several sheet plastic portions of the apron are made of fusible material which is heat-sealed at the juncapron shown tion 22 of the margins of the chest and skirt portions of the apron. Reinforcing the joint 22 is a transparent plastic tape 24- fused to the upper end or margin 25 of the skirt and the lower end 26 of the chest portion and main- Inserted between the tape 24 and the skirt end 25 is a flexible, springy rod or wire 28. The wire is terminated in bent loops 30, 32 at opposite ends to insure that the ends of the wire will not cut through the tape. Opposite ends of the tape $345,244 Patented July 24, 1952 ice are formed with loops 36 and 38 heat-sealed at 39. These loops facilitate putting on and taking off of the apron.
When the apron is worn by the wearer W, the springy waistband formed by the wire 2% inside the tape 24 clings closely to the wearers waist. A pair of stays 40, 42, which are flexible metal strips, are bent to conform to the curvature of the wearers chest. The upper ends of the stays are inserted in pockets 44, 46 located at the rear, upper, peaked corners 48, 50 of the chest portion 16. The lower ends of the stays are seated in pockets 52, 54 near the lower end of the chest portion. The chest portion 16 thus clings closely to the wearers chest without being physically secured thereto. Thus the wearer has complete freedom of motion without being hampered by a neck loop or halter as in conventional aprons. The apron is easily put on and taken off since only the spring Waistband need be handled to put it around the waist and to remove it.
The apron is assembled without sewing threads or stitching. It can be manufactured at low cost in large quantities by conventional plastic heat sealing machines. Since the apron is made of sheet plastic material which is completely moisture-proof, it resists soiling and can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth. It can be made up in attractively decorated plastic sheet material. Since it is form fitting, one apron size will fit many sizes of wearers figures.
While I have illustrated and described the preferred embodiment of my invention, it is to be understood that I do not limit myself to the precise construction herein disclosed and that various changes and modifications may be made within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claim.
Having thus described my invention, What I claim as new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent An apron comprising a skirt encircling portion and a chest encircling portion, said portions being joined together at marginal portions thereof, a waistband at the junction of the marginal portions, a spring wire inserted between the waistband and .one of the marginal portions and extending substantially the full length of the waistband, aid wire being shaped to cling to'the wearers body, and form fitting stays carried by the chest portion for supporting the chest portion in juxtaposition to and in encircling engagement with the wearers chest, said skirt portion being pleated, said waistband holding the skirt portion in pleated condition, said skirt and chest portions and said waistband being formed of plastic, heat fusible, sheet material, said waistband being formed from plastic tape terminating in at least one loop extending beyond the joined skirt and chest portions, said chest portions being formed of a double layer of said sheet material, pockets secured inside the chest portion, said stays having opposite ends thereof inserted in the pockets secured inside the chest portion, said chest portion being formed with a pair of spaced peaked portions, a pair of said pockets being disposed at the rear of said peaked portions, and another pair of said pockets being disposed at the rear of and near the junction of the chest and skirt portions, said stays being shaped to conform to the shape of the chest of the wearer.
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