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Feb. l5, 1966 ALVARO sAAD cHUJr-l 3,234,554
REVERSIBLE JEAN Filed Dec. 20, 1962 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Feb. 15, 1966 ALVARO sAAD cHUJFl REVERSIBLE JEAN 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Dec. 20, 1962 INVENTOR.
www 5m United States Patent Ofiee 3,234,564 Patented Feb. 15, 1966 3,234,564 REVERSIBLE JEAN Alvaro Saad Chujfi, Confecciones Saad, Calle 17 Cra. 10 9-78, Pereira, Colombia Filed Dec. 20, 1962, Ser. No. 246,167 3 Claims. (Cl. 2-227) This invention relates generally to articles of clothing and more particularly to reversible garments.
In one specific aspect, the invention relates to reversible trousers or jeans.
According to conventional practice, the underside of a textile is considerably less attractive than its topside. As a consequence, reversible garments are commonly produced from two plies or layers of fabric, the undersides of which are disposed in confronting relationship so as to be hidden from View. The resultant garments are inherently heavy and generally unsuitable for use in warm weather. The seams are thick, especially Where three or more pieces of the pattern join; and this thickness makes the garment stiff and inflexible at such regions. Moreover, the double layer of fabric and the unusual thickness of the seams lead irresistibly to high costs.
Therefore, an important object of the present invention is to provide a reversible garment, the main body of which includes but a single ply of fabric.
A more general object of the invention is to provide a new and improved reversible garment.
Another object of the invention is to provide a lightweight, exible garment of reversible character.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a reversible garment that is easy and economical to produce.
A further object of the invention is to provide a reversible garment incorporating a novel front pocket construction.
And a yet further object of the invention is to provide a reversible jean incorporating a novel fly front construction.
These and other objects and features of the invention will become more apparent from a consideration of the following descriptions.
A garment in accord with the invention includes main front and back portions, each comprising a single layer of fabric having a finished woven surface on one side and a printed pattern on the other side, and stitch means interconnecting adjacently disposed edges of these main front and back portions.
In order that the principle of the invention may be readily understood, a single embodiment thereof applied to trousers or jeans, but to which the application is not to be restricted, is shown in the accompanying drawings wherein:
FIG. l is a front elevational view of a pair of trousers or jeans constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a view similar to the showing of FIG. l but illustrating the garment reversed by being turned inside out;
FIG. 3 is an enlarged front elevational view of the jean of FIG. l, the slide fastener used in closing the front of the garment being illustrated in open condition and a portion of the garment being turned to one side for revealing the novel fly front construction incorporated in the garment;
FIG. 4 is a front elevational view of the three principal pieces employed in making the novel front pocket construction that is incorporated in the garment of the invention, the several pieces being shown in staggered relationship for purposes of better illustrating their shape;
FIG. 5 is a view similar to the showing of FIG. 4 but illustrating the several pieces in the process of being fitted together for assembly;
FIG. 6 is a view of the completed pocket construction;
FIG. 7 is a view of the pocket construction of FIG. 6 as viewed from the opposite side;
FIG. 8 is an enlarged view taken along the section 8 8 of FIG. 6; and
FIG. 9 is an enlarged perspective view of the fabric employed in the construction of the garment of the invention.
Referring now in detail to the drawings, specifically to FIG. 1, a jean indicated generally by the numeral 10 is seen to include a pair 0f front portions 12 of similar shape, being substantially mirror images of each other. The jean 10 also includes a pair of back portions 14, one of which is shown in FIG. 3; and these front and back portions define the main body of the garment, defining specifically a girdle 16 and legs 18 extending therefrom. The front and back portions 12 and 14 are joined by inseams 20 and sideseams 2'2 advantageously formed by doubling back the edges of the fabric and stitching them down. The lower ends of the legs 18 terminate in straight cuffs, the edges of which are hemmed at 24. The jean 10 also includes a waistband 26 at the upper end thereof in compliance with conventional practice.
In order that the jean 10 may be a lightweight, flexible garment of reversible character, it is constructed from a special fabric; and turning for the moment to FIG. 9, the fabric from which the jean 10 is made is seen to cornyprise a textile material 28 having a finished woven surface 30 on one side and having the opposite side printed with a patte-rn 32. The material 28 is woven in any one of a number of solid colors, such as blue, khaki, yellow, red or buckskin; and the ink or dye which is employed in the printing of the pattern 32 is selected to take a different or contrasting color or a color of deeper or lighter hue so that the printed pattern will be apparent on even casual observation. By use of this material having a finished woven surface on one side and a printed pattern on the other, the jean 10 may be made as a reversible, substantially single ply garment. As shown in FIG. 1, the printed pattern side of the material is turned out or exposed to view; and upon reversing the garment by turning it inside out, the finished woven surface of the material is brought to the ouside as is shown in FIG. 2.
The difference in appearance which is presented by the two sides of the jean 10 lends greater flexibility to the wardrobe of the wearer, and less storage space is required to be allotted to that portion thereof which consists of jeans because a desired degree of variety can be achieved with fewer pairs of jeans. The amount of luggage space required, particularly for informal traveling is similarly reduced. Moreover, should something be spilled or splattered on the jeans when visiting or otherwise away from home, it is easy to reverse the jean in a washroom or dressing room so as to turn the soiled portion of the garment inside whereby to preserve a neat and tidy appearance for the remainder of the visit or trip.
From a manufacturing standpoint, the use of a textile material having the character described reduces the total amount of fabric required to produce a reversible garment since but a single ply of fabric is required throughout the main body of the garment. In addition, handling and sewing is materially facilitated by this reduction in the number of plies necessary to produce a reversible garment. The resultant ease of sewing also insures the production of a garment of high quality..
Referring again to the drawings, specifically to FIGS. 1-3, the waistband 26 and the two front portions 12 in the girdle 16 of the garment are seen to terminate in a fly front closure 34. A snap fastener element 36 secures the waistband 26 at the y front closure 34, and a slide fastener assembly 38 closes the front-portions 12 in the girdle region, as is indicated in FIG. 3.
Y three elements facing in the same general direction.
In order to facilitate attachment of the slide fastener assembly 38, each of the front portions 12 is provided with a hem 40 which defines a linear, fastener mounting location. The hems 40 are spaced laterally inwardly from Athe folded-over marginal edges 42 of the respective front portions, and the Islide fastener 38 includes, as is Well known, interlocking strips 44, these strips being secured to the fastener mounting locations by being sewn into the hems 40. The slide fastener assembly 38 also includes a slide element 46 and a pair of operating tabs 48, which tabs are mounted respectively on the inner and outer faces of the slide for ready manipulation thereof in either of the reversible positions of the jean 10. Not only is the slide of the fastener yassembly 38 readily accessible for manipulation from either side of the garment, but also and in compliance with an important feature of the invention, kthe slide of the fastener assembly remains accessible to the rwearer of the garment from the same lateral side thereof regardless of which side of the garment is turned out.
Continuing with reference to FIG. 3, the two front portions 12 are seento have confronting edge regions 49 disposed in yoverlapping relationship. As will be noted, the hems 4t) that are used for mounting the strips 44 are spaced laterally inwardly from the margins or edges of the respective front portions of the jean, and the fabric members defined by the edge regions 49 between the hems 40 and the edges 42 act to conceal the fastener assembly regardless of which side of the jean fis turned out. It should be noted that the edge regions 49 comprise folded fabric members which extend from the respective front portions 12 in opposite directions. This construction cooperates with the situation of hems 40 on substantially confronting surfaces of the overlapped front portions 12 to achieve the desired dual concealment of the slide fastener assembly 38.
As is well shown in FIG. 3, belt `loops 50 are secured to the jean 1.0 von each side of the waistband 26. Moreover, points of strain in the jean are desirably reinforced with metal rivets 52.
The jean is also provided with front pocket arrangements 54 and back pocket arrangements, not shown, the several pocket arrangements being conveniently located in the girdle 16 of the garment. In compliance with an important feature of the invention, the front pocket arrangements 54 are constructed in a manner which promotes a complete reversibility of the jean 10; and with reference to FIGS. l and 2, it is to be observed that the pocket arrangements 54 specifically include an inset pocket 56 opening from one side of the jean and a patch pocket 58 opening from the opposite side of the jean, the pockets 56 and 58 being disposed in overlapping relationship, i.e. in relative inward and outward alignment.
The construction of the pocket arrangements 54 will be better understood with reference to FIGS. 4-8. Considering FIG. 4 first, the pocket arrangement 54 is seen to comprise, in addition to one of the front portions 12, a first fiat sheet 60 of fabric matrial and a second, somewhat similar fiat sheet 62 also of the same material. The sheets 60 and 62 are disposed in overlapping relationship with the front portion 12, the printed pattern sides of these A border 64 of the front portion 12 is intended to be folded into the sideseam 22 in assembly of the jean 12, and the` front portion 12 is cut away from the border 64 along a portion of the length thereof, i.e. the front portion 12 is provided with a cut-off corner region 66. The border of this corner region 66 is folded over at 68 to be stitched down forming a hem; and this cut-away corner of the portion 12 thereby defines an access opening for a pocket, particularly the inset pocket 56. ,y
Similarly, the sheet 60 is provided with a cut-off region or corner 70 for alignment with the cut-off corner 66; and the edge of the cut-off region 70 is folded over at 7 2 yto be stitched downforming a hem. Accordingly, the
cut-off corner 70 of the sheet 60 is capable of defining an access opening for the patch pocket 58. Three of the remaining sides of the sheet 60 are also folded over at the edges or borders thereof, specifically at '74, 76 and 78, to form appropriately hemmed seams.
The sheet 62 is cut to generally rectangular shape as is shown in FIG. 4 and is fashioned wit-h folded over edges and 82. As is shown in FIG. 8, the sideseam 22 is developed by folding the borders 64, 74 and 82 over each other with the border 82 beingsandwiched between the borders 64 and 74. An edge region of the Aback portion 14 is thereupon folded into the root of these folded borders, and stitching 84 is run through the several thicknesses of material to form the sideseam 22. The sideseam 22 may vbe thus considered as forming the distal edge of pocket arrangement 54. The proximal and bottom edges of the pocket are `developed by folding the border 76 and 78 over an adjacently disposed straight edge region 86 and the edge 80 of .the sheet 62 respectively in preparation to running stitching 88 through the seam thus formed. This latter assemblage is also illustrated in FIG. 8. Stitching 84 and 8S, of course, trace the margins of pockets 56 and 58.
Regions 90, 92 and 94 respectively of the sheet 60, the front portion l2, and the sheet 62 are aligned together to be sewn into the waistband 26 as is illustrated throughout FIGS. 4-7. Thus, the completed pocket arrangement 54, as is shown in FIG. 6, comprises patch pocket 58 on one side of the garment and, as is illustrated in FIG. 7, an inset pocket 56 situated on the other side of the garment in alignment with the patch pocket. It will therefore be apparent that the pocket arrangement 54 provides a simple construction that presents a readily accessible front pocket regardless of which side of the jean 10 is turned out.
While the foregoing descriptions have been given With particular respect to a reversible jean, it should be understood, of course, that the invention is not limited thereto since many modifications may be made. For example, the material and construction of the jean 10 has been adapted to the production of other garments such as jackets, vests and bathing trunks. Moreover, numerous types of fiber may be employed in producing the textile material 2S from which the garments are ultimately fabricated. Such fibers as cotton, wool and various synthetics may be employed. Natural leather and suede and synthetic leathers and suede are also amenable to use in reversible garments constructed in accordance with the principles of the invention, and the term fabric as used herein is intended to encompass these latter materials.
Therefore, the specific example herein shown and described should be considered as being primarily illustrative. Various changes in structure and arrangement will, no doubt, occur to those skilled in the art; and such changes are to be understood as forming a part of this invention insofar as they `fall within the spirit Vand scope of the appended claims.
FEhe invention is claimed as follows:
i. A reversible garment including: main front and back portions, each comprising a single layer of fabric having a finished woven surface on one side and a printed pattern on the other side, a said front portion being cut off at one corner thereof to define an access opening for a first pocket; a first sheet of fabric having a finished woven surface on one side and a printed pattern on the other side, said sheet being disposed overlapping said front portion adjacent the cut-ofi corner thereof to form a first pocket therewith, the printed pattern side of said sheet facing in the same general direction as the printed pattern side of said front portion; and a second sheet of fabric having a finished woven surface on one side and a printed pattern on the other side, said second sheet being disposed overlapping said first sheet and confronting the side thereof away from said front portion to form a second pocket in relative inward and outward alignment with said first pocket, said second sheet having a cut-off corner defining an access opening for said second pocket, the printed pattern side of said second sheet facing in the same general direction as the printed pattern sides of said front portion and said first sheet.
2. A reversible garment including: main front and back portions, each comprising a single layer of fabric having a finished woven surface on one side anda printed pattern on the other side, a said front portion being disposed in edgewise alignment with a said back portion to dene a sidesearn, said front portion being cut away from said sideseam along part of the length thereof to define an access opening for an inset pocket; a first sheet of fabric having a finished woven surface on one side and a printed pattern on the other side, said sheet being disposed overlapping said front portion adjacent the cut- Iaway region thereof to form an inset pocket therewith, the printed pattern side of said sheet facing in the same general direction as the printed pattern side of said front portion; and a second sheet of fabric having a finished woven surface on one side and a printed pattern y011 the other side, said second sheet being disposed overlapping said rst sheet and confronting the side thereof away from said front portion to form a patch pocket in relative inward and outward alignment with said inset pocket, said second sheet being cut away from said sideseam along parts of its length to define an access opening for Said patch pocket, the printed pattern side of said second sheet facing in the same general direction as the printed pattern side of said front portion and said first sheet.
3. A reversible garment according to claim 1 which further includes stitch means passing through said front portion and said rst and second sheets in a path tracing a margin of said pockets.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,337,698 4/1920 Gongora. 1,914,236 6/ 1933 Berkwits. 2,142,922 1/ 1939 Sadowski. 2,43 4,23 3 1/1948 Spearrin 2-234 2,455,589 12/ 1948 Kotzin 2-227 ROBERT V. SLOAN, Primary Examiner.
DAVID I. WILLIAMOWSKY, JORDAN FRANKLIN,