US 3258781 A
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'July 5, 1966 A. KLEIN 3,258,781
RAIN CAPE Filed April 27, 1965 /NvE/vrof?.
, Anne Kleln ATTOR N EYS.
United States Patent O 3,258,781 RAIN CAPE Anne Klein, 165 E. 66th St., New York, N.Y. Filed Apr. 27, 1965, Ser. No. 451,262 3 Claims. (Cl. 2-88) This invention relates to wearing apparel and more particularly it relates to a rain cape.
The invention has reference more especially to a rain cape for women and children being especially constructed so that it can be supported entirely from the head of the wearer and so that it can be worn over any type of outer coat and/ or dress regardless of the size or shape of the collar of said outer coat without being distorted itself and without distorting the parts of the garments worn beneath the cape.
Among the objects of the invention therefore, is to provide a rain cape adapted to be worn over any type of outer coat.
Among other objects of the invention is to provide a rain cape which can be opened and closed from the inside and which leaves the wearers arms free to operate the openings in the cape and to reach objects and manipulate objects held by the cape while being protected from the rain.
The objects of the invention are attained by providing a rain cape with a head covering portion and with substantially straight seams to follow the head contour and dependent upon the width of the material from which it is cut, to continue straight to the hem, or should the material from which the raincape is out be of a narrow width, head seams will terminate in a horizontal seam intermediate the top portion and the hem. For example, the horizontal seam may start at the base of chin and continue around the circumference of the cape. At all times the cape will hang from the head and contains no shoulders. The cape is open at the front and is provided with a slide fastened operable from either the inside or outside for closing the same at the front opening. The cape is also provided with a pair of arm slits closable by slide fasteners spaced on opposite sides of the front opening. The slide fasteners of said slits are also operable from either the inside or outside of the cape. Positioned between each edge of front opening and the respective arm slits are patch pockets applied to the inside of the cape.
Although the cape is made without formed shoulders therein, a drawstring may be provided in the region which is to extend between the shoulders and head of the wearer so that the adjustment of said drawstrings enables the wearer to support the weight of said cape from the shoulders.
In order that the invention may be clearly understood and readily carried into effect, reference is made in describing the same to the accompanying drawings wherein:
FIG. l is a side perspective view of the rain cape of the invention.
FIG. 2 is a front perspective view thereof.
FIG. 3 is a view of the inside of the cape partly cut away.
FIG. 4 is an enlarged detail view taken on line 4 4 of FIG. 3 with the slide fastened partly open however.
The cape shown has the head portion provided with a visor 11. Aside from the visor 11, the cape comprises a pair of front panels 12 and 13 and a pair of rear panels 14 and 15. As shown in FIG. 1, the curved top edge ICC 20 of side panel 13 determines the fullness of the head portion formed; the edge of panel 15 being united to the edge of panel 13. Panels 12 and 14 are united similarly and symmetrically with respect to panels 13 and 15. From thehead portion 10 of the garment to the hem 16 each of the panels 12-15 diverge and are united at seams 21, 22, 23 which are substantially straight.
As shown in FIG. 2, the adjacent edges of front panels 12 and 13 have slide fastener attachments 30.
Slits spaced from the open edge of panels 12 and 14 are also provided with slide fasteners 31 and 32.
Patch pockets 25 (only one shown) are also provided on the inside surface of said cape as illustrated in FIG. 3. Such pockets can take any form or shape and may be open at the top and/ or side. A separate pocket may be provided for a folding umbrella. However, the pocket is preferably positioned between the open edge of the front panel 12 or 13 and the slide fastener 31 or 32 of the slit in the front panel.
As shown in FIGS. l and 2, the cape when closed has an opening 17 for the face of the wearer. A drawstring 26 may be provided below opening 17 so that the cape may be contracted as desired to enable the wearer to support some of the weight from the shoulders.
As shown in FIG. 4, the slide fasteners 32 is provided with a closing device 34 having an operating tab or handle 35 exposed at the inside of the cape as well as an operating tab or handle 36 exposed at the outside thereof. Slide fasteners 30 and 31 are similarly constructed so as to be operable from the inside or the outside of the cape. In the cape shown, the front and arm slits thereof are closed as shown in FIG. 2 when the tabs 36 are at the upper portion thereof. The slide fasteners 31 and 32 can be reversed, if desired, so as to be closed when the tabs 35 and 36 are at the lower ends of the slits.
In use, the opened cape as shown in FIG. 3 is placed over the dress -or outer coat with the cap portion 10 on the head. The drawstring 26 may be adjusted and tied so that the cape is comfortably positioned with respect to the coat therebeneath. Thereafter, the front slide fastener 30 is operated to close the cape. From that time until the cape is removed all necessary operations such as making change, storing parcels in the pockets 25, making use of an umbrella held within the pockets, etc., can be done through slits 31, 32 without removing the cape or opening the front slide fastener 30.
The features and principles underlying the invention described above in connection with specific exemplifications will suggest to those skilled in the art many other modifications thereof. It is accordingly desired that the appended claims shall not be limited to any specific feature or details thereof.
I 1. In a rain cape the improved construction comprising a head covering portion,
a plurality of panels connected at the head covering portion and connected to each other by means of substantially straight seams extending from `the top of the head covering portion toward the hem thereof,
said cape having a straight sided front opening extending from the neck portion thereof to `the hem and being provided with a cooperating pair of a first slide fastener connecting means,
a pair of arm slits formed on opposite sides of said front opening which are connectable by said first slide fastener connecting means,
isecond and -third slide fastener means for closing and opening each of said slits, pockets attached to the inside of said cape in the region between the slits and the edges of the panels containing the rst slide fastener connecting means, each of said iirst, second, and third slide fasteners including a pulling tab exposed on the inside thereof and a pulling tab exposed on the outside thereof. 2. The cape as dened in claim 1 comprising a visor positioned on said head covering portion and an opening for the face below said visor.
3. The cape as defined in claim 2 comprising a drawstring positioned below the opening for said face.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS FRANK I. COHEN, Primary Examiner.
JORDAN FRANKLIN, Examiner'.
R. J. SCANLAN, Assistant Examiner.