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Publication numberUS3334357 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 8, 1967
Filing dateSep 8, 1965
Priority dateSep 8, 1965
Publication numberUS 3334357 A, US 3334357A, US-A-3334357, US3334357 A, US3334357A
InventorsStults Ruth K
Original AssigneeStults Ruth K
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pocket construction for garment
US 3334357 A
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8, 1967 R. k. s-ruLTs 3,334,357


4 6 INVENTOR L A? RU TH 1r. 572/175 30 3 BY gg p44 %%%Y United States Patent 3,334,357 POCKET CONSTRUCTION FOR GARMENT Ruth K. Stults, 37 Hillside Ave., Short Hills, NJ. 07078 Filed Sept. 8, 1965, Ser. No. 485,800 4 Claims. (Cl. 2-247) provide a pocket construction which lies flat against the outer surface of the garment when not in use but which will expand to receive objects of relatively large size compared with the size of the pocket. Another object is to provide a collapsible pocket construction which is versatile in that it is adaptable for many different applications and conditions of use, and which is simple in construction, easily applied to the garment and attractive. These and other objects will be in part obvious and in part pointed out below.

Many different types of pockets have been used or proposed for use upon golfing attire. Such pockets may be adapted to hold score cards, pencils, tees, ball markers, golf balls and miscellaneous other objects. Generally, such pockets are relatively largeand bulky, and they may be quite unsightly even when empty. Also, many such pockets are extremely complicated in construction so that they are expensive and difiicult to install, and it may even be difficult to use them. The tendency for golfers to be trimmer and to be neatly attired has caused people to avoid the use of garments having complicated and unsightly pockets. However, prior to the present invention no fully satisfactory pocket construction has been proposed for use upon golfers attire. It is an object of the present invention to avoid the objectionable features of the prior pockets of the above character and to provide a fully satisfactory pocket construction.

In the illustrative embodiment of the present invention, a pocket is provided upon the skirt for a lady golfer positioned slightly below the waist and preferably on the upper portion of the right hip. When the pocket is empty, it automatically pulls itself against the wearer so as to be decorative and attractive. The pocket may be used for carrying a score card or small objects and it will still tend to hold itself in its collapsed rest position, so as to hug the objects which it contains. The pocket expands and opens readily from the top to the bottom so that objects within it are readily removed. Yet even one or two golf balls in the bottom of the pocket will not have the tendency to fall out as with many prior similar pockets. The pocket of the present invention is also adaptable with respect to size and proportions to be attached to different garments and to be constructed of different types of material. Objects within the pocket are readily accepted by the pocket, and yet is not misshapen even when the pocket is fairly well filled with various objects.

In the drawings:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the rear of a ladies skirt which is equipped with a pocket constituting an embodiment of the invention;

FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of the pocket of FIG- URE 1;

FIGURE 3 is an enlarged sectional view on the line 3-3 of FIGURE 1;

FIGURE 4 is a fragmentary perspective view showing the manner in which the pocket opens; and,

FIGURE 5 is a plan view of a piece of fabric from which the pocket of FIGURES 1 to 4 is formed.

Referring to FIGURE 1 of the drawings, a ladies skirt 4 having a pocket 6 attached to the outside surface of the skirt directly beneath the waistband and relatively high up in the rear on the right hip of the wearer. Skirt 4 is made of a fabric or textile, such as a wool or synthetic fiber flannel or a tweed material. Pocket 6 is preferably of the same material as skirt 4 and is formed of a single piece of the fabric without the addition of other component or materials, except for the thread used for sewing and possibly an inner layer of the same or other fabric forming a lining.

The pocket of FIGURES 1 to 4 is formed of a single piece 8 of fabric shown in plan view in FIGURE 5. In forming the pocket the bottom edge 10 is folded inwardly along afold line to form the bottom edge 12, and the top edge 14 is folded inwardly along a fold line to form the top edge 16. Similarly, the side edges 18 and 20 are folded inwardly along parallel fold lines to form folds 22 and 24, respectively. As shown best in FIGURE 2, each of the side edges is then folded into an accordion-type pleat 26, there being at the left (FIGURE 5) an inner fold 28 and a reverse fold 30. Similarly, at the right there are inner folds 32 and reverse fold 34.- However, prior to making the reverse folds 30 and 34, fold 28 is stitched by a single line of stitches 36. This line of stitches 36 being represented in FIGURE 5 by broken lines along the opposite sides of fold 28. Similarly, fold 32 is stitched by a line of stitches 38, which is also represented in FIG- URE 5 by broken lines. The sides of the pocket are then attached to the skirt along folds 22 and 24, respectively, by lines of stitches 40 and 42 which are represented by broken lines in FIGURE 5. Folds 30 and 34 are then formed so that the pocket is complete, with an outer pocket wall 44 formed between the stitched side folds 28 and 32, and the top edge 16 and bottom edge 12.

The bottom of the pocket is then attached to the skirt by a line of stitches 46 which is represented by a pair of parallel broken lines in FIGURE 5. At the center of the bottom of the pocket the stitches 46 extend through two layers of the piece of fabric 8 and the fabric of skirt 4. However, within the areas at the bottom corners of the pocket these stitches also extend through the accordiontype pleats, thus holding the pleats together at the bottom of the pocket and tightly against the ski-rt.

Reverse fold 30 is formed closer to fold 22 than it is to fold 28 so that fold strip 48 is wider than the fold strip 50. Hence, fold 28 with its line of stitches 36 is positioned slightly to the left of fold 22 and its line of stitching 40. Similarly, at the right-hand edge of the pocket, the fold strip 52 is wider than the fold strip 54 so that fold 32 lies beyond or to the right of fold 24.

The lines of stitches 36 and 38 hold their respective folds tightly together, and the line of stitches 46 holds the two side pleat structures together at the bottom against the skirt. This arrangement causes the pocket to have a tendency to collapse against the skirt and to present an attractive and trim appearance. This tendency is apparent even when the pocket contains various objects, although (see FIGURE 4) the side pleats permit the pocket to be completely opened from the top down to the very bottom of the pocket. Hence, the skirt and the bottom of the pocket form a pocket construction which may be used to contain various objects such as golf balls, score cards, tees, markers, etc., and the wearer has ready access to the objects because the pocket opens up completely from the top to the bottom. Nevertheless, the pocket has a tendency to constrict itself so that the top tends to close above objects in the bottom. This tendency is augmented by the natural contour of the skirt when it is being worn. Referring to FIGURE 1, the bottom of the skirt hangs freely but the shape of the right hip causes the skirt to tend to fit tightly within the vicinity of the pocket. That is, the convex hip contour to which that portion of the skirt is urged tends to bend the vertical sides of the pocket inwardly so that they tend to be somewhat convex. Hence, particularly when this pocket is positioned as shown in FIGURE 1, advantages of many prior pockets are attained without the disadvantages referred to above and as recognized in the art.

Under some circumstances the reverse folds 30 and 34 are stitched near the top by bylines of stitches similar to stitches 36 and 38 at folds 28 and 32. Also, it may be desirable at times to provide a lining, and that can be done without departing from the spirit of the invention. However, the pocket of FIGURES 1 to 5 has proven to be very satisfactory with different types of fabric without additional stitching and without lining. The use of a single layer of fabric identical with the fabric of the skirt causes the pocket to react in the same manner as the coextensive fabric of the skirt. At the same time the pocket is completely outside the skirt and it may be completely filled with various objects without interfering with the normal attractive fitting of the skirt and without danger of stretching the skirt fabric.

It will be appreciated that many of the advantages of the present invention may be attained with this pocket upon garments other than skirts, and the pockets positioned elsewhere upon the body of the wearer. Also, the pocket may be used for other purposes than for golf attire, as is intended for the pocket of the illustrative embodiment. A waterproof liner may be provided when appropriate.

I claim:

1. In a garment pocket positioned upon a substantially vertical outer wall of a garment, a substantially rectangular outer pocket structure comprising an outer pocket wall and two side wall structures, said outer pocket wall being substantially parallel with the coextensive portion of the garment, said side wall structures being substantially parallel and each being formed by two parallel strip portions which are interconnected by a fold whereby they may lie flat against each other, said outer pocket wall having its side edge portions coextensive with and lying flat against one of said parallel strip portions of each of said side wall structures, one row of stitches at each of the respective side edges of said outer pocket wall each of which extends through the edge of said outer pocket wall and the said parallel strip portion against which it lies whereby the respective edges of the said parallel strip portions are held tightly in parallel relationship with the edges of said outer pocket wall, means attaching each of said side wall structures to the outer surface of the garment along lines which are substantially vertical, and a row of stitches extending through the garment wall, the outer pocket wall, and the two parallel strip portions on each side of the pocket and attaching said outer pocket wall and said side wall structures together and to the garment wall along a continuous line extending between the vertical edges of said outer pocket wall and holding the bottom of said outer pocket wall against the lower ends of said parallel strip portions and the garment wall.

2. A garment pocket structure as described in claim 1 wherein said garment is a skirt and said outer pocket structure is positioned upon the rear of the skirt in the vicinity of the upper portion of the hip of the wearer whereby the skirt portion which is coextensive with the pocket structure tends to be convex and provides a relatively firm inner wall for the pocket.

3. The structure as described in claim 1 wherein said one of said parallel strip portions of each of said side wall structures is wider than the respective other parallel strip portion whereby said two rows of stitches are positioned further apart than the edges of said other strip portions which are attached to the garment.

4. A pocket structure as described in claim I wherein said coextensive portion of the garment extends along a hip of the wearer and said outer pocket structure is of the same fabric as the garment.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 627,400 6/1899 Douglis 2247 780,720 1/1905 Keeley 2250 1,316,526 9/1919 Weiss 2247 2,358,137 9/1944 Bard et al 2247 JORDAN FRANKLIN, Primary Examiner.

A. GUEST, Assistant Examiner.

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U.S. Classification2/247
International ClassificationA41D27/20
Cooperative ClassificationA41D27/20
European ClassificationA41D27/20