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Jan. 28 1969 C. E. CASS LING GARMENT ANCHOR Filed Sept. 14, 1965 FIG. l
CARL E. CASSLING BY Q @M WMA A'TORNEY United States Patent O This invention relates to a support for clothes and more particularly to an adhesive tab adapted to be aiiixed to the body and characterized by a fabric engaging and supporting surface.
It is the common experience that many articles of clothing suffer disarray upon movement of the body.
Claims ,Mens stockings, for example, although made of elastic yarns and the like have a tendency to creep downward. Other articles of clothing similarly shift, though it is desired to maintain them substantially fixed in position.
The present invention is directed to an adhesive tab which may be affixed to the skin at the position to be occupied by a given section of an article of clothing. The outer surface of the tab is provided with protrusions or :fibers which impale the garment and preferably become attached to the garment so that it will be maintained in position. Preferably, the surface is resilient to permit detachment when the garment is to be removed.
More particularly, in accordance with the present invention, there is provided a flexible adhesive tab having an outer surface characterized by a fabric engaging structure, and more particularly having a multiplicity of outwardly projecting resilient hooks which will impale and attach themselves to the threads of a given fabric.
In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the adhesive body is of larger areal extent than the area occupied by the attaching members. Preferably the center zones of the attaching members are raised from the plane of the adhesive body to form a zone of increased support capability.
For a more complete understanding of the present invention and for further objects and advantages thereof, reference may now be had to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:
FIGURE 1 is a sectional view of an embodiment of the invention as taken along lines 1-1 of FIGURE 2;
FIGURE 2 is a front view of the tab of FIGURE l;
FIGURE 3 illustrates a preferred embodiment of the invention in exploded form;
FIGURE 4 is a sectional view of the embodiment of FIGURE 3; and
FIGURE 5 illustrates one application of the present invention.
Referring now to FIGURE l, there is illustrated a body of a material such as manufactured and sold under the trademark Velcro by Velcro Corporation, 681 5th Ave., New York, N.Y. Such material is characterized by an upper surface from which there protrudes a plurality of resilient hook-like fibers 11. The fibers 11 have downwardly directed ends of such character that they will impale and attach themselves to fabrics pressed thereover. An adhesive layer 12 is aixed to the back of the member 10 with a removable cover strip 13, such as is well known in the art, normally covering the same and which is normally removed preparatory to the use of the tab.) The exposed surface of the tab 10 with the outwardly directed hooks is shown in FIGURE 2 where the hooks are positioned in a uniform array. However, it will be understood that different arrays or patterns of hook members may be employed.
3,423,764 Patented Jan. 28, 1969 In the embodiment of FIGURE 3, the adhesive sheet 23 is substantially larger than the hook-carrying sheet 20. The sheet 20 is relieved at the corners to form a central supporting area. A pad 22 is positioned on the rear surface of sheet 20, i.e., the surface opposite the hooks 21. The sheet 20 and the pad 22 will then be affixed to the confronting surface of the sheet 23 as to occupy the zone represented by the outline 20a. The two sheets 20 and 23 may be secured together by any suitable means. The back surface of the sheet 20 will be provided with an adhesive layer, not shown, so that the tab may be aflixed to the body of the wearer. The construction may be of the type generally employed in making adhesive bandages.
FIGURE 5 illustrates one use of the tab of FIGURES 3 and 4. A stocking 32 having an upper band 31 is fitted onto a foot 30. The sheet 23 is adhesively secured to the skin above foot 30, with the hook portions 21 on the surface of the sheet 20 facing outwardly. The upper band or rib portion of the stocking 32 is then placed on the surface of the sheet 20 so that the hooks 21 will engage the rib portion 31 and will hook onto the fibers or threads forming the rib 31. By this means the stocking can be supported without the necessity of encircling the leg with an additional band such as has been traditional.
The invention, of course, may be formed in various sizes and may be attached at various points on the body as the need may require.
Having described the invention in connection with certain specific embodiments thereof, it is to be understood that further modifications may now suggest themselves to those skilled in the art and it is intended to cover such modifications as fall within the scope of the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. Garment supporting means comprising unitary structure including a iiexible strip having an adhesive layer on one side for adhering to a body surface, and an anchor layer occupying at least a portion of the surface of said strip opposite said adhesive layer and means anchoring said anchor layer at points spaced over the contact area between said strip and said anchor layer to unify said strip and said anchor layer, and to distort said anchor layer into a non-planar configuration when said flexible strip is in a planar configuration, said anchor layer being characterized by a plurality of outwardly directed resilient rods having hook-shaped ends.
2. The combination set forth in claim 1 in which said anchor layer is of an area equal to the area of said iiexible strip.
3. The combination set forth in claim 1 in which said anchor layer is of an area less than thearea of said flexible strip, with said flexible strip forming an exposed margin around said anchor layer.
4. Garment supporting means comprising a flexible strip having an adhesive layer on one side for adhering to a body surface, and having at least a portion of the surface opposite said adhesive layer occupied by an anchor layerhcharacterized by a plurality of outwardly directed resilient rods having hook-shaped ends, and wherein said flexible strip is nominally planar with a mound-like pad interposed between the face of said flexible strip opposi-te said adhesive layer and the back of said anchor layer to distort said anchor layer into a non-planar configuration when said flexible strip is in a planar configuration.
5. A garment supporting means comprising 'a flexible strip having an adhesive layer on one side for adhering to a body surface and having a mound-like surface oppo- 3 4 site said adhesive surface at least a portion of which is 2,561,777 7/1951 Bernstein 2-337 occupied by an anchor layer characterized by a plurality 3,068,529 4/ 1963 Munz et a1 2-243 X of outwardly directed resilient rods having hook-shaped ends. FOREIGN PATENTS Rferences Cited 5 428,447 5/1935 Great Britain. UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,437,583 3/1948 Young 2 309 PATRICK D. LAWSON, Przmary Exammer. 2,467,380 4/ 1949 Hansen et a1. 2-337 GEORGE V. LARKIN, Assistant Examiner.