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Publication numberUS3568213 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 9, 1971
Filing dateSep 24, 1968
Priority dateSep 24, 1968
Publication numberUS 3568213 A, US 3568213A, US-A-3568213, US3568213 A, US3568213A
InventorsMason Elizabeth J
Original AssigneeTrimfoot Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Infant's garment
US 3568213 A
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March 9,- 1971 E. J. MASON INFANT s GARMENT v Filed Sept. 24, 1968 INVENTOR ATTORNEY)" United States Patent 3,568,213 INFANTS GARMENT Elizabeth J. Mason, University City, Mo., assignor to Trimfoot Company, St. Louis, Mo. Filed Sept. 24, 1968, Ser. No. 761,907

Int. Cl. A41d 11/00 US. Cl. 280 2 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This specification discloses a garment for an infant easily applied and removed and laundered, and having the appearance of separately formed trunks or pants and blouse or jacket, but readily opened into a flat continuous sheet for application and removal to and from an infant and for laundering.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Dressy garments for infants usually consist of a pair of pants and an upper garment which is applied over the head of the infant or into which the infants arms are inserted, the two items being separate garments having buttons, snaps or ties holdin them applied and requiring some manipulation of the child while being dressed.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The invention comprises a garment formed of an elongated strip of material on which an infnat may be laid face up, and the lower portion of the strip then doubled over a transverse fold line to bring one end margin up toward the infants waist and form a cover for the infants crotch and the front of its abdomen, The upper portion of the strip is divided lengthwise into two parts which may be doubled similarly, on a transverse fold line, to cover the infants shoulders and chest and to bring its end marginal portions down to loosely overlie the infants waist. The opposing edges of the divided parts may be secured together independently of the lower portion to form an over-blouse or jacket-like cover for the infants chest and abdomen.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a plan view of a strip of flexible material having an irregular contour and adapted to be doubled over at indicated fold lines to form a garment. Broken lines indicate a partially folded diaper overlying the fully open garment.

FIG. 2 shows the lower part of the strip doubled on its fold line and its side margins secured together to complete a pants-forming member.

FIG. 3 shows the garment applied to an infant, the upper portion of the strip being doubled along its fold lines, as shown in FIGS, 1 and 2, to overlie the top front of the pants-forming member and with its side margins also secured to the back beneath the infants arms to present a jacket-like appearance.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT The garment is formed from an elongated strip of flexible material having an irregular contour as shown in FIG. 1. The lower portion of the strip forms a seat part 1 with a downward extension 2, provided with deep side notches N which, when the material is doubled about a transverse fold line A, may encircle the legs of an infant lying on the strip face up. Snaps or buttons 4, 5 secure the side margins of the seat and doubled portions together (FIG. 2) to form a pants-like part with a front 2 covering the hips, crotch and abdomen of the infant.

The upper margin of front 2 may have an elastic hem 14 for snug engagement with the infants waist.

The upper portion of the strip forms a back 6 with a relatively wide upward extension cut to produce diverging panels 7. The inner ends of the cut merge with a circular cut to form an open neck K and the panels may be doubled about fold lines B to cover the shoulders and the chest and to loosely overlie the upturned part 2 of the lower portion of the garment (FIG. 3). Fastening elements 9 secure the opposing margins of panels 7 together independently of the lower extension. This closes the sides of the keyhole shaped opening between the panels. Small tabs 10 on back 6 have fastening elements 11 engageable with elements 12 on the outer margins of panels 7 to secure the outer margins of the folded panels beneath the infants arms, thus completing the jacket-like appearance of the garment.

As indicated above, the garment may be opened out flat, laid on a bed, chair, table or other supporting surface, the infant laid thereon face up, and readily dressed in the garment by simple folding and fastening operations and irrespective of the infants activity, There is no struggling to insert the head, arms and legs of the infant through restricted garment openings or recesses. The fastening elements are readily disengaged to remove the garment and it is obvious that the garment when opened out is readily washed and spread out for ironing, if desired.

An ordinary diaper or similar napkin D may be placed over the lower half of the opened garment before the infant is laid on the strip and the securing elements are readily separated to facilitate replacement of the diaper without removing the garment from the infant or unfastening the upper jacket-forming portions but the seat and back remain united and fasteners 4, 5 avoid sagging or unsightly looseness of the pants-forming lower part.

The cut and other details of the garment may be varied widely for appearance and style Without affecting the physical construction and convenient features of the garment and the exclusive use of modifications coming within the scope of the claims is contemplated.

What is claimed is:

1. An infants garment comprising an elongated strip of flexible material which may be laid flat on a supporting surface and including an intermediate part forming contiguous seat and back portions, and lower and upper front parts extending lengthwise of the strip from the remote ends of said seat and back portions respectively and foldable about said ends to loverlie said seat and back portions respectively, readily releasable fastening elements along the side margins of both said seat portion and the lower front part with said loWer front part being foldable thereover to secure the same together about the infants thighs and waist independently of said upper front part and comprising the sole means for securing said garment around the waist of the infant, said upper front part being divided lengthwise to form two spaced-apart panels, readily releasable fastening elements along the adjacent opposing margins of said panels for securing said panels together, and readily releasable fastening elements on the side margins of said back portion and on the adjacent side margins of said folded over panels for connecting said 'back portion to said panels beneath the arms of the infant, said panels being long enough to overlap the upper edge of the lower front part when the latter is folded over said seat portion and to extend a substantial distance below said edge whereby said panels loosely and freely overlap said lower front part.

2. An infants garment as described in claim 1 in which the back portion and adjacent front part have arcuate notches to form a neck-receiving aperture opening into the space between.the panels whereby the latter may be folded over separately from each other.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1/1919 Carter 2--80 3/1931 Burgdorfer 2-75 H. HAMPTON HUNTER, Primary Examiner

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/80
International ClassificationA41B13/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41B13/005
European ClassificationA41B13/00B