US 3872517 A
A veil constructed of a tiara-type frame and a veil body of net material having a tubular hem with a drawstring constructed in sections which are joined by interconnecting loops. The veil material may be stored flat and then gathered by means of the drawstring when the veil is assembled. Tabs along the hem of the veil netting allow the netting to be attached to the frame.
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United States Patent 11 1 Miller Mar. 25, 1975 1 BRIDAL VEIL  Inventor: Mathiel Miller, c/o Mrs. Burgess,
20620 E. Chapman, Orange, Calif. 92669  Filed: Apr. 2, 1973 21 Appl. No.: 346,776
 U.S. Cl. .I 2/207, 2/180  Int. Cl A42b H06  Field of Search 2/207, 198, 197, 237, 325,
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,177,762 4/1916 Coolbroth 2/207 1,570,917 1/1926 Orent 2/70 1,719,145 7/1929 Stover 2/338 2,184,240 12/1939 Mclnnis 2/174 3,480,969 12/1969 Miller 2/180 3,602,919 9/1971 Piccione 2/207 I FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLlCATlONS 9,118 4/1911 United Kingdom 2/207 Primary Eraminer-Werner H. Schroeder Assistant Examiner-Peter Nerbun Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Christie Parker & Hale  ABSTRACT A veil constructed of a tiara-type frame and a veil body of net material having a tubular hem with a drawstring constructed in sections which are joined by interconnecting loops. The veil material may be stored flat and then gathered by means of the drawstring when the veil is assembled. Tabs along the hem of the veil netting allow the netting to be attached to the frame.
6 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures PATENIEB HARZSISYS SHEET 1 2 BRIDAL VEIL FIELD OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to an ornamental headdress, and more particularly, to a novel bridal veil construction.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The making of bridal veils is a highly specialized art. The usual bridal shop orders veils made to order from a catalogue put out by the companies that specialize in the making of veils. Such an arrangement presents a number of problems to the small shop specializing in bridal dresses. Frequently long delivery times are involved. The netting material from which veils are made is easily crushed if not carefully packaged. Individuality of design is limited and the cost of the veils is high.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention is directed to an improved veil construction which permits the parts of the veil to be sold separately and to be combined by the shop owner in an infinite variety of designs to suit the individual tastes of each customer. The veil netting material can be stored in flat panels until ready for use. This is accomplished, in brief, by providing a veil constructed of a tiara-type wire frame and separate panels of netting material, each panel having a tubular hem along one margin and with a drawstring extending through the tubular hem which is made up of individual sections that are joined by interconnecting loops. A series of tabs are sewn at spaced points along the hem. The veil is constructed by gathering the netting material by means of the drawstring, cutting the drawstring. at one of the loops and attaching the ends of the drawstring to the frame. The tabs then are used to secure the veil at intermediate points to the frame to complete the assembly.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS For a more complete understanding of the invention, reference should be made to the accompanying drawings, wherein:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the frame;
FIG. 2 is a plan view of a panel of veil material in its preassembled condition;
FIG. 3 is a partial view of the veil panel showing details of the drawstring; and
FIG. 4 is a plan view of an alternative veil arrangement.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION Referring to FIG. 1, there is shown the frame by which the veil is held on the wearers head. The frame is preferably constructed of deformable wire loops which permit the frame to be contoured and molded in shape as desired. A suitable frame is described in more detail in my US. Pat. No. 3,480,969.
Before assembly into a finished veil, the veil netting is constructedin a panel as illustrated in FIG. 2. A typical panel consists of several thicknesses of netting material, the number of thicknesses being optional. The size of each layer of netting material may also vary from layer to layer. The individual layers of netting material are joined together along one margin by stitching along two parallel lines to form a tubular hem. By way of example only, FIG. 2 shows a veil panel made up of four layers, indicated at 3, 4, 5, and 6, with layers 5 and 6 extending for half the length of the panel.
' One of the features of the invention is that the panels can be'prefabricated to different basic sizes and numbers of layers and stored in flat conditions so that they are free from wrinkling or crushing prior to use. Each panel can be shaped individually by the person assemblying the bridal veil by cutting the panels with an ordinary scissors.
The tubular hem, indicated generally at 8, is provided with a fabric drawstring 7 which passes through the length of the tubular hem and extends beyond the margin of the panel, as indicated at 13 and 14. The drawstring is held in place by stitching, adjacent one end, as indicated at 9. A plurality of tabs 10 are sewn at spaced points along the hem of the panel. Suitable fasteners, such as Velcro pile material 11 and Velcro hook material 12, are provided at the free ends of the tabs 10 to permit the free ends to be joined together to form a loop.
Referring to FIG. 3, the fabric drawstring is constructed in the form of a plurality of sections, adjacent sections being interconnected by loops, as indicated at 15 and 16 and at 17 and 18. The secured end 14 of the drawstring is bifurcated to form pair of free ends. This pair of free ends of the drawstring is provided with suitable fasteners, such as the Velcro pile and hook elements 11 and 12, by which the ends can be joined together to form a loop.
The end 13 of the drawstring may be provided with a loop through which in turn is looped a separate link of fabric tape 19 joined at each end by Velcro pile and hook material or other suitable type of fastener. The link is used to join the free end of the drawstring to the frame after the drawstring is used to gather the veil material.
The frame 1, by being sold separately from the veil panels 2, allows the shop owner to stock a variety of different frames together with a number of different veil panels of various colors and lengths. This allows the customer to select the frame style that suits her and to separately select the veil panel of the desired size, weight, and color. The veil is then assembled by gathering the netting material on the drawstring, cutting the drawstring at one of the interconnecting loops, leaving a free loop extending outside the gathered material. The tape 19 is then removed from the loop at the outer end 13 of the drawstring and inserted through the exposed drawstring loop of the now shortened drawstring and in turn is linked to the frame by joining the Velcro pads together around one of the frame sections. Likewise the secured end 14 of the drawstring is attached to the frame by the Velcro pads 11 and 12 joining the bifurcated end 14 around a portion of a section of the frame. By securing both ends of the drawstring to the frame, the veil is held in place and maintained in a gathered condition. The intermediate tabs 10 are also linked to the frame to help hold the veil panel in place. Artificial or fresh flowers, or other types of suitable (not shown) trim can then be added to the frame to complete the bridal veil.
One of the advantages of the veil construction is that it requires no sewing. As purchased, the veil panel has the drawstring extending out both ends. The drawstring can be shortened simply by cutting the drawstring at one of the conveniently distributed interconnecting loops along thelength of the drawstring, leaving the shortened drawstring with a loop through which thefabric tape 19 can then be inserted to permit fastening of the shortened drawstring end to the frame. The veil can also be readily disassembled so that it can be reused if the customer does not want to buy it.
The veil arrangement of FIG. 4 shows a bridesmaidtype veil which can be used in combination with a wire frame of the type shown in FIG. 1. The frame may be a complete circular crown rather than a tiara-type frame. The veil is dropped over the crown in conventional style. The veil is fastened to the frame by a pair of tabs, as indicated at 20 and 21. The tabs are terminated in Velcro pile and hook elements, snaps, or other suitable connecting means by which the tabs are connected and disconnected at their ends to form loops. The loops are used to link the frame and hold the veil in place.
What is claimed is:
1. A veil arranged to be attachable to a frame, comprising at least one panel of veil material, a tubular hem along a portion of the edge of the veil, a drawstring extending through the hem for gathering the material along the hem, the drawstring including a plurality of sections joined by severable connections at least one of which is located within the hem when the panel is ungathered along the drawstring, the drawstring initially being long enough to extend beyond the ends of the hem when the material is in a flat ungathered condition, said severable connections being adapted to be severed after said panel of veil material has been gathered to shorten the drawstring length and permit a fastener to be attached to the drawstring via the connection that has been exposed by the gathering of the veil.
2. A veil according to claim 1 wherein the severable connections are defined by interlocking loops formed in the adjacent ends of the sections of the drawstring, and the fastener is attachable to the drawstring by insertion through the loop exposed by gathering of the veil.
3. A veil according to claim 1 wherein the drawstring is inelastic.
4. Apparatus of claim 1 wherein a plurality of fastener means are attached to the veil material at spaced positions along the hem for removably securing the hem to the frame.
5. Apparatus of claim 1 wherein the drawstring is secured to the veil material adjacent one end of the hem.
6. Apparatus of claim 5 wherein the secured end of v the drawstring is bifurcated to form two ends, and fastener means on the two ends for detachably joining the two ends to form a loop.