US 555535 A
Abstract available in
Claims available in
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
A. SESSLER. BICYCLE SKIRT.
N0. 555,535. Patented Mar. 3, 1896.
iINTTnn STATES PATENT @rrrcn ARNOLD SESSLER, OF NEIV YORK, N. Y.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 555,535, dated March 3, 1896. Application filed June 21, 1895. Serial No. 653,530. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern.-
Be it known that 1,;ARN0LD SESSLER, a citizen of the United States, residing at New York, in the county and State of New York, have invented a certain new and Improved Bicycle-Garment, of which the following is a specification.
My improvement relates to a bicycle-garment in which are combined skirt and trousers portions, and the object of the improvement is to so combine these portions that the trousers portions will be substantially concealed both while the wearer is in a standing attitude and in the attitude of a rider on a wheel, and, furthermore, so that the skirt portion will not interfere with the freedom of movement of the wearer and will not contribute to the discomfort of the wearer by wrinkling at the seat.
In the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification, Figure 1 is a front view of my improved garment. Fig. 2 is a rear view thereof; and Fig. 3 is a diagrammatic view in the nature of a section taken horizontally across the garment.
Referring first to Fig. 3, in order to explain generally the arrangement of the fabric,
a is one breadth of the front of the skirt. 0 is the front breadth of a trousers-leg. These two portions are preferably formed in one piece by folding the breadth a backward along the breadth c and beyond what would be the normal middle of the skirt. The rear breadth of the trousers-leg is formed of a piece 6 folded backward on itself and also beyond the line that would be the normal middle of the back of the skirt, as shown by the letter (Z. The breadths c and e are united at f to form the inner seam, and the breadths a and d are united at the point I) to form the outer seam of the skirt and trousers-leg. The other leg of the trousers and the other portion of the skirt are formed similarly to the leg and portion just described, and I have similarly lettered such portions, with the addition of a numeral 2.
It is obvious that the breadths a and 0 need not be in one piece, but maybe made of two pieces attached together at b, as may the breadths c andd, the portions of the skirt and trousers being united at b, as before.
Referring now to Figs. 1 and 2, the trouthe diamond form is used.
sersdegs are lettered A and B. The two thicknesses of fabric which compose the skirt and trousers are united to a waist-band g, preferably open in the front, the trousers portion being separated from the band g for a short distance adjacent to the opening, as shown in Fig. 1. A flap 71-, the outline of which is partly shown in dotted lines, is pro Vided with hooks for attachment to eyes on the opposite trousers-leg B, which is shown in Fig. 1 with the skirt portion a thrown back, so as to reveal its full outline. The legs of the trousers are united at 2', as shown in Fig. 1, and the skirt and trousers are separated at the lower leg portion, as shown at j, and the bottom of the leg provided with a buckle or elastic for the purpose of tightening the same about the leg of the wearer. In the rear View, Fig. 2, the skirt portion 61 is partly turned over to reveal the outline of the trousers, while the skirt portion 61 is in its natural position, the two portions (1 and (1 being united for a part of their length at the seam it. In this latter figure I have shown a web Z extending between the two leg portions and connected thereto. This web is of advantage where the wearer of a garment rides the loop form of bicycle, but is disadvantageous when It serves, when worn, to aid in the concealment of the outline of the trousers.
As shown in Fig. 3, the breadths of the skirt are folded back, as shown at m, to give a finish to the same, as is likewise the bottom of the skirt. Weights 01 may also be secured in the bottom of the skirt at the points where the skirt portions overlap, as well as at other points, in order to insure the skirt hanging properly when worn. So also, as shown in Fig. 3 in dotted lines, where the garment is desired to be extra warm, an additional thickness may be added to the skirt portion, as shown in dotted lines at 0, by folding the front breadth of the skirt a backward along itself and around the back breadth d,this, of course, to be done to both sides of the skirt.
It will be obvious from the foregoing description that the general design of my improved garment is to secure absolute freedom of movement for the limbs of the wearer, and that this is secured by providing a bifurcated garment, covered by a skirt divided back and front at about the line of division of the inner garment, but made of such fullness of material that the portions of the skirt will overlap and conceal the division and the inner garment. Such a garment is designed not only for athletic exercises, but also to be worn as an article of street wear, it being obvious that the skirt portion may be tacked together along the back and front divisions, or may even be worn without such tacking, the fullness of material arranged for being suflicient under ordinary circumstances to conceal the lines of division.
I claim- 1. Acombination-garment,comprising separate front breadths a, 0L2 and separate rear breadths (I, (1 whereby a skirt divided front and back is formed, said breadths being sewed together at the sides 1), b and folded inward to form sections a, c, 0 0 which sections are sewed together at f, f to constitute leg portions within the divided skirt, substantially as described.
2. A coinbination-garment, comprising a skirt portion, leg portions secured within the same, and a web connecting the inner portions of said leg portions, substantially as described.
This speciiieation signed and witnessed this 19th day of June, 1895.
\Vitnesses OSCAR H. CACCIOLA, Aoeusr C. NANZ.