TRANSFERABLE GARMENT ADDITION TO SWIMWEAR

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A transferable garment, for seamlessly transforming an existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit, comprising a front side, a back side seamlessly connected to the front side, a torso portion having a top portion and a bottom portion, the front side and the back side forming the torso portion and the torso portion being sized to cover at least a portion of a wearer's torso, an upper front section of the front side, an upper rear section portion of the back side, a first securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper front section for securing the torso portion to necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, a second securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper rear section for securing the torso portion to back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit. The first securing mechanism and the second securing mechanism temporarily secures the torso portion to the existing bikini swimsuit.

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Description
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This non-provisional application claims the benefit under 35 U.S.C. §119(e) of U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/842,388, filed Jul. 3, 2013, which is incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates in general to clothing, and more particularly to a transferable garment for seamlessly transforming an existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Certain types of clothing garments are designed for a specific purpose, such as athletics, exercising, recreation, and/or leisure. Swimwear is an item of clothing designed to be worn for swimming and/or sunbathing. Swimsuits may be skin-tight or loosely fitting and range from garments designed to preserve as much modesty as possible to garments designed to reveal as much of the body as possible. Additionally, swimwear has aesthetic appeal as well as function such as swimwear that is form-fitting, slenderizing female swimwear, or padding for accentuating a particular area of the body.

Often within society, it is desirable to have women's swimwear and/or athletic wear accommodate both those women who may be self-conscious about body image, insecure, or modest as well as those who prefer to wear swimwear and/or athletic wear that is more revealing. It is also desirable to provide swimwear and/or athletic wear that is readily adjustable to form different swimwear, athletic wear, and/or bathing wear types, to allow for a variety of swimwear, athletic wear, and/or bathing wear options from the same clothing article. Despite all the current swimwear, athletic wear, and/or bathing wear that exists, there is absent for women a transferable garment, attachable to and also detachable from an existing bikini style swimsuit. Current swimwear does not have the ability to interchangeably transfer from a bikini style top to a tankini style top without a permanent change or use of any type of permanent fastener on the bikini style top. As a result, a need exists for a transferable garment for seamlessly transforming an existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit without permanent attachment to the existing bikini style garment. Further there is a need for a transferable garment for seamlessly transforming an existing tank top garment (which does not cover a wearer's abdomen section) to a tank top style garment covering the wearer's abdomen section without permanent attachment to the existing tank top style garment.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is an improved transferable garment designed to seamlessly transform an existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit without permanent attachment. In view of the foregoing, a need exists for a transferable garment for seamlessly transforming an existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit. Accordingly, various features, structures, characteristics, and method of manufacturing embodiments for the transferable garment are provided. In one embodiment, by way of example only, a transferable garment is provided. In one such embodiment, the transferable garment comprising a front side, a back side seamlessly connected to the front side, a torso portion having a top portion and a bottom portion, the front side and the back side forming the torso portion and the torso portion being sized to cover at least a portion of a wearer's torso, an upper front section of the front side, an upper rear section portion of the back side, a first securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper front section for securing the torso portion to necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, a second securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper rear section for securing the torso portion to back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit. The first securing mechanism and the second securing mechanism temporarily secures the torso portion to the existing bikini swimsuit. Related device and method of manufacturing embodiments are also disclosed and provide additional advantages.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In order that the advantages of the invention will be readily understood, a more particular description of the invention briefly described above will be rendered by reference to specific embodiments that are illustrated in the appended drawings. Understanding that these drawings depict only typical embodiments of the invention and are not therefore to be considered to be limiting of its scope, the invention will be described and explained with additional specificity and detail through the use of the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1A illustrates an exemplary transferable garment according to the present invention from a perspective front view;

FIG. 1B illustrates an transferable garment according to the present invention from a perspective back view of FIG. 1A view;

FIG. 2A illustrates an exemplary transferable garment according to the present invention from a perspective front view shown with a bikini top;

FIG. 2B illustrates an exemplary transferable garment according to the present invention from a perspective back and side view of FIG. 2A;

FIG. 3 illustrates an exemplary transferable garment according to the present invention from a cross sectional view of the present invention top portion;

FIG. 4A illustrates an additional exemplary transferable garment according to the present invention from a cross sectional view of a different version of the present invention top portion;

FIG. 4B illustrates an additional exemplary transferable garment according to the present invention from a perspective view of the present invention shown with a bikini top;

FIG. 5A-B illustrates an additional exemplary transferable garment for seamlessly transforming an existing bikini swimsuit into a tankini swimsuit, from a perspective front view and a perspective back view; and

FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating an exemplary method of manufacturing for a transferable garment for seamlessly transforming an existing bikini swimsuit into a tankini swimsuit in which aspects of the present invention may be realized.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Reference throughout this specification to “one embodiment,” “an embodiment,” or similar language means that a particular feature, structure, or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment is included in at least one embodiment of the present invention. Thus, appearances of the phrases “in one embodiment,” “in an embodiment,” and similar language throughout this specification may, but do not necessarily, all refer to the same embodiment.

The terms “a” or “an”, as used herein, are defined as one or as more than one. The term “plurality”, as used herein, is defined as two or as more than two. The term “another”, as used herein, is defined as at least a second or more. The terms “including” and/or “having”, as used herein, are defined as comprising (i.e., open language). The term “coupled”, as used herein, is defined as connected, although not necessarily directly, and not necessarily mechanically.

The term “or” as used herein is to be interpreted as an inclusive or meaning any one or any combination. Therefore, “A, B or C” means any of the following: “A; B; C; A and B; A and C; B and C; B and C”. An exception to this definition will occur only when a combination of elements, functions, steps or acts are in some way inherently mutually exclusive.

The drawings featured in the figures are for the purpose of illustrating certain convenient embodiments of the present invention, and are not to be considered as limitation thereto. Term “means” preceding a present participle of an operation indicates a desired function for which there is one or more embodiments, i.e., one or amore methods, devices, or apparatuses for achieving the desired function and that one skilled in the art could select from these or their equivalent in view of the disclosure herein and use of the term “means” is not intended to be limiting.

Furthermore, the described features, structures, or characteristics of the invention may be combined in any suitable manner in one or more embodiments. In the following description, numerous specific details are provided to provide a thorough understanding of embodiments of the invention. One skilled in the relevant art will recognize, however, that the invention may be practiced without one or more of the specific details, or with other methods, components, materials, and so forth. In other instances, well-known structures, materials, or operations are not shown or described in detail to avoid obscuring aspects of the invention.

While the invention has been described in detail and with reference to specific embodiments thereof, it will be apparent to one skilled in the art that various changes and modifications can be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope thereof. Thus, it is intended that the present invention covers the modifications and variations of this invention provided they come within the scope of the appended claims and their equivalents. It is to be understood that terms such as “top”, “bottom”, “front”, “rear”, “side”, “height”, “length”, “width”, “upper”, “lower”, “interior”, “exterior”, and the like as may be used herein, merely describe points of reference and do not limit the present invention to any particular orientation or configuration.

As used herein “front side” or “front portion of the transferable garment refers to the front half of the transferable garment as viewed when facing the wearer. The “rear side” or rear portion” of the transferable garment refers to the rear half of the transferable garment as viewed when facing the rear or back of the wearer. The terms “front” and “back” are used to designate the relationship relative to the transferable garment itself. The front portion as noted is the portion that would be worn over the breast area of the user while the back is the side of the transferable garment that would, when properly worn, be on the back of the wearer over where the existing bikini back straps are normally fastened or connected.

The present invention provides for a transferable garment designed to seamlessly transform an existing bikini swimsuit (and/or bra such as a sports bra, undergarment, tank top, and the like) to a tankini swimsuit (and/or bra such as a sports bra, undergarment, tank top, and the like with the transferable garment) without permanent attachment. In one embodiment, by way of example only, a transferable garment is provided. In one such embodiment, the transferable garment comprising a front side, a back side (which may or may not cover the entire rear/back portion of a wearer's torso) seamlessly connected to the front side (which may or may not entirely cover the front portion of a wearer's torso), a torso portion having a top portion and a bottom portion, the front side and the back side forming the torso portion and the torso portion being sized to cover at least a portion (or the entire portion) of a wearer's torso, an upper front section (e.g., midsection) of the front side, an upper rear (e.g., midsection) portion of the back side, a first securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper front (e.g., midsection) for securing the torso portion to necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, a second securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper rear (e.g., midsection) for securing the torso portion to back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit. The first securing mechanism and/or the second securing mechanism temporarily secures the torso portion to the existing bikini swimsuit (bra, tank top, undergarment, and the like). Related various features, structures, characteristics, devices, and method of manufacturing embodiments are also disclosed and provide additional advantages.

In one embodiment, the present invention is an article of clothing comprised of swimwear material, that non-permanently connects with an existing bikini top together forming a tankini style swim top, secured by existing bikini straps/ties threaded through adjustable loopholes and/or belt style loops, with a securing tie/strap attached midway across the top front section (or other preferred location on the torso portion) of the invention intended to encircle a current bikini.

In one embodiment, the present invention revolutionizes the current swimwear options available. The swimwear addition provides costs saving by providing a transferable garment configured to be attached to an existing swimwear and/or bra such as a sports bra, undergarment, tank top, athletic garment top, and the like, thereby eliminating the need to purchase separate swimwear and/or athletic tops for different occasions where more or less coverage may be desired. Another advantage is the present invention allows more style options for a wearer since the swimwear and/or athletic wear may be used with most every different bikini tops and/or tank tops for more unique looks. The swimwear top (e.g., transferable garment) allows more custom fit because women rarely have the same breast and waist size. It also gives more coverage for those who want to easily switch back and forth from bikini to tankini style.

In one embodiment, the transferable garment provides pregnant women the option to continue using their current bikini top and/or tank top with this transferable garment addition for more comfort, coverage and style options without having to purchase maternity swimsuits and/or maternity style workout clothes. All size women may find a benefit to the use of the present invention when looking for more modest coverage. There can be many more advantages to the present invention depending on an individual's perspective, desire and needs.

In one embodiment, the present invention is a transferable garment is comprised of swimwear material, that with an existing bikini top together form a tankini style swim top, secured by existing bikini straps/ties threaded through adjustable securing mechanisms (e.g., loopholes and/or belt style loops), with a securing tie/strap attached midway across the top front section of the torso portion intended to encircle a current bikini.

In one embodiment, the present invention is an improved transferable garment designed to seamlessly transform an existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit without permanent attachment. In one embodiment, by way of example only, a transferable garment is provided. In one such embodiment, the transferable garment comprising a front side, a back side seamlessly connected to the front side, a torso portion, being formed of one of a plurality of lengths and sizes, having a top portion and a bottom portion, the front side and the back side forming the torso portion and the torso portion being sized to cover at least a portion of a wearer's torso (and/or torso, hips, legs, feet etc.), an upper front section (e.g., an upper front midsection) of the front side, an upper rear section (e.g., an upper rear midsection) portion of the back side, at least one first securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper front section for securing the torso portion to the existing bikini swimsuit (e.g., for securing the torso portion to the front bikini neck straps of the existing bikini swimsuit), at least one second securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper rear section for securing the torso portion to back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit. In one embodiment, the torso portion of the transferable garment includes an inner liner; an outer liner, the outer liner being coextensive with the inner liner; at least one or more means for coupling the inner liner to the outer liner, wherein one or more receiving slots (e.g., cavities) are formed from the coupling.

In one embodiment, the torso portion includes one or more compression means and/or integrated support structures retained within the one or more receiving slots for securing the torso portion to the wearer's body. In one embodiment, the torso portion is only one liner (having an outer surface and an inner surface, the inner surface contacting the wear's person) having a variety of one or more compression means and/or integrated support structures retained within and/or coupled to (e.g., sewn, hemmed, attached, housed) the one, singular liner.

The torso portion may include at least one or more decorative attachment mechanisms (e.g., accessory pieces such as lace, jewelry, beads, sequins, tinsels, trimmings, decorations and the like) coupled to one or more of a variety of positions on the torso portion for providing stylistic preferences.

In one embodiment, at least one third securing mechanism seamlessly connected to an upper front section of the upper front section, for securing the torso portion to the existing bikini top between the “cups” and in the center, but not to the front bikini neck straps. In one embodiment, the first securing mechanism are triangle pieces that secure and attach the torso portion to the neck straps/ties. The triangle pieces (e.g., the first securing mechanisms) secures the torso portion to the neck ties of the existing bikini and will likely be used every time the invention is attached, where the center front tie (e.g., the at least one third securing mechanism) may or may not be used according user and/or manufacturer preference. The at least one first securing mechanism, the at least one second securing mechanism, and the at least one third securing mechanism temporarily secures the torso portion to the existing bikini swimsuit. Also, in one embodiment, the at least one first securing mechanism, the at least one second securing mechanism, and the at least one third securing mechanism may each have a cover flap or cover piece to provide protection and comfort.

Also, in one embodiment, the present invention is a transferable garment for seamlessly transforming an existing garment (e.g., a bra) into a tank top, sports bra, athletic clothing, dress, shorts, overalls, and/or other type of clothing.

FIG. 1A illustrates an exemplary transferable garment 100 according to the present invention from a perspective front view and FIG. 1B illustrates the transferable garment 100 according to the present invention from a perspective back view of FIG. 1A view. Referring now to the invention in more detail, in FIG. 1A-B illustrates a transferable garment 100 (e.g., the transferable garment swimwear piece) addition having a top portion 19, a bottom portion 21, and a midriff coverage 20 (covering all or a portion of the front portion of a wearer's midriff/torso), a back coverage 22 (covering all or a portion of the back portion of a wearer's midriff/torso), and a compression device 18 for applying pressure to the abdomen, ribs, buttocks, legs, and/or torso (e.g., a flexible/elastic type band) preferably coupled to, sewn and/or housed within material encircling the torso (e.g., midriff, stomach, and/or ribcage). In one embodiment, the flexible/elastic band 18 may be hemmed into both the top portion 19 (and/or the bottom portion 21) of the transferable garment and/or made by continuous weaving and/or sewing the flexible/elastic band 18 into the transferable garment 100 and may be different in widths, thickness, color, texture, elasticity and so on, and/or be one of a variety of shapes and sizes according to a users preferences and/or requirements of the transferable garment 100. The compression device 18 is hemmed with an elastic band (e.g. ⅜ inch) to provide improved fit and durability.

The compression device 18 (e.g., the flexible/elastic type band) may be a cord, string, strap, elastic band, and/or other type of compression and/or flexible material sewn, housed within, and/or attached to the transferable garment 100 and capable of being adjustable to and/or compressing on a wearer's torso. In other words, the compression device 18 provides a “mechanical spring” effect in that when the fabric of the transferable garment is elongated (equivalent to compressing a spring) as a user's body flexes, and as the fabric recovers (equivalent to the recoil of the spring) the recovery force from the fabric provides an additional benefit of having the garment fit snugly against the wearer's body.

The elastic band 18 may be adjusted by the user while wearing the transferable garment 100, and/or compressible to the torso while wearing the transferable garment 100, the transferable garment 100 having the elastic type band 18 at least partly and/or entirely encircling the relevant part of the upper portion of the transferable garment 100, which an elastic type band 18 may be pulled by the wearer while wearing the transferable garment 100 to adjust the width, circumference and/or the tightness/looseness around the wearer's ribcage by gathering material of the part on the elastic type band 18, wherein for part of the circumference of the relevant part the an elastic type band 18 is concealed under the material but emerges at a desired point and then passes again to the inside of the transferable garment 100 accessible to the user while wearing the transferable garment 100 so as to form an exposed and/or non-exposed an elastic type band 18 section on the inside and/or outside of the transferable garment 100 and an elastic type band pull section on the inside and/or outside of the transferable garment 100 accessible to the user while wearing the transferable garment 100.

The compression device 18 may be adjustable by the user for applying the pressure The transferable garment 100 including means provided at the elastic type band 18 section for holding the transferable garment 100 in its tightened and/or loosened condition on the elastic type band 18 and the an elastic type band pull section (which may be apart of the flexible/elastic type band 18) may be used by the wearer for adjustment of the width of the relevant part while wearing the transferable garment 100.

In one embodiment, the compression device 18 automatically applies pressure to the wearers abdomen based on the design, size, and compression material housed within the transferable garment 100. In other words, the elastic type band 18 of the transferable garment 100 is of a fixed or un-fixed size, seamlessly connected, hemmed, woven, and/or designed as part of the transferable garment 100 that automatically adjusts to the wearer's torso, abdomen, and/or ribcage based upon predesigned and/or manufactured specifications.

In one embodiment, the transferable garment 100 includes at least one or more support strips 14 (e.g., upside down U and/or V shaped and/or one of a variety of other shaped strips 14) attached to a front, internal top midsection 26 of the transferable garment 100, and more specifically, attached to a front, internal top midsection 26 (the internal top midsection 26 being made of and/or includes the compression device ‘flexible/elastic style band’ 18). The at least one or more support strips 14 having a first end attached to a first section 15 of the compression device 18 and a second end attached to a second section 26 of the compression device. Both the first section 15 and the second section 26 may be placed in one or more of a variety of positions along the compression device 18, which encircles all or a portion of the top portion of the transferable garment 100.

The support strip 14 may be one continuous strap connected to one of a variety of positions on the transferable garment 100, and/or may be two continuous straps connected to one of a variety of positions on the transferable garment 100. Located at a “top” midpoint 12 (and/or other locations based on user and/or stylistic preferences) of the support strips 14 are securing mechanism(s) 10 (e.g., expandable loopholes, hooks, clips, D-Rings, clamps, stirrups, strings, connecting bands, and the like 10), which encircle, encase, and/or seamlessly connect to the support strip 14 for receiving a bikini's neck straps/ties 42 (see FIGS. 2A-B, 3, and FIG. 4B 32). The securing mechanism(s) may be permanently fixed to (e.g, sewn, hemmed, clipped, and/or attached) only one of a variety of positions of the support strip 14, and/or may be the securing mechanism(s) 10 may be permanently fixed to the support strip(s) 14 but configured to be adjustable to one of the variety of positions of the support strip(s) 14. In other words, in one embodiment, the securing mechanism(s) 10 is connected to the “top” midpoint 12 and is permanently fixed incapable of being slidably retained, adjusted and/or moved to another position (e.g, not the top midpoint 12) of the “top” midpoint 12 the support strip(s) 14.

Alternatively, in one embodiment, the securing mechanism(s) 10 is adjustably connected to any point along the support strip(s) 14 and is permanently fixed to the support strip(s) 14, but is capable of being adjusted and/or moved to another position (e.g, not the top midpoint 12) of the “top” midpoint 12 the support strip(s) 14. In one embodiment, the support strip 14 may be solid pieces and/or solid strips, and/or may be solid pieces having a lightweight stretch-material having a translucent mesh, opaque mesh, and/or see-through type mesh, and/or solid strips having a lightweight stretch material having a translucent mesh, opaque mesh, and/or see-through type mesh. The support strip 14 may be of a plurality of shapes and sizes of one of many stylistic preferences.

In one embodiment, the securing mechanism 10 may be removable from the support strips 14. In an alternative embodiment, the securing mechanism 10 may be a portion of the support strips 14 (such as eyelets, open-sewn loops, clips attached to the support strips 14, etc.) wherein the securing mechanism 10 forms a receiving portion the support strips 14 (e.g., the support strips have at least one or more holes cut out in one of a variety of positions along the support strip acting as a first receiving mechanism for the support strip). Between the one or more support strips 14 (e.g., the upside down V and/or U shaped support strips 14), second attachment mechanisms 16 (e.g., loop, clip, d-ring, fastening straps/ties 16) are attached to one of a variety of locations of the top portion of the transferable garment 100 (e.g., the internal top midsection 26) and also, an identical external opposite location of the transferable garment 100, see FIG. 3 which illustrates the transferable garment 100 according to the present invention from a cross sectional view of the present invention top portion.

In one embodiment, the support strip(s) 14 are two generally triangular shaped cups and/or pads (more clearly depicted below in FIG. 5A 554). In this embodiment, two of the three vertices of the generally triangular shape are sewn with the securing mechanism 10 (e.g., integrated loops 10). In one embodiment, these support strip(s) 10 have integrated loops 10 (more clearly depicted in FIG. 5A 558) at the top vertex of each cup 14 (more clearly depicted in FIG. 5A 554). The integrated loops 10 receive the existing neck bikini straps of the existing swimsuit top seamlessly (see also FIG. 2A-2B). The support strip(s) 14 of the transferable garment 100 each have an integrated loop 10 at a vertex located above the breasts (see also FIG. 2A-2B). The cup or pad shape design of the support strip(s) 14 define an additional protection barrier there between the existing bikini and the wearer's torso, the pad or cup being fabricated from an elastic material. In yet another aspect, the support strip(s) may be formed of any material suitable for its described purpose. In an embodiment, the support strip(s) includes a foam layer (e.g., open-cell foam). By way of example only, the support strip(s) is formed via a compression molding. Compression molding is a method of molding in which the molding material is first placed in an open, heated mold cavity. The mold is closed with a top force or plug member, pressure is applied to force the material into contact with all mold areas, and while heat and pressure are maintained until the molding material has cured. Specifically, the compression molding apparatus includes a first or female molding portion configured to receive a second or male molding portion possessing a shape complementary to the shape of the first molding portion. The support strip(s) may be utilized to shape a single layer, or may be utilized to shape a multilayered structure. Upon compression (and the application of heat), the layers adhere, forming a laminate having a three dimensional shape. Specifically, the insert possesses a generally concave shape (e.g., it may be contoured to register with the shape of one of a plurality of shapes and sizes of an existing bikini top). The support strip(s) are molded, formed, and/or designee to possess a similar degree of curvature to that of the existing bikini. In particular, the configuration of the invention provides additional protection and/or coverage to the wearer's breasts and to seamlessly connect to the existing bikini top.

FIG. 1A-B and FIG. 2A and FIG. 2B illustrates back coverage 22 comprised of a plurality of existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 (e.g., eyelets, openings, fasteners, gripping members, clips, and/or belt style loops, etc.,) vertically and/or horizontally (or any other desired and/or angled preference) located along the top back of elastic type band 18 of the back coverage 22 of the transferable garment 100 for receiving an existing bikini's straps for securing the transferable garment 100 to the existing bikini of a wearer. In one embodiment, the plurality of existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 can be made out of any suitable material, including but not limited to metal, plastic, ceramic, glass, etc. In one embodiment, the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 are clips, or hooplike members that can be round, rectangular, roughly D-shaped, or any other shape. The existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 (e.g., clips) can have an open profile or a closed profile. For instance, dosed profile clips can use a carabiner-like closing mechanism. Optionally, an open profile clip can further comprise a spur on the interior surface of one or both open ends of the clip gap. These spurs prevent the straps from slipping free of the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 while the transferable garment is connected to the existing bikini top. An optional decorative accessory (not shown) can be attached to any of the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 of the transferable garment for decorative or stylistic preferences.

In one embodiment, the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 (e.g., eyelets, hooks or clips) are mounted along the top back of elastic type band 18 of the back coverage 22 of the transferable garment 100. It should be understood that any number of the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 may be coupled to the top back of elastic type band 18 of the back coverage 22 to be engagable with the existing bikini back straps/ties 36 (as seen in 4B). Generally, as the size of the existing bikini increases, the number of the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 increases. Furthermore, the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 are arranged in a row, each the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 in the row being positioned so as to allow the existing bikini back straps/ties 36 (as seen in FIG. 4B) to be adjustably fit, to the torso of the person wearing the transferable garment when the existing bikini back straps/ties 36 (as seen in FIG. 4B) and the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 are interengaged. Although six existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 are shown as being disposed in each row, it should be understood that any number of the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 may be disposed in each row to be engagable with existing bikini back straps/ties 36 (as seen in FIG. 4B).

In one embodiment, the plurality of existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 are gripping/securing members (and/or pinning mechanisms). In one embodiment, the gripping/securing members 24 may be integrated into and/or located along the top back of elastic type band 18 of the back coverage 22 of the transferable garment 100. The gripping members 24 may include at least a pressing member, claw, comb, or fastener for pressing, gripping, securing, and/or detaching the existing bikini strap(s) to the transferable garment so as not to allow movement of the transferable garment and/or the existing bikini strap. When the back straps of the existing bikini are placed into a position on, in, through, and/or in contact with the gripping members 24 in which a gripping, securing, and/or pressing force is obtained which is sufficient to allow little to no movement (or controllable movement) of the back straps of the existing bikini even if the transferable garment or existing bikini is moved. The phrase “gripping element,” “gripping component,” “gripping portion” and “gripping device” are used herein to indicate the gripping element of the garment device. The phrase “garment” and “infant garment” are used herein to indicate the garment device of the invention. The phrase “removably attached” and/or “detachable” is used herein to indicate an attachment of any sort that is readily releasable.

In one embodiment, of the flexible/elastic type band 18 may comprise the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24. In one embodiment, the eyelets, openings, clips, compression securing straps, and/or belt style loops, are seamlessly and permanently sewn, attached, housed within, designed into, associated, and/or connected to the flexible/elastic type band 18. In another embodiment, the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 are separate and distinct from the flexible/elastic type band 18 and the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 are configured for being attached and detached from the flexible/elastic type band 18. In one embodiment, the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 may be one continuous piece of the flexible/elastic type band 18, wherein the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 is a strip of material seamlessly connected to the flexible/elastic type band 18 thereby acting as a fold-over flap for securing the existing bikini straps to the transferable garment 100 as it contours the wearer's torso. In one embodiment, the strip of material of existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 (e.g., a securing strap 24) has a first side that secured to the flexible/elastic type band 18 by one or more securing means, such as buttons, a zipper, clips, pins, snaps, Velcro®, and/or other securing devices. In one embodiment, the strip of material of existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 has a second side, and upon the first side being secured to the flexible/elastic type band 18 and the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 being folded over, the second side may remain free without being attached to the transferable garment 100 and/or may be secured (semi-permanently and/or permanently secured) to the flexible/elastic type band 18 by one or more securing means, such as buttons, a zipper, clips, pins, snaps, Velcro®, and/or other securing devices.

In one embodiment, the existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 secures the existing bikini strap to the transferable garment. The existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 may include a long or short thin piece of material(s). The material has a first end and a second end with a body extending between the first end and the second end, and the material is formed with one or more receiving elements for securing the existing bikini strap to the transferable garment 100.

In one embodiment, further illustrated in FIGS. 1A-B, 2A-B, and 3, the present invention provides additional detail of a swimwear piece addition (e.g., a transferable garment 100) used in conjunction with an existing bikini 40 style top to provide variable forms of additional midriff, chest/cleavage, back, pelvic, hip buttock, legs, and/or feet coverage. In one embodiment, the transferable garment is designed having one or more shapes and sizes and cover all and/or at least a portion of a wearer's midriff, chest/cleavage, back, pelvic, hip buttock, legs, and/or feet. The transferable garment 100 having a variety of midriff coverage 20 and back coverage 22. The midriff coverage 20 may completely surround and enclose a wearer's torso and/or may cover only a desired portion based on user preference, style, and design (see FIG. 4B). For example, the midriff coverage 20 may completely cover the wearer's abdomen in the front yet provide significant exposure of the wearer's rear/back and or side abdomen. As illustrated in FIG. 2b, by way of example only, the midriff coverage 20 and the back coverage 22 are one continuous piece and provide complete coverage to the wearer's front, sides, and back portions of the torso.

In one embodiment, as illustrated in FIG. 2B, an additional compression device 18 for applying pressure to the abdomen, ribs, and/or torso (e.g., a flexible/elastic type band) preferably sewn or housed within material encircling the torso (e.g., midriff, stomach, and/or ribcage) may be attached to the bottom portion 21 of the transferable garment 100.

A compression device and/or elastic type band 18 contours to the torso of a wearer of the transferable garment 100, securing the placement of the transferable garment 100 (e.g., the additional swimwear piece) to wearer's ribcage area. The at least one or more shaped support strips 14, in conjunction with expandable loopholes 10 for receiving the bikini neck straps 42, allow free range of motion, adapting to different existing bikini top styles, sizes and breast sizes. The bikini neck straps/ties 42 thread through the expandable loopholes 10 to assist in the engagement of the present invention to existing bikini style top, providing a more secure attachment. In between bikini breast cups 44 fastening straps/ties 16 may incorporate various arrangements of fasteners to secure the existing bikini to the present invention. As mentioned, above the rear portion 22 of the transferable garment 100 of present invention is comprised of a plurality of existing bikini strap receiving mechanisms 24 (e.g., eyelets, openings, clips, ties, strings, ribbons, cloth, and/or belt style loops, etc.,) allowing the existing bikini back straps/ties 46 to be threaded and/or weaved through the loops 24 effectively providing additional engagement of the bikini top to the present invention.

In further detail, still referring to FIGS. 1-3, the transferable garment 100 is intended to be form fitting to the wearer's body ranging in a variety of shapes and sizes (e.g., preferably sizes such as extra, extra small “xxs” to extra, extra large “xxl”) to accommodate a more customized fit. The transferable garment 100 can be manufactured with a variety of widths, materials, lengths, including different combined attachment/detachment configurations selected according to style and function. The transferable garment 100 may be manufactured with one or more of the following materials: nylon, cotton, wool, silk, denim, leather, acetate, flannel, pvc-polyvinyl chloride, recycled and/or recovered material, natural fibers, lycra, polyester, and/or a variety combined/blended materials. The construction details of the transferable garment 100 may be comprised of any swimsuit type material with different variations of fabric styles measurements and designs, intended to stretch, and/or adapt to water/dry conditions. The various components/attachments of the transferable garment 100 can be made of different materials depending on functionality and cosmetic preference. The transferable garment 100 having one or more attaching components, 10, 18, 24 sufficiently sized proportionate to the wearer. The one or more support strips 14 are comprised of stretchable fabric, which conforms to the breast area 44 providing a flexible fit to a variety of shapes and sizes. The stretchable, adjustable, and/or rigid formed material of the securing mechanisms 10 creates an expandable feature to allow multiple bikini neck straps/ties 42 to be threaded.

In yet another embodiment, FIG. 4A-B illustrates a swimwear piece addition having midriff coverage 120 additional cleavage coverage 116 an elastic type band 118 preferably sewn within material encircles the ribcage. Upside down V shaped support strips 114 attach to front internal top midsection of elastic style band 118. Located at top midpoint of support strips 114 are expandable loopholes 110, which encircle the support strip 114. Between the upside down V shaped support strips (not shown) fastening straps/ties (not shown) are attached to the internal top midsection of the elastic style band (not shown) and identical external opposite location. The back coverage (not shown in FIG. 4 but illustrated in FIGS. 1B and 2B) comprise a plurality of belt style loops (not shown) horizontally located along the top back of elastic type band (not shown).

FIG. 4A-B illustrates an additional exemplary transferable garment 400 according to the present invention from a cross sectional view and a perspective view with a bikini top of a different version of the present invention top portion. In one embodiment, the transferable garment 400 (e.g., the swimwear piece addition) is intended to be used in conjunction with an existing bikini style top to provide variable forms of additional midriff, chest/cleavage, back, pelvic, hip and buttock coverage. The transferable garment 400 includes a midriff coverage 120 and cleavage coverage 116. A flexible/elastic type band 118 contours to the body, securing the placement of the swimwear piece to wearer's torso and/or ribcage area. One or more support strips 114 (shaped in one or more of a variety of shapes, such as U-shaped and/or V-shaped) in conjunction with bikini neck strap receiving mechanisms 110 (e.g., expandable loopholes, openings sewn or designed into the support strips 114) allow free range of motion while adapting to different existing bikini top styles, sizes and breast sizes. The additional cleavage coverage 116 is sewn to the inside of the one or more individual support strips 114 (e.g., individual upside down U-V shaped support strips) to provide additional coverage to the wearer's chest area. The bikini neck straps/ties (not shown) thread and/or weave through the expandable loopholes 50 to assist in the engagement of the transferable garment 400 to existing bikini style top, providing a more secure attachment. In between bikini breast cups (not shown) fastening straps/ties (not shown) may incorporate various arrangements of fasteners to secure the existing bikini to the present invention. The back or rear portion (see also the back portion 22 in FIG. 1) of the transferable garment 400 is comprised of a plurality of belt style loops (not shown) allowing the existing bikini back straps/ties (not shown) to be threaded through the loops (not shown) effectively providing additional engagement of the bikini top to the present invention.

In further detail, still referring to the transferable garment 400 of FIG. 4 is intended to be form fitting to the wearer's body ranging in variety of shapes and sizes (e.g., preferably sizes such as extra, extra small “xxs” to extra, extra large “xxl”) to accommodate a more custom fit. The transferable garment 400 can be manufactured with a variety of widths, lengths, including different combined attachment/detachment configurations selected according to style and function. The transferable garment 400 having attaching components sufficiently sized proportionate to the wearer. The upside down V shaped support strips 114, comprised of stretchable fabric, which conforms to the breast area providing a flexible fit to a variety of sizes. The expandable loopholes 110 stretchable material create an expandable feature to allow multiple straps/ties to be threaded.

The construction details of the invention as shown in FIGS. 1-5 may be comprised of any swimsuit type material with different variations of fabric styles measurements and designs, intended to stretch, adapt to water/dry conditions. The Further, the various components/attachments of the invention can be made of different materials depending on functionality and cosmetic preference.

Referring now an alternative version of the invention in more detail, in FIG. 4B the transferable garment 400 (e.g., swimwear piece addition) having a top portion 19, a bottom portion 21, and a midriff coverage 54 side coverage 56 an elastic type band 52 preferably sewn within material, encircles the ribcage. Upside down V shaped support strips not (not shown) attach to front internal top midsection of elastic style band 52. Located at top midpoint of support strips (not shown) are expandable loopholes 50, which encircle the support strip (not shown). Between the upside down V shaped support strips (not shown) fastening straps/ties (not shown) are attached to the internal top midsection of the elastic style band 52 and identical external opposite location. In FIG. 4B, there is shown limited side coverage 56 to include securing side/back loops 58. In one embodiment, the transferable garment 400 is one continuous piece covering the wearer's torso as compared to FIG. 4B where the back of a wearer is partially and/or entirely exposed. The expandable loopholes located below the armpit area attached to the edge of the elastic type band 52.

In one embodiment, as illustrated in FIG. 4B, the transferable garment 400 may be used in conjunction with an existing bikini style top to provide variable forms of additional midriff, chest/cleavage, back, pelvic, hip and buttock coverage. Here, the transferable garment 400 may have a variety of midriff coverage 54 and side coverage 56, while leaving all and/or only a portion of a wearer's back partial and/or entirely exposed. A flexible/elastic type band 52 contours to the body, securing the placement of the swimwear piece to wearer's torso or ribcage area, and may encircle the wearer's entire torso, thereby securing the existing swimsuit to the flexible/elastic type band 52. The one or more shaped support strips 114 (see FIG. 4A), in conjunction with expandable loopholes 50 allow free range of motion, adapting to different existing bikini top styles, sizes and breast sizes. The bikini neck straps/ties 32 thread through the expandable loopholes 50 to assist in the engagement of the present invention to existing bikini style top, providing a more secure attachment. In between bikini breast cups 34 fastening straps/ties (not shown) may incorporate various arrangements of fasteners to secure the existing bikini to the present invention. In one embodiment, the back of the transferable garment 400 has limited side coverage 56 exposing the back at wearer's preference. The expandable loophole 50 allows existing bikini back straps/ties 36 to thread through effectively providing additional engagement of the bikini top to the present invention.

Moreover, the transferable garment 400 form fits to the wearer's body ranging in to accommodate a more custom fit. The transferable garment 400 can be manufactured with a variety of widths, lengths, including different combined attachment/detachment configurations selected according to style and function. The transferable garment 400 having attaching components sufficiently sized proportionate to the wearer. The support strips 114, comprised of stretchable fabric, which conforms to the breast area providing a flexible fit to a variety of sizes. The loopholes 50 stretchable material creates an expandable feature to allow multiple bikini back straps/ties 36 to be threaded.

While the foregoing written description of the invention enables one of ordinary skill to make and use what is considered presently to be the best mode thereof, those of ordinary skill will understand and appreciate the existence of variations, combinations, and equivalents of the specific embodiment, method, and examples herein. Also, it should be understood that the present invention should have a variety of wear options, and a variety of different combined attachment means that can be used together and with other attachment means other than those specifically mentioned, such as buttons, snaps, ties and such. The invention should therefore not be limited by the above described embodiment, method, and examples, but by all embodiments and methods within the scope and spirit of the invention.

FIG. 5A-B illustrates an additional exemplary transferable garment 500, for seamlessly transforming an existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit, from a perspective front view and a perspective back view. Referring now to the invention in more detail, FIG. 5A-B illustrates a transferable garment 500 (e.g., a transferable garment swimwear addition piece) having a midriff coverage 520 of a front side 502, a back coverage 522 of a backside 504 seamlessly connected to the front side 502. A torso portion 508 having a top portion 510 and a bottom portion 512. In one embodiment, the top portion 510 and the bottom portion 512 include stitching 550 (e.g., at least one ⅛, 3/9 and/or ¾ inch needle cover stitching and/or at least two parallel ⅛, 3/9 and/or ¾ inch needle cover stitching). In one embodiment, a foldover section (which may include a flexible/elastic type material for securing the top portion 510 and the bottom portion 512 to the wearer's torso) may be created in the top portion 510 and the bottom portion 512 and secured via the stitching 550. The foldover section may be created from the top portion 510 and/or the bottom portion 512. The front side 502 and the backside 504 forming the torso portion 508 and the torso portion 508 being sized to cover at least a portion of a wearer's torso. An upper front midsection 514 of the front side 502 located on the top portion 510, an upper rear midsection 516 portion of the back side 504 located on the top portion 510. The transferable garment 500 comprises at least one first securing mechanism 526 seamlessly connected to the upper front midsection 514 of the top side 510 for securing the torso portion to the center piece of the existing bikini swimsuit. In one embodiment, the first securing mechanism 526 is a tie, ribbon, cord, slidable knot, adjustable buckle, clip, button, Velcro®, zipper, loops, holes (e.g., an opening) and/or string like piece of material for adjustably securing and/or connecting the transferable garment 500 to the existing bikini (e.g., the first securing mechanism 526 of the transferable garment 500 is secured to material and/or straps located between the pair of bikini cups of the existing bikini top). For example, in one embodiment, the first securing mechanism 526 is a desirable front adjuster that allows the transferable garment to be adjusted and non-permanently secured, non-permanently attached, and/or non-permanently connected to the side-to-side or horizontal spacing between the cups of the bikini swimwear. This first securing mechanism 526 can also be formed as an opening to allow the swimwear (e.g., bikini top swim wear) to be donned or removed by separation in the front between the bikini cups.

In one embodiment, the transferable garment 500 includes a torso securing mechanism 518, which may be a flexible/elastic type band 518 preferably sewn within material encircling the torso and/or ribcage. In one embodiment, the flexible/elastic band 518 may be made by continuous weaving and/or sewing the flexible/elastic band 518 into the transferable garment 500 and may be different in widths, thickness, color, texture, elasticity and so on, and/or be one of a variety of shapes and sizes according to a users preferences and/or requirements of the transferable garment 500. The flexible/elastic type band 518 may be a cord, string, strap, elastic band, and/or other type of flexible material sewn and/or attached to the transferable garment 500 and capable of adjusting to a wearer's torso. The flexible/elastic band 518 may be adjusted by the user while wearing the transferable garment 500, the transferable garment 500 having the elastic type band 518 at least partly and/or entirely encircling the relevant part of the upper portion of the transferable garment 500, which an elastic type band 518 may be pulled by the wearer while wearing the transferable garment 100 to adjust the width, circumference and/or the tightness/looseness around the wearer's ribcage by gathering material of the part on the elastic type band 518, wherein for part of the circumference of the relevant part the an elastic type band 518 is concealed under the material of the top portion 510 and/or other location of the torso portion 508 but emerges at a desired point and then passes again to the inside of the transferable garment 500 accessible to the user while wearing the transferable garment 500 so as to form an exposed and/or non-exposed an elastic type band 518 section on the inside and/or outside of the transferable garment 500 and an elastic type band pull section on the inside and/or outside of the transferable garment 500 accessible to the user while wearing the transferable garment 500. In one embodiment, the elastic type band 518 of the transferable garment 500 is of a fixed size, seamlessly connected, woven, and/or designed as part of the transferable garment 500 that automatically adjusts to the wearer's torso and/or ribcage based upon predesigned and/or manufactured specifications. The transferable garment 500 includes means provided at the flexible/elastic type band 518 section for holding the transferable garment 500 in its tightened and/or loosened condition on the elastic type band 518 and the an elastic type band pull section (which may be apart of the flexible/elastic type band 518) may be used by the wearer for adjustment of the width of the relevant part while wearing the transferable garment 500.

In one embodiment, a second securing mechanism 528 seamlessly connected to the upper rear midsection 516 of the backside 504 of the torso portion 508 for securing the torso portion 508 to back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit (not shown). The first securing mechanism 526 and the second securing mechanism 528 temporarily secures the torso portion 508 to the existing bikini swimsuit. More specifically, the first securing mechanism 526 temporarily secures the front side 502 of the top portion 510 of the torso portion 508 to the necks straps and/or other portions (e.g., front area between die existing bikini cups) of the existing bikini swimsuit, and the second securing mechanism 528 temporarily secures the backside 504 of the top portion 510 of the torso portion 508 to the back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit. Between the one or more support strips 554 (e.g., the upside down V and/or U shaped support strips 554) the at least one securing mechanism 526 (e.g., fastening straps/ties) is seamlessly connected to and/or are attached to one of a variety of locations of the top portion of the transferable garment 500 (e.g., the upper front section/midsection 514 of the top side 510).

In one embodiment, the transferable garment 500 includes at least one or more support strips 554 (e.g., upside down U and/or V shaped and/or one of a variety of other shaped strips 554) attached to a internal top midsection 556 of the front side 502 of the top portion 510 of the transferable garment 500 (the internal top midsection 556 being made of and/or includes the flexible/elastic style band 518). The support strip 554 may be one continuous strap connected to one of a variety of positions on the transferable garment 500, and/or may be two continuous straps connected to one of a variety of positions on the transferable garment 500. The support strip 554 may include a bra lining located on one side of the strip 554. Located at a top midpoint (and/or other locations based on user and/or stylistic preferences) of the support strips 554 are existing bikini-neck strap receiving/securing mechanisms 558 (a third securing mechanism) (e.g., expandable O-rings, loopholes, clips, pins, D-rings, etc.), which encircle, encase, and/or seamlessly connect to and/or are slidably retained to the support strip(s) 554 for receiving an existing bikini's neck straps/ties. In one embodiment, the existing bikini-neck strap receiving/securing mechanisms 558 may be removable from the support strips 554. In an alternative embodiment, the existing bikini-neck strap receiving/securing mechanisms 558 may be a portion of the support strips 554 (such as eyelets, open-sewn loops, clips attached, connected, and/or secured to the support strips 554, etc.).

In one embodiment the existing bikini-back strap receiving/securing mechanisms 528 are one or more loops, evenly spaced (e.g., at least ½ inch spacing) along the backside 504 of the top portion 510. The existing bikini-back strap receiving/securing mechanisms 528 (e.g., a second securing mechanism 528) seamlessly connect to the upper rear section 516 (e.g., upper rear midsection) of the backside 504 of the torso portion 508. For example, in one embodiment, the existing bikini-back strap receiving/securing mechanisms 528 are 6 loops, evenly spaced (e.g., at least ½ inch spacing), along the backside 504 of the top portion 510 having sizes of double extra small (2XS) to small (S). In one embodiment, the existing bikini-back strap receiving/securing mechanisms 528 are 8 loops, evenly spaced (e.g., at least ½ inch spacing), along the backside 504 of the top portion 510 for sizes medium (M) to double extra large (2XL).

In one embodiment, the existing bikini-neck strap receiving/securing mechanisms 528 forms a receiving portion the support strips 554 (e.g., the support strips 554 have at least one or more holes cut out in one of a variety of positions along the support strip or a receiving device acting as a receiving mechanism for the support strip 554).

In one embodiment existing bikini-back strap receiving/securing mechanisms 528 may be and/or or is at least one or more foldover sections (which may include a flexible/elastic type material for securing the top portion 510 to the back straps of the existing bikini) created in and/or along the backside 504 of the top portion 510 via the stitching 550. The foldover section may be created from the backside 504 of the top portion 510 via the stitching 550 and/or created from additional material permanently attached (e.g., sewn) and/or non-permanently attached to the backside 504 of the top portion 510. The foldover section may one predetermined length of foldover material sown and secured to the upper rear midsection 516 on the top portion 510.

FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating an exemplary method of manufacturing for a transferable garment for seamlessly transforming an existing bikini swimsuit into a tankini swimsuit in which aspects of the present invention may be realized. The method of manufacturing 600 begins (step 602) by providing a torso portion having a top side and a bottom side, the torso portion being sized to cover at least a portion of a wearer's torso (step 604). The method of manufacturing 600 provides at least one securing mechanism, seamlessly connected to the torso portion, for temporarily securing the torso portion to an existing bikini swimsuit and temporarily transforming the existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit by the at least one securing mechanism (step 606). The method 600 ends (step 608). It should be noted that FIG. 6 is a high level overview of the method of manufacturing and each of the embodiments, figures, and/or descriptions described herein may be implemented in each one of the steps and/or in one or more additional steps to FIG. 6.

In one embodiment, the present invention provides a transferable garment for seamlessly transforming an existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit, the transferable garment comprising: a front side, a back side seamlessly connected to the front side, a torso portion having a top portion and a bottom portion, the front side and the back side forming the torso portion and the torso portion being sized to cover at least a portion of a wearer's torso, an upper front midsection of the front side, an upper rear midsection portion of the back side, a first securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper front midsection for securing the torso portion to necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, a second securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper rear midsection for securing the torso portion to back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, wherein the first securing mechanism and the second securing mechanism temporarily secures the torso portion to the existing bikini swimsuit.

In one embodiment, the transferable garment is at least one of a plurality of fabrics, wherein the plurality of fabrics include at least a lycra material, a polyester material, a nylon material, a flexible material, stretchable material, a chlorine-resistance material, a low-water absorbency material, a resilient synthetic material, and a combination of blended materials.

In one embodiment, the present invention includes a flexible/elastic band seamlessly woven, sewn, attached, bonded, or glued into both the upper front midsection and the upper rear midsection thereby encircling all of the top portion and securing the torso portion to a wearer's ribcage.

In one embodiment, the present invention includes a first supporting strip and a second supporting strip each having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first supporting strip is seamlessly connected to a first position of the upper front midsection, and the first end of the second supporting strip is seamlessly connected to a second position of the upper front midsection, and a first receiving mechanism connected to the second end of both the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip, the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip forming the first securing mechanism, wherein the first receiving mechanism of both the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip receives the necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit for securing the torso portion to necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit. The first supporting strip and the second supporting strip are one of a plurality of shapes, designs, and sizes.

In one embodiment, the present invention includes a second receiving mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper rear midsection for receiving the back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, the second receiving mechanism forming the second securing mechanism.

In one embodiment, the present invention includes second receiving mechanism is at least one loop seamlessly connected at one or more positions on the upper rear midsection for threading the back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit. The second receiving mechanism is the upper rear midsection configured at the top portion of the torso section for threading the back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit. The second securing mechanism is one of sewn, glued, stitched, fastened, snapped, buttoned, clipped, secured by Velcro®, pinned, and bonded to the upper rear midsection.

In one embodiment, the present invention at least one compression mechanism either coupled to or housed within one of a plurality of locations on the torso portion for compressing and securing the torso portion to a wearer's torso. In one embodiment, the present invention includes a third securing mechanism seamlessly connected to either the first securing mechanism or the second securing mechanism.

A method of manufacturing and/or or systems may also be provided for each of the figures described herein. As such, for each component, a method of manufacturing provides each component and device described in each figure. While one or more embodiments of the present invention have been illustrated in detail, the skilled artisan will appreciate that modifications and adaptations to those embodiments may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention as set forth in the following claims.

Claims

1. A transferable garment, the transferable garment comprising:

a torso portion having a top side and a bottom side, the torso portion being sized to cover at least a portion of a wearer's torso, and
at least one securing mechanism, seamlessly connected to the torso portion, for temporarily securing the torso portion to an existing bikini swimsuit and temporarily transforming the existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit by the at least one securing mechanism.

2. The transferable garment of claim 1, further including:

an upper front section of the top side, and
an upper rear section portion of top side.

3. The transferable garment of claim 1, wherein the at least one securing mechanism temporarily secures the torso portion to necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit and wherein the at least one securing mechanism temporarily secures the torso portion to back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit.

4. The transferable garment of claim 1, wherein the transferable garment is at least one of a plurality of fabrics and the existing bikini swimsuit is at least a garment, an athletic top, swimwear, a bikini swimsuit, a tanktop, a sports bra, and an under garment.

5. The transferable garment of claim 1, further including at least one elastic band and compression mechanism seamlessly coupled to or housed within the torso portion.

6. The transferable garment of claim 1, further including:

a first supporting strip and a second supporting strip each having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first supporting strip is seamlessly connected to a first position of the upper front section, and the first end of the second supporting strip is seamlessly connected to a second position of the upper front section, and
a first receiving mechanism connected to the second end of both the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip, the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip forming the at least one securing mechanism, wherein the first receiving mechanism of both the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip receives necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit for securing the torso portion to necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit.

7. The transferable garment of claim 6, wherein the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip are one of a plurality of shapes and sizes.

8. The transferable garment of claim 1, further including a second receiving mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper rear section for receiving back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, the second receiving mechanism forming the at least one securing mechanism.

9. The transferable garment of claim 8, wherein second receiving mechanism is at least one loop seamlessly connected at one or more positions on the upper rear section for threading the back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit through the second receiving mechanism.

10. The transferable garment of claim 9, wherein the at least one securing mechanism is one of sewn, glued, stitched, fastened, snapped, buttoned, clipped, secured by Velcro®, pinned, and bonded to the upper rear section.

11. A transferable garment for seamlessly transforming an existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit, the transferable garment comprising:

a front side,
a back side seamlessly connected to the front side,
a torso portion having a top portion and a bottom portion, the front side and the back side forming the torso portion and the torso portion being sized to cover at least a portion of a wearer's torso,
an upper front section on the top portion of the front side,
an upper rear section portion on the top portion of the back side,
a first securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper front section for securing the torso portion to necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, and
a second securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper rear section for securing the torso portion to back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, wherein the first securing mechanism and the second securing mechanism temporarily secures the torso portion to the existing bikini swimsuit.

12. The transferable garment of claim 11, wherein the transferable garment is at least one of a plurality of fabrics, wherein the plurality of fabrics include at least a lycra material, a polyester material, a nylon material, a flexible material, a compression material, stretchable material, a chlorine-resistance material, a low-water absorbency material, a resilient synthetic material, and a combination of blended fabrics, and the existing bikini swimsuit is at least a garment, an athletic top, swimwear, a bikini swimsuit, a tanktop, a sports bra, and an undergarment.

13. The transferable garment of claim 11, further including at least one elastic band seamlessly woven, sewn, attached, bonded, or glued into both the upper front section and the upper rear section thereby encircling all of the top portion and securing the torso portion to a wearer's torso.

14. The transferable garment of claim 11, further including:

a first supporting strip and a second supporting strip each having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first supporting strip is seamlessly connected to a first position of the upper front section, and the first end of the second supporting strip is seamlessly connected to a second position of the upper front section, and
a first receiving mechanism connected to the second end of both the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip, the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip forming the first securing mechanism, wherein the first receiving mechanism of both the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip receives the necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit for securing the torso portion to necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, wherein the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip are one of a plurality of shapes and sizes.

15. The transferable garment of claim 14, further including at least one compression mechanism either coupled to or housed within one of a plurality of locations on the torso portion for compressing and securing the torso portion to a wearer's torso.

16. The transferable garment of claim 11, further including a second receiving mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper rear section for receiving the back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, the second receiving mechanism forming the second securing mechanism.

17. The transferable garment of claim 16, wherein second receiving mechanism is at least one loop seamlessly connected at one or more positions on the upper rear section for threading the back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit.

18. The transferable garment of claim 16, wherein second receiving mechanism is the upper rear section configured at the top portion of the torso section for threading the back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, wherein the second securing mechanism is one of sewn, glued, stitched, fastened, snapped, buttoned, clipped, secured by Velcro®, pinned, and bonded to the upper rear section.

19. The transferable garment of claim 17, further including a third securing mechanism seamlessly coupled to either the first securing mechanism or the second securing mechanism.

20. A method of manufacturing a transferable garment for seamlessly transforming an existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit, the transferable garment comprising:

providing a front side,
providing a back side seamlessly connected to the front side,
providing a torso portion having a top portion and a bottom portion, the front side and the back side forming the torso portion and the torso portion being sized to cover at least a portion of a wearer's torso,
providing an upper front section of the front side,
providing an upper rear section portion of the back side,
providing a first securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper front section for securing the torso portion to necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit,
a second securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper rear section for securing the torso portion to back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, wherein the first securing mechanism and the second securing mechanism temporarily secures the torso portion to the existing bikini swimsuit.

21. The method of manufacture claim 20, wherein the transferable garment is at least one of a plurality of fabrics, wherein the plurality of fabrics include at least a lycra material, a polyester material, a nylon material, a flexible material, stretchable material, a chlorine-resistance material, a low-water absorbency material, a resilient synthetic material, and a combination of blended materials.

22. The method of manufacture claim 20, further including providing an elastic band seamlessly woven, sewn, attached, bonded, or glued into both the upper front section and the upper rear section thereby encircling all of the top portion and securing the torso portion to a wearer's ribcage.

23. The method of manufacture claim 20, further including:

providing a first supporting strip and a second supporting strip each having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first supporting strip is seamlessly connected to a first position of the upper front section, and the first end of the second supporting strip is seamlessly connected to a second position of the upper front section, and
providing a first receiving mechanism connected to the second end of both the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip, the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip forming the first securing mechanism, wherein the first receiving mechanism of both the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip receives the necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit for securing the torso portion to necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, wherein the first supporting strip and the second supporting strip are one of a plurality of shapes and sizes.

24. The method of manufacture of claim 23, further including providing at least one compression mechanism either coupled to or housed within one of a plurality of locations on the torso portion for compressing and securing the torso portion to a wearer's torso.

25. The method of manufacture of claim 20, further including providing a second receiving mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper rear section for receiving the back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, the second receiving mechanism forming the second securing mechanism.

26. The method of manufacture of claim 25, wherein second receiving mechanism is at least one loop seamlessly connected at one or more positions on the upper rear section for threading the back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit.

27. The method of manufacture of claim 25, wherein second receiving mechanism is the upper rear section configured at the top portion of the torso section for threading the back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, and the second securing mechanism is one of sewn, glued, stitched, fastened, snapped, hemmed, buttoned, clipped, secured by Velcro®, pinned, and bonded to the upper rear section.

28. The method of manufacture of claim 26, further including providing a third securing mechanism seamlessly coupled to either the first securing mechanism or the second securing mechanism.

29. A transferable garment, the transferable garment comprising:

a torso portion, the torso portion being sized to cover at least a portion of a wearer's torso, and
at least one securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the torso portion, wherein the at least one securing mechanism temporarily secures the torso portion to an existing bikini swimsuit.
Patent History
Publication number: 20150007374
Type: Application
Filed: Jul 1, 2014
Publication Date: Jan 8, 2015
Applicant: (Tacoma, WA)
Inventors: Melissa Larson (Gilbert, AZ), Kristi Osmond (Ephraim, UT)
Application Number: 14/321,612
Classifications
Current U.S. Class: Bathing Garments (2/67)
International Classification: A41D 7/00 (20060101); A41D 15/00 (20060101);