Dress Patents (Class 2/105)
  • Patent number: 10412999
    Abstract: A dress created from a shirt is disclosed, such as a dress for an infant, toddler, or small girl created from a man's button-down shirt. The shirt is cut horizontally with a portion below the cut forming a skirt with pleats formed by partially deforming and closing the top side of the skirt while it sewed to a torso of the dress. The torso is also cut from the same shirt, having two arm holes and a front and back side sewn together but being, in embodiments, reversed from the front and back side of the shirt in order that a placket of the button-down shirt is split with a portion in the back side of the torso and a portion in the front side of the skirt in embodiments of the disclosed technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Maria Cielo Garcia
  • Patent number: 10327483
    Abstract: An extender for an outerwear is described. The extender includes a first section and a second section. The first section provides a tapered first side and a substantially straight second side. The second section provides a tapered first side and a substantially straight second side. The extender also includes a fastening arrangement adapted to removably secure the second side of the first section to the second side of the second section. The extender also includes an anchoring arrangement arranged on the first side of the first section and the first side of the second section. The anchoring arrangement is adapted to removably secure the first section and the second section to first and second seams of the outerwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: EXTENDHER LLC
    Inventors: Maria T Messier, Joanne D Frank
  • Patent number: 10285459
    Abstract: A color coded garment and color coded bedding can be used in a medical setting to identify the location of a medical procedure to take place. A medical patient would wear a specific color coded garment that identifies, through color, the location of a medical procedure to take place. The medical patient's bedding would also reflect this location using a similar color coded identification mechanism. The combination of the two (garment and bedding) provide unmistakable visual indicia that will help limit or reduce wrong site medical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: David Gubitosa, Amelia Gubitosa
  • Patent number: 10172554
    Abstract: A textile electrode kit mounted to the clothing includes a contact-type electrode or a non-contact electrode, and the textile electrode kit may be mounted to a clothing having a lower fixed member configured to reduce a motion artifact and a partially three-dimensional clothing structure by means of sewing. On occasions, the textile electrode kit having a non-contact electrode may be inserted into and used in an electrode-mounting pocket or an electrode-mounting tunnel formed at the clothing. The textile electrode kit of the present disclosure may detect various kinds of bio signals such as a heart activity signal, an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal, an electromyogram signal, a breathing signal or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, Yonsei University, Konkuk University Industrial Cooperation Corp.
    Inventors: Joo Hyeon Lee, Jeong-Whan Lee, Young-Jae Lee, Hye Ran Koo
  • Patent number: 10060054
    Abstract: A fabric construct consists of a woven fabric of weft and warp yarns, and the fabric has an area defined by plurality of zones consisting of at least one zone of a first zone type, optionally, at least one zone of a second zone type; and at least one zone of a third zone type. The third zone is a transition zone disposed adjacent the first and/or second zones. All the zones are formed in a unitary woven construct, with adjacent zones seamlessly joined together. The transition zone includes a plurality of bands of sets of weft and/or warp yarns that collectively provide a progressive transition for an attribute of the first zone type through at least the transition zone and to the second zone type, if present. The fabric construct may be used in various end products and is particularly suited for use in apparel applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: The North Face Apparel Corp.
    Inventors: Dheen Weening, Andrew Yip, Allie Pettitt, Sunshine Uy
  • Patent number: 9675120
    Abstract: The invention is multifunctional garment(s) and/or multifunctional garment system(s) and method(s) of using the same that comprises a first piece or a first piece and one or more additional pieces that can be removably attachable to one another in at least one fashion. The invention possesses the attribute and ability of removably forming a single article of clothing out of multiple article(s) of clothing, or vice versa, by means of the fixation of fasteners to at least one garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Shelly Brady
  • Patent number: 9549575
    Abstract: A sleeve material retaining loop is attached to or looped around a strap of a brassiere to retain gathered sleeve material or other items. One end of the sleeve material retaining loop extends out of the neck hole of the outer garment, and another end of the loop extends out of the arm hole of the sleeve above the shoulder of the wearer. The first and second ends of the sleeve material retaining loop are attached at the shoulder of the wearer to retain the sleeve. This helps prevent the sleeve from interfering with the wearer's movement and improves evaporative cooling of the wearer. A sleeve retaining loop storing mechanism stores the loop. Each sleeve retaining loop may be formed of separate interchangeable pieces that are attached to the brassiere. An additional piece of clothing may also be secured to a fastener on the brassiere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: ACTIV LOOPS LLC
    Inventor: Jennifer Magliocchetti
  • Patent number: 9504280
    Abstract: A garment for improving the wearer's posture provides cords that, when secured in place, exert a slight pressure against the wearer's shoulders each time he/she starts to slouch, serving as a reminder to be more erect. The garment had a horizontal channel that is located around the body of the user, preferably just below the breast area, that accommodates a first cord. The garment further includes vertically-extending channels that extend upward from the horizontal channel and over the shoulders of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Levian
  • Patent number: 9060552
    Abstract: A garment is constructed of a plurality of interchangeable panels. A mirror pair of side panels is selectively attached to a center panel by various attachment means, e.g., a zipper. Each panel includes two designed surfaces, an inner surface and an outer surface, where the inner surface and the outer surface are interchangeable. Accordingly, a complete garment can be configured having various color and design pattern fabric combinations in similar concepts and different designs or cuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Anastasia Lekkas
  • Patent number: 8961263
    Abstract: A sleeve material retaining loop is attached to or looped around a strap of a brassiere to retain gathered sleeve material or other items. One end of the sleeve material retaining loop extends out of the neck hole of the outer garment, and another end of the loop extends out of the arm hole of the sleeve above the shoulder of the wearer. The first and second ends of the sleeve material retaining loop are attached at the shoulder of the wearer to retain the sleeve. This helps prevent the sleeve from interfering with the wearer's movement and improves evaporative cooling of the wearer. A sleeve retaining loop storing mechanism stores the loop. Each sleeve retaining loop may be formed of separate interchangeable pieces that are attached to the brassiere. An additional piece of clothing may also be secured to a fastener on the brassiere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Activ Loops LLC
    Inventor: Jennifer Magliocchetti
  • Patent number: 8221186
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the disclosure relate to a garment comprising: a brassiere comprising a right portion comprising a right support cup and at least one right portion fastener, and a left portion adjacent the right portion and comprising a left support cup and at least one left portion fastener, the left and right support cups being securable to the body of a wearer; and a camisole panel, the camisole panel sized to extend at least between the right support cup and the left support cup and comprising at least one right panel fastener and at least one left panel fastener, the at least one right panel fastener releasably fastenable to the at least one right portion fastener, and the at least one left panel fastener releasably fastenable to the at least one left portion fastener to releasably fasten the camisole panel to the brassiere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Peek-A-Boo Wonderwear
    Inventors: Lina Policaro, Jennifer Bernaudo
  • Patent number: 8209773
    Abstract: A configurable supportive protection system and methods comprising a sizeable support element and a coverage element that provide support and protection to human body parts. Advantageously, the system is quickly and easily configurable to allow body parts having different sizes to be supported. The system is selectively openable to thereby facilitate the maintenance of privacy and modesty of the patient during any activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Karen Bothwell
  • Patent number: 8185970
    Abstract: A faux-shirt girdle for use to shape and support the abdomen of a user while also serving to substantially cover a user's midriff and lower back regions is discloses. The girdle comprises a girdle portion and a shirt portion coupled to the bottom of the girdle portion. The girdle portion is configured to provide support to the user's abdomen region. The shirt portion is configured to cover the user's midriff, and to reduce migration of the lower portion of the girdle portion toward the user's chest line. The shirt portion attached to the bottom of the girdle portion and an elastic or resilient band attached to the top of the girdle portion both work to reduce migration or bunching of the girdle portion around the middle of the torso. The shirt portions can be made of any fabric and can be tucked into, or worn over, a user's other external clothing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Maidenform Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Irene A. Summers, Victoria Ah You
  • Patent number: 8152591
    Abstract: A garment and brassiere accessory that is substantially triangular in shape having attachment straps extending outward from upper corners of the undergarment that may be looped around shoulder straps of a brassiere. In addition, a lower corner may be looped around a center portion of the brassiere. An upper band of preferably elastomeric material located along an upper edge of the undergarment keeps the undergarment securely against a woman's chest while being worn. The undergarment is preferably constructed from two layers of material, an outer layer and an inner layer so that the outer layer hides any wrinkles or indentations caused by the stress of the lower corner pulling on the inner layer while the undergarment is being worn. Additional features include extension straps that allow a user to adapt the undergarment to a larger chest and/or brassiere size or to wear the undergarment without a brassiere and detachable jewelry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventors: Michelle E. De Sousa, Jose De Jesus De Sousa
  • Publication number: 20120060252
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in some implementations an apparatus includes a translucent strap, a decorative apparatus attached to the translucent strap, and an outer garment, wherein the translucent strap is attached to the outer garment. In other implementations an apparatus includes a translucent strap having a first end and a second end, a decorative apparatus attached to the translucent strap, and an outer garment, wherein the first end of the translucent strap is permanently attached to the outer garment. In other implementations an apparatus includes a translucent strap, a decorative apparatus attached to the translucent strap, and a bottom undergarment, wherein the translucent strap is attached to the bottom undergarment. In other implementations an apparatus includes a translucent strap, and a decorative apparatus removably attached to the translucent strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Guadalupe Ivonne Morales Montes, Alfredo Montellano
  • Patent number: 8075366
    Abstract: A modular garment kit including a brassiere and a plurality of garment members that are interchangeably attached with snaps or hook and loop fastening to the brassiere. The garment members include at least one back section, at least one sleeve section, at least one chest section and, optionally, a midsection garment member. The back section and the chest section are garment collar backs and fronts, respectively. The garment members are provided in a wide variety of styles, types, and lengths. The brassiere is provided in a variety of types, sizes, and colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventors: Djuro G. Jaksic, Melanie M. Jaksic
  • Patent number: 8062093
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an accessory which is fabricated and shaped to cover the bosom area of body. It is particularly useful when applied to a brassiere showing a cleavage of a human body at a center thereof. The accessory, when applied to a brassiere will cover the cleavage area of a wearer to simulate an undergarment. The inventive accessory can be removed from the brassiere when the person is in a different social setting. The accessory can be fabricated from different materials but it is preferred to be stretchable so that it can be applied to differently sized brassieres and the accessory, additionally, can move with the movements of the wearer. It is preferred that the fabric of the accessory be doubled over so that most of the fastening elements do not touch the skin of the wearer which adds to the comfort of wearing the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Michelle Elizabeth DeSousa
  • Patent number: 7942856
    Abstract: A garment for securing and storing bodily fluid drainage reservoirs and other fluid reservoirs. The garment comprises a loose-fitting body with at least one small aperture for receiving drainage tubing and at least one pocket cloth partly fixed to the body of the garment and partly detachably coupled to the body of the garment which allows for the easy storage and removal of the fluid drainage reservoir. The pocket cloth allows for the continuing support of the drainage reservoir as the drainage reservoir becomes heavier e.g. about 1 kilogram, due to the collection of fluid draining from the patient into the drainage reservoir. The secure storage of the drainage reservoir enables the wearer to move without worry of the drainage reservoir coming loose, losing fluid, or being exposed to a non-sterile environment external to the pocket cloth. The garment may be configured for wear by male and female children and adults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Nedda Joy Lentini
  • Patent number: 7810171
    Abstract: A T-shirt style nursing garment is described. A T-shirt or other type of torso garment has an opening along the sides of the garment starting from under the arm to approximately half-way down the length of the garment. The opening is not apparent or obvious to someone looking at the garment. The nursing garment allows a woman to breastfeed without exposing any portion of the breast or shoulder. In order to provide access to the breast by a nursing infant, the woman does not have to unhook or unzip the garment or remove any other portions of clothing, such as panels or flaps. Upon separating the back and front panels of the nursing garment to create the opening, the woman pulls the front panel of the garment toward the middle of her chest thereby creating the opening and exposing the breast for the nursing infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Julia P. Moore
  • Patent number: 7780502
    Abstract: A partial undergarment for covering a female's exposed cleavage area when an outer garment is worn over a bra, the partial undergarment includes a piece of material configured to extend from a first strap of the bra to a second strap of the bra, and between cups of the bra, and a plurality of fasteners respectively connected to the piece of material so that the material is attachable to the bra. The piece of material is attachable to at least two of the first strap of the bra, the second strap of the bra, and between the cups of the bra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventors: Patricia A. Calamari, Karla A. Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20100011481
    Abstract: A clothing article with an integrated body support for molding and shaping the wearer's torso, includes a tubular outer garment having a free bottom end, wherein the tubular outer garment comprises an upper section adapted for supporting the bust of the wearer, and a lower section extending from the upper section for covering at least the lower torso of the wearer. The clothing article further includes a tubular inner body support extending substantially concealed in a concentric relationship with and peripherally attached to the interior portion of the outer garment, wherein the inner body support is composed of a resilient form-fitting fabric for imparting compressive support to mold and shape the lower torso and abdominal areas of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: Deanna H. Kipnes
  • Publication number: 20080244805
    Abstract: An article of apparel includes an outer garment which is provided with built-in inner garment. The inner garment, which serves as a foundation garment, may be made of SPANDEX material. The inner garment is secured to the inside of the outer garment at the waist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventor: Bonita D. Griffin
  • Patent number: 7396274
    Abstract: A bicycle shirt or similar garment having a relatively large pocket positioned on the back of the top, the top further comprising a torso-encircling elastic band, which is incorporated within the bottom opening of a shelf bra in the main embodiment, wherein the pocket is provided with an elastic band that is connected to the torso-encircling elastic band such that stress on the pocket elastic band is transferred or shared by the torso-encircling elastic band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Holly Wiegmann
  • Publication number: 20080115253
    Abstract: A medical gown for medical examinations, treatments, and procedures that ensures the privacy and dignity of a patient, comprising a series of flaps over access portals on the gown for breast, abdomen, spine, shoulder, and proctological examinations. The gown further comprising flaps that can be held closed either by a fastening means, or designed to be held closed by virtue of being oversized and tucked into the access portals of the gown. The gown further comprising arm lengths that can extend to the wrists of a patient and a pocket disposed on the abdomen or sleeve of the gown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventor: Niloufar Gorman
  • Patent number: 7083494
    Abstract: An integrated garment including an outer layer for covering a woman's breasts, the outer laying including a top end, a bottom end and side seams and an inner layer having a perimeter and a substantial support structure extending from a front of the garment to a back of the garment in at least a bust region of the garment. The inner layer includes at least two different stitch patterns each having a respective yarn and is substantially attached along at least a portion of the perimeter to the outer garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Sansu Limited
    Inventors: Jewly Sandroussi, Suzy Ratcliffe
  • Patent number: 6883179
    Abstract: This patent describes a composite garment made of (1) a dress having a top edge and a fastenable opening; and (2) a liner comprising a bodice support and a slip, the bodice support having a top edge and bottom edge, the bodice support having a fastenable opening coexistent with the fastenable opening of the dress, the bodice support having a plurality of stays extending from substantially the top edge of the bodice support to the bottom edge of the bodice support, wherein the plurality of stays are placed in close proximity to each other, the slip attached to the bottom edge of the bodice support, wherein the top edge of the dress is attached to the top edge of the bodice support. A bodice support of a composite garment is also described in this patent. A method to manufacture the composite garment is also described in this patent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: American Clothing Express, Inc.
    Inventor: Joan Crum
  • Publication number: 20040052068
    Abstract: A helmet having a warning device includes at least one illuminator externally mounted on a helmet body. A solar power supplying device has a solar panel fixedly mounted on a top surface of the helmet body for absorbing solar energy, which can be converted into electrical energy by means of a control circuit board and saved to an accumulator. The accumulator supplies the illuminator with required electricity to generate illumination. The control circuit board can detect if there is any solar energy gathered by the solar panel so as to automatically control the illuminator to generate illumination or not. A switch, when the illuminator automatically generates illumination, can be activated again to forcibly control the illuminator to continually generate illumination or not.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventors: Yuan-Chung Chien, Ta-Chiao Chien
  • Patent number: 6550067
    Abstract: This invention relates to a brassiere garment for use in nursing. The brassiere garment is constructed as a garment. The brassiere garment portion of the garment has adequate support and is provided with cups which can be opened and closed without having to unfasten a brassiere garment from a wearer. The cups fit snugly enough to hold breast pads in place. The garment portion is aesthetically pleasing. Thus the invention provides a garment which is self sufficient, not requiring a bra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: Jillaine Bee Force
  • Patent number: 6134715
    Abstract: A medical patient gown formed from a single section of a soft fabric material that is suitable for patient wear in a doctor's office or hospital to cover over a patient's body and is selected to have a pleasing pattern and/or print to be aesthetically pleasing to the patient wearing the garment. The gown can be worn forward or backward, includes wide sleeves, is of a size to be wrapped around the patient's body and closed, and includes easily and conveniently releasable fasteners to secure the wrap around the patient's body that are easily opened to allow access by medical personnel performing a procedure on a section of the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: L. Jane McLennan
  • Patent number: 5894600
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fully modular and evolutive transformable garment obtained by a combination amongst multiple combinations of a plurality of instantaneously removable modules (1-17) which is metamorphosable. According to the invention, the modules (1-17) are interchangeable, substantially complementary by degrees, composite, irregular and optionally heterogeneous. Each module is made lying flat, generally shaped and costumized, and comprises at least on each of the edges to be assembled a means for rapidly fixing the edges to each other. The modules are comprised of a plurality of basic modules (7, 9, 11, 12) and of a plurality of complementary modules (1, 2, . . . ). Each module may be cut in any way as to the material used so that it can be adapted to other modules. Preferably, each module is polyvalent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: Genevieve Chenefront
  • Patent number: 5862525
    Abstract: A surgical gown in an improved folded arrangement, as well as methods and apparatus for producing same. Like prior art book-folds, the folded arrangement includes left and right hand pockets to facilitate aseptic donning by a medical professional. Unlike prior art book-folds, however the folded arrangement of the invention employs a unique fold sequence particularly amenable to automated processing. Methods of the invention are directed to the specific fold sequences that can be utilized to produce the folded arrangement. Apparatus for producing the folded arrangement includes a number of operative sections functionally arranged in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry N. Tankersley, Stephen G. Will, Richard A. Willett
  • Patent number: 5813052
    Abstract: An improved surgical gown is provided which has, at its central operative field and the operative zones of the sleeves, a liquid repellent, moisture vapor transmitting material, an inner layer of a breathable material, and an intermediate layer of a liquid proof material interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Standard Textile Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5799330
    Abstract: The invention comprises a patient garment having a front side, a back side and two sleeve sections. The front side opens vertically down the center and is closed with releasable fasteners such as buttons or snaps, to allow for the patient to put on the garment. The garment has four triangular openings, arranged two on the front side and two on the back side, with one each on the right and left sides of the garment. The garment has a shoulder strap on each side that runs from the neck of the garment along the shoulder line of the garment and connects to a sleeve section. The shoulder strap forms the top edge of each of the triangular openings. Four triangular panels are attached to the garment to cover each of the triangular openings. Each triangular panel has a top side, a proximal side and a distal side. The top side of each panel is releasably secured to a shoulder strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Christine O'Donoghue-Kitt
  • Patent number: 5768707
    Abstract: An examination gown is formed of fabric and includes six panels. Two upper body panels are joined with four lower skirt panels. The panels are seamed so that two lower side access slits are provided and front and back access slits are provided through the upper body panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Bonnie Lederer
    Inventor: Bonnie L. Lederer
  • Patent number: 5724672
    Abstract: A convertible shoulder bag structure which, besides the double functions of carrying either on one shoulder or both shoulders, can also be converted into a dress or be stored up in a little pocket for easy carrying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Inventor: Kui-Sen Chen
  • Patent number: 5680652
    Abstract: A wedding dress design kit which enables a wide variety of wedding dress designs to be created from a relatively small number of dress components. The present invention provides a kit which can be used by bridal shops to create customized wedding dresses without the need of maintaining an expensive inventory of single-sized wedding dresses. The present invention provides a kit comprised of a number of differently shaped bodices, a number of differently shaped sleeves, a number of differently shaped skirts, and a number of differently shaped trains. Each bodice, sleeve, skirt, and train is provided with a mechanism for adjusting the respective dimensions of each piece so that regardless of the size of the bride attempting to try the dresses on, the component parts will be able to be adjusted to fit each bride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Inventor: Janie A. Paine
  • Patent number: 5652962
    Abstract: The gown assembly of the present invention is constructed to provide a patient wearing the gown with maximum comfort and also ease of insertion of various intravenous tubes for feeding and blood sampling without removal of the gown. Moreover, the gown is adapted to fit a variety of sizes and shapes of patients and has patient-restraining straps and bands integral with the gown. The gown preferably is of washeable cloth and may be disposable. The gown extends from about the level of the neck to at least about the level of the knees and opens at the back by means of a vertical opening extending the full length thereof and placed off the midline of the gown so that the fasteners for the gown will not rub the spinal column. The gown includes mittens attached to the ends of the sleeves and having elongated restraining bands which tie into bows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Inventor: Shirley Patnode
  • Patent number: 5640715
    Abstract: A garment is provided which is capable of being moved between a folded up position and a folded down position. In the folded up position, a false front simply appears to be the front of a regular garment. In this position, the bib is attached to a torso covering means by at least one fastener. A separate attachment holds the bib to the torso covering means substantially along the waist of the wearer. In the folded down position, however, a lined bib is provided which gives a measure of protection against spills of beverages, foods, paints, compounds, elements, industrial substances, and so on. In this position, the waist portion attachment is engaged, while the fasteners are disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Flip N'Wear
    Inventor: Juel S. Adams
  • Patent number: 5553323
    Abstract: An upper garment for patients which includes a back panel for covering over the back of a patient, two front panels sewed up with the back panel and fastened together by a zipper and respectively fastened to either side of the back panel by a respective zipper for covering over the front side of the upper body of the patient, two opposite sleeve panels respectively sewn up with the back panel and fastened up into a sleeve by a respective zipper in the longitudinal direction for covering around the hands of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Inventors: Chia-Tien Chou, Chao-Mu Chao
  • Patent number: 5461725
    Abstract: The garment is provided featuring stretchable, resilient straps and a bodice. The straps are sufficiently resilient and suitably stretchable so that when a women wearing the garment pulls down the bodice, she can expose a breast for nursing and when through, she can return the bodice to its original position covering the breast. Straps and bodice are resilient such that garment regains it as original shape when returned to the original position. In this fashion, a women wearing the garment is able to expose the breast for nursing with one easy motion without having to deal with flaps or buttons or the like. The invention also provides female snap fasteners on the inner surface of the cups so that breast pads may be removeably fixed thereto. Thus, the invention provides a garment which is self sufficient, not requiring a bra for the use of breast pads. Bodice also fits snugly enough to hold nursing pads in place even if they are not snapped in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventor: Pamela A. Witczak
  • Patent number: 5444872
    Abstract: A hospital-type gown wherein comfort, style and cost savings in manufacture are provided, yet still enabling the patient wearer to preserve modesty while providing necessary access to the patient by a doctor or nurse for either examination or treatment wherein the gown is essentially made up for four parts, including two identical sleeve pattern panels and two identical body pattern panels, with the sleeve pattern panels being sewn to respective ones of the body panels along sleeve-body panel seams which extend from the neck hem to under the armpits and the then formed left and right halves are sewn together overlapping one another such that the joinder at the rear extends along the neck and down the sleeve-body seams so that the overlapping portions are about 1/3 the overall width of the gown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Inventor: Catherine A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5440763
    Abstract: A multi-purpose gown comprising a front and a back defining a body portion having arm openings and a neck opening. The front portion is dividable into a plurality of segments by various openings releasably closable by a plurality of fasteners. A strap extends in the front of the gown from the top to the bottom of the gown. The strap includes fasteners for attachment to fasteners arranged on the front portions of the gown. Alternatively, the gown may embody a front having overlapping panels that cover the abdomen, wherein each panel has an upper segment adapted to cover a breast, side, and front shoulder region of the wearer. The upper segments are releasably joined to the back by fasteners at the shoulder edges of the gown. When either one of these segments is in its open position, portions of the patient's chest, front shoulder and side torso regions are exposed, while minimizing body exposure and maintaining structural stability of the gown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignees: DataChem, Inc., Methodist Hospital of Indiana, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramesh M. Shah, Robert J. Demeter
  • Patent number: 5416928
    Abstract: A versatile garment attachment and article of clothing is provided, which consists of a decorative flexible panel. A garment is worn on a portion of a body of a person. A structure is for attaching in a removable manner the decorative flexible panel to the garment, to create a plurality of different wearable styles for the garment. Components can also be provided for connecting in a removable manner the decorative flexible panel to itself or to a second decorative flexible panel, to create a plurality of different wearable styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventor: Eric Koenig
  • Patent number: 5392466
    Abstract: An upper garment including a garment body formed by connecting a front half body panel with a back half body panel, and two sleeves respectively formed by connecting a respective front half sleeve panel with a respective back half sleeve panel, the front half body panel having at least one side detachably connected to a corresponding side of the back half body panel, the front half sleeve panel of at least one sleeve has one side detachably connected to a corresponding side of the respective back sleeve panel. An armpit hole, a shoulder hole, and a pocket with a through hole are respectively made on the garment body and shielded with a respective flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Inventors: Chia-Tien Chou, Chao-Mu Chou
  • Patent number: 5361411
    Abstract: A garment for protecting health care workers in environments of exposure to potentially contaminated fluids includes a tubular sheath having a pair of adhesive strips angularly oriented thereon for conforming the sheath to a leg and foot of the worker. The free ends of one strip are provided with an adhesive surface whereby the sheath may easily be conformed for a variety of different sizes of workers. The garment is preferably provided as a one-piece trouser for convenience of wearing, whereby the feet and legs of the worker are protected from contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Inventors: William W. Bohn, Susan M. Koppe
  • Patent number: 5361414
    Abstract: A hospital privacy gown is provided, which consists of a body garment having a front portion, a vertically split rear portion divided into two segments, a pair of sleeves and a neck opening, so that the body garment can be worn by a patient. A fastener is for retaining the two segments of the vertically split rear portion together at the neck opening. A structure is for covering up a lower separation of the two segments of the vertically split rear portion of the body garment. A component is for securing in an adjustable manner, the covering up structure at a waist location of the body garment to properly cover the body of the patient for personal modesty and be quickly opened for examination and access thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Inventor: Astor M. Smith
  • Patent number: 5315712
    Abstract: An adjustable neckline garment has a stretchable neckline and a plurality of adjustment devices spaced along the neckline to permit configuring the neckline to a plurality of different shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Lee C. Plaster
    Inventor: Nancy B. McTaggart
  • Patent number: 5274852
    Abstract: The present invention provides a one-piece, open-seam garment which encompasses the head, covers and conforms to the body and limbs of the wearer, and provides on-demand access to one portion of the covered body and limbs without uncovering the remainder of the body and legs. When worn, the garment provides privacy and protection for the person unlike the conventionally used johnnies and hospital gowns conventionally worn during physical examination or medical treatment in the physician's office or clinic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: Beth Israel Hospital Assoc. Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Hogan
  • Patent number: 5184351
    Abstract: The versatile patient gown of the present invention provides access to the entire torso, front or back without removing the gown by opening the releasable butterfly sleeve closures and cotton ties. The gown has multiple uses as a regular patient gown, a surgical gown; it can be used in intensive care by opening a sleeve for I.V.'s, etc.; for critical care using a telemeter unit placeable in a front pocket which has a buttonhole to pass the lead into the body; for radiology by using exclusively VELCRO closures and cotton ties; for mammography and for neonatal care by exposing the breast or chest without removing the entire gown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Assignee: Superior Surgical Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald M. Benstock
  • Patent number: 5182813
    Abstract: This garment for a woman who has a need to breast feed an infant may be in the form of a hospital gown, blouse, dress, or any other type of upper body covering clothing normally worn by a woman. The garment, made of flexible material, has a vertical inwardly facing pleat centered on and along the upper front in the vicinity of the breasts of a wearer. The pleat includes and is formed by a pair of exposed exterior fold lines and a pair of normally hidden interior fold lines, with an inwardly facing pleat face disposed between the interior fold lines. Along a portion of the interior fold lines are normally hidden openings which are positioned to allow an infant access to the breasts of the wearer. A pair of movable breast cover panels are attached along opposite side of the inwardly facing pleat face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Inventor: Janice E. Booze