Skirts Patents (Class 2/211)
  • Patent number: 10154698
    Abstract: A slip system includes a skirt or a slip with an adjustable length. The skirt may be a standalone skirt or part of a dress. The slip may be a full slip or a half slip. In addition to the skirt or slip, the slip system includes one or more removable, replaceable sections. Each removable, replaceable section may add to the length of a main body of the skirt or slip. Each removable, replaceable section may impart the skirt or slip with a desired appearance by providing variety in a design and/or style of the skirt or slip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: modbod, Inc
    Inventor: Amanda Loveland
  • Patent number: 9771674
    Abstract: A sock ruler 101, useful for knitting socks and other garments, features a curved heel section 120 that includes an apex 123 and two termination points 125 that are connected to a straight section 130. The straight section ends at a flat end section 190. Distance markings 110 may be found and spaced along the lengthwise portion 113, while the distance markings are written across the width 115 of the sock ruler. The curved heel section has a concave shape useful in knitting classical sock components such as sock cuffs 210 and sock heel flaps 230. The curved heel section allows the sock ruler to stay within a sock during sock knitting, making the distance markings readily available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Denise Ilmanen
  • Patent number: 9700082
    Abstract: A sport bra having an adjustable underband tightening assembly is provided herein. The sport bra comprises a front portion having a pair of breast cups, a pair of shoulder straps, and a front underband segment having a first end and a second end. The sport bra further comprises a back portion having a central body portion, a pair of shoulder straps secured to the shoulder straps of the front portion, and a back underband segment comprising a first wing extending away from a first side of the back underband segment and terminating in a first end and a second wing extending away from a second side of the back underband segment and terminating in a second end. The first and second ends of the back underband segment are adapted to releasably and adjustably secured to the front underband segment in an as-worn configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Laura Tempesta
  • Patent number: 9700081
    Abstract: A sport bra having an adjustable underband tightening assembly is provided herein. The sport bra comprises a front portion having a pair of breast cups, a pair of shoulder straps, and a front underband segment comprising a first wing extending away from a first side of the front underband segment and terminating in a first free end and a second wing extending away from a second side of the front underband segment and terminating in a second free end. The sport bra further comprises a back portion having a central body portion, a pair of shoulder straps secured to the shoulder straps of the front portion, and a back underband segment unaffixed to the front underband segment in an un-worn configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Laura Tempesta
  • Patent number: 9616353
    Abstract: A doll with reconfigurable hair and dress is disclosed. The hair is rotatably coupled to the top of the head of the doll and a switch within the head of the doll. Furthermore, the switch is connected to the output mechanism, dictating which output the output mechanism produces. When the hair rotates about the head of the doll, the switch is actuated, changing the output of the output mechanism. Additionally, the dress of the doll is capable from converting from a full gown that folds away to reveal a skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia Chan, Steven D. Ryniker, Andrew Lourits
  • Patent number: 9526281
    Abstract: A reversible bridesmaid dress or evening dress with a hem facing that allows the dress to have one color or pattern on one side and another color or pattern on the other side. When the dress is flipped inside out, it has a completely different appearance than on the other side. The reversible dress can come in a variety of different shapes, types and sizes. Dresses of different colors may be created from a single reversible dress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Durgamritha Thayammal Sundaram
  • Patent number: 9357806
    Abstract: An examination gown (10) has a front side (11) of a metalized fabric material and a back side (12) made of a material which includes small fibers. The back side has a back seam which includes a top side (24) and a bottom side which are releasably joined together. The seam top side includes a pair of high strength loop type fasteners (31) spaced apart to allow the exposure of the interior surface of the seam top side therebetween which forms a low strength loop type fasteners. The back seam bottom side (25) includes a strip of hook type fasteners (36). The mating of the high strength loop type fasteners with the hook type fasteners provides a high degree of separation resistance compared to that of the low strength loop type fasteners. The front side has a laterally extending front seam (41) similar in construction to the back seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Encompass Group, LLC
    Inventor: Kelley Terrell
  • Publication number: 20130042381
    Abstract: A wearable garment includes a tube of material to cover a torso of the wearer, and a band in the shape of a loop. When unshaped, the tube has a substantially uniform diameter along a length thereof. To shape the garment, the band is removably connected to the tube at first and second points, which are spaced apart on same edge of the tube. The first and second points are gathered handfuls of the material along the same edge of the tube, and are directly and releasably connected to each other and secured by the band in the shaped position to define an opening along the edge of the tube. The tube returns to the unshaped position when the band is removed and the first and second points are disconnected from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: HIPKNOTIX, LLC.
    Inventor: Sarah YONOVER
  • Publication number: 20120266354
    Abstract: A garment securement assembly includes a garment having a pocket, an opening, and a fastener that cooperate to secure the garment in an aesthetically pleasing and easily manageable fashion. In one form, the garment securement assembly includes a garment, a pocket defining an opening, and a fastener extending out of the pocket through the opening to engage and selectively couple the garment with itself and/or an adjacent garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Victoria Marie Clough
  • Publication number: 20120131727
    Abstract: A piece of fabric is provided with a band; and a plurality of temporary fastening members disposed on the band. A skirt is formed by helically securing the temporary fastening members to the band so that the skirt can be put on the waist, the buttocks, and the legs of a person. The formed skirt can accommodate the changed shape of a woman, thereby minimizing the chance of discarding unfitted clothes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Bo-Yu Chen
  • Publication number: 20120090076
    Abstract: A multi-layered garment may comprise components that are affixed using integrated belt loops. In particular, shorts belt loops of a shorts component may pass through an opening created when single-layer skirt belt loops of a skirt component are oriented outwards. Both the skirt belt loops and the shorts belt loops may be fully functional and aesthetically pleasing belt loops. Additionally, the shorts belt loops may be combined with the skirt belt loops to form integrated belt loops, thereby allowing a belt to pass beneath both sets of belt loops simultaneously to affix the shorts component to the skirt component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly A. Kenney, Eileen M. Vlasak
  • Patent number: 8104099
    Abstract: Transformable womens' trousers which, comprised of an upper part with means to fasten a belt around a user's waist, and having a zipper on its lower hem region with which to join other parts corresponding to the trouser legs, with side zippers that allow its extension in order to be joined in different combinations or in such a manner as to form a skirt, or even produce a handbag by joining specific parts, characterized in that the upper part has a peripheral zipper that corresponds to its lower hem region, to which a second bridge part is joined to comprise the upper part of the trouser legs, said zipper being disposed above the crotch of said bridge part or piece so as to comprise, through the separation thereof, a mini-skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Antonio Olmos Plaza
  • Publication number: 20110297719
    Abstract: A combination backpack-garment in which the garment is an external tubular skirt with an adjustable, selectively closeable waistband secured to the backpack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Dan SABBAH
  • Publication number: 20110162124
    Abstract: Collectible artistic renderings are integrated with an article of clothing or other clothing articles wherein the clothing article serves as a display for the collectible artistic renderings and the collectible artistic renderings serve to enhance and alter the look and design of the clothing article. The clothing articles themselves can include an image or pictorial representation serving as a backdrop. The collectible artistic renderings include a fastener for affixing such collectible artistic renderings to said clothing articles. The collectible artistic renderings can be collected, traded, and stored in a storage medium when not in use on a clothing article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph A. Cosentino, Angela M. Cosentino, Brien M. Wassner, Mary A. Wassner
  • Publication number: 20110111673
    Abstract: [Problem] There are provided an antislipping tape having an excellent antislipping effect, and comfortable to the skin, and textile products including the antislipping tape. [Means for Resolution] Using a filament yarn A with a single filament diameter of 10 to 1000 nm, a cloth having a woven fabric structure or a knitted fabric structure is obtained. Using the cloth, an antislipping tape is obtained. Then, using the antislipping tape, textile products such as brassiere are obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: TEIJIN FIBERS LIMITED
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Soeda
  • Publication number: 20110099684
    Abstract: A garment configured to be worn by a wearer that has a hidden message exposed by flipping a portion of the garment. The garment can include an outwardly facing surface configured to be visible when the garment is worn in a first state on a body of the wearer. The first state can represent a standard manner for the wearer to wear the garment in public. The garment can include at least one hidden surface comprising a hidden message. The hidden message can be one that is not visible when the garment is worn in the first state. The hidden message can be visible when the garment is worn is a second state. The second state can represent a state where at least a portion of the garment is being flipped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: RICHARD KANE
  • Publication number: 20110099677
    Abstract: A garment arrangement including a rear panel having at least one portion of an elastic material structured to be provided at least partially (i) adjacent and/or (ii) directly or indirectly coupled to a rear portion of a body of a wearer of the garment arrangement. The rear panel configured to facilitate at least one tightening force on the rear portion of the body of the wearer. The garment arrangement also including a front panel having at least one portion of a rigid material, and structured to be provided at least partially (i) adjacent and/or (ii) directly or indirectly coupled to a front portion of the body of the wearer. The front panel providing a constricting force on the front portion of the body of the wearer, and the rear panel and the front panel can be connected to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Mamiye Brothers INC.
    Inventors: Hyman M. Mamiye, Stephen E. Mamiye
  • Publication number: 20110078840
    Abstract: The clothes, apparel, or garment, whether it be pants, jeans, trousers, shorts, a skirt, a dress, a shirt, a hat, socks, sweatshirt, jacket, bikini, swim suit, bra, or any other possible item of clothing that has, or could have a pocket as part of the clothing, whereby a pocket as part of a garment has an opening for gaining access to the interior of the pocket. The pocket may include optional closure means or flap for closing the exterior of the pocket. The interior of the pocket may provide the full functionality of a normal pocket, but in addition, may have a second opening (which may take any number of forms, shapes, or sizes) within the interior of the pocket for gaining access to the wearer's body, and wherein the second opening may be closed using one or more buttons, snaps, clasps, zippers and/or laces or other closure means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher Thompson
  • Patent number: 7900277
    Abstract: A garment, such as a woman's slip, that includes a skirt portion weighted so as to induce tension into the garment when worn by a wearer standing erect. The skirt portion is weighted by securing one or more concentrated tensioning weights to the skirt portion proximate its bottom. The tension induced into the garment by the concentrated tensioning weight(s) inhibits the garment from riding-up on the wearer. The amount of weight provided by the concentrated tensioning weights and the location of the tensioning weights on the skirt can be carefully selected to minimize swinging, for example, while walking and climbing stairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Her Look Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Kerry K. O'Brien, Louise Gagnon
  • Publication number: 20100281592
    Abstract: A protective skirt for use in martial arts provides leg protectors for providing protection to the thighs of the user in the event of a full-forced attack to the thighs. The leg protectors are removable elements allowing the skirt to be used with out the leg protectors. Alternatively, the leg protectors can be integrated with the skirt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: HENRY TAE JOON LEE
  • Publication number: 20100275339
    Abstract: The present application is directed to garments that provide a covering for skin imperfections on a body portion of a wearer. One embodiment discloses a single stretchable fabric panel having a first end and a second end joined together to form a hollow cylindrical configuration. In this configuration, the garment has an inner surface disposed towards the body, and an outer surface disposed away from the body. In one embodiment, the stretchable fabric panel is resiliently yieldable both horizontally and vertically such that the stretchable fabric panel conforms to a shape of the body portion while generally unaltering the shape of the body portion. One embodiment includes a decorative fabric panel attached to the stretchable fabric panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Angela Huc
  • Publication number: 20100275946
    Abstract: A multi-functional wrap comprising an elongated tube of fabric material having mating fastener elements at opposite ends. The tube can be wrapped around one's head forming a head covering with a bun portion in back. It can also be wrapped around one's head and neck or used in a variety of ways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Rebecca S. Ruschell
  • Publication number: 20100111448
    Abstract: A convertible bag comprises a main bag body (1; 21; 31; 41; 51) and a first accessory. The main bag body (1; 21; 31; 41; 51) forms a garment when it is in its expanding state and the first accessory is sewed in a proper position of the main bag body (1; 21; 31; 41; 51). When the garment is converted into the main hag body (1; 21; 31; 41; 51), the first accessory is closed so that one portion of the garment is stably hided inside the other portion of the garment. The convertible bag may be a satchel, a handbag, a handy bag or a backpack. The convertible bag may also include a bag cover (2; 22; 32; 42; 52), straps (3; 23; 33; 43; 53) and an inner bag (11; 29; 39; 59). The first accessory is a slide fastener, a buckle, a fastener, a magic patch or a four-part button. The garment is a coat, a shirt, a T-shirt, a sweater, a vest, a skirt or trousers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Kowk Wa LI
  • Publication number: 20090031469
    Abstract: A combination garment and figure-enhancing device provides for an enhanced or more desirable appearance of the buttock region of a wearer thereof. Figure-enhancing devices are positioned within casings, which, in turn, are coupled to the garment. In one embodiment, the figure-enhancing devices are permanently attached to the garment. In another embodiment, the figure-enhancing devices may be removed from the casings. In a further embodiment, each figure-enhancing device and casing may be removed from the garment as one unit. The figure-enhancing devices may be used with unisex type garments, such as jeans, pants, shorts, and the like, or may be used with garments for females, such as skirts, Capri pants, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventors: Arnold Spivis Christensen, Kseniya Siratsiuk
  • Publication number: 20080271225
    Abstract: The posterior-form enhancement device includes a garment and two posterior-form pads. Each posterior-form pad is formed by attaching one first posterior-form piece to one second posterior-form piece. The garment is used for covering the lower body part of a person, and in its rear side has two pockets adjacent to the posteriors of wearers for placing the posterior-form pads respectively. Each first posterior-form piece includes a bag for encasing a volume of gel. The second posterior-form pieces are respectively adjacent to the first posterior-form pieces in the pockets, wherein the first posterior-form piece is near an external surface away from wearers' posteriors of while the second posterior-form piece is near an internal surface adjacent to wearers' posteriors. The shape and size of the pockets are determined by the shape and size of the posterior-form pad. The posterior-form pads can be put into or taken out of the pockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventors: David E. Chen, Jasper Chang
  • Patent number: 7395556
    Abstract: A labor and delivery outfit designed to provide function, comfort and dignity, comprises: a sleeveless, wrap shirt having an upper portion with nursing flaps, lower portions extending from the flaps, a back having straps, lower portions defining an opening therebetween; a built-in, supporting, nursing bra with nursing cups, releasable fasteners for covering the nursing cups, and, a wrap skirt having an elastic waist, a built-in pregnancy panel, and, a rear zipper. Releasable fasteners are provided for fastening the rear lower portions to the upper portion of the shirt, thereby providing access to the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Jennifer A. Eraca
  • Patent number: 7131146
    Abstract: A garment including a skirt has at least one ribbon or ring that attaches to the inside surface of the skirt and is appropriately sized and situated to encircle the leg of a person who is wearing the skirt in order to make the garment stay put. The garment may be, for example, a slip, a dress or a coat. The ribbon or ring is attached to the skirt along less than the entire length of the ribbon or ring. The ribbon or ring may be removably attached to the skirt, and may be adjustable for circumferential length and for elevation with respect to the skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Linda Chatman
  • Patent number: 7131147
    Abstract: A pleated skirt is disclosed which includes a waistband assembly having a rear segment and two front segments, and a composite pleated skirt assembly having front, side, and rear pleats attached to the waistband assembly, an adjustable pleat at each side of the skirt to accommodate different wearer sizes, an inner front panel connected to a front segment of the waistband assembly, and an outer front panel connected to another front segment of the waistband assembly, snaps connected to the front panels to detachably connect them together, for attachment and detachment of the kilt from a wearer. The front inner panel has front pleats that step down incrementally, the front pleats and front inner panel are sewn together to create a funnel shape, and the outer panel has a plurality of stepped pleats. A plurality of hooks and loops of a cord are engageable with a rear pleat and the front panels for pulling the kilt together to provide a modesty system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Steven Jeffrey Villegas
  • Publication number: 20040049831
    Abstract: A maternity undergarment is preferably a spandex/polyester full body slip that covers, shapes and supports the upper torso and lower torso, to smooth the thigh, back waist and buttocks, slightly support the belly and optionally provide a support bra at the chest. The belly panel is of fabric that is more stretchable than the fabric covering the wearer's torso.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventor: Amy Smilovic
  • Patent number: 6567989
    Abstract: A protective garment includes a torso portion for covering a person's torso; a lower portion for covering a person's legs and including left and right leg portions, each having an inner edge and an outer edge; a first fastening arrangement at the inner edge of each leg portion for securing the inner edges together to form an apron-like arrangement of the lower portion; a second fastening arrangement at the inner and outer edges of the left leg portion for securing the same around a left leg of the person; a third fastening arrangement at the inner and outer edges of the right leg portion for securing the same around a right leg of the person; and a fourth fastening arrangement at a waist area for connecting and disconnecting the torso portion and the lower portion relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Alberto Martinez
  • Patent number: 6282723
    Abstract: A pleated garment is disclosed as including a front center pleat having at least two outward facing pleat lines, a back center pleat having at least two inward facing pleat lines; and a plurality of right and left pleats extending substantially from the front center pleat in opposite directions to the back center pleat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Inventor: Steven Jefferey Villegas
  • Patent number: 6163885
    Abstract: A counterpressure garment for blood supplied tissue is provided and comprises a spring capable of being in pressure contact with the tissue; and a supportive material covering at least a part of the spring. Also provided by the present invention is a space suit glove for a hand which comprises a spring capable of being in pressure contact with the palm of the hand; and a supportive material covering at least a part of the hand, with the supportive material being capable of exerting a force on the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Webb
  • Patent number: 6029279
    Abstract: A pleated skirt suitable for cheerleading is disclosed which provides for active movement of the wearer, and desirable movement and visual effects of the skirt during wearing. Preferably, the skirt is constructed of a skirt body and at least two panels which are each attached only partially along their length to adjoining panels. The sections of the panels which are nonattached result in overlapping pleated flaps. Different colors can be used for each side of the overlapping pleated flaps and the alternate color is partially visible when the skirt is worn for increased visual variety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: NSG Corporation
    Inventors: Sherise Ralston, Michele Wolken
  • Patent number: 6006355
    Abstract: A cuff seal for a spacesuit includes a rigid base member and a flexible seal member disposed within the base member. The seal member comprises a hinge portion and a contact portion extending therefrom. The contact portion is capable of flexing about the hinge portion and can be placed in pressure sealing contact with a blood supplied tissue, such as a wrist area, due to a gas pressure within the spacesuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin James Abts
  • Patent number: 6000059
    Abstract: A mechanical counter pressure glove includes an elastic supportive material and a plurality of pre-pressurized bladders in the supportive material. At least one of the bladders is configured to match a configuration of a palm of a hand. The bladders may also be configured to match other parts of the hand, such as the dorsum and fingers. Each of the bladders is pre-pressurized to match a tissue pressure in the user's hand prior to the glove being worn. Thereby, the bladders are self contained and omit the need for a constant available supply of gas pressure from an external source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin James Abts
  • Patent number: 5983392
    Abstract: A garment is disclosed that includes: (1) a first panel having an upper edge, a lower edge, a left edge, and a right edge; (2) a second panel having an upper edge, a lower edge, a left edge, and a right edge; (3) a joining member which is attached to the lower edge of the first panel and to the lower edge of the second panel, the joining member being adapted to fit between a person's legs; (4) a first left tie extension which extends from the left edge of the first panel; (5) a first right tie extension which extends from the right edge of the first panel; (6) a second left tie extension which extends from the left edge of the second panel; and (7) a second right tie extension which extends from the right edge of the second panel. The first left tie extension and the first right tie extension are adapted to tie together in back of a person's waist, and the second left tie extension and the second right tie extension are adapted to tie together in front of the person's waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: Hazel M. Dutka
  • Patent number: 5866881
    Abstract: A multi-layer jacket with convection heating mechanism including a jacket having a pair of long sleeves and a front closeable opening. Also included is a heater coil adapted to produce heat upon the receipt of power. A convection fan is positioned adjacent the heat coil and is adapted to draw air from air inlet apertures of the jacket and further produce a heated air current upon the receipt of power. Further provided is a convection tube having a first end situated adjacent the heater coil opposite the convection fan for receiving the heated air current from the heater coil and convection fan. The convection tube is serpentinely situated throughout the jacket for distributing the heated air current throughout an interior of the jacket. Finally, a heater control mechanism is provided for allowing a user to control the amount of heat generated by the heater coil and the convection fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: James D. Jones, III
  • Patent number: 5806100
    Abstract: A garment that includes the attribute of a pair of shorts and which includes a front panel and a rear panel to span a gap formed between the legs of the shorts. The front panel and rear panel provide the appearance of continuous front and rear surfaces, normally associated with a skirt. Both the front panel and the rear panel extend from and are secured at one edge to the waist of the garment. The panels extend downwardly to the lowermost edge of the two leg portions of the shorts. Opposed side edges of the panels are secured approximately half-way along the height of the garment to the mid-section of the garment. The panels then become a free bottom portion, including hemmed edges which are detached from the garment so as to produce a free end swinging panel portion. This aids in providing the appearance of a skirt formed of a plurality of panel portions. Pockets are optionally included on the front of the garment and may optionally be included on the rear of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: Irma De Scandiffio
  • Patent number: 5771494
    Abstract: A pleated skirt suitable for cheerleading is disclosed which provides for active movement of the wearer, and desirable movement and visual effects of the skirt during wearing. Preferably, the skirt is constructed of a skirt body and at least two panels which are each attached only partially along their length to adjoining panels. The sections of the panels which are nonattached result in overlapping pleated flaps. Different colors can be used for each side of the overlapping pleated flaps and the alternate color is partially visible when the skirt is worn for increased visual variety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: National Spirit Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sherise Ralston, Michele Wolken
  • Patent number: 5697108
    Abstract: An environmental protective suit used for hazardous clean-up or space applications includes a suitlock docking mechanism that allows for easy egress and ingress of a crew member between a sealed vessel and a possibly contaminated environment. The suitlock docking mechanism comprises a single actuator that controls latches which, in turn, respectfully control rack and pinion assemblies that allow for easy removal and attachment of a life support equipment enclosure shell to the environmental protective suit or to the vehicle from which the operator performs his/her duties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Philip Culbertson, Jr.
  • 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: 5659895
    Abstract: A stress transfer garment for an individual in a low gravity environment to minimize bone deconditioning and the migration of fluids to the torso. The garment includes members made of elastic or resilient material which cover the torso and multiple limbs. The members extend down the long axis of the body, with each member interlaced with the member on each side at least once to form a mesh-like structure. The garment is fitted for an individual in a first position, preferably the fetal position. Any movement by a part of the body covered by the members from the fetal position, stretches those members. The stretched members deliver a physical strain along the long axis of the body to the underlying bone structure. The garment may also be designed to deliver a physical strain across the short axis of the body which is greater across the torso than the limbs and is sufficient to prevent body fluids from the limbs from migrating to the torso. The garment may be formed as a one-piece or two-piece garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Inventor: Thomas J. Ford, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5636386
    Abstract: A tennis skirt having a pocket hidden within a pleated, partially tacked down, knife edge tennis skirt is disclosed. The pocket is hidden within the upper, tacked down portion of the pleat. Due to the unique manufacturing process of the present invention, the resulting tennis skirt provides a hidden pocket which is rugged in construction and can attractively hold tennis balls, keys and other items, without detracting from the continuous cascading pleated look of the tennis skirt. In addition a step-by-step method of manufacturing a garment, specifically a tennis skirt having a tacked down knife edge pleats with a hidden pocket is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Rex Sportswear, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Salamone
  • Patent number: 5632043
    Abstract: A protective garment has a fabric enclosure fitting over and enclosing a human form. Handles are selectively positioned on the garment for enabling the wearer to be lifted and/or carried. Each handle is U-shaped with a flat member affixed to both ends. The flat member is secured against an inner surface of the fabric enclosure and the majority of the U-shaped handle extends on an outer surface of the fabric enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Semiconductor America Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Tino
  • Patent number: 5592690
    Abstract: Clothing garments and other articles include an elastic laminated sheet having the properties of stretchability and recoverability. The elastic laminated sheet is formed from a nonwoven fibrous web and an elastomeric film laminated to at least one entire web surface. The laminate is incrementally stretched along lines substantially uniformly across its length and width and throughout its depth to form a stretchable and recoverable composite. The elastic laminated sheet is uniquely suited for use in athletic and active wear garments. The composite is also useful for single use or throw away clothing articles such as medical or surgical garments, throw away bathing suits, underpants, undershirts, and garments used in the handling of hazardous or waste materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Clopay Plastic Products Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Pai-Chuan Wu
  • Patent number: 5566393
    Abstract: A reversible skirt suitable for cheerleading is disclosed which provides for active movement of the wearer, and desirable movement and visual effects of the skirt during wearing. Preferably, the skirt is constructed of 8-20 panels which are each sewn only partially along their length to adjoining panels. Alternatively, a skirt can be made from at least one panel into which slits are cut to form a visual effect of pleats. Different colors can be used for each side of the skirt and the alternate color is partially visible when either skirt is worn for increased visual variety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Assignee: National Spirit Group, Ltd.
    Inventor: Emory R. Best
  • Patent number: 5557808
    Abstract: A pleated skirt to contact with side portions of the body of a wearer in which a width of each of the pleats in contact with side portions of the body of a wearer is larger than a width of each of the pleats in contact with front and back surfaces of the body of the wearer. The pleated skirt is produced by forming linear pleats in front and back pieces of fabric material by use of pleat pattern molding boards in which a width in right and left side portions is larger than a width in an intermediate portion and sewing up the front and back pieces of the fabric material at the side portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Akashi Hifuku Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masateru Kawai
  • Patent number: 5546606
    Abstract: A bridal train for adjustably positioning relative to a ground surface. The inventive device includes a skirt web forming a portion of a bridal gown which continues into a train web for trailing behind the gown during a wedding proceeding. Retracting assemblies are secured to inner surfaces of the train web for effecting a pleating and shortening of the train web to a length substantially equal to a length of the skirt web so as to hang the train from the gown and preclude trailing of the train web along a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Inventor: Thelma J. Luckabaugh
  • Patent number: 5399418
    Abstract: A multi-ply three-dimensionally bonded textile fabric is provided, to be used especially in making protective space suits, protective space shielding and other protective garments or shields. The fabric is a three-dimensionally woven, knitted, netted, braided or otherwise interlocked structure of threads including organic fibers such as aramid, polyethylene and/or polytetrafluoroethylene fibers and preferably also metallic fibers such as copper, aluminum and/or stainless steel fibers. These fibers are chosen to provide protection against adverse thermal, chemical, electrical and mechanical environmental effects that may be hazardous to an astronaut, for example. The fibers are arranged substantially in respective plies, and each ply is bonded or interlocked only to respective adjacent plies over substantially the entire ply area to provide a flexible multi-ply fabric. The threads are arranged to provide a gradient or variation in characteristics or properties from an outer surface to an inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: ERNO Raumfahrttechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Joerg Hartmanns, Detlef Mueller-Wiesner, Lutz Kampmann, Hans-Guenther Reimerdes, Wolfgang Fischer
  • Patent number: 5394563
    Abstract: A low stretch fabric for use in inflatable devices that place pressure on body parts, such as anti-G garments. The novel design of the present invention allows it to inflate to a lesser volume, than conventional fabrics, while maintaining the same pressure. This results in faster response times and less bulk of the garment constructed of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Inventor: Brian P. Doyle