Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a reading section and an image forming section. The reading section reads a plurality of images from a document. The image forming section forms the plurality of read images on a sheet. The plurality of images include a first image and a second image. The first image has a first color. The second image has a second color. The second color is different from the first color. The image forming section forms the first image on a first main side of the sheet and the second image on a second main side of the sheet.
Abstract: A covering device for attachment around a bra-strap having three panels, wherein the panels are substantially the same length as the strap length and at least as wide as the strap width, and wherein the two side panels having complementary pairs of fastening devices to secure the side panels around the bra-strap, thereby securing the bra-strap between the panels.
Abstract: A mount for securing an image to fabric and fabric items including said mount. The mount is designed to secure, protect, enclose and display an image when attached to a fabric which can have significantly higher elasticity than the image. Portions of the mount may have an elasticity intermediate the elasticity of the fabric and the image. The mount may include reinforcing materials. The mount may be sewn, glued or otherwise bonded to fabric. The fabric may comprise an item of apparel, for example a wrist band, head band.
Abstract: An article, such as a towel, having an opening to secure a twirling mechanism thereto. The twirling mechanism having a handle extending from a bottom portion thereof and having a mechanism to permit rotating of the handle with respect to the fabric-article, such that the fabric article is capable of twirling around the twirling mechanism. The twirling mechanism may in other embodiments include noise maker when the handle is rotated.
Abstract: A fabric flap that attaches to Velcro® hook and loop fasteners found on conventional uniforms has an outside surface with Velcro® fastening to attach nametags or other insignia. An additional rectangular flap extends below the Velcro® fastening surfaces for attachment of additional insignia, such as information valuable during instruction, meetings, or other assemblies of personal.
Abstract: A decorative accessory for adorning a wearer's person, such as the arch area of the foot, and can also be interchangeably secured to a variety of different articles of clothing, accessories, or areas of the wearer's body. The decorative accessory includes an elongate strap, adjustment devices for adjustable expansion and contraction, and attachment devices for securing the decorative accessory to a variety of locations. The decorative accessory also has a fastening mechanism for removably attaching a variety of different decorative components such as charms, rings, and other jewelry to the decorative accessory.
Abstract: A headed piece having a crown defining an opening into which a wearer's head can be directed and a brim/bill projecting away from the crown. The crown has an inside surface for engaging a wearer's head, directed into the opening, to thereby maintain the headed piece in an operative position upon the wearer's head. The crown and brim/bill further have an exposed outside surface to which ornamentation is applied. The ornamentation includes bullion wire that is applied to the exposed outside surface so as to define at least a part of a viewable component that consists of at least one of: a) a scene; b) a logo; c) a design; d) a word; e) a letter; and f) a depiction of a: i) person; ii) place; and/or iii) thing.
Abstract: A method of conveying information or a message, wherein two shirts on two wearers are used with the first part of a message and/or graphic on the first shirt, and the second part of the message and/or graphic on the second shirt. The messages and/or graphics can be on the front or back of the shirt, and both the front and back of the shirts may have complementary messages and/or graphics.
Abstract: A costume is provided and includes a main body portion having a neck opening and a hood extending from the main body portion adjacent the neck opening. Main body portion includes a front panel and a back panel. Secured on the front panel is a head, such as the head of a bumblebee. When worn, the head is disposed below the hood and projects outwardly from the front of the main body portion. The head is also 3-dimensional and includes an outer surface that tends to be round, and includes a face with a pair of eyes and a nose. Projecting rearwardly from the back of the main body portion is a tail and a pair of wings.
Abstract: A method of manufacturing a breast cup for a brassiere by taking a sheet of moldable material and adhering a plurality of pellets against a major surface of the sheet of moldable material. A molding to a breast cup form of the sheet of moldable material occurs prior, during or subsequent to the application of pellets in a manner such that the pellets are or becomes located in a desired location on the convex side major surface of the then molded sheet of molded material.
Abstract: A method of constructing a patch pocket on a garment. A flap is initially cut in the outer surface of the garment at the desired pocket location. Preferably, the flap is generally U-shaped. A pocket lining is attached to the flap and together the flap and pocket lining define a pouch which will form the interior of the pocket. A pocket covering is attached to a portion of the pocket lining and to the garment in a manner which permits the pouch to be displaced from behind the pocket covering to facilitate embroidering the pocket covering when in place on the garment.
Abstract: A garment having edible components associated therewith can be made by stringing apertured edible items or candies onto fabric portions, for example, waistbands of panties, bikinis, etc. Strings of fabric can accommodate a variety of different types of edible materials and such materials can be of many shapes and sizes, in particular can reflect any particular holiday event in the year (e.g., hearts for Valentine's Day; shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day; pumpkins for Halloween, etc.). The garments can be re-used with or without rethreading edible items or candies of choice, and a kit for facilitating this practice forms one aspect of the present invention.
Abstract: Reusable adhesive body apparel is disclosed. The reusable adhesive body apparel includes a decorative component and an adhesive component coupled to the decorative component. The adhesive component is formed of a material that permits the apparel to be reused multiple times. In one configuration, the apparel includes an adhesive tape with a decorative image provided on a non-adhesive surface of the tape, and a gel coupled to the adhesive surface of the tape. In another configuration, the apparel includes a decorative component with an uneven surface topography, and an adhesive gel. The apparel may be used for any suitable purpose, for example, the apparel may be used as a breast cover, a bathing suit, a costume, or a tattoo.
Abstract: A device is provided for attachment to the existing snap portions on a helmet such as a motorcycle helmet. Design elements are presented on a display member, and in some embodiments the display member extends across several helmet snap portions. One embodiment incorporates helmet accessories, such as visors, while still providing the outward presentation of the design elements on the display member.
Abstract: Goggles include a goggles frame and a goggles lens. A mounting member is provide data central portion which connects a left lens which is positioned at the left eye side of a user and a right lens which is positioned at the right eye side of the user. The goggles lens is rotatably mounted on goggles lens supporting portion of the goggles frame by the mounting member. A radius of curvature of facing surfaces of the left and right lenses, and a radius of curvature of the central portion, in the horizontal direction, are set to approximately 250 millimeters. A radius of curvature of the side curving surfaces of the left and right lenses, which are positioned at the sides of the user's face, in the horizontal direction, is set to approximately 25 millimeters. A radius of curvature of the facing surfaces of the left and right lenses in the vertical direction is set to approximately 60 millimeters.
Abstract: A garment system for healthcare providers including pants, a shirt, and a hood that provides a protective barrier against fluid or airborne contaminates. The pants have drawstrings and loops at the waist and have at least one bellows pocket with cover flap and at least one utility loop for holding various items. The shirt has a one pocket adapted to hold a writing utensil and incorporates a security badge attachment loop. Another pocket has a pull tab on the flap for easy access when the user is gloved. Removable insignia enable the user to remove personal identification information prior to laundering. The hood removably fastens to the shirt collar and has a clear or translucent face shield to permit viewing but be a fluid barrier, and, side openings to permit sound and air to pass into the hood. The shirt can be long or short sleeve, or convertible.
Abstract: A durable colored article having fluorescent properties comprises a substantially solventless polyvinyl chloride matrix, a thioxanthene fluorescent dye, and a secondary or tertiary hindered amine light stabilizer having a molecular weight less than about 1000 grams/mole. The invention has the advantage in that it provides a flexible polyvinyl chloride film that exhibits durable fluorescent colors.
December 20, 2001
Date of Patent:
March 4, 2003
3M Innovative Properties Company
Kenneth M. White, Lee A. Pavelka, Vera L. Lightle, James C. Coderre
Abstract: A garment system for healthcare providers including pants, a shirt, and a hood that provides a protective barrier against infectious materials in body fluids and that is adapted for use in field operating and/or uniformed organizations such as the military, United Nations healthcare organizations, and other internationally serving healthcare providers.
Abstract: An applique for garments is provided having multiple layers, and a decoratively shaped perimeter and relief pattern having a relatively high profile and side wall being substantially perpendicular to the plain in which the raised and lowered portions lie. Methods for manufacturing are also provided.
Abstract: A label for a product including an electronic display such as a liquid crystal display for displaying label information. The label information may include a company name or logo that identifies the source of the product, product information such as the material content of the product or care instructions, and manufacturer information. The label information can be contained in multiple screen images which can be stepped through by pressing a button or touch-sensitive area of the display. The display can also be programmed to display a series of related images in sequence to produce an animated logo.
Abstract: A process is provided for making a garment having at least one image at a selected position on the garment. A marker is created containing a sight point and an identification of the bounds of at least some of the pieces of the garment. The position and orientation of the image relative to the sight point on the marker is identified such that the image is at a selected position within the identified bounds of at least one of the pieces. A sight point and at least one image are printed on the raw fabric, the image being printed at a position and orientation relative to the sight point on the fabric that is the same as the relation of the position and orientation of the image to the sight point on the marker. The marker is positioned relative to the fabric so that the sight points are aligned, and the fabric is cut into garment pieces which are assembled to form the garment.
Abstract: A label for a garment including an electronic display such as a liquid crystal display for displaying label information. The label information may include a company name or logo that identifies the source of the garment, product information such as the material content of the garment or care instructions, and manufacturer information. The label information can be contained in multiple screen images which can be stepped through by pressing a button or touch-sensitive area of the display. The display can also be programmed to display a series of related images in sequence to produce an animated logo.
Abstract: A trouser ornament generally including an upper portion, a lower portion, and a connector portion for connecting the upper and lower portion; the portions being arranged such that the trouser ornament is preferably placed about the fly of a pair of trousers wherein the upper portion rests on and extends across at least a portion of the top surface of the fly, the lower portion rests on and extends across at least a portion of the bottom surface of the fly and the connector portion is preferably maintained at the edge of the fly.
Abstract: A garment comprising an outer layer, which has an outer surface and an inner surface, and an inner layer, which is attached to the outer layer, has a slit defined by two opposite margins. The garment comprises a fastener, such as a zipper or a hook-and-loop fastener, which is manipulatable to unfasten the opposite margins from each other and to refasten the opposite margins to each other. The slit provides access to the inner surface of the outer layer, when the opposite margins are unfastened from each other, so that a decoration can be stitched onto the outer surface of the outer layer, through the inner surface of the outer layer, without stitching through the inner layer.
Abstract: A method of applique and the resulting article is described that includes forming a first image (20) on a mesh-like material layer (18), forming a second image (24) on an underlying substrate (22), and attaching the mesh-like material layer to the substrate so that the first image overlays the second image. The first and second images are substantially the same images. In one embodiment, the mesh-like material layer is attached to the substrate such that the first image directly overlays the second image. In another embodiment, the mesh-like material layer is attached to the substrate such that the first image overlays the second image at a slight offset. By attaching the mesh-like material layer over the substrate in either of these ways, the resulting combined image appears three-dimensionalized.
Abstract: A retroreflective article (100, 200, 300) that has a retroreflective layer (120, 220, 320) that includes optical elements (121, 221, 321) and a specularly reflective layer (122, 222, 322), and a binder layer (110, 210, 310), that is the reaction product of an epoxy resin and polymer that has a silicon-containing, crosslinkable, terminal, functional groups. Retroreflective articles of this construction can demonstrate good abrasion resistance and laundering durability.
Abstract: An article of a fabric material having an outside surface, an inside surface, and an orifice, and an affixing means on the inside surface bordering the orifice and hidden from view when one views the orifice and the outside surface. Provided in conjunction therewith is an underlying section having an imprint, pocket or pouch on one side thereof, and an affixing means on a border region of said one side, outwards of the imprint, pocket or pouch. The underlying section can be affixed to the affixing means to be visible in the orifice when one views the orifice and the outside surface. The underlying section can further have an imprint, pocket or pouch on a second side thereof, and affixing means also on a border region of this second side, outwards of the imprint, pocket or pouch on the second side. This allows either side of the underlying section to be displayable in the orifice.
Abstract: A greeting card on which is printed a message addressed to its recipient by an established character, such as a well-known cartoon figure. The card includes a detachable decal section having printed thereon an image of the character. The decal section is printed with a transferable ink, the remainder of the card being printed with a non-transferable ink. The decal section constitutes a gift from this character to the recipient who can detach this section and transfer the image thereon to a surface receptive to a transferable ink which may be of the heat or water tranferable type.
Abstract: The present invention is a protective firefighter hood in which a pocket is formed to protect the required garment label which must be attached to the hood. The hood includes a head portion shaped to cover at least a wearer's head and an optional bib portion attached to and extending from the head portion to cover at least a wearer's neck. In one embodiment, a gap is formed between the stitching that connects the inner and outer layers of the head portion, adjacent the label. Accordingly, the label can be stored so that it does not contact the wearer, by inserting it through the gap in the stitching. In an alternative embodiment, the hood is provided with a patch pocket on the head portion or bib portion adjacent the label, so that the label can be placed alternatively within the pocket away from contacting the wearer or removed from the pocket to be viewed.
Abstract: A label having indicia thereon is attached to the shell of a firefighter's garment by stitching which passes through the label and the shell, with portions of the stitching extending outwardly of the label. A transparent protective layer is adhesively secured to the label and covers the outer surface of the label and the outwardly extending stitching portions. The protective layer is heat and abrasion resistant and is substantially waterproof.
Abstract: An apparel article in the nature of clothing or a backpack which includes a first fabric material onto which is sewn, at least in part, a stuffed animal as an ornamental feature. The animal may be removable or may be at least partially stitched onto the first fabric. The location of the animal can be on the shoulder of a garment or the top arm portion such that the animal appears to perch or hug onto the body of a wearer of the article.
Abstract: An article of interactive clothing is provided including a display panel having a first display section and a second display section, with the first display section having first indicia displayed thereon and the second display section having second indicia displayed thereon. A cover panel is provided for covering the second display section and is movable between a first position wherein a pocket is defined to contain items for ready access and a second position wherein the second indicia is revealed.
Abstract: An applique design is produced on a garment or other fabric article by providing chenille material having a fabric base and a plurality of cut or looped threads extending from an upper surface of a fabric base and applying a flexible backing material to a lower surface of the chenille material. The chenille material is cut to form edges having an outline of a desired design and disposed over a garment or fabric base. A polymer film is overlaid on the upper surface of the chenille material and a design is stitched over the film to the chenille material and the garment or fabric base, the stitching comprising closely spaced thread which covers and compresses portions of the film and chenille material, the film providing a barrier layer to prevent the thread loops from extending between the closely spaced thread of the stitching.
Abstract: The invention relates to a doll with a vest harness having a tether belt which can be self-contained on the harness or self-contained around a person's wrist such as a child's wrist. The harness further includes, on the vest, an emblem containing a code for identification of a child player.
March 29, 1991
Date of Patent:
June 30, 1992
Linda K. Roberson, Suzanne Mackey, Cathy Mackey
Abstract: A coat jacket is described, constructed as having an outwardly facing back portion, across the shoulder and waist sections--and down the sides--of which a plurality of adhesively securing fabric strips are attached in forming a frame. Any of a series of logos, insignias, pictorial representations, etc. are similarly provided with adhesively securing fabric strips along their edges, to mate with the coat jacket frame in presenting a jacket with detachable declarations of individual allegiance.
Abstract: A method of displaying information comprises the steps of applying informational indicia to the armpit regions of a shirt so that the indicia are substantially concealed when a wearer of the shirt has their arms lowered by their sides, a wearer donning the shirt, and the wearer raising their arms above their head to reveal the informational indicia. Preferably, the indicia are in two successive, different parts, the first part being applied to the right armpit region and the second part being applied to the left armpit region.
July 19, 1990
Date of Patent:
February 4, 1992
James M. Shotwelkl, Fred W. Stellabotte
Abstract: A necktie is formed with an elongated front flap of a flattened tubular fabric material having a forward layer and a rearward layer with a cavity therebetween. A rear flap of fabric material is connected at the upper end to the upper end of the front flap to form an elongated tie. A fabric sheet is mounted in the cavity in the front flap with the upper end of the fabric sheet attached to the rearward layer and the lower end of the fabric sheet folded upwardly and connected to the rearward surface of the forward layer so as to form to a generally J-shaped configuration. A transverse slot is formed in the rearward layer above the fabric sheet to permit the insertion of a photograph into the cavity. An opening is formed in the forward layer immediately forward of the fabric sheet and located above the lower end of the fabric sheet so as to reveal the photograph inserted within the cavity.
Abstract: A suspender set comprising at least one strap having two distal ends, one of the ends having a fastener adapted for securing the strap to an article of clothing, and having an ornamental device secured to the fastener. The ornamental device comprises a member having a major surface containing an ornamental design and a second surface opposed to the major surface having a connector element extending from the second surface and releasably secured to the fastener.
Abstract: A sweatshirt to be worn to a sports game comprising: a first crest including home team indicia silk screened to the exterior of the sweatshirt; loop structure having a circular configuration with a first diameter associated exteriorly to the sweatshirt; a second crest having indicia of a competitor's team on one side thereof, and hook structure having a circular configuration with a diameter corresponding to the first diameter whereby the second crest is releasibly securable exteriorly to the sweatshirt by fastening the loop structure to the hook structure; and a strip adapted to overlie the crest.
Abstract: A necktie is disclosed comprising a front panel having projecting loops (or hooks) to receive ornaments thereon. The rear surface of the ornament is provided with projecting hooks (or loops) so that, together with the tie a fastening system is provided. Cartoon and other type ornaments are provided.
Abstract: A removable and economical stiffener comprises a spring wire frame having a base member which resiliently biases two depending side members so as to maintain an epaulet in a relatively taut, planar condition.
Abstract: A new garment decoration and a process for its manufacture, which encompasses both classical and modern elements of decoration. An image is manufactured directly on a garment, such as by silk-screening. Chenille is sewn about the border of the image, thereby creating a shape with a chenille outline and an interior image. The decorative shapes can be letters, numbers, mascots, characters or symbols.
Abstract: A garment, such as shirt, having a piece of material which may be of the same material as the shirt fastened along an upper edge to the front panel of the shirt so as to form a flap which normally hangs from about a mid-portion of the front panel. The fastening line provides a horizontal hinge line, and when hanging in the normal position, the flap covers the outer surface of the lower portion of the front panel of the shirt. The outer surface of the flap together with the outer surface of the front panel of the shirt above the hinge line form a first display area. When the flap is held in a raised position, the inside surface of the flap together with the outer surface of the lower surface of the front panel form a second display area. A first part of a message or information is presented on the first display area and a sequel part of the message or information is provided on the second display area.
Abstract: An attachment mechanism and system, for the ornamentation of and on articles of clothing (i.e., shirts, blouses, dresses, pants, skirts, shorts, overalls, jackets, etc.). The article of clothing has a first strip of material, the system's receiving loop forming element, affixed to it. This strip is sewn or otherwise attached at its two ends to the article of clothing, leaving the center section spaced from the article to form the receiving loop upon the article of clothing. This receiving strip can be attached to any chosen display area upon the garment's exterior. Customized fabric receiving strips could also become the clothing manufacturer's vanity/display label. In one embodiment, the ornamentation, preferably of soft composition, has an attachment strip attached to the back side or it's top section wherein the strip ends are releasably interconnected to form an attachment loop.
Abstract: A jacket comprising a pair of front panels, a back panel, a collar, and sleeves. The outer surface of the jacket having vent panels attached to front and rear panels which create accessible, upwardly extending vent panel pockets. Inside each vent panel pocket is a detachable flexible informational display panel which can be stored inside each pocket and hidden from view. When the situation arises, the flexible informational display panel can be repositioned and extended downwardly below the vent panel pocket and used to display information.
Abstract: A changeable message stretch band is disclosed which allows the wearer to communicate words and expressions, particularly thoughts and/or feelings, via the use of removably attached graphics, including letters, numerals, designs and the like, in any combination selected by the wearer, whereby the wearer may quickly and easily change the message on the stretch band.
Abstract: An entertainment device comprises a garment such as a T-shirt which is sized to be worn closely about the body of a user, indicia formed on the garment depicting at least a portion of an animate object, such as a human face, an elastic member attached to the garment adjacent the indicia for simulating a movable feature of the human face such as a lip or eyelid, and a length of transparent line operably connected to the elastic member for remotely causing an elastic deformation of the elastic member.
Abstract: A article of plant body apparel with a neckband circumscribing a neck opening (through which the wearer passes his/her head and neck) and with several loops comprising carriers or carrier-elements attached to the article. The carriers are spaced slightly outwardly from the neckband, and also from each other, to define a course circumferential of the neckband, and are adapted to receive and carry a selected item of elongate neck-wear, such as a kerchief by the carriers, they cooperate to enable or exert a retaining or anti-shifting effect and to keep the item in a desired disposition relative to the article and from unwanted contact with the wearer's skin.
Abstract: A jacket comprising a pair of front panels, a back panel, a collar and sleeves. The outer surface of the jacket having vent panels attached to front and rear panels which create accessible, upwardly extending vent panel pockets. Inside each vent panel pocket is a detachable flexible informational display panel which can be stored inside each pocket and hidden from view. When the situation arises, the flexible informational display panel can be repositioned and extended downwardly below the vent panel pocket and used to display information.
Abstract: Training apparel for a toddler with awardable visual prizes available upon successfully reaching selected training stages, the apparel comprising a releasably attachable pad to be worn on the front of the apparel in the vision of the toddler and the toddler's peers and caretakers, the pad containing several figures respectively covered from view by individual releasable patches of overlying fabric.