Closures Patents (Class 2/270)
  • Patent number: 10849376
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for a one-piece clothing garment that is made up of a sleeve comprising a holding band and a cuff, and an attached ambidextrous glove. Further, embodiments disclosed herein relate to a one-piece ambidextrous sleeve with an attached ambidextrous glove, where the sleeve is held onto a wearer's arm by a holding band at the top end of the sleeve, and the bottom end of the sleeve has a sleeve cuff with and a glove attached inside of the sleeve underneath the sleeve cuff at an attachment point. The glove is capable of being worn when the glove is in an un-tucked position. When the glove is not being worn by the wearer, the glove is capable of being tucked under or inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Kody Evans
  • Patent number: 10219560
    Abstract: A glove includes a main body that defines an interior space that is operable to receive at least a portion of the hand of the wearer. The main body includes an opening that divides the main body into a first portion and a second portion. The glove also includes a hook-and-loop fastener that includes a hook member and a loop member. The hook member and the loop member are operable to removably attach to each other. One of the hook member and the loop member is operably supported on the first portion of the main body, and the other of the hook member and the loop member is operably supported on the second portion of the main body. At least one of the hook member and the loop member is divided into a plurality of respective sections that are separated at a distance from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Hewitt, Matthew A. Rhoades
  • Patent number: 10194708
    Abstract: A full sleeve winter apparel is disclosed where the sleeves of the apparel have an envelope inside the sleeve for concealing gloves, gauntlets or mittens that attached partially from the edge of hand access openings onto the sleeve opening when not used to cover the hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Armi T G A Rhodes
  • Patent number: 10188153
    Abstract: A bra strap cover system is disclosed. The system includes a bra including at least one shoulder strap and a decorative bra strap cover. The shoulder strap of the bra includes a plurality of fasteners attached to its upper surface. The underside of the bra strap cover includes a plurality fasteners attached thereto. The bra strap cover is configured to be removably attached to the bra strap such that the bra strap cover substantially covers and overlies the upper surface of the shoulder strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: STRAP APPEAL
    Inventors: Ashley Proctor, Myra J. Crouch
  • Patent number: 9668601
    Abstract: The glove dispensing device enables the placement of a glove on a glove retainer. The placement of the glove on the glove retainer at least partially seals the glove with the glove retainer. The user activates a vacuum that draws the glove into a housing of the glove dispensing device. The vacuum inverts the glove thus opening the glove to allow placement of the user's hand within the glove. The user may then remove his hand with the glove from the glove retainer. To assist with removing the glove from the glove retainer, the glove dispensing device provides a release toggle stored within the glove retainer. The user adjusts the release toggle to break the seal of the glove with the glove retainer. Breaking the seal overcomes the pressure applied to the glove from the vacuum. Thus, the glove is applied to the user's hand and ready for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: GLOVE ASSIST, INC.
    Inventors: Joe E. Rogers, David Onstead
  • Patent number: 9427877
    Abstract: A method for replacing an operation box and gloves for the same is provided, the operation box comprises a housing, a glove, a first sealing member, a second sealing member and a cover plate; the housing comprises a chamber, at least one operation window disposed on a side wall of the housing; the first sealing member is configured to seal the glove outlet edge portion and the side wall; the second sealing member is disposed on an inner surface of the side wall of the housing; the cover plate is disposed inside the chamber, the cover plate and the second sealing member are configured to jointly seal the operation window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Kui Ni
  • Patent number: 9155921
    Abstract: A chemical protective suit includes a head portion, a body portion, a pair of arm portions, a pair of leg portions, and a pair of foot portions. The aforementioned portions are integrated into a unitary body. The integrated portion of each two adjacent sheet fabric pieces in each of the foot portions comprises a seam line extending along peripheral edges of two adjacent sheet fabric pieces stacked on each other, with the peripheral edges opposed to each other, and a welded portion of the stacked sheet fabric pieces of a predetermined breadth extending along the seam line, with the peripheral edges and the welded portion disposed to face opposite sides of the seam line. The integrated portion of the two adjacent sheet fabric pieces in each of the foot portions is exposed to the external air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventors: Takashi Ozawa, Kazutaka Tanino, Seiko Nitta
  • Patent number: 9009865
    Abstract: A garment for use on the upper body of a user includes at least one sleeve portion and a tab. The sleeve portion includes a cuff having at least first, second and third spaced apart coupling locations. The tab has a proximal end region and a distal end region. The proximal end region of the tab is movably coupled to the cuff at the first coupling location. The distal end region of the tab is positionable between at least a first position wherein the distal end region is releasably coupled to the second coupling location, and a second position wherein the tab extends around the thumb of the user and releasably couples to the third coupling location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Abe Gilreath
  • Patent number: 8904564
    Abstract: The present invention provides for various embodiments of a hand covering and garment combination. The hand covering and garment combination includes at least one glove and a garment having at least one sleeve. A compartment can be located within an inner liner of the sleeve. The compartment can be configured to selectively receive and store the glove. An attachment element can be configured to selectively secure the glove to the sleeve. The attachment element can have a first end attached to the sleeve and a second end attached to a fastener. The fastener can selectively fasten and unfasten the glove to the attachment element. Finally, a retractable dial can be coupled to the sleeve, wherein a portion of the attachment element travels through the retractable dial. The retractable dial can be configured to selectively retract at least a portion of the first end of the attachment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Lisa Laycock, Lacey Laycock Chase, Larry R. Laycock
  • Patent number: 8856965
    Abstract: A shirt system for providing gloves as extensions of the sleeves to help prevent the leaking of snow, water, or other debris and to help provide protection for a user's torso, hands, wrist, and arms featuring a shirt component with two sleeves and two gloves extending from the sleeves. Slits are disposed in the sleeves allowing a user to remove his/her hands from the gloves and sleeve. Pockets are disposed on the sleeves near the gloves, wherein the pockets are adapted to house the gloves when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Michael J. Theofield
  • Publication number: 20140130228
    Abstract: An article of clothing, such as a dress shirt, blouse, coat, jacket, or vest, includes a sheet of material forming a body portion. First and second plackets are formed along respective first and second end portions of the sheet of material. First and second magnetic elements, each being encased in an encasement, are secured inside first and second pockets, respectively, such that positions of the plurality of second magnetic elements correspond to positions of the plurality of first magnetic elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Maura M. Horton
  • Publication number: 20130254969
    Abstract: A garment including one or more flowing zipper vents (e.g., opposing slider pairs on a zipper, etc) sewn onto a seam of the garment. The garment can include pants legs, wherein each of the pant legs respectively incorporate the fasteners, which when opened allow for venting of air to the interior of the pants to cool a wearer's legs. The garment can include sleeves, wherein each of the sleeves respectively incorporate the fasteners, which when opened allow for venting of air to the interior of the sleeves to cool a wearer's arms. Breathable mesh material can be included with the flowing zipper vent, inside the garment, to hold the garment together and protect skin from full exposure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: David A. Getzen, Luis M. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 8240784
    Abstract: The flexible glove holder (1) includes a flat structure (13) with three branches (2, 3 and 4) forming an S-shape on which the glove is wound. The holder (1) is then pushed into the opening of the glove box. This rapid action method makes it possible to avoid knotting the gloves when they must be drawn toward the outside for an operation within the box and also allows the implementation of biological protection on the opening of the glove box as well as a protection of the agents against radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Areva NC
    Inventors: Francis Hebuterne, Pierre Riba
  • Publication number: 20120174291
    Abstract: An adjustment system for adjusting the width of a cuff has an elongated adjustment strip having a set of longitudinally extending teeth. Each tooth has a forward side and a rearward side. The length of each forward side is greater than a length of each of the rearward sides so that an angle between a longitudinal axis of the strip and the forward side is less than an angle between the longitudinal axis and the rearward side of each tooth. There is a locking mechanism formed by a base plate having a locking device on an underside and a guide for slidably connecting the locking mechanism to the strip. The teeth and the locking device are configured so that the locking device can be moved forward along the strip using only a small amount of force, and can then be moved rearward using a larger amount of force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: Duraflex Hong Kong Limited
    Inventor: Gary Fraze
  • Patent number: 8214927
    Abstract: Garments designed to be worn in conjunction with conventional chaps to protect the lower abdomen of the wearer and upper legs of a wearer are described herein. Also described are garments that replace conventional chaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Ride On Corp. Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Patrick Jondahl, Michael King
  • Publication number: 20120144544
    Abstract: A garment having a sleeve, the sleeve including a cuff movable between a retracted position in which an end of the retracted cuff rests proximate the wrist of the user, and an extended position in which the end of the cuff extends over at least part of the hand of the user, the cuff including an attachment region for attaching a protective device thereto. The attachment region of the cuff is exposed when the cuff is in the extended position and allows a protective device, such as a puck, to be releasably attached to the cuff. The protective device facilitates sliding during skateboarding by placing the protective device into contact with the ground, the protective device slides over the ground while providing protection to the hand of the user. The cuff may be secured in place with a loop in the cuff that can be tightened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Dennis John TELFER, Steve Alan Lake
  • Publication number: 20110131707
    Abstract: People who wear a prosthesis currently have to use a bathing prosthesis if they wish to pursue water sports or take a shower or reach a body of water for recreational purposes and take active part in beach pursuits safely. However, these are usually taken off for swimming though this is very often not possible in the case of rocky shores or unsupervised beaches, quite apart from the unwelcome attention to which the person wearing the prosthesis is sometimes exposed in doing so.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Carsten Sauer
  • Publication number: 20100251456
    Abstract: A long-sleeved, pullover-type upper body garment has a continuous slit, which runs up the side of the garment from the bottom of garment body to an arm pit, and downward along the underside of a sleeve, and terminates at a point intermediately along the length of the sleeve. The segment of the slit that is in the body of the garment is temporarily closeable using mating hook-and-loop fastener members that are attached to the body of the garment on opposite sides of the slit. The segment of the slit in the upper portion of the sleeve remains at all times “open”, thereby allowing access to the middle and/or upper end of the wearer's arm for attachment of IV tubing or other medical lines. The circumference of the lower end (e.g., forearm portion) of the sleeve is neither separable nor openable, thereby requiring that a wearer insert his/her hand through the lower portion of the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventor: Belinda Bower
  • Patent number: 7703151
    Abstract: A cuff closure comprising a flap having one end attached to the cuff and a free end, a longitudinal slit in the cuff adjacent to the attached end of the flap, a flap fastener component on the flap, a first surface fastener component on the first surface of the cuff that mates with the flap fastener component, and a second surface fastener component on the second surface of said cuff that mates with the flap fastener component. When the first surface is the outside surface, the flap fastener component mates with the first surface fastener component and, when the second surface is the outside surface, the flap fastener component mates with the second surface fastener component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Blauer Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Blauer, Toufic G. Atallah
  • Publication number: 20080120759
    Abstract: A waterproof cuff assembly for securement to the free end of a sleeve of an outer wear garment, such as a fishing jacket, skiing jacket, or the like. The waterproof cuff assembly comprises an outer cuff, and a tubular sock; the components are sewn together and the seams are sealed by seaming tape. A cinch strap extends laterally about the exterior of the longitudinally extending tubular sock; when tightened, in cooperation with a keeper, the strap divides the sock into two, interacting sections, namely, a cuff extension and a wristlet. The cuff extension is sewn into the free end of a sleeve, and is tucked, or folded, into the sleeve. The size of the fold, when unfurled, controls the extent of longitudinal movement of the wristlet. The cinch strap, when tightened, retains the wristlet in fixed position, and does not allow the wristlet to slide along the wrist of the user into the finger area, despite vigorous movement of the arms of the wearer of the garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: Gary A. Tolton
  • Patent number: 7310825
    Abstract: In a garment element, for example a cuff for a sleeve, an access opening is defined between an overlap section extending between two attachment sections, the overlap section being formed of interleaving fabric ends suitably stiffened to provide a self-sealing function in both a use mode in which a body member extends there through and a non-use mode with the opening closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Gilles St-Germain
  • Patent number: 7231671
    Abstract: Variable leg width trousers, offering the wearer the ability to change the diameter of the lower leg sections of the trousers near the foot end while keeping the diameter of the upper leg sections constant. Each lower leg section is formed to have a width adjustment slot. The trousers may include a width adjusting insert, releasably attached to the lower leg sections by at least one joining device for each width adjustment slot, with which to vary the size of the width adjusting inserts. This allows the user to select the contraction or expansion of each lower leg section for functionality or appearance. The inserts may be constructed of the same material as the trousers or may be constructed of contrasting materials and/or colors. The width adjusting inserts may incorporate decorative indicia or expressive indicia, or may bear certain functional features, such as reflectors or pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Bradley Allen
  • Patent number: 6715159
    Abstract: An apparatus for releasably sealing the opening between a glove and the sleeve cuff to prevent ingress of water therebetween. The apparatus includes a pair of rings, one of which is attached to the wrist portion of a glove while the other is attached to the cuff portion of a sleeve. The rings are releasably engageable with one another in the sealed fashion under normal working conditions. The rings are capable of self-disengaging angularly and/or axially when subjected to an angular force or moment of predetermined magnitude and duration applied to the connection so as to permit detachment of the glove. The apparatus is particularly useful in wet mining applications not only to prevent water from entering the opening between the glove and cuff but also to disengage safely and assuredly should a glove get caught in any equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada as represented by the Minister of Natural Resources
    Inventor: Richard Cormier
  • Publication number: 20030192108
    Abstract: A sealing system for sealing a garment around an appendage formed by an annular tube surrounding a passage (cuff) through which appendage is intended to protrude and a pull cord extending through said tube for a length to completely encircle said passage over more than 360°. At least one end of the pull cord passes out through a wall of the tube to provide an accessible end for adjusting the length of said cord around said passage and thereby tighten or loosening pressure of tube toward said appendage and form a seal between the tube and the appendage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventor: Naomi Vidal
  • Publication number: 20020189007
    Abstract: An apparatus for releasably sealing the opening between a glove and the sleeve cuff to prevent ingress of water therebetween. The apparatus includes a pair of rings, one of which is attached to the wrist portion of a glove while the other is attached to the cuff portion of a sleeve. The rings are releasably engageable with one another in the sealed fashion under normal working conditions. The rings are capable of self-disengaging angularly and/or axially when subjected to an angular force or moment of predetermined magnitude and duration applied to the connection so as to permit detachment of the glove. The apparatus is particularly useful in wet mining applications not only to prevent water from entering the opening between the glove and cuff but also to disengage safely and assuredly should a glove get caught in any equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventor: Richard Cormier
  • Patent number: 6405379
    Abstract: A shirt cuff comprises a band of material having first and second opposing edges and first and second opposing ends. The first edge is attached to the sleeve of the shirt. A decorative fastener for the cuff connects the two ends of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: Jim E. Kelly
  • Patent number: 6286144
    Abstract: A disposable protective garment 1 has bands 8 of elastomeric material at the wrists and/or ankles and/or around the hood 5. Each band 8 is joined to the garment by a welded or adhesively-bonded seam and extends from the garment to encircle closely the adjacent part of the body of the wearer. Each band 8 is joined in a stretched condition to the garment 1 and is then allowed to relax, thereby forming gathers 9 in the garment 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Christopher P. Henderson, James Fewtrell, Elfed I. Williams, Nicholas J. Gloag
  • Patent number: 6212685
    Abstract: A shirt cuff comprises a band of material having first and second opposing edges and first and second opposing ends. The first edge is attached to the sleeve of the shirt. The dimensions of the band are such that it substantially closes about the circumference of the sleeve along the first edge. Unlike conventional cuffs, the two ends of the band diverge from the first edge toward the second edge such that the two ends are substantially separated proximate to the second edge. In one embodiment, the edges are substantially straight so that there is a “V”-shaped opening in the cuff. In other embodiments, the ends of the band may have alternative shapes, but in each case there is a substantial opening in the cuff proximate to the second edge of the band. A fastener for the cuff connects the two ends of the band, spanning the opening therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Jim E. Kelly
  • Patent number: 6185752
    Abstract: A gaiter having on its outside surface an air vent system which allows a user to vent the gaiter in order to permit air to pass through the side of the gaiter, and having on an opposite outside surface a coated fabric protective surface which has a coated fabric surface top seam which is slanted in a downward direction from the back of the gaiter to the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Mountain Hardwear, Inc.
    Inventors: Dylan Hendersen, Robert Link
  • Patent number: 6024970
    Abstract: A lint mitt having a compartment for a user's fingers, a compartment for a user's thumb, and which firmly holds the mitt about a user's wrist. The lint mitt has disposed thereon an adhesive having sufficient tack to adhere lint to the lint mitt when the lint mitt is disposed upon a lint-filled surface. Methods for using a lint mitt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Marjorie P. Woodard
    Inventor: Marjorie P. Woodard
  • Patent number: 5978960
    Abstract: A dry suit has an outer garment of waterproof material. The fit of the garment is adjusted by pleating the garment and securing the pleat with "Velcro" fasteners spaced apart on the garment. A seal is provided at the neck, wrists and ankles by a cuff overlapping the garment on a support ring and secured with a resilient band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Ronald A. Wrightman
  • Patent number: 5974586
    Abstract: A new sunlight blocking sleeves for protecting the skin on the arms and shoulders of a wearer from sunlight. The inventive device includes a pair of sleeves with each sleeve having opposite wrist and shoulder openings and which is adapted for wearing on the arm and shoulder of a wearer the sleeve. An elongate flexible strap is coupled to the sleeve around the periphery of the shoulder. The flexible strap has a free end portion which is attachable to another portion of the flexible strap to hold the sleeve over the shoulder of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Digna E. Reinoso
  • Patent number: 5953758
    Abstract: Pockets placed into or onto the sleeves of a long-sleeved garment for warming or protecting of hands. A pocket is disposed on each sleeve in the area of the forearm so that an individual can easily insert his or her right hand into the left sleeve pocket and correspondingly, insert his or her left hand into the right sleeve pocket. A closure device may be added to one or both pockets for the storage of loose items. In addition, the pockets can be turned inside out allowing the individual to insert his or her right hand into the right pocket and his or her left hand into the left pocket from within each respective sleeve. When used in this fashion, the pockets can be shaped in the form of mittens or other glove-like form so that the individual can use his or her hands while still keeping them warm and protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventor: David Vernam Foster
  • Patent number: 5920970
    Abstract: Method of making an anti-slip lace for tying wearing apparel items such as shoes comprises an elongated woven tubular member that has internal spaced raised projections along its length wherein the raised projections are blobs of acrylic paint and a round lace is formed by inverting a flat woven tubular lace that had the paint blobs applied to the exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Nobbits, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Coblentz
  • Patent number: 5628067
    Abstract: A liquid proof protective garment and protective glove assembly wherein the interface of the garment and gloves is sealed together in a manner to produce a liquid impervious seal between the garment and the glove. The liquid impervious garment-glove interface assembly of the present invention is particularly adapted for use with surgical gowns. The liquid impervious seal is produced by narrowing the diameter of the distal end of the protective garment over which the protective glove is placed. The junction of the garment and glove is then sealed with a flexible liquid adhesive, which upon drying, produces a protective garment-glove assembly which is impervious to liquids and protects the wearer from potentially harmful intrusions of liquid into the interior of the assembly at the garment-glove juncture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: Donald Guthrie Foundation for Education and Research
    Inventors: Kenneth K. Meyer, William C. Beck, deceased
  • Patent number: 5593453
    Abstract: An improved prosthesis cover of waterproof material which closely conforms to the shape of the limb being covered, has an antifriction inner surface and an antiskid sole in the case of a leg cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Inventor: Gary Ahlert
  • Patent number: 5592693
    Abstract: A shirt worn by an amputee to protect the amputee against prosthesis friction and the friction caused by a prosthesis harness, the shirt having a closed distal portion corresponding to the amputee's amputation. When worn between an amputee's stump and a prosthesis, the shirt protects the amputee's stump against prosthesis friction and rubbing. A yoke or other padding can be added in the shoulder region of the shirt to further protect the amputee's shoulders against harness friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Inventors: Darwin A. Jensen, Gwen R. Jensen
  • Patent number: 5575010
    Abstract: A pair of pants in which a plurality of snaps are mounted around the waistband for adjusting its size, and hook & loop materials are fastened to the inside of the legs for adjusting their length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: Chin-Fu Chung
  • Patent number: 5555561
    Abstract: A cuff seal for sealing the cuffs of anti-contamination protective clothing having cuffs at the distal ends of arms and legs comprises an elongated band that is removably attached to the cuff at an inner end and wraps around the cuff and is attached to the cuff where it overlaps the band at an outer end of the band. The band is fastened to the cuff and to the band itself by spaced pairs of snap fasteners. The band is formed of a stretchable woven fabric which includes an elastomeric yarn in addition to non-elastomeric yarn in order to provide at least a limited stretch capability for the fabric. The band is about two inches wide and covers the arm cuff completely and extends distally beyond the arm cuff so as to provide a snug seal between the band and the wearer's glove at a position distally separated from the cuff. The band similarly encircles the limb of the wearer at the cuff of the coverall legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Traak, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Plachta, Gregory L. Bain
  • Patent number: 5388270
    Abstract: A liner sleeve is disposed within a shell sleeve, and a wrister is permanently and inseparably secured directly to the open lower end of a liner sleeve by stitching which extends along the liner sleeve to connect the wrister and liner circumferentially so that undesired material cannot enter between the wrister and the liner sleeve. A sleeve well is defined by a first annular member secured to a shell sleeve and a second annular member secured to a liner sleeve. The first and second annular members have annular arrays of interengaging hooks and loops and also interengaging diametrically opposite snap connectors for detachably connecting the annular members to one another. A further annular band of material disposed between the shell sleeve and the first annular member is formed of thermal protective moisture barrier material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Assignee: Globe Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Joyce A. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 5299323
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an adjustment system for forming a repeatedly adjustable hem on a garment. There is provided an adjustment mechanism comprising of a cord with one end that is attached to the garment's inside hem while the other end passes through a holding pocket or channel that is secured to the garment's inside seam. The second end of the cord above the holding pocket or channel is then preferably knotted to provide a stop or limit to adjust and the second end is secured to the garment lining. The fabric lining conceals the adjustment mechanism. A fabric tab is secured to the second end and the lining as a grasping point for making a length adjustment. The bloused lining is smoothed, the garment is pressed, and the adjustment is complete and undetectable. Embodiments are shown for adjusting trouser leg lengths, coat or jacket sleeves or body length as well as skirt and waistband adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Inventors: Aaron Schaefer, James Ranney
  • Patent number: 5299243
    Abstract: The invention relates to a glove holder unit for a confinement enclosure.The aim of the invention is to produce a unit making it possible to easily change a protective glove for the hand.This aim is achieved with the aid of a glove holder unit having a sleeve (11), for protecting the arm and the forearm, assembled to a working glove (15), protecting the hand, and placed in an enclosure. The glove holder unit comprises means (49) for locking an assembly means (17) of the glove (15) and the protective sleeve (11). The locking means (49) being mobile between a locked position, in which they maintain the assembly means (17) and the glove (15) outside the enclosure (1) and an unlocked position in which they allow the passage of the glove (15) and its assembly means (17) between the interior and the exterior of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: Cogema-Compagnie Generale Des Matieres Nucleaires
    Inventor: Bernard Picco
  • Patent number: 5218723
    Abstract: An improved method of fabricating disposable coverings such as surgeon's caps comprises applying elastic strips and adhesive along opposed edges of two lengths of sheet material, folding and securing the edges over the elastic strips, applying spaced elastic strips and adhesive along and straddling the center line of one of the lengths of sheet material, bringing the sheets together and securing them along their center lines with the applied adhesive, cutting the sheets apart along their center lines to produce two sub-lengths of material, and cutting and heat sealing the sub-lengths at spaced intervals across their lengths to produce disposable surgeon's caps. The invention also contemplates a disposable protective covering fabricated by this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1993
    Inventor: James G. McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 5170505
    Abstract: An adjustable children's garment is provided that utilizes hook and loop type connections for adjustments. There is also provided an adjustable connection for garments that includes three flaps. The second flap may be adjustably or removably connected to the first flap and a third, cover flap may be connected over the first and second flap to protect the hook and loop connection. The three flap a arrangement provides for a more secure fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Nancy D. Rohrer
  • Patent number: 5138717
    Abstract: An athletic garment with an outer shell which is lightweight, waterproof, and porous having a "piston and cylinder" cuff arrangement to insure unrestricted movement of the arms of the wearer. A resilient insert which serves as a return mechanism is sewn between the shell and a tubing wristlet. A non-resilient gusset serves as a cylinder cuff stop mechanism. The insert and gusset cooperate to furnish the wearer with an extra five to six inches of cuff extension without having the sleeve ride-up the arm of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Inventor: Gary A. Tolton
  • Patent number: 5125117
    Abstract: A cuff construction having readily accessible coverings for hands, feet and head is provided. The cuff is generally integrally attached to an article of clothing, and folds in on itself for storing the coverings. The cuff is formed at an opening in a garment, such as a glove, sleeve, neck or leg and included a panel along about one half of the circumference of the opening with the two adjacent edges of the panel secured to the cuff. The panel is switchable between a first open position allowing the head, hand or foot to pass through and a second closed position forming a covering around the appendage. The covering may take the form of a glove or mitten, a sock or shoe, or a ski mask or the like. A pocket for ready storage may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Inventors: Anne M. Buenos, Jane M. Buenos, Leroy M. Sylverst
  • Patent number: 5090057
    Abstract: A combined turnout pant and boot provide an effectively continuous moisture barrier. Each pant leg includes a moisture barrier liner and may include a first cuff. To fasten the boot to the liner, a second cuff, which may be attached to the top of the boot, is pulled up to the bottom of the moisture barrier liner and first and second corrugated connections are sealed together. The corrugated connections may be at one end of the second cuff and at the bottom of the first cuff; at the other end of the second cuff, with the second cuff being an extension of the liner and the first cuff, and at the top of the boot, or at both ends of the second cuff and at the first cuff and at the top of the boot. Excess material on the second cuff permits the second cuff to fold down, tending to fall over the boot with the liner extending down over the boot with it, thereby providing a substantially complete moisture barrier betwene the pant and the boots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: Lion Apparel, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Aldridge
  • Patent number: 5073988
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention, a sleeve-glove attachment assembly is provided for protective coveralls for use in protecting the wearer in a hazardous environment. The coveralls include torso, leg and sleeve portions with each sleeve having a forearm portion terminating at a wrist opening. The coveralls also include a glove with a cuff. The sleeve-glove attachment assembly includes an inner sleeve attached at an attachment location on the interior of the forearm of the sleeve which extends toward and terminates adjacent the wrist opening. Complementary hook and loop fastening tapes on the outside of the inner sleeve and the inside of the cuff serve to attach the glove to the inner sleeve. A slit-like opening in the sleeve of the coveralls extends into the sleeve from the wrist opening and terminates proximate the attachment location of the inner liner. A zipper is provided for closing the slit-like opening. A closable slit-like cuff opening is also provided in said cuff of said glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Milton A. Lewis, Jr., Jeffrey S. Mason, Carson B. Swinford, Timothy R. Wisemann, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5067179
    Abstract: A child's convertible pajama leg construction is provided which selectively serves either as a neat anklet hugging sleeve or as a sock-like enclosure for protecting the child's foot. The ankle sleeve is defined by two elongated panels joined along longitudinal seams and being circumferentially stretchable, with one panel having a manipulatable cuff formed thereon and arranged in one position to hug the sleeve and in another position to serve as a closure for the sock. Fastener elements for a hook-and-loop type of fastener assembly are positioned on the panels and the cuff in various locations to enable a preschool child to manipulate the panels and the cuff to expose the child's foot to the atmosphere or to confine the foot into the sock-like enclosure without the assistance of an older person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: The Wormser Company
    Inventor: Walter S. Wormser
  • Patent number: 5048126
    Abstract: Protective apparel for covering various portions of an individual such as the head, arms, and feet. The protective apparel is made of a heat sealable material which is heat sealed along predetermined surfaces and glued along other surfaces. An elastic material is secured in the material to secure the finished apparel to either the head, arms or feet of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Inventor: James G. McLaughlin