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Title:
BLOUSE CONSTRUCTION
United States Patent 3638239
Abstract:
Two squares of material are sewn together along a pair of shoulder seam lines and a pair of side seam lines intermediate the ends of the edges of the material. Pairs of dome fasteners or the like may then be engaged inwardly to form a draped sleeveless blouse.


Application Number:
05/033495
Publication Date:
02/01/1972
Filing Date:
04/30/1970
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A41D1/18; (IPC1-7): A41D1/22
Field of Search:
2/49,69,75,82,88,89,91,92,105,106,114
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US Patent References:
2694811JacketNovember 1954Von Eckermann
Primary Examiner:
Scanlan Jr., Richard J.
Claims:
I claim

1. An article for forming a blouse comprising in combination a pair of rectangular portions of material placed in overlapping interfacial relationship, shoulder seam lines joining said two portions together intermediate the ends of two adjacent side edges, side seam lines also joining said two portions together intermediate the ends of the other two adjacent side edges, and mating fastening means on said portions situated adjacent each end of the two shoulder seam lines on both portions of material.

2. The article according to claim 1 in which said seam lines are formed inboard of the edges of the material.

3. An article for forming a blouse comprising in combination a pair of rectangular panels of material placed in overlapping interfacial relationship with one corner of the rectangle forming the top, shoulder seam lines joining the two panels together intermediate the ends of the side edges extending from said one corner, side seam lines also joining the two panels together intermediate the ends of the other two side edges and mating fastening means adjacent each end of the two shoulder seam lines on both panels of material.

4. The article according to claim 3 in which said seam lines are formed inboard of the edges of the material.

5. The article according to claim 3 in which the lowermost of said fastening means are secured to the uppermost of said fastening means internally and upon each side, said one corner of each rectangle of material dropping inwardly and downwardly to form a neckline at the fold of material formed by said dropping of said one corner and extending between the upper ends of said shoulder seam lines.

6. The article according to claim 4 in which the lowermost of said fastening means are secured to the uppermost of said fastening means internally and upon each side, said one corner of each rectangle of material dropping inwardly and downwardly to form a neckline at the fold of material formed by said dropping of said one corner and extending between the upper ends of said shoulder seam lines.

Description:
This invention relates to new and useful improvements in blouse construction, and discloses a very simple method of manufacturing a blouse of any material.

Conventionally, blouses consist of a front portion, two back portions seamed together, neck facings and sleeves all of which have to be assembled together with darts and other garment shaping devices.

The present construction consists merely of two squares of material, two double sets of snap fasteners or the like, and four relatively short seams.

The result is a draped neck and shoulder line. Furthermore, it is easy to adjust the size merely by positioning the seams and dome fasteners on larger or smaller squares of material.

Although the design is for a separate blouse, nevertheless it is simple to attach a skirt to the lower edge thereof in the usual manner.

The principal object and essence of the invention is therefore to provide an arrangement of the character herewithin described in which a blouse can be manufactured readily and easily from two squares of material.

Another object of the invention is to provide an arrangement of the character herewithin described which is simple in construction, economical in manufacture, and otherwise well suited to the purpose for which it is designed.

With the foregoing in view, and such other or further purposes, advantages or novel features as may become apparent from consideration of this disclosure and specification, the present invention consists of, and is hereby claimed to reside in, the inventive concept which is comprised, embodied, embraced, or included in the method, process, construction, composition, arrangement or combination of parts, or new use of any of the foregoing, of which concept, one or more specific embodiments of same are herein exemplified as illustrative only of such concept, reference being had to the accompanying Figures in which:

FIG. 1 is a front elevation of the blouse showing the two squares sewn together.

FIG. 2 is a view similar to FIG. 1 but turned inside out and ready for use.

FIG. 3 is a view similar to FIG. 2 but showing the fold lines and fastening schematically.

FIG. 4 shows a view of the blouse being worn.

In the drawings like characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in the different figures.

Proceeding therefore to describe the invention in detail, reference should first be made to FIG. 1 in which a square of material 10 is superimposed over a similar square of material 11 (see FIG. 2) with the two squares 10 and 11 being attached together along a pair of relatively short shoulder seam lines 12, 12A and along a pair of slightly longer side seam lines 13, 13A, all seam lines being inboard of the side edges 14, 15, 16 and 17 respectively as clearly shown. Preferably, all edges of the two squares should be turned in as shown in FIG. 2.

Each square of material is provided with two pairs of mating dome fasteners 18, 18A, and 19, 19A, it being understood that 18, 18A will secure together and 19, and 19A also as will after be described. It will also be appreciated that any conventional forms of fasteners can be used if desired and in the attached claims I refer to these as mating fastening devices.

Once the seam lines and the dome fasteners have been finished, the two squares of material are turned inside out to present the configuration shown in FIG. 2.

In order to form the blouse, the upper apical corners 20 of the two squares are dropped inwardly thus creating a fold line 21 extending between the upper ends 22 of the shoulder seam lines 12 and 12A. These dropped portions are shown in phantom in FIG. 3.

The side apical portions 23 are folded inwardly to form side fold lines 24 shown in FIG. 3 and the position of these apical portions is shown in phantom also in FIG. 3.

When in this position, the mating pairs of dome fasteners of each square may be engaged together, fastener 18 engaging with 18A and fastener 19 engaging with 19A also as shown in phantom in FIG. 3.

In this position, the side seam lines 13, 13A take up the position shown in FIG. 3 but when the garment is placed in position as shown in FIG. 4, the side seam lines follow the contour of the sides of the body and the front seam or fold line 21 becomes the draped neckline with the remainder of the material draping as shown.

As hereinbefore described, a simple skirt may be attached around the lower edges 25 of the blouse if desired.

Although the drawings and the description refer to the shoulder seams being shorter than the side seams, it will be appreciated that the length of these seams can be varied to suit the construction and style of the garment.

The blouse can be made with the shoulder seam and the side seam the same length or with the shoulder seam and side seam so narrow, they are nothing more than a bar tack or any combination of these variations. The fastening arrangement also could be changed to two, three or even four snap fasteners if desired.

Various modifications can be made within the scope of the inventive concept which is herein disclosed and/or claimed.