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1. A ready to wear sari gown, comprising a length of sari material and an underwear base, said length of sari material including a first attached end and a second free end, an upper border along said length of sari material extending from said first end to said second end, said under wear base including an encircling waist portion, a skirt portion integral with said waist portion, said length of sari material including a pre-formed section extending from said first end once around the periphery of said under wear base, said pre-formed section being secured along a portion of said upper border to said waist portion of said under garment, said pre-formed section including an intermediate pleated section, pleats therein secured to said waist portion along a front segment thereof, said length of sari material including a free draping section extending from said intermediate pleated section to said second free end for draping around the body of a wearer to complete a sari, and a blouse secured to said under slip and said pre-formed section of sari material secured thereto.
2. A ready to wear sari gown as set forth in claim 1, wherein said under wear base is an under slip having an encircling waist.
3. A ready to wear sari gown as set forth in claim 1, wherein said pre-formed section is secured to said waist portion by being sewn thereto along the upper border of said length of sari material extending from said first end once around the periphery of said waist portion, and wherein said intermediate pleated section and pleats therein are likewise sewn to said front segment of said waist portion.
4. A ready to wear sari gown as set forth in claim 1, wherein said pleated section includes at least six pleats and no more than eight pleats.
5. A method of making a ready to wear sari gown, comprising the steps of selecting a length of sari material of appropriate size, selecting an appropriate under wear base having an encircling waist, attaching a beginning section of a longitudinal border of said sari material around said waist, pleating an adjoining intermediate section along said border leaving a free draping section of said sari material, attaching said pleats to the waist of said under wear base, selecting a blouse, and securing said blouse to said slip.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates to the field of outer garments formed by wrapping and draping a length of material over or around the body which have been integrally combined with and secured to a ready made undergarment or base garment.
The state of the art is exemplified by such garments as the one piece dress in U.S. Pat. No. 3,736,596, formed by draping and wrapping a single piece of material, the protective gown in U.S. Pat. No. 3,218,649, the garment incorporating an apron as well as a towel in U.S. Pat. No. 2,879,514, the combination outer garment in U.S. Pat. No. 2,439,128, the outer garment combination with a dress coat detachable from a dress in U.S.Pat. No. U.S. Pat. 2,303,536, and the combination dress and detachable apron in U.S. Pat. No. 1,932,940. These articles of clothing are illustrative but do not disclose the feature of a garment such as a sari normally put on by wrapping, pleating, or draping which has been pre-wrapped, pleated or draped and so fastened to a ready made undergarment to provide a ready to wear sari or other clothing of that type.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The sari gowns of India have become well known and popular throughout the entire world during recent years as a distinctive item of dress. They consist essentially of a length of fabric approximately 45 inches wide and about 6 yards long which the wearer wraps around her waist, pleats and drapes around the upper part of her body and over one shoulder. The invention herein provides a ready made sari by pre-wrapping, pleating, and sewing a length of sari material around a ready made under slip, or slip and blouse combination, which a wearer can merely slip over her head or step into as with other ready made garments. While being worn, a ready made sari gown in accordance with this invention looks exactly like any other sari as far as external appearance is concerned. Since the sari material in this invention is sewn or otherwise securely fastened to a ready made undergarment, the sari cannot become unwrapped accidentally as for example in a fall as otherwise happens.
It is an object of this invention to provide an outer garment of the type which is formed by wrapping and draping about the wearer combined with and secured to a ready made under garment.
It is an object of this invention to provide a garment of the type normally wrapped about the wearer which cannot become accidentally unwrapped.
It is an object of this invention to provide a ready to wear sari gown, pre-wrapped, pleated and secured in place over a ready made undergarment.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a front elevation view of a woman wearing an under slip and blouse showing the original point of attachment of a length of sari material to the waist section of the slip.
FIG. 2 is a back elevation view of the woman in FIG. 1 showing the sari material brought once from the front around her left side, her back and with the remaining portion of sari material in front draped over her left arm.
FIG. 3 is a front elevation view of the woman in FIG. 2 after the sari material has been wrapped around her body once and brought to the front, illustrating an intermediate pleated section to be attached in front to the waist of the under slip.
FIG. 4 is a back elevation view of the woman in FIG. 3 showing the sari material after it has been brought a second time around her left side and back, and with the remaining portion of sari material draped over her left shoulder.
FIG. 5 is a front elevation view of FIG. 4.
FIG. 6 is an elevation view of the woman in FIGS. 4 and 5 from the left front.
FIG. 7 is a front elevation view of a woman wearing a ready made sari gown in accordance with this invention illustrating an alternate method of wrapping and draping the free end of material, namely around her bosom in front and then over her right shoulder from the back.
FIG. 8 is a front elevation view showing another alternate method of wrapping and draping the free end of sari material in a ready made gown according to this invention. namely draping over the right shoulder from behind bringing enough material forward to flare and cover the bosom and front down to slightly below the waist, with pins fastening at the waist and right shoulder to the under slip and blouse respectively.
FIG. 9 is a front elevation of still another alternate method of wrapping and draping the free end of sari material, namely bringing the material around the back from left to right above waist level and then flaring the material out from the waist at the right up over the left shoulder.
DISCLOSURE OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
A ready made under slip 1 is provided on which to wrap, pleat, and attach the length of sari material 2. Such length of material is approximately 45 inches wide and 6 yards long although there may be variations depending on the size of the wearer and the amount of free end material for draping that is desired.
The length of sari material 2 is sewn to and around the waist 3 of the under slip 1 starting from a point 4 at the right front and going around to the left until the point of beginning.
A measurement is then taken from the free end 5 of the length of sari material inwardly a distance of approximately six feet, such portion being designated as draping panel 6. The intermediate section 7 is then folded into pleats 8. There should normally be six to eight pleats, and each pleat 8 should be approximately 6 inches double length of about 1 foot of material for each pleat. Thus six pleats will take up about 6 feet of material and eight pleats about 8 feet of material. The more of the material that is pleated in intermediate section 7, the shorter will be the draping panel 6 at the free end of the length of sari material 2.
The pleats 8 provide gracefully falling folds 9 from the waist to the lower border 10 around the front skirt portion 11 of the sari gown.
The pleats may vary from 4 to 8 inches in width, with 6 inch pleats being preferable. If shorter than 4 inches, the pleats will tend to bunch at the waist. If wider, than 8 inches, the folds 9 will not be as graceful. After the intermediate section 7 has been folded into pleats 8 as described, the pleats are then secured to the front of waist 3.
A blouse 12 is sewn to the under slip 1. An opening 14 is provided down the center of the back of blouse 12 and partially down under slip 1 and sari material 2 a short distance below the waist to enable a wearer to slip the ready to wear sari gown on and off. A fastening device of any well known construction such as a zipper 15 is provided to close the opening 14 after the sari gown has been put on.
All that remains to be done after the ready made sari gown is put on and the fastener closed in the back is to arrange the draping panel 6 in one of the following alternate ways:
1. Free end 5 of draping panel 6 is brought around the body from right to left starting in the front from pleats 8 which have been secured to waist 3, continuing around the back, brought to the front with upper border 16 of draping panel 6 at about waist level, and then diagonally across the front and over the left shoulder with upper border 16 rising from below the right arm pit and crossing over the left shoulder with lower border 10 spaced apart and rising in the same diagonal direction to be draped over the left arm. FIG. 6 illustrates this arrangement. The length of draping panel 6 required is about 6 feet.
2. In the next arrangement, free end 5 is taken around the back to front from front right to left as in (1), but instead of taking panel 6 over the left shoulder in front it is taken laterally across the bosom with upper border 16 extending from under the right arm pit straight across above the bosom and under the left arm pit, around the back again and then over the right shoulder from back to front, with free end 5 draped in front from the right shoulder. FIG. 7 illustrates this arrangement.
3. Another alternate is to take free end 5 around the body from front right to left, allowing panel 6 to drape loosely in back from below the waist on the left side and diagonally across the back upward over the right shoulder, then in the front flaring panel 6 outwardly toward free end 5, upper border 16 extending diagonally from the right shoulder to the left waist with free end 5 extending to slightly below the waist. Panel 6 may be pinned to the blouse 12 underneath at the right shoulder and pinned again at the left side of the waist. FIG. 8 illustrates this arrangement.
4. A modification of alternate (1) is illustrated in FIG. 9. Upper border 16 is taken around from back to front higher than waist level, lower border 10 comes from back to front at about waist level on the right side, and draping panel 6 is then flared across the front with upper border 16 extending diagonally from under the right arm pit to over the left shoulder and lower border 10 extending diagonally in a diverging direction from waist level on the right side in front downward to the fingertips of the wearer on the left side.
The foregoing illustrate the basic ways to arrange draping panel 6 of a sari gown, whether ready made in accordance with this invention of using an un-made length of sari material. Other modifications and arrangements are possible according to the preferences of the wearer.
The under slip 1 and blouse 12 are preferably of opaque material including satin, cotton, tafetta and the like, while the sari material 2 may be of light weight transparent material including silk, nylon, chiffon, voile, rayon and similar fabrics They may be plain, bordered, or of imaginative design.
The under slip 1 may be separated from blouse 12 with sari material wrapped, pleated, sewn and otherwise secured around material 2 wrapped, pleated sewn and otherwise secured around the waist of a separate under slip 1 in the same manner as described above. The under slip should extend to ankle length.
The foregoing description has referred to wrapping and draping of the sari material in the direction of rotation from front right to left but it can be done oppositely from the front left to right direction of rotation.
The particular form of the invention described herein and illustrated in the accompanying drawings are preferred embodiments, and various changes in the size, shape, materials and arrangement of parts may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention or the scope of the attached claims.