Title:
Adjustable apron with a center cut and leg straps
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An apron design for adjustability to provide means of increasing the protection and coverage of a user, while increasing the freedom of movement. The upper portion covers the upper body and is secured by a neck strap and the fastener. The right waist tie and the left waist tie may be tighten at the waist by the user. The lower portion of the apron is longer and wider providing means for the center cut to have proper placement. The lower portion becoming two sections of adjustable material, allows straps to be attached to each side of the center cut. The left strap and right strap are placed approximately 9½ inches from the bottom of the apron on one side of the center cut. A fastener placed on the opposite side of the center cut allowing the strap and the lower portion of the apron to be wrapped around the legs of the user. The apron wrapping around the legs gives stability and the needed protection, coverage and freedom of movement to the user. Thus a considerable more versatile apron is provided—that fits a wider range of uses, stays in place while standing, sitting or moving about giving more choices to a user while working.



Inventors:
Snodgrass, Elizabeth Jean Butterowe (Henderson, NV, US)
Application Number:
11/129271
Publication Date:
02/02/2006
Filing Date:
10/13/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A41B13/10
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Primary Examiner:
VANATTA, AMY B
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Elizabeth J. Butterowe (102 Mango Ct., Henderson, NV, 89015, US)
Claims:
1. A adjustable apron with a center cut and leg straps comprising of a large section of material of sufficient size to accommodate the use by a human being for continuous coverage and protection of the body, and (b) a upper portion measuring approximately 10″ across made on a straight cut, and (c) a long piece of material approximately 24″ in length attaching continuous to the top upper portion of said apron means for a neck strap, and (c) two sections of material of a predetermined size having means for straps attaching to opposite sides of said apron at the waist line thereby fastening around the user for support, and (d) a pocket at least one on a predetermined section of said apron approximately 7″ long by 6″ wide, and a lower portion of said material such that it covers a humans lower body, thereby giving means for a cut to be placed in the center of said portion approximately 14″ up from the bottom of said material a device for having two sections of adjustable material each having a strap attached to one side of the center cut may be invert, and (g) a fastener on the opposite side of the said cut thereby attaching individually around each leg of a user, whereby the cut in the center of the lower portion of said apron gives adjustably and stability to said apron the user having more freedom of movement with more protection and coverage, respectively the leg straps attaching around the legs gives continuous support to said apron, thereby keeping the user covered while working, and having freedom of movement

2. An adjustable apron with a center cut and leg straps (a) a sufficient section of material to cover a human body from the upper chest portion to below the knees, and (b) the upper portion having a strap of predetermined size to attached at the top of said portion for means of having a neck strap, and (c) two straps approximately 30″ in length for means of attaching to the waist line area on each side of said apron thereby attaching around the waist of the user, and (d) a predetermined cut in the center of said apron giving means for two sections of adjustable material of the lower portion, and includes placing at least one strap on each section of said material having a device for allowing each section to wrap around the leg, and (f) means for attaching to the opposite side which includes a type of fastener, whereby said apron having a center cut and leg straps provides unequivocal support to the apron for freedom of movement while protecting the user.

Description:

BACKGROUND

This invention relates to Aprons. Specifically to aprons having the means that allow the users to adjust the amount of protection and coverage the apron provides.

Aprons can deny their users much needed protection and coverage when it fails to meet and cover all areas of the body, to suit the existing conditions, and the matter of providing the user with adequate freedom of movement. These two aspects of the apron don't always work together.

The aprons of today are not adequately adjustable or suitable to meet the demand of providing protection and coverage for the increasing active lifestyle of the user, the more movement required by the user, the less protection and coverage the apron provides.

Stability of the apron to protect and cover the body to fit a wider range of uses has long been sought by manufactures. Most Aprons provide comfort and coverage while standing, but in a narrow range while sitting and with any leg movement. The Apron falls to one side or to the middle through the legs leaving the legs unprotected.

The short Apron made to cover the top portion of the body gives little or no coverage below the waist. The long apron gives Coverage to the upper and lower portion of the body in a narrow range of uses, however the freedom of movement to the user can be limited. The Apron consists of one piece of non-adjustable material.

Therefore, the user has very little control over the amount of coverage the lower portion of the Apron provides when there is movement of the legs. In order to have means of effectively adjusting the suitability of the Apron to fit a wider Range of uses, it must be designed to prevent the possible movement of the lower portion of the apron that would leave the user exposed with out protection. This is important when the user is in any way moving that may dislodge the covered portion of the body.

The method used to optimize the suitability of the apron is to make a center cut in the lower portion of the apron, making two sections of adjustable material, placing straps on both portions on the inside of the center cut allowing the apron to be wrap around the leg and fasten to the outer side of the apron.

The design with the cut in the center of the lower portion, making two pieces of adjustable material for the lower portion, that allows the coverage that is required to protect the user in a wide range of tasks. The center cut is what makes the adjustability of the apron allowing straps to be placed on each side of the cut 9½ inches from the bottom and allowing the lower portion to be wrapped around each leg. The apron wrapping around the legs fixes the problem of suitability and gives the needed Protection and coverage the user requires for a wider ranger of uses.

Coverage with this much stability has not been available in the apron that gives the user this much comfort and freedom of movement.

The method used to optimize the freedom of movement to the user as shown in FIG. 1; the center cut, the apron needs to be wider at the bottom to make this possible. The straps fasten around the legs from the center.

This protects the user in a wider ranger of uses it also gives the user the ability to move around freely, when they must protect and keep their clothing clean, dry and still do activities required.

In conclusion, insofar as I am aware, no Apron previously developed has provides this amount of adjustability to a user, without movement of the apron, that gives the user freedom to move while providing the most coverage possible.

SUMMARY

The invention, the adjustable apron has a cut in the center of the lower portion making it two pieces of adjustable material, from where the cut is made 13½ inches from the bottom of the apron. This allows straps to be added to the inside of each piece of the cut in the apron 9½ inches from the bottom of the apron. A snap added to the outside of each portion 10 inches from the bottom secures the strap.

This allows the user to fasten the apron around the legs. The apron is wider at the bottom and flairs out on each side. The added width of the apron made the center cut possible. The new design of the apron allows more protection with much more freedom of movement to a wider range of users, with more adjustable coverage.

The size of the improved apron dictates where the center cut and straps are placed. The apron is made in all sizes from babies to adults. The cut is measure 3″ from the bottom of the pocket to the bottom of the apron, where the leg straps are to be placed.

The adjustable apron made with waterproof material or non-waterproof material, the material used will determine the best use for the apron. The fasteners may be snaps, Velcro, ties, buttons or any other material that is used to secure or fasten together the apron with the leg straps around the legs.

Accordingly several advantages of the invention are to provide an improved apron, to provide means of increasing the protection and coverage of the user, while in creasing the freedom movement during use providing a more user-friendly and a time saving apron, still further advantages will become apparent from a study of the following description and accompanying drawings.

The invention, the adjustable apron now has two designs, the first as explained in the Prior pages of this P.A. The second design consists of the lower portion cut the same as the lower portion of the first design of the chap. The top part of the apron cuts down to the waist, this now becomes the top of the apron just above the waist.

Leaving a half apron with the cut in the center and the leg straps that makes it possible to fasten the apron around the legs, as stated in the first part of this PA.

The advantages of the invention of the adjustable half apron are to provide an improved apron, to provide means of increasing the freedom of movement during use, for the user that does not want the full apron. Providing a more user-friendly and a time saving apron.

Still further advantages will become apparent from a study of the following description and accompanying drawings.

REFERANCE NUMBERS

1. UPPER PORTION OF THE CHAP

2. THE LOWER PORTION OF THE CHAP

3. THE POCKET

4. THE STRAP ON THE TOP OF THE CHAP

5. THE SNAP ON THE TOP OF THE CHAP

6. THE RIGHT TIE ON WAIST

7. THE LEFT TIE ON WAIST

8. THE CENTER CUT OF THE CHAP

9. THE STRAP ON THE INSIDE LEFT OF THE CENTER CUT.

10. THE STRAP ON THE INSIDE RIGHT OF THE CENTER CUT.

11. THE FASTENER ON THE OUTSIDE LEFT OF THE APRON.

12. THE FASTENER ON THE OUTSIDE RIGHT OF THE APRON.

13. THE WIDTH OF THE BOTTOM OF THE APRON

14. THE POINT OF FLAIR ON THE RIGHT SIDE BOTTOM OF THE APRON

15. THE POINT OF FLAIR ON THE LEFT SIDE BOTTOM OF THE APRON

#1. The upper portion of the apron measures 10 inches across, with a straight cut.

#2. The lower portion of the apron measures from 27 inches to 35 inches at its widest point. The cut gets wider at every ½ inch as you near the bottom of the apron, until the 35 inch width at bottom.

#3. The pocket at center of the apron measures 7 inches×14 inches with the seam in the center of the pocket. 3½ inches from top of center cut, for larger size 4 to 4½ inches above center cut.

#4. The strap on top of the apron measures 24½ inches long and attaches to the left side from the backside.

#5. The snap on the top of the apron attaches on the right corner from the back.

#6. The right waist tie attaches to the outside point 11¼ inches from the top of the apron.

#7. The left waist tie attaches to the outside point 11¼ inches from the top of the apron.

#8. The center cut of the apron is made 13½ inches long up from the bottom of the apron 17½ inches wide from the outside to the center of the apron.

#9. The strap on the left inside of the center cut attaches 9½ inches from the bottom of the cut.

# 10. The strap on the right inside of the center cut attaches 9½ inches from the bottom of the cut.

# 11. the snap on the left outside of the center cut attaches 10 inches from the bottom outside of the apron.

#12. the snap on the right outside of the center cut attaches 10 inches from the bottom outside of the apron.

#13. the width of the bottom of the apron measures 35 inches wide.

#14. the apron at the bottom right side has a flair to give more coverage to the side of the leg when needed.

#15. the apron at the bottom left side has a flair to give more coverage to the side of the leg when needed.

REFERANCE NUMBERS

1) THE POCKET

2) THE LOWER PORTION OF THE CHAP

3) THE TIE ON THE TOP RIGHT SIDE OF THE CHAP

4) THE TIE ON THE TOP LEFT SIDE OF THE CHAP

5) THE CENTER CUT OF THE CHAP

6) THE STRAP ON THE INSIDE LEFT OF THE CENTER CUT

7) THE STRAP ON THE INSIDE RIGHT OF THE CENTER CUT

8) THE SNAP ON THE OUTSIDE LEFT OF THE CENTER CUT

9) THE SNAP ON THE OUTSIDE RIGHT OF THE CENTER CUT

10) THE WIDTH OF THE BOTTOM OF THE CHAP

11) THE POINT OF FLAIR ON THE RIGHTSIDE BOTTOM

12) THE POINT OF FLAIR ON THE LEFT SIDE BOTTOM

FIG. 1 is a front view of the apron in accordance with the invention, Showing a full view with the reference numbers and all corresponding parts of the apron.

FIG. 2 is a front view of the apron in accordance with the invention, showing a full view of #8 the cut in the center of the #2 lower portion of the apron that makes it possible to fasten around the legs of the user.

FIG. 3 is a view of the apron in accordance with the invention, showing the way the apron is wider as it gets longer, #13 the widest point is across the bottom 35 inches with flair #14 & #15 on each side depending on the size of the user.

FIG. 4 is a view of the apron in accordance with the invention, showing the straps attached to the center cut, #9 & #10 used to fasten the bottom of the apron to the users legs, by snapping on the outside of the apron #11 & #12. The straps are 6 to 10 inches long depending on the size of the user.

FIG. 5 is a view of the apron in accordance with the invention, showing the top of the apron #1 it has a strap #4 with three snaps. On the top right side, there is one snap #5 to secure the strap.

FIG. 6 is a view of the apron in accordance with the invention, two ties on the waist, #6 & #7 one on each side to wrap the apron around the user. They are 26 to 30 inches long depending on the size of the user.

FIG. 7 is a view of the apron in accordance with the invention, showing #3 the pocket in the center of the apron. There are two sides to the pocket with the seam at the center.

FIG. 8 is an actual picture of the apron in accordance with the invention, showing how it covers the user and the complete coverage it provides from the top of the apron to below the knees.

FIG. 9 is a view of the apron in accordance with the invention, showing A front view of the Half Apron with references numbers and all Corresponding parts of the Half Apron.