Title:
FASHION DOLL AND CLOTHING
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A fashion doll with changeable clothing. The fashion doll has a body with a head, left and right arms, and left and right legs attached to the body. The fashion doll is provided with several pieces of fabric for quick and easy changes of clothing. Each piece of fabric has a size and shape other than a conventional garment for wrapping around the body to form an article of clothing or accessory. A first fastener is used to adhere the piece of fabric to the body. A second fastener is used to adhere the piece of clothing to itself. The first and second fasteners are easy to apply and remove and are not visible upon securing the article of clothing to the fashion doll.



Inventors:
Tetrault, Stephane (Quebec, CA)
Grenon, Isabelle (Quebec, CA)
Application Number:
12/499422
Publication Date:
01/13/2011
Filing Date:
07/08/2009
Assignee:
9135-3904 Quebec Inc., dba Imports Dragon (Quebec, CA)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63H3/08
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Primary Examiner:
STANCZAK, MATTHEW BRIAN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (Daly City, CA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A fashion doll with changeable clothing, comprising: a body having a head, left and right arms, and left and right legs attached to the body; a first piece of fabric for wrapping around the body to form a garment at least partially covering the body, the first piece of fabric having an inner surface and an exterior surface; and at least one fastener for removably adhering the first piece of fabric to the body and maintain the shape of the garment.

2. The fashion doll as recited in claim 1, wherein the first piece of fabric does not have a shape of a conventional garment.

3. The fashion doll as recited in claim 1, wherein the at least one fastener includes a first fastener to removably adhere the first piece of fabric to the body and a second fastener to removably adhere the first piece of fabric to itself.

4. The fashion doll as recited in claim 1, wherein the first piece of fabric is manufactured from one of the following materials: cotton, wool, plastic, polyester, and rubber.

5. The fashion doll as recited in claim 1, further comprising a second piece of fabric for wrapping around the body, the second piece of fabric having an inner surface and an exterior surface

6. The fashion doll as recited in claim 5, wherein the second piece of fabric is wrapped around the body and overlaps at least a portion of the first piece of fabric.

7. The fashion doll as recited in claim 6, wherein the inner surface of the second piece of fabric is removably adhered to the exterior surface of the first piece of fabric using a first fastener and the second piece of fabric is removably adhered to itself using a second fastener.

8. The fashion doll as recited in claim 5, wherein the first piece of fabric and the second piece of fabric have at least one the following differ: shape, size, color or pattern.

9. The fashion doll as recited in claim 1, further comprising a third piece of fabric for wrapping around the body to create an accessory.

10. The fashion doll as recited in claim 9, wherein the third piece of fabric may be secured to the fashion doll using a single fastener.

11. A fashion doll, comprising: a body having a head, two arms, and two legs attached to the body; a piece of fabric having a shape and size other than a conventional garment to wrap around the body and form an article of clothing; a first fastener, having a first adhesive surface and a second adhesive surface, for securing the piece of fabric to the body, wherein the first adhesive surface of the first fastener adheres to the body and the second adhesive surface of the first fastener adheres to an inner surface of the piece of fabric; and a second fastener, having a first adhesive surface and a second adhesive surface, for securing the fabric to itself, wherein the first adhesive surface of the second fastener adheres to an exterior surface of the piece of fabric and the second adhesive surface of the second fastener adheres to the interior surface of the fabric.

12. The fashion doll as recited in claim 11, wherein the first and second fasteners are not visible when the piece of fabric is secured to the fashion doll.

13. The fashion doll as recited in claim 11, wherein the first and second fasteners are double-sided adhesive tape.

14. The fashion doll as recited in claim 11, wherein the piece of fabric wraps around a portion of the body of the fashion doll.

15. A method for securing an article of clothing to a fashion doll, comprising: providing a first piece of fabric having a size and shape other than a conventional garment for wrapping around a body of the fashion doll, the piece of fabric having an inner surface and an exterior surface; aligning a section of the first piece of fabric with a rear surface of the body; securing the first piece of fabric to the body using a first fastener, wherein the first fastener adheres the inner surface of the first piece of fabric to the rear surface of the body; wrapping the first piece of fabric around the body to create a garment, wherein a portion of the first piece of fabric overlaps itself; and securing the inner surface of the first piece of fabric to the exterior surface of the first piece of fabric using a second fastener to hold the garment in place.

16. The method as recited in claim 15, wherein the second fastener is located between the inner surface of the first piece of fabric and the exterior surface of the piece of fabric where the first piece of fabric overlaps itself.

17. The method as recited in claim 15, wherein the second fastener is not in direct contact with the fashion doll.

18. The method as recited in claim 15, wherein the first and second fasteners are not visible upon securing the first piece of fabric to the fashion doll.

19. The method as recited in claim 15, further comprising: providing a second piece of fabric having a size and shape other than a conventional article of clothing for wrapping around a portion of the fashion doll, the second piece of fabric having an inner surface and an exterior surface; aligning a first side of the second piece of fabric with the rear surface of the body; securing the inner surface of the second piece of fabric to the exterior surface of the first piece of fabric using a third fastener; wrapping the second piece of fabric around at least a portion of the body such that a portion of the second piece of fabric overlaps itself; and securing the inner surface of the second piece of fabric to the exterior surface of the second piece of fabric using a fourth fastener.

20. The method as recited in claim 19, wherein the third and fourth fasteners are not visible after securing the second piece of fabric to the fashion doll.

Description:

BACKGROUND

Fashion dolls have interchangeable clothing so that an individual may dress up the fashion doll for formal events, casual events, etc. Many doll clothes are created from fabric to look and feel like the clothing women wear today. While the clothing may look somewhat realistic, significant labor or resources are required to make them (e.g., small pieces must be cut and sewn). Additionally, fabricated clothing is not reconfigurable into other clothing types or styles. The clothing is normally fixed in size and shape and, thus, can only be used for generally one size of doll. Still further, the clothing either must hang on a three-dimensional doll or have additional components to allow closure or securing to the doll (e.g., Velcro, snap buttons, etc.). This can add cost and bulk to the clothing.

To save costs, many doll clothing manufacturers provide doll clothes that only cover the front of the fashion doll, leaving the rear torso of the fashion doll exposed. This does not provide a realistic look and feel of the clothing for the fashion doll.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 depicts a front elevation view of an embodiment of a fashion doll.

FIG. 2 depicts a rear elevation view of an embodiment of the fashion doll shown in FIG. 1.

FIGS. 3A-3C depict exemplary pieces of fabric which may be adapted to be fitted on the fashion doll shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 4 depicts exemplary steps for creating a dress from at least one piece of fabric and securing the dress to the fashion doll shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 5 depicts a front elevation view of the fashion doll shown in FIG. 1 wearing a dress and a scarf.

FIG. 6 depicts a rear elevation view of the fashion doll shown in FIG. 1 wearing a top and a bottom.

FIG. 7 depicts a front elevation view of the fashion doll shown in FIG. 1 wearing a dress with a belt and a cape.

FIG. 8. depicts a rear elevation view of the fashion doll shown in FIG. 1 wearing another embodiment of a dress.

FIGS. 9A-9D depict front and rear elevation views of a fashion doll wearing jewelry.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

FIG. 1 illustrates a fashion doll 10. The fashion doll 10 includes a torso 12 (also referred to as a “body”), with a head 14, left and right arms 16, 18, and left and right legs 20, 22 attached to the torso 12. The torso 12 has a front surface 24 and a rear surface 26 (see FIG. 2). FIG. 2 also illustrates that the rear surface 26 of the body 12 is a solid, continuous surface (e.g., no holes, slits, etc. in the rear surface 26). The left and right arms 16, 18 are movable with respect to the torso 12. The left and right legs 20, 22 are also movable with respect to the torso 12. In some embodiments, the left and right arms 16, 18 are bendable at the elbow 17 and the left and right legs 20, 22 are bendable at the knee 21. The fashion doll 10 shown in FIG. 1 is exemplary only, and is not intended to limit the scope of the technology described herein. The fashion doll 10 may have other shapes, sizes, hair styles, and features, and may be a male or female fashion doll of any age. For example, it is within the scope of the technology for the fashion doll 10 to also have movable elbow and knee joints to provide a more life-like appearance. The fashion doll 10 may also be manufactured from any number of materials such as, but not limited to, plastic, cloth, and the like.

Pieces of fabric are used to form articles of clothing (also referred to as “garments”) and accessories for the fashion doll 10. Using fabric to create articles of clothing and accessories to dress the fashion doll 10 provides for an almost unlimited number of fashion designs. Fabric is available with a large number of different patterns and colors (or combination of patterns and colors). Fabric may also be manufactured from various types of materials including, but not limited to, cotton, wool, plastic, polyester, paper, and the like.

FIGS. 3A-3C illustrate exemplary pieces of fabric that may be used to create an article of clothing or an accessory to dress the fashion doll 10. Unlike conventional fashion doll clothes that are manufactured to look like real clothes (e.g., prefabricated dress with two arm holes and a zipper in the back to secure the dress to the doll), the fabric shown in FIGS. 3A-3C is not cut in the shape of conventional clothing or garments. This way an individual dressing the fashion doll 10 is truly a fashion designer. The person chooses fabric based on the pattern and/or color of the fabric, and the style of the dress is left to their creativity and imagination. The shape and size of a piece of fabric may vary. While portions of the body 12 may be uncovered or exposed when the doll is dressed, it is preferable that a piece of fabric wraps completely around the body 12 of the fashion doll 10 to provide a life-like view of the dress from any angle the dressed is viewed from. As will be discussed in more detail later, fabric is secured to a fashion doll 10 in a manner such that the fabric may be quickly and easily removed from the fashion doll 10.

FIG. 3A illustrates a substantially rectangular piece of fabric 102 having a first side 104, a second side 106, a third side 108 and a fourth side 110. Each side of the fabric 102 is shown having a straight edge. It is within the scope of the technology for one or more sides of the fabric to have a non-linear edge. The fabric 102 has an inner surface 112 and an exterior surface (not shown) opposite the inner surface 112. The inner surface 112 of the fabric 102 is intended to face the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10 when the fabric 102 is secured to the fashion doll 10. The exterior surface is intended to face outward and be viewable when the fabric 102 is secured to the fashion doll 10. An individual dressing the fashion doll 10 may choose the side of fabric that faces outward when secured to the fashion doll 10. Thus, the inner surface 104 may face outward when the fabric 102 is secured to the fashion doll 10. The fabric 102 may be wrapped around the body 12 of the fashion doll 10 in various ways. By way of example only, the fabric 102 may be wrapped around doll in the orientation shown in FIG. 3A, may be rotated 90 degrees clockwise and then wrapped around the body 12 of the doll 10, rotated 45 degrees clockwise and then wrapped around the body 12 of the doll 10, folded in half lengthwise and the wrapped around the body 12, and so on.

FIG. 3A also illustrates exemplary locations to place the first fastener 190 and second fastener 192 for securing the fabric to the fashion doll's torso 12 and the fabric itself, respectively. The first fastener 190 and second fastener 192 shown in FIG. 3A in hidden lines are other possible locations for placing the fasteners 190, 192. These locations are exemplary only, and are not intended to limit the scope of the technology described herein. FIGS. 3B and 3C also illustrate exemplary locations for placing the fasteners 190, 192.

FIG. 3B illustrates another piece of fabric 120 that may be used to create an article of clothing to dress the fashion doll 10. The piece of fabric 120 has a substantially trapezoidal shape having a first side 122, a second side 124, a third side 126 and a fourth side 128. Each side of the fabric 120 is shown having a straight edge. It is within the scope of the technology for one or more sides of the fabric to have a non-linear edge. The fabric 120 has an inner surface 130 and an exterior surface (not shown) opposite the inner surface 122. The inner surface 130 of the fabric 120 is intended to face the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10 when the fabric is secured to the fashion doll 10. The exterior surface is intended to face outward and be viewable when the fabric 120 is secured to the fashion doll 10. The individual dressing the fashion doll 10 may choose the side of fabric that faces outward when secured to the fashion doll 10. Thus, the inner surface 130 may face outward when the fabric 120 is secured to the fashion doll 10. Similar to the fabric 102 shown in FIG. 3A, the fabric 120 shown in FIG. 3B may be wrapped around the fashion doll 10 in any manner (e.g., not limited to wrapping the fabric 120 around the doll in the configuration shown in FIG. 3B).

FIG. 3C illustrates another piece of fabric 150 that may be used to create an article of clothing to dress the fashion doll 10. The piece of fabric 150 has a substantially trapezoidal shape having a first side 152, a second side 154, a third side 156 and fourth side 158. FIG. 3C shows that the fourth side 158 has a curved edge. The fabric 150 has an inner surface 160 and an exterior surface (not shown) opposite the inner surface 160. The inner surface 160 of the fabric 150 is intended to face the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10 when the fabric is secured to the fashion doll 10. The exterior surface is intended to face outward and be viewable when the fabric 150 is secured to the fashion doll 10. The individual dressing the fashion doll 10 may choose the side of fabric that faces outward when secured to the fashion doll 10. Thus, the inner surface 160 may face outward when the fabric 150 is secured to the fashion doll 10. Similar to the fabric 102 shown in FIG. 3A, the fabric 150 shown in FIG. 3C may be wrapped around the fashion doll 10 in any manner (e.g., not limited to wrapping the fabric 120 around the doll in the configuration shown in FIG. 3B).

The pieces of fabric shown in FIGS. 3A-3C are exemplary only, and are not intended to limit the scope of the technology described herein. Fabric for use with the fashion doll 10 may be cut into other shapes and sizes.

A piece of fabric may be wrapped around the fashion doll's torso 12 to form, for example, a dress, a top, a bottom or an accessory. Several different styles of dresses may be created using the same piece of fabric simply by wrapping the fabric around the fashion doll's torso 12 in a different manner.

FIG. 5 illustrates one example of a dress formed using two different pieces of fabric. By way of example only, the dress is made using the fabric 102 and the fabric 120 shown in FIGS. 3A-3B. The fabric 102 is first wrapped around the torso 12, with an edge beneath the arms. As will be described in more detail later, the fabric 102 is secured to the doll's torso 12 using at least one fastener, and in some embodiments, two fasteners. Once the fabric 102 is secured to the torso 12, the length of the fabric 102 on the fashion doll 10 (e.g., distance between the first side 122 and the third side 126 once wrapped around the doll) may be any length. For example, the fabric 102, once wrapped around the fashion doll 10, may form a short dress (e.g., above the knee), a long dress (e.g., below the knee) or only a top.

To create the dress with a two-pattern design as shown in FIG. 5, the piece of fabric 120 is wrapped around the torso 12 in a manner the partially overlaps the fabric 102 already secured to the fashion doll 10. FIG. 5 illustrates one example whereby the fabric 120 is wrapped around the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10 slightly above the waist height. The fabric 120 may be wrapped around the torso 12 at any height. As will be described in more detail later, the fabric 120 is secured to the fabric 102 using two fasteners. Using the FIG. 5 example, the end result is a stylish two-pattern dress that extends slightly below the fashion doll's knees.

The articles of clothing that may be created from one or more pieces of fabric include, but are not limited to, dresses, tops, bottoms, and accessories such as neckwear, belts and scarfs. FIG. 5 also shows an exemplary scarf 170. In this example, the pattern of the scarf 170 (heart pattern) matches the pattern (heart pattern) of the lower portion of the dress 168. As will be described in more detail later, many accessories, such as the scarf 170 shown in FIG. 5, may be secured to the fashion doll 10 using a single fastener.

A fastener may comprise many different devices. In one embodiment, a fastener is a thin piece of material, of any shape, having two sides, both with a non-permanently adhesive surface. A fastener may be of any length. A fastener is able to be placed anywhere on a piece of fabric or an accessory and adhere the fabric to the doll or another portion of the fabric itself. The fastener is also a single piece of material; there is no male and female component that must fit together to hold the fabric in place. Thus, the fastener used herein is not limited in its application like currently used fasteners such as Velcro and buttons. With a Velcro fastener, the male and female portion of fastener must align with each other in order to adhere to each other. The same is true for buttons. The male and female parts of a button must align with each other so that the male portion of the button can snap into the female portion or fit through a hole in the fabric and secure the clothing to an object. The non-permanent adhesive surfaces of the fastener allow for easy application and removal of a fastener for quick and easy changes of clothing, as well as allowing repeated use of the fastener. An example of such type of fastener is double-sided adhesive tape. One type of double-sided adhesive tape is manufactured and distributed by 3M Corporation.

In other embodiments, a fastener is a pliable adhesive that can be formed into a variety of three-dimensional shapes (e.g., ball, log, etc.). Such a fastener may be pressed onto, for example, the inner surface of a piece of fabric to adhere the fastener to the piece of fabric. The location of the fastener may be similar to that of fastener 190 shown in FIG. 3A. One end of the piece of fabric may then be secured to the body by placing the fastener in contact with the body and pressing the piece of fabric against the body. By doing so, the piece of fabric will adhere to the body via the fastener. Similarly, the piece of fabric may be adhered to itself by adding a second fastener to the inner surface of the piece of fabric (see location of fastener 192 in FIG. 3A for example) and pressing the piece of fabric against itself. The entire piece of fabric is secured to the body of the fashion doll at this point.

FIG. 4 illustrates exemplary steps for securing fabric to the fashion doll 10. For the purpose of describing the technology only, the steps shown in FIG. 4 are described in reference to using fabric 102 and 120 to create the dress 168 shown in FIG. 5 and secure the dress to the fashion doll. At step 202, one side of the fabric 102 (any of the four sides 104-110) is aligned with the rear surface 26 of the fashion doll's torso 12. The alignment of a side of the fabric 102 does not have to be vertically oriented (e.g., parallel to a person's spine). The side of the fabric may be angled across the rear surface 126 of the torso 12. In order to give the dress 168 a fitted look, the fabric is preferably wrapped tightly around the torso 12 of the fashion doll. To pull the fabric 102 tightly around the torso 12, a first fastener 190 is preferably used to adhere the inner surface 112 of the fabric 102 to the torso 12 of the fashion doll.

At step 204, a first fastener 190 is placed along the first edge 106 of the inner surface 112 of the fabric 102. FIG. 3A illustrates exemplary placements of the first fastener 190. Because the first fastener 190 has two adhering sides, the fastener 190 adheres to the inner surface 112 of the fabric 102 when pressed against the fabric 102. The first end 106 of the fabric 102 is secured to the torso 12 of the fashion doll by pressing the fabric 102, with the fastener 190 adhered to the inner surface 112, against the torso 12. The fastener 190 is not required to be entirely within the four sides of the fabric 102. It is within the scope of the technology for a portion of the fastener 190 to partially hang over a side of the fabric 102 (see fastener in hidden lines in FIG. 3A).

At step 206, the fabric 102 is wrapped around the doll's torso 12. In some embodiments, the fabric 102 is wrapped around the torso 12 until the fabric partially overlaps itself. The top 182 shown in FIG. 6 provides an example of a piece of fabric wrapped around the doll's torso 12 until the fabric is overlapping itself. Using the example of wrapping fabric 102 around the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10, the fabric 102 is wrapped around the torso 12 of the fashion doll until the fourth side 110 overlaps the fabric 102 and also aligns with the rear surface 26 of the torso 12 (see top 182 in FIG. 6). The inner surface 112 of the fabric 102, at the fourth end 110, is in contact with the exterior surface of the fabric 102 when pressed against the fashion doll. It is within the scope of the technology described herein for the fabric to wrap around the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10 and not overlap itself. In the example of top 182 in FIG. 6, the top 182 would have an open back design, exposing a portion of the rear surface 26 of the torso 12.

At step 208, the fabric 102 is secured to itself using a second fastener. To adhere the fabric 120 to itself after being wrapped around the doll's torso, a second fastener 192 (see FIG. 3A) is adhered along the fourth side 110 of the fabric 102. Again, the fastener 192 may be positioned along the fourth side 110 of the fabric 102 in many ways. The fastener 192 may be located completely within the four sides of the fabric or partially extend beyond the fourth side 110 of the fabric 102. The fastener 192 shown in hidden lines in FIG. 3A is one alternative placement of the fastener 192 along the fourth side 110 of the fabric 120. Pressing the fabric 102 against the fashion doll 110 after placing the fastener 192 on the inner surface of the fabric along the fourth side 110, the second fastener 192 adheres to the exterior surface of the fabric 102. FIG. 5 provides an example of how the fabric 102 appears from a rear view of the fashion doll upon the completion of steps 202-208. The fabric 102 is secured to the fashion doll 10 and the fasteners 190 and 192 are not visible. One fastener, fastener 190, is in contact with the body 12 of the fashion doll 10. The other fastener, fastener 192, does not contact the fashion doll 10 at all.

Step 210-216 are shown in FIG. 4 as optional. For discussion purposes only, suppose the dress 168 shown in FIG. 5 uses the fabric 120 (shown with a heart pattern) to create the lower portion of the dress 168. Step 210-216 illustrate how to secure a second piece of fabric over a previously secured piece of fabric to create an article of clothing with multiple patterns.

At step 210, an edge of the second piece of fabric, fabric 120 for example, is aligned with the rear surface of the torso 12. At step 212, a first fastener 190 is placed along the first edge 122 of the inner surface 130 of the fabric 120. FIG. 3B illustrates an exemplary placement of the first fastener 190. Because the first fastener 190 has a two adhering sides, the fastener 190 adheres to the inner surface 130 of the fabric 120 when pressed against the fabric 120. The first end 122 of the fabric 120 is secured to the torso 12 of the fashion doll by pressing the fabric 120, with the fastener 190 adhered to it, against the torso 12. The fastener 190 is not required to be entirely within the four sides of the fabric 120. It is within the scope of the technology for a portion of the fastener 190 to partially hang over a side of the fabric 120 (see fastener 190 in hidden lines in FIG. 3B).

At step 212, the fabric 120 is wrapped around the doll's torso 12 until the fabric 120 overlaps itself. The bottom fabric 120 shown in FIG. 5 provides an example of fabric wrapped around the doll's torso 12 until the fabric overlaps itself. Using the example of wrapping fabric 120 around the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10, the fabric 120 is wrapped around the torso 12 of the fashion doll until the fourth side 128 overlaps the fabric 120 and also aligns with the rear surface 26 of the torso 12. The inner surface 130 of the fabric 120, at the fourth end 128, is in contact with the exterior surface of the fabric 120 when pressed against the fashion doll.

At step 214, the fabric 120 is secured to itself using a second fastener. To adhere the fabric 120 to itself after being wrapped around the doll's torso, a second fastener 192 (see FIG. 3B) is adhered along the fourth side 128 of the fabric 120. Again, the fastener 192 may be positioned along the fourth side 128 of the fabric 120 in many ways. The fastener 192 may be located completely within the four sides of the fabric or partially extend beyond the fourth side 128 of the fabric 120. The fastener 192 shown in hidden lines in FIG. 3B is one alternative placement of the fastener 192 along the fourth side 128 of the fabric 120. Pressing the fabric 120 against the fashion doll 110 after placing the fastener 192 on the inner surface of the fabric along the fourth side 128, the second fastener 192 adheres to the exterior surface of the fabric 120. FIG. 5 provides an example of how the fabric 120 appears from a rear view of the fashion doll upon the completion of steps 210-216. The fabric 120 is secured to the fashion doll 10 and the fasteners 190 and 192 are not visible. When adding a second fabric over a first fabric, the fasteners 190 and 192 are not in contact with the fashion doll 10 at all. One fastener, fastener 190, is on contact with the first piece of fabric. The other fastener, fastener 192, is only in contact with the second piece of fabric. And at no time is a piece of fabric secured to the fashion doll 10 by being inserted into the body 12 of the fashion doll 10.

A fastener may be any length. As discussed above, it is preferable that the fasteners are not viewable after the fabric has been secured to the fashion doll. Thus, in some embodiments, a fastener is simply shorter the length of the side the fastener is adhered to. A fastener may also be placed anywhere on an inner surface or exterior surface of a piece of fabric.

When using two fasteners to adhere a single piece of fabric to the fashion doll 10, one fastener is used to adhere the inner surface of the fabric to the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10 while the second fastener is used to adhere the fabric to itself. In other words, one fastener is used to adhere the fabric to a surface other than the fabric itself (e.g., torso 12 or another fabric previously secured to the fashion doll 10) and the second fastener is used to adhere the inner surface of the fabric to its exterior surface.

Fabric may also be secured to the fashion doll 10 using a single fastener. Using the example whereby fabric 102 is wrapped around the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10, a single fastener (e.g., fastener 192) may be used to secure the fabric 102 to the fashion doll 10. The first side 104 of the fabric 102 is aligned with the rear surface 26 of the torso 12. The fabric 102 is held in place is it is wrapped around the torso 12. With a fastener 192 placed along the fourth side 110 of the fabric 102 (see FIG. 3B), the fourth side 110 of the fabric 102 may be pressed against the exterior surface of the fabric 102, causing the fastener 192 to adhere to the exterior surface of the fabric 102. Thus, the fabric 102 is secured to the fashion doll 10. Because the first side 104 of the fabric 102 is not adhered to the torso 12 of the fashion doll, however, the fabric 102 may be more susceptible to sliding up and down, or twisting about, the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10. Regardless of whether a piece of fabric is secured to the fashion doll 10 using a single fastener or two fasteners, the fastener(s) are easily removed from each piece of fabric and may be reused several times. Thus, articles of clothing may be easily and quickly removed from the fashion doll 10. No instruments or tools are necessary to secure a piece of fabric to the doll or remove fabric from the doll.

Returning to FIG. 5, accessories may be secured to the fashion doll 10 using a single fastener. In FIG. 5, the fashion doll 10 is wearing a scarf 170. The scarf has an inner surface (not shown) and an exterior surface 172. To secure the scarf 170 to the fashion doll 10 as shown in FIG. 5, a fastener is initially placed on the inner surface of the fabric at location 174 and the overlapping section of the fabric at 174 is pressed against the exterior surface 172 of the scarf 170. The two adhering sides of the fastener secure the fabric to itself and therefore, the fashion doll 10 as well. Again, the fastener is not visible upon securing the scarf to the fashion doll. Other accessories such as, but not limited to, a belt may be secured to the fashion doll 10 in a similar manner.

FIG. 6 illustrates a rear view of a fashion doll 10. A first piece of fabric 180 has been wrapped around a portion of the body 12 to form a skirt that extends almost down to the fashion doll's feet. The first piece of fabric 180 may have any shape including, but not limited to, the pieces of fabric 102, 120 and 150 shown in FIGS. 3A-3C. The first piece of fabric 180 has been wrapped around the body 12 and partially overlaps itself. A second piece of fabric 182 has also been wrapped around a portion of the body 12 to form a top. The second piece of fabric 182 may have any shape including, but not limited to, the pieces of fabric 102, 120 and 150 shown in FIGS. 3A-3C. The second piece of fabric 182 is shown overlapping a portion of itself and is removably adhered to itself with a fastener 192 (shown in hidden lines). FIG. 6 illustrates that the first piece of fabric 180 and the second piece of fabric 182 have different patterns and colors. It is within the scope of the technology described herein for the first piece of fabric 180 and second piece of fabric 182 to have the same color, pattern, and shape. It is also within the scope of the technology described herein for the first piece of fabric 180 and/or the second piece of fabric 182 to wrap around the body 12 of the fashion doll 10 and not partially overlap itself.

FIG. 7 illustrates a piece of fabric 202 wrapped around the fashion doll's waist to form a belt. The piece of fabric 202 has an inner surface and an exterior surface, and may be secured to the fashion doll 10 with a single fastener. FIG. 7 also illustrates that a piece of fabric may wrap around the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10 and overlap itself such that one edge of the fabric is visible from the front of the fashion doll 10 (unlike the back view as shown in FIG. 6. A piece of fabric 196 has bee wrapped around the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10 to form a dress. As described above, the piece of fabric 196 may be secured to the fashion doll using one or more fasteners. After the piece of fabric 196 has been secured to the fashion doll 10, the piece of fabric 202 is wrapped around the fashion doll 10 to form a belt. At any location where the inner surface of the fabric 202 overlaps the exterior surface of the fabric 202, a fastener may be placed. By pressing the overlapping portions of the fabric 202 together, the fastener will secure the inner surface of the fabric 202 to the exterior surface of the fabric 202 and hold the belt in place as shown in FIG. 7. Again, the fastener is not visible when the fabric 202 is secured to the fashion doll 10. The same is true for the fabric 204, which has been wrapped partially around the torso 12 of the fashion doll 10 to form a cape. A fastener may be placed on the inner surface 206 of the fabric 204 anywhere where the fabric 204 overlaps the rear surface 26 of the body 12 (e.g., slightly below the nape of the neck). Using the example shown in FIG. 7, a first side of the fastener may adhere to either the exterior surface of the fabric 196 forming the dress or directly to an exposed portion of the body 12 of the fashion doll 10.

FIG. 8 illustrates another configuration of a piece of fabric. Using, for example, the fabric shape 150 shown in FIG. 3C, the fabric 208 may be wrapped around the fashion doll 10 several times to create the dress shown in FIG. 8. The fabric 208 shown in FIG. 8 drapes over the doll's right shoulder while leaving the left shoulder area exposed. The fabric 208 is secured to the fashion doll 10 with one or more fasteners and without inserting any portion of the fabric 208 into the rear surface 26 of the body 12. It is not noticeable how the fabric 208 is secured to the fashion doll 10, providing a life-like appearance of the dress.

FIGS. 9A-9D illustrate that a fashion doll 10 may wear a necklace 220. The necklace 220 shown in FIGS. 9A-9D is exemplary only, and is only intended to provide one example of a type of jewelry that an individual may secure to the fashion doll 10. Other types of jewelry such as, but not limited to, bracelets, pendants, watches, and the like, may also be provided with the fashion doll 10. FIG. 9A illustrates that the necklace 220 may be a choker, which is a necklace that fits tightly around the neck. FIG. 9B illustrates that the necklace 220 is secured to the back of the fashion doll's neck with a fastener 190. This way, the fastener 190 is not visible from the front view of the fashion doll (see FIG. 9A). FIG. 9C illustrates that the necklace 220 may also be longer than a choker. FIG. 9C illustrates the necklace 220 wrapped around the fashion doll's neck and draped across the front of the fashion doll 10. FIG. 9D illustrates that the necklace 220 is secured to the back of the fashion doll's neck with a fastener 190. It is within the scope of the technology described herein to apply the fastener 190 to any portion of the fashion doll's neck or torso 12 to secure the necklace 220 to the fashion doll 10.

The subject matter of the present technology is described with specificity to meet statutory requirements. However, the description itself is not intended to limit the scope of this patent. Rather, the inventors have contemplated that the claimed subject matter might also be embodied in other ways, to include different steps or elements similar to the ones described in this document, in conjunction with other present or future technologies.

While the present technology has been described in connection with the embodiments of the various figures, it is to be understood that other similar embodiments may be used or modifications and additions may be made to the described embodiment for performing the same function of the present technology without deviating therefrom. Therefore, the present technology should not be limited to any single embodiment, but rather should be construed in breadth and scope in accordance with the appended claims.