0d. 29, 1946. E. MA'RTiN 2,410,226 -TROUSERS CONSTRUCTION Filed oct._ 2, 1945 i '2S1.3 ...Il .f. N H,. 1., 5w. .l .l”. un: ßam m„m IN VEN TOR. BY 2,410,226 Patented Oct. 29, 1946 y UNITED STATES ‘PATENT’ , OFFICE ' ' ' ' TROUSERS 'ì 2,410,226 CONSTRUCTION » Earle-Martin, Hutchinson, Kans. l ,i ¿n if i Ä Application October 2, 1945, Serial No. 619,839 2 Claims. (Cl. 2-227) 2 ence, I designates an upper portion of a pair of This invention relates to trousers constructionY trousers provided with the usual waistband 2, iiy 3 and suitably located pockets 4 and 5. Pleats and more especially to a means whereby trousers made with pleats at and adjacent to the waist, will retain their shape so that the pleats will ’ located Wherever desired and of any suitable not spread open or become otherwise distorted length are formed in the upper portion of the While the garment is being worn. trousers as indicated at 6 and 1, long pleats 6 being located adjacent to the opposite sides of the fly 3, while shorter pleats 'I are located be elements which are located inside the trousers tween the pleats B and the side pockets indicated where they are not visible but Where they will l0 generally at 8. prevent distortion of the pleats. The supporting means constituting the present It is a further object of the invention to provide pleated trousers with pleat supporting or holding A still further object is to provide a pleat sup port or reinforcement which is adaptable to invention is made of a strip of closely woven fabric, one of the supports being indicated at 9 and the other at ID. Each support, before being trousers made from loosely Woven fabric, such as tweed cloth, and will serve to prevent the fabric used, should be shrunk and it should be provided with a selvage edge extending lengthwise thereof to prevent stretching. This selvage edge has been from stretching out of position or to gap open. In recent years, it has been the practice, when designing the conventional types of pleated trou indicated at II. sers, to provide four pleats, two being located on When properly placed in position one of the each side. One of the pleats usually is extended 20 supports, 9, is secured along its top edge within down to the crease of the trousers while a shorter the waistband and `one end is secured within one pleat is located between the long pleat and the side of the fly 3 while the other end is secured side pocket of the garment. It has been diilicult within one of the side seams. Where the support to keep these pleats in their proper shape while is extended across the inner sides of the pleat, the garment is being worn because they tend to it is fastened to the innermost fold of the pleat gap and, where the garment is made of a loosely by a line of stitches indicated at I2, leaving the woven fabric, such as tweed, the material fre outer fold of the pleat unsecured. This support 9 quently stretches out of shape at the pleats. is preferably extended between the hanging A further object is to provide the pleats with pocket 4 and the pleats 6 and 'I crossed by the supports so located and secured that it becomes support, 'I'he other support I0 is extended in the impossible to press the pleats except in the origi opposite direction from the ily, being secured at nal or correct direction. one end in the adjacent side of the iiy and at its With the foregoing and other objects in view top edge within the waistband 2. The other or which will appear as the description proceeds, back end of the support is secured in the side the invention consists of certain novel details of 35 seam. This side support I0 is similarly attached construction and combinations of parts herein to the pleats 6 and 1 crossed thereby and extends after more fully described and` pointed out in between the pocket 5 and the pleated portion of the claims, it being understood that changes may the garment. be made in the construction and arrangement of While the support can be extended across two parts without departing from the spirit of the 40 or more pleats from the ñy to a side seam as shown invention as claimed. in Figures 1 and 2, it is to be understood that In the accompanying drawing, the preferred shorter supports could be used if the conditions form of the invention has been shown. ‘ warranted it, one of these modified forms being In said drawing: Figure 1 is a perspective view of the upper 45 shown in Figure 3, wherein the support I3 is se cured at its forward end to one side of the fly portion of a pair of trousers turned inside out to and at its top edge within the waistband I4. The show the location of the pleat supports. other end of this support I 3 can be stitched to Figure 2 is an elevation of one of the pleat sup the edge of the pocket I5. » ports, the same being shown flat, the adjacent In every case, duringthe application of the portion of the garment to -which it is attached supports to the garment, the same is held under being indicated by broken lines... tension while being attached to the garment so Figure 3 is a perspective view of the inner side ~ that the pleats are always properly supported of a portion of the trousers showing a short sup-` thereafter and can be quickly and properly port which can be used. Referring to the ñgures by characters of refer 55 pressed. Furthermore, they will be prevented 2,410,226 3 from becoming distorted or gapping while in use. W'hat is claimed is: 1. The combination with trousers having a waistband and pleats extending downwardly from the waistband, of fabric supporting elements se» cured throughout their lengths to the inner sur face of the trousers, at the lower edge of the waistband, one of the ends of each fabric sup porting element being secured to the main por tion of the trousers at a point adjacent to the fly of the trousers, the opposite ends of the fabric 4 2. The combination with trousers having a waistband and pleats extending downwardly from the waistband, of fabric supporting elements, the rear ends of the fabric supporting elements being secured to the inner surface of the main portion of the trousers at the hips thereof, the front ends of the fabric supporting elements being secured to the inner surface of the main portion of the trousers, at points adjacent to the fly of the 10 trousers, the intermediate portions of the sup porting elements underlying the pleats, whereby supporting elements being secured to the main the pleats are maintained closed, and the lower portion of the trousers adjacent to the pockets thereof, there being rows of stitches forv attach edges of the fabric supporting elements being 1n clined downwardly from the hips to the ñy of the ing the supporting elements to the pleats, whereby 15 trousers. EARLE MARTIN. said pleats are maintained closed.