Jan. 7,1947. _ M, B, HAYES - DRESS Filed June 25, 1945 2,413,826 2,413,826 Patented Jan. 7, 1947 UNITED STATES PATENT" OFFICE 2,413,826 . - _ V DRESS ' ' _ Mary B. Hayes, Columbia, S. 0. Application June 23, 1945, Serial No. 601,271 2 Claims. (Cl. 2—221) 2 .I. The invention relates to a dress especially adaptable for small children, and particularly for little girls. ment, as shown in Fig. 2, then there is consider able overlap of both the end portions of the waistband and the attached skirt portions, but the overlap should be con?ned to the back, and The essential object of the invention is to pro in any event should not be such that there will vide a dress adjustable in both length and width be any overlapping of the waistband and skirt so that it may be Worn by a growing child for in the front. The positioning of the openings several years without alteration. should also be such that when the waistband is A further object is to provide a dress without overlapped to the limit of its afforded width ad buttons, and one capable of being laid out flat so 10 justment, as shown in Fig. 3, the overlap of the that it may be easily laundered. skirt portions will be ample to prevent gaping. A still further object is to provide a dress that is simple, comfortable, pretty, and durable, and one economical to manufacture. ' The invention can best be seen and understood by reference to the drawing in which-— Fig. l is a front elevation of the dress. Fig. 2 is a back elevation when the waistband Attached to the waist, and preferably with at tached extension along the sides of the waist to connect with, or spring from, the waistband in 15 front, are shoulder straps 5, 5. These straps pass over the shoulders of the wearer and are crossed in the back, and the free tieable ends of the straps then passed through a spaced set, or sets, of aligned openings in the respective por Fig. 3 is the same as Fig. 2 excepting that the tions of the waistband dependent upon what waistband is shown expanded. . openings are in alignment after adjustment for In the drawing I represents the waist portion width. The straps are then pulled down, de of the dress open in the back; 2 is the skirt, and pending upon the height of the child, and the 3 the waistband. ends tied. Thus is provided adjustment for both The waist may have any conventional form, and is stitched to the top of the waistband. The 25 length and width. In Fig. 2 it will be seen that the ends of the straps are passed through two waist is preferably made of ample width to cover, sets of aligned openings, and afterwards the ends at least in part, the sides of the child’s body, of the straps may be tied. In Fig. 3 there is only The skirt connects with the bottom edge of the one set of aligned openings through which the waistband. The top edge of the skirt is gath ends of the straps are passed. The ends of the ered in its attachment to the waistband so that straps may then be tied, and the knot will pre the skirt will open up or ?are outwardly in the vent the ends from drawing back through the manner of open pleats. openings, or the ends may be passed over the The Waistband and skirt are split in the back, and the attachment of the skirt extends to the waistband to the right and left and then drawn free ends of the waistband. The length of the 35 through the remaining left and right openings, waistband and corresponding width of the skirt, after which the ends may be tied. at the point of its attachment to the waistband, I claim: are such that both the waistband and skirt will 1. In a dress the combination comprising a overlap in the back for any adjusted expansion waistband, a nether portion of the dress connect 40 ed with the waistband and dependent therefrom, of the dress at the waistline. Formed in each of the free end portions of the the waistband and nether portion being split in is most contracted; and I waistband are openings 4 in the nature of large the back and of such extension as to overlap in buttonholes, in fact the openings are preferably the back for adjusted expansion of the dress at each ?nished with a buttonhole stitch. These the waist, the free end portions of the waistband openings are spaced some distance apart, and the 45 being provided with spaced openings circumfer spacing of the openings in each of the respective entially arranged with spaces between the open ‘end portions of the waistband are preferably ings substantially equal for each of said end por alike, so that when the end portions of the waist tions whereby as the end portions of the waist~ band are brought into overlapping relation a cer band are brought into overlapping relation cer tain set, or sets, of the respective openings in the 60 tain sets of said openings in the respective end respective end portions of the waistband will portions of the waistband will align with one an align with one another, and this dependent upon other dependent upon the width adjustment of the width adjustment of the waistband. When the dress, andv shoulder straps connected to the the sets of openings are brought into alignment dress in the front and with free tieable ends pas for effecting the most narrow limit of adjust 65 sable in the back through aligned sets of said 2,413,826 4 openings in the respective end portions of the waistband dependent upon the adjusted width of the dress at the waist and with drawing exten sion through said aligned sets of openings de pendent upon the length of the dress, 2. In a dress the combination comprising a the openings whereby as the end portions of the waistband are brought into overlapping relation certain sets of said openings in the respective end portions of the waistband will conjoin with one another dependent upon the width adjustment of the dress, and shoulder straps connected to waistband, a nether portion of the dress con the dress in the front and with free tieable ends nected with the waistband and dependent there passable in the back through conjoining sets of from, the Waistband, and nether portion. being said openings in the respective end portions of split in the back and, of such extension as to 10 the waistband dependent upon the adjusted width of the dress at the waist and with drawing overlap in the back for adjusted expansion of, the extension through said oonjoining sets of open dress at the waist, the free end portions of, the waistband being provided with spaced openings circumferentially arranged with spaces between ings dependent upon the length of the dress. MARY B. HAYES.