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- June 19, 1962
3,039,111
J. E. JOSEPH
CHILD'S GARMENT WITH EXPANDABLE CROTCH
Filed Feb. 16, 1960
INVENTOR:
JEAN E. JOSEPH
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CHILD’S GARMENT WITH EXPANDABLE
meral 10. Such overalls are generally fabricated from
a pair of side members 11 and 12 joined by ‘a front seam.
13 and a rear seam 14 to form the body portion of the
CROTCH
Jean E. Joseph, 6 Rutland Road, Great Neck,
referred to as having a front 18 and a rear 19. Depend
3,039,111
Long Island, N.Y.
Filed Feb. 16, 19%, Ser. No. 8,989
2 Claims. (Cl. 2-—80)
two'
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Patented June 19, 1962
garment. For convenience, the body portion will be
ing from the body portion of the garment 10 is a pair of
leg portions 20. The inner and upper parts of the leg
portions 20 converge, as usual, at the lower end of the
body portion to form the crotch region of the garment.
This invention relates to garments for children and
more particularly to garments of the type having a body 10 The overalls illustrated are of the type wherein the leg
portions and crotch‘region may be opened in order to
portion and depending leg portions, such as for example,
facilitate changing the child’s diaper.
overalls.
The crotch region of the garment is provided with a
Due to the rapid growth of small children it is common
generally elliptical gusset 21 of special character and pur
for them to outgrow their clothing before it is outworn.
In the case of garments adapted to cover the legs and 15 pose. The gusset has opposed front and rear convex
edges, 24 and 25 respectively, which converge at the point
lower torso of the child, the waist, the leg length, and the
ed ends of the gusset. As mentioned before, the gusset
crotch region are commonly outgrown rapidly. It has
been the practice to provide children’s garments with
may be thought of as an extension of the rear 19 of the
take the form of an extension fastened to the lower edge
may obviously be employed.
When the garment 10 is made, the gusset 21 is folded
longitudinally to form -a two-ply ?ap 28. The plies 31 and
garment body, since the rear convex edge 25 of the gusset
various means for enlarging waistbands and lengthening
leg regions, but prior attempts to provide a really prac 20 is permanently secured to the lower edge of the rear 19,
as by stitching 26. In order that the leg portions 20 and
tical crotch enlargement have not been successful.
the crotch region of the garment may be opened and
It is the object of the present invention to provide an
closed conveniently, they are provided with separable
article of wearing apparel having an expandable crotch
fastening means comprising two lines of cooperable fas
region which is comfortable and neat in appearance in
both the folded and expanded condition of the crotch. 25 teners, such as the snaps 27. One line of snaps extends
along the front convex edge 24 of the gusset and down
Toward this end, the present garment includes an elliptical
the inside of each of the leg portions, and the other line
insert or gusset of special character in the crotch region.
of snaps extends ‘along the lower edge of the front 18
Where the invention is employed in a garment having a
of the body portion and down the inside of the legs.
line of separable fasteners along its lower edge, to facilitate
Fasteners other than snaps, but of equivalent character,
changing of the child’s diaper, this elliptical insert may
of the rear portion of the garment body.
In accordance with the invention the gusset or exten
32 of the ?ap are joined along a longitudinal line extend
sion is folded longitudinally to form a two-ply flap and
the plies of the flap are fastened together by a temporary 35 ing between the ends of the gusset, by a temporary stitch
33 which is of a kind that is readily removable when de
stitch which is readily removable when desired. While
sired. The flap 28 is pressed against the inside surface of
the stitch is in use, the gusset or extension is maintained
the garment, as may be seen in FIG. 6, so as to conform
in folded condition, and the ?ap formed thereby is pressed
to the contour thereof. As a result, the comfort of the
against the inside of the garment thus leaving the com
fort ‘and appearance of the garment unimpaired. When 40 garment is unaffected by the presence of the ?ap, and
since the ‘?ap is not externally visible it does not mar the
the crotch area becomes too small for the child, the tem
appearance of the garment. The plies 31 and 32 are also
porary stitch is removed so that the gusset can expand
joined closely adjacent to the inner arcuate edge 34 of the
or unfold to enlarge the crotch region. As a result, the
?ap 28 by the permanent stitching 35.
still serviceable but outgrown garment may be worn for
If it is chosen to make the gusset out of woven fabric,
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a further period of time.
then it is preferable to have the grain of the fabric ar
In order to prevent the gusset or extension from sagging
ranged at an acute angle to the major axis of the gusset.
when in expanded condition, it is provided with an up
wardly and inwardly arched supporting rib. To form this
rib, the ?ap, which has an arcuate inner edge, is provided
with a permanent row of stitching closely adjacent to that
This condition permits the gusset fabric to expand longitu
dinally and laterally as the wearer walks and sits, and thus
‘adds to the comfort of the garment.
When the child has grown so that the crotch region
of the garment is tight ?tting, this area may be enlarged
edge. Consequently, when the gusset expands, the mate
rial above the stitching remains folded and forms the sup
merely by removing the temporary stitch 33 joining the
porting rib.
plies of the ?ap 28. As a result the gusset or extension
Other objects and advantages of the invention will
be apparent from the following description, in which 55 21 can unfold or expand into the condition shown in FIG.
4. The garment is thus enlarged and may be worn for
reference is made to the accompanying drawings.
a further period of time.
In the drawings:
Since the gusset in its expanded condition might con
FIG. 1 is front elevational view of a garment chosen to
ceivably have a tendency to sag and thus impair the ap
illustrate the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a fragmentary view of the crotch region of 60 pearance of the garment, a means for supporting the ex
panded gusset is provided. This is a supporting rib 34a
the garment shown in FIG. 1, on an enlarged scale, with
(see FIG. 5) which comprises the stitching 35 and the
the gusset or extension in folded condition;
material of the gusset ‘above the stitching which forms the
FIG, 3 is a cross sectional view taken on line 3—3
edge 34 of the flap 28. Because of the ‘arcuate shape of
of FIG. 2;
FIG. 4 is a view similar to FIG. 2 showing the gussset 65 the arcuate shape of the edge 34 of the flap, the rib 34a
will have an inwardly and upwardly arched contour. As
or extension in expanded condition;
a result the gusset is held upwardly arched rather than
FIG. 5 is a cross sectional view taken on line 5-—5 of
being permitted to sag.
FIG. 4; and
It will be appreciated therefore that a garment con
70 structed according to the teachings of the present inven~
tion may be worn over an extended period of time despite
The garment chosen to illustrate the invention is a
FIG. 6 is a cross sectional view showing the appearance
of the folded gusset while the garment is being worn.
child’s overalls, indicated generally by the reference nu
the rapid growth of the child. At the same time the gar
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ment is always neat in appearance and comfortable. Ex
pandable means at the waist, and for lengthening the legs
or other parts of the garment, may also be provided
It will be understood that many of the details herein
described and illustrated maybe modi?ed by those skilled
in the art without necessarily departing from the spirit and
scope of the invention as expressed in the appended
claims. Except as otherwise stated, therefore, it is in
tended that these details be interpreted as being illustrative
only.
What is claimed is:
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panels and the inside seams of said leg portions, said
means comprising two lines of cooperable fasteners,
one line extending along the lower end edge of said
front panel of said body and down the leg portion
at each side, and the other line extending along the
front convex edge of said extension and down the leg
portion at each side.
2. A child’s garment according to claim 1 wherein said
flap has a straight line base ‘coincident with said readily
10 removable stitch extending between the ends of said exten<
1. In a child’s garment comprising a body portion hav
sion and an arcuate folded edge which meets the base at
the ends of said extension, and including a row of perma
ing front and rear panels, and leg portions depending there
from, said garment being of the type wherein the lower
‘nent stitching adjacent to said folded arcuate edge join
ing the plies of said ?ap whereby when said removable
ends of said panels and the inside seams of each ‘leg 15 stitch is removed to permit expansion of said extension
portion are seplarably joined to permit the lower portion
the portion of said extension above said permanent stitch
of the garment to be opened and withdrawn from the
ing forms an inwardly and upwardly arched supporting
legs and lower torso of the child without necessitating
rib.
the removal of the garment from the child,
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
an elliptical fabric extension having convex front and
rear edges converging at their ends, the rear convex
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edge being permanently secured to the lower end of
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Hanks _______________ __ Dec. 25, 1906
said rear panel of the body portion between said leg
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Clausen _____________ __ Sept. 12, 1916
portions, said extension being folded longitudinally
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Surkin ________________ __ Jan. 21, 1930
to form a two-ply ?ap which projects into said gar 25 2,120,173
‘Cohen _______________ __ June 7, 1938
ment, a readily removable stitch disposed along a
line extending between the ends of said extension
‘and serving to temporarily join the two plies of said
?ap, said stitch being spaced from the convex edges
of said extension, and
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separable fastening means for separably joining said
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Kneibler ____________ __ May 20,
Neiman _____________ __ Sept, 30,
Smith _______________ __ Dec. 2,
Wolfson ____________ __ Jan. 12,
Kaufman _____________ __ Mar. 2,
Hoffman _____________ __ Nov. 5,
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