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June 26, 1962
Filed June 23, 1958
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June 26, 1962
Filed June 23, 1958
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of fastening means may be used inclusive of a few stitches,
metal or plastic hooks and eyes disposed on the under
Paul Lampkowitz, 315 W. 99th St., New York, NY.
side of the cloth, metal or plastic holders and fasteners
likewise disposed on the underside of the cloth, and metal
Filed June 23, 1953, Ser. No. 743326
1 Claim. (Ci. 2-243)
or'plastic clips, 'as hereinafter illustrated. 'If desired,
either a single means or any combination thereof may be
The present invention relates to wearing apparel con
Other objects of this invention will become apparent
taining adjustable seams permitting selective adjustment
upon reading the following speci?cation in connection
to the size and. shapeof the wearer, as hereinafter
described and claimed. The present application is a 10 with the accompanying drawing, in which:
FIG. 1 isja rear elevation'of 'a' skirt embodying the
? continuat'ion-in-part of copending application Serial
Number 653,709, ?led April 18, 1957, now abandoned.
FIG. 2 is a fragmentary perspective View of an adjust
The use of adjustable waistbands -for skirts and trousers,
able seam embodying the vertical tuck and a› particular
especially in the maternity garments, is old. These gar
ments have been made with horizontally-disposed means 15 fastening means, utilized in FIG. l.
FIG. 3 is a front 'elevation of another kind of skirt
for adjusting the waist circumferentially, such as by the
embodying the instant invention'.
use of a drawstring or _with horizontal zippers or a series
FEG. 4 is a f?'agmentary perspective view of another
of buttons. It has been proposed in U.S. Patent No.
type of adjustable seam embodying the vertical tuck and
.2,638,597 that a maternity garment can be made with
a drawstring for adjustment of the waistline and with a 20 a particular fastening means, utilized, in 'the skirt of
FIG. 3.
tuck extending horizontally across the garment from side
FIG. 5 is a front elevation view of a pair of trousers
seam to side seam to accommodate the enlarged abdomen.
embodying the adjustable seams.
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The instant invention relating to adjustable seams in
FIG; 6 is an enlarged View of a section of FIG. 5
wearing apparel is an entirely' new feature heretofore
unknown in the art. This invention is applicable to all 25 comprising a ?y front with the overlap, bent back.,
FIG. 7 is a cross-sectional view on line 9-9 of FIG. 5.
kinds of garments designed for males and females, and
;PIG 8 is a front elevationlview of a jacket incorporat- r
is particularly applicable to the manufacture of skirts,
ing the adjustable seams oflthe present invention.
› trousers, jackets and the like. i The manufacture of such
garments› in a series of sizes is obviated by this invention 30 '› FIG. 9 is a trear elevation View of a jacket in accord-u
ance with the instant invention.
which permits utilization in manufactnre of a single size
Refern'ng to the drawings, FIG. 1 de?nes a skirt 1,
for said garment and which is capable of adjustment to
having an enclosed waistline 2, which is adjusted to the
the size and shape of the wearer by the incorporation of
size of the wearer by means of. adjustable'seams 3, said
adjustable seams therein. In the event that the wearer
of such a garment either gains or loses weight su?iciently 35 skirt alsoembodying darts_ 4 in order togive the skirt
the desired fullness at the hips and the cinched eifect at
so that the garment is no longer suitable or desirable for
> the waistline.
use, he can simply alter the garment himself to suit his
More speci?cally, 'the adjustable seam 3 as` shown in
new dimensions by appropriate adjustment'of the adjust
FIG. 2 is in the form of a tuck 5 which presents an out
able seams., It is apparent that by incorporation of the
novel adjustable seams in the garment, both the manu 40 ward appearance of ,an inside pleat, said tuck or pleat being
heldvin place'by a fastening means such as ahook 6 situ
facture and the alteration of garments are greatly simpli
-ated on the inner fold of tuck 5, and an eye 7 Situated on
' ?ed. An inexperienced person can alter the garment to
the underside of the skirt adjacent „to said tuck 5.' Several
desired size without going to a tailor, or the tailor is in a
`eyes are present therein in order to ?t a variety_ of sizes.
position. to ?t the garment to the wearer quickly and
inexpensively; Still another advantage of the incorpora 45 The hook and eyes may be attached to the garment ingany
suitable manner such as by being sewed, stapledtor by the
tion of adjustable seams in a garment resides in the com
application of pressure, etc.
fort afforded wearer,›whereby said seam is capable of
opening up when bending, sitting or during other similar
Another modi?cation .of an adjustable seam is illus
trated by skirt 8 in FIG. '3 wherein the adjustable seam 9
activities to give wearer the additional room needed at `
such times; said seam being capable of sp-ringing back 50 is in the form of double inwardly facing tucks 10 and 11,
giving an outward appearance o_f.a box, pleat 132. _ The
into its original place upon cessation of said motions.
pleats may have disposed thereon either 'a plaín seam or
Accordingly, an object of this invention is to provide
a piping type of seam 13.
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an improved garment havingadjustable seams inco'rpo
Adjustable seams 9 may be held in place by means of
rated therein.
Another object of this invention is the manufacture of 55 a few stitches 14 which are clearly visible in sFIG. 3. How
ever, blindor invisiblestitching may also beutilized in
a garment in a single size capable of embracing several
lieu of' stitches 14. In addition to the stitching, another
sizes by virtue of thepadjustable seams.
type of fastening means is illustrated in FIG. 4whích
' Still another object is to simplify tailoring of a garment.
comprises holders 15 containing several' elongated- slits
Broadly, the invention .comprises a garment having
one or more adjustable seams, said adjustable seam being 60 16, and fasteners 17 protruding through sli'ts 18 Situated'
formed by,a vertical tuck held in place by a fastening ~` on the skirt per se,_said fasteners 17 being _adapted to en
means, as herein described.
More speci?cally, the inven
ga'ge slits 16, saidíastener being completely hidden by
tioncornprises a garmenthaving one or more 'adjustable
I' tuck '10 or 11. The holders 15, fasteners 17 and_ clips 19
seams, said 'adjustable seam comprising -in combination
a vertically extending tuck of pre-determined depth and
' t?'c, etc. and structures 15_ and`17 are' attached as pre
means for fastening and maintaining at least ai. portion
` of said ,tuck in position on said garment and being releas
able therefrom, said vertical tuck being horizontally
may _be made'of any suitable material such las metal, plas
viously indicated; Clips such as 19 may also be utilízed
tohold the tuck in place.`
lThus; it is apparent ?that by' virtue of 'the vertically-'ex
tending adjustable seams, ta skirt can be'made from one
'adjustable upon release or adjustment of said fastening
means_ to permit ai corresponding horizontal 'expansion 70 piece of cloth embodying an enclosed waistline, said skirt
capable of being ?tted at the waistline to the exact meas
or çontraction of said garment sui?cientlytto' conform
urements of 'the wearer without necessitating alteratíons
to the desired change in size of said garment. tA variety
of any kind. Furthermore, the use of zippers, snaps, hooks
embodying adjustable seams such as jackets, as illustrated
by FIGURES 8 and 9. Jacket 38 has its adjustable seams
at point 39 where the sleeve 49 joins the shoulder of the
jacket. The inside vertical tuck 41 extends' from the
shoulder 42 to the bottom 43 of the jacket or .to a point
or buttons on one or both sides of theiskírt is obviated,
thereby overcoming the disadvantages connected there
With. A more neat and attractive appearance is attained
Without the use of the side fasteners such as zippers and
the like. The use of expensive tailoring is obviated when
44 anywhere below the waistline of said jacket. Tuck 41
the wearer either gains an inch or loses an inch at the
is held in place by a few stitches along the outside seams
waistline. There are no broken zippers or buttons to in
45 of said tuck. Although seam 45 is in the form of a pip
' convenience the wearer. The length of the skirt can also
ing, blind stitching can also be utilized depending upon the
be made adjustable by virtue of a horizontal tuck extend 10 design desired in the garment. Piped seams 45 are merely
ing from side seam to side seam, said tuck being Situated
decorative and' may be completely omitted if desirable.
either at the bottom of the skir?t, at the waistline thereof,
The adjustable seams embodying an inside tuck or pleat
or at any other likely, place on the skirt. This feature
need not be made on both the back and front of the
eliminates the necessity of opening the -hem of the skirt
jacket, but can also be limited to either the back or the
and making a new hem.
front. Likewise, the location of the adjustable seam is The same principle of adjustable seams is applicable
dependent on the function of said seam. More specif
to trousers as illustrated by FIG. 5, wherein trousers Zt)
ically, if it is desired to mask or otherwise take care of
has an enclosed waistline 21, and a ?y front opening 22
deformities in the wearer, said seam would naturally be
which does not eXtend to the waistline, but' terminates a
placed where said deformity exists; for instance, a round
substantial distance below the waistline, said ?y opening, 20 ed back Would require the seam to` be located down the
extending all the way down to „the crotoh seam 23, said ?y
center of the back of the jacket. However, if it is de
opening 22 being concealed by an adjustable overlapping
, sired to take care of an increase in chest measurements,
verticall?ap 24 extending from the waistline to the crotch.
Thus, the need for a zipper or other fastening means at
the ?y opening 22 is made unnecessary. However, in the
jacket as shown in FIGURES 8 and 9. A straight jacket
a more likely place would be at the side_ seam of the
similarly to a skirt can be made out of one piece of cloth
event a fastening means is desired, one can simply af?x
a snap 25 on the inside of .flap 24 as shown in FIG. 6.
The adjustable seams herein de?ned need not extend
if so desired. The length ofthe jacket can also be made
_adjustable by means of an horizontal tuck extending be
tween the side seams, said tuck being Situated either at
the bottom, or the waistline of said jacket, or at any other
the full length of the garment as shown by adjustable
seams 26 (FIG. 5) which terminate at point 27. More 30 suitable place of the jacket.
speci?cally, the tuck 28 formed by adjustable seam 2:6 ex
The sleeves of the jacket can also be made With ad
tends only to point 27 thereby insuring the wearer of ad
justable seams as shown by the stitching 47 which holds
justability at the waistline and the hip line Where adjust
inside tuck 48 in place. The depth of tuck 48 can be in
ment is usually necessary. The trouser leg '29 per se
creased, thereby decreasing the width of sleeve 40 and
usually does not need alterations during the life of a gar 35 held in place by means of a snap or a few tacks.
vment, thereby obvíating the necessisty of extending the
Any cuífs on jacket sleeves or the bottom of the sleeve
adjustable seam the full length of the garment. Clips 30
per se can be adjusted to the length of the wearer's arm
may be'used to hold seam 2-6 in place. In addition or in
in the same way as the trouser Gulf. Cu?í 49 is adjusted
lieu thereof, either the fastening means shown in FIG. 4
to the length of the arm by regulating the depth of the
comprising holders and fasteners, or in FIG. 2 comprising 40 horizontal tuck 50 which may be merely deep enough
hooks and eyes can be sewed to the underside of the ^
to-form a píping, as shown, or deeper even up to the outer
edge 51 of the cu?.
In addition to the adjustable seams, darts 31 are utilized
to shape the trousers and to eífect a smooth, snug ?t at the
waistline. Pockets r`32 are built into\ the garment at the
side seams of the› trousers, said side seams being in the
form of a piping 33.
Thus, it is apparent that this invention provides for the
utilization of adjustable seams in all types of wearing
apparel to tender the tailoring thereof simple, fast and
inexpensive. The presence of adjustable seams in gar
' Creases 34 may be made permanent by stitching.- Cu?s
ments has the further .advantage of providing a neat, snug
?t at the waistline and shoulders as well as expediting the
35 'can be adjusted to the'height of the wearer by means
of an adjustable _seam held in place with a few stitches.
making of a cuff. Still another advantage' of garments
This '?adjustable seam is formed by foldíng the cloth at
point 36 which represents the desired width oftthe cuff,
whereby an inside horizontal tuck 37 is'formed extend
ing the width of the trouser leg between the side seams;
embodying such adjustable seams is its versatility in mask
ing a variety of human deformities without necessitating
costly alterations. Another advantage of the instant in
vention is represented by the ease and Simplicity- with
which garments having the adjustable seamsican be man
and tacking said :tuck in a few strategie places. I
.ufactured, since the ?adjustable seam per se can be inex
The advantages of trousers made with adjustable seams
pensively and simply made in all garments.
are the same vas discussed in connection with the skirts,
The ad
justable seam comprises one or more vertical tucks or
with the additional advantages resulting from a com
pleats of any depth and length, held in place with a
pletely enclvosed ?y that does notextend to the waistline
fastening means and located anywhere on the garment.
of the garment. The ?y need not be opened either for 60 Whereas, skirts, trousers and jackets have only been shown
dressing or undressing, thereby avoiding any embarrass
in the drawings, it is intended that other types of wear
ment resulting from failure to close the ?y. The exten
sion of the ?y opening down to the crotch seam a?Ëords
ing apparel inclusive of blouses, pajamas, shorts, d?resses
the wearer additional roominess heretofo?'e unknown in
seams of the present invention.
the art.
iFurthermore, the necessity of using clopsure
means at the ?y such as zippers and the like is .avoided,
thereby obviating the expense and trouble of any repair
of such closure means. In relation to the adjustable 'seam
at the cu?, the time involved in tailoring trousers is con
siderably decreased whereby the consumer can obtain
more prompt service at reduced rates. Furthermore, the
consumer himself can adjust the cu? to suit himself with
out the assistance of a tailor due to the Simplicity of said
and the like can also be made embracing the adjustable
While the invention has been described with reference
to various embodiments thereof as hereinbefore set forth,
it is to be clearly understood that the invention is not lim
ited thereto, but includesvarious modi?cations and equiv
alents 'withinthe scope of the instant invention.
What is claimed is:
'A garment comprising avertical inwardly-extending
tuck on the outside of said garment and being an in- «
tegral part thereof, said tuckbeing composed of an in
ner fold and an outer fold and extending from the top ~
r Garments other thantskirt and_ trousers can be made 75 of said garment to substantially thebottom thereof, said
outer fold having vertical stitching along its outer edge
to form a permanent narrow fold :at said outer edge, said
tuck being Secured at the top thereof by releasable fasten
ing means which is situated and concealed within the
folds of said tuck and adapted to secure said inner and
outer folds together at the top, said tuck being substan
responding horizontal adjustment of said garment suf
?ciently to conform to the shape of the wearer Without
alteríng the original style of said garment.
References Cited in the ?ie of this patent
tially open throughout its length and adapted to permit
lateral expansion thereof to accommodate said garment
to the wearer, said. tuck having a second releasable fas
-tening means composed of stitchíng located at a point 10
remote from said ?rst fasteníng means and intermediate
the length of the garment and adapted to maintain said
open tuck in position throughout its length, 'said vertical
tuck being horizontally adjustable upon horizontal adjust
ment of at least one of said releasable _fastening means 15
so as to vary the depth of said tuck and permit a cor
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