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April 8, 1947.
Filed Sept.. 30, 1.944
Patented Apr. 8, 1947
` 2,418,772
Ernest Arthur Jackson, Manchester, England, as;
signor to Kay & Lee Limited, Manchester, Eng
land, a British company
Applicationzseptember 30, 1944, SerialrNo; 556-,5li1`
In. Great Britain October 19,1943.
3 Claims.
(Cl. 2-235)
This invention relates to improvements in
means. for supporting trousers, knickerbockers,
Fig. 3 is a diagrammatic sectional view taken`
on the line 3_3 in Fig. 2.'
Fig. 4 is a sectional plan of the tunnelledwaist‘`-band, the adjustable belt or band.
and like garments, about the. waist of a wearer,
suchv supporting means- being ofthe kind’ which
are. embodied. in the garments themselves.
The objectV ofthe presentY invention is to pro
Fig. 5 is- a broken View of the'front or‘iiy> part
of the trousers-showing where the forward ends
of the aforesaid adjustable belt or bandiis stitched
v vide. improved means of the kind referred to
which are of a simple nature.
According to one aspect of theî invention means
or' ñxe'd~
Fig. 6 is a diagrammatic rear View of" the tun
nelled waistband and shows the means for ad;
for supporting a pair of trousers, knickerbockers
or other like garment about the waistof a wearerv
is embodied in the garment itself. andÍ comprises
a tunnel or tube-like passageway formed about,
coinciding or in connection with the waistband
for. the purpose> of enclosing a belt or band, ad
justingthe belt orbancl.
Referring to the drawings, afabric tunnel* or’l
tube-like passageway a is formed about or coin
ciding‘ with or constitutingA the waistband: ofthe
trousers.. This tunnel a is'cl'osed at the' front at
each end' by lines of- stitching d’ which- passthrough the' upper parts ofthe halves of the
knownbutton. secured fly as is shown by Fig. 1,
Fig; 4 and Fig. 5. As shown inthe drawing, theà
tube-likepassageway being formed with a gap or 20 material of.- the trousers a1 andan inner length
of lining material a2- constitute what may be‘
aperture opening to the inside or outside. of the
justable in. length,r madeV wholly or. in part of
elastic material and adapted to besecured by its
endsto. thefront o-r dividedportion of the waist
ñtting part of the garment, the said tunnel orv
garment for the purpose of providing access to
the means. for adjusting the length of the belt
when the same is in position.
termed one> Wall of the tunnel or passageway a,
'the oppositewall of said passagewaybeing'formed'
by another length of liningV material a3 andv a
Accordingl to another aspect ofthe invention,
length of material a4 separatelyl stitched toY a?"
the improved means for. supporting garments ofthe kind referred to comp-rises a band or belt,
adjustable in length, made wholly or in part of
elastic material andv secured or adapted to vbe
secured' at its ends to the front. or to each side
near its lower edge, the said material a4` being
preferably of such- kind as. to present a ñnished
or’ matching appearance at the waistband of the
garment. The three pieces of material a2, a3r and
a4 are sewn together and to the material a1 of
the trousers at'suitabledistances from their edges
top and bottom to constitute the, passagewayV as
indicated. at a9 and al", Fig. 1. The said passage
of the divided portion of. the waist fitting part
of the garment.
Preferably the gap or aperture referred to in
way has a gap or aperture, providing means for
the ñrst-ment-ioned‘aspect> of theV invention opens
to the inside of the garmentV and is formed by 35 access to the belt.. adjustment hereinafter de
spaced vertical pleats in the material constituting
scribed,` on the inside midway orv about the lcentre
of the back which advantageously remains as an
the tunnel or tube-like passageway the under
lying folds of which are' slit for the passage of
opening or gap over a small area; or a movable
covering or closable flap may be provided capable
the belt or band which, when in position, is thus.
exposed between the pleats andl isso arranged in 40 of‘being opened and.closed,.but. the small opening
or gapkd‘escribed is the preferredl arrangement
relation to the garment that itsmeans of adjust
and this is illustrated'by Figs. l, 2 and 3;
ment lies~ accessibly between the said pleats> in
the. gap or aperture thereby formed.
As very` clearly shown by Figs..2. and' 3 thema
One-example of the application. of the present
terial> a4 and its lining strip c?" are so folded as
invention to garments ofthe above kind is here 45 to. produce pockets a5r with the rear wall having
front. pleats a6 whichare thev vertical boundaries
inafter described? with reference to the accom
panying drawings, wherein:
of the access. aperture al. Thus, the~ aperture al
may be regarded as being produced. byA “box”
Fig. 1 shows in diagrammatic fashion the
opened out top of a pair of trousers with the here
pl'ea‘ting the front wall of' the tunnel or tube-like
inafter described means for supporting same.
Fig. 2 is an enlarged view of the central back
The pleats a6 can open out to give a little more
room for access to the adjusting means by omit
part of the tunnel, etc., as viewed from the inside
ting stitching at the bottom of each “pleat” fold
of the waistband and shows the ends of the ad
as is suggested at Fig. 2.
justable elastic belt or band which is located in
said tunnel.
The underlying folds ofthe pleats as forming
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If desired, a part or section only of the belt or
the pockets a5 in the rear of the pleats (that is
band may be made of elastic material.
the material a4 and its lining a3) are slit or cut
In applying the invention to ladies’ skirts, which
vertically to a sufficient extent at two points a8.
are intended to be included in the expression “or
As already explained the tunnel is made good
other like garment” herein used and which usu
by stitching the pieces of material a2, a3 and a4
ally have a divided portion formed at the side
along or near top and bottom, and lines of stitch
thereof, the ends of the elastic belt or band may
ing a9 and a1“ are shown, the stitching uniting
. be secured to the skirt at the front, one end, viz:
the several` fabric and lining elements and pro
ducing the complete passageway a associated ‘ ' the end on the divided side of skirt, being detach
with the inside of the waistband of the trousers. 10 ably so secured as by a button and button-hole.
I declare that what I claim is:
Within the passageway is located a belt or band
1. Means for supporting a garment about the
of broad elastic webbing b, the ends of which are
waist of a wearer, comprising a tunnel-like pas
reinforced by or bound with fabric in known
sageway formed in the waist band of said gar
manner. The front ends of said webbing or band
are stitched or permanently fastened at b1 to the 15 ment, an elastic belt disposed within said passage
way, the said belt being attached by its ends to
already mentioned front or closed ends of the
the front portion of the waist-iitting part of the
tunnel a. that is, adjacent the top of each half
garment, spaced vertical pleats in the material
of the fly.
constituting the said passageway, the underlying
The said belt or band is formed by two lengths
of` elastîc'webbing secured together so as to be 20 folds of said pleats being provided> with slits for
the passage of the belt, and length adjusting
adiustable as regards their combined length, and
means carried by said belt and disposed within
which nass freely rearwards on either hand inside
the space formed between the said pleats.
each part of the passageway a to the central part
2. Means for supporting a garment about the
of the back of the waistband, where there is pro
25 waist of a wearer comprising a tunnel-like pas
vided. the before-mentioned gap or aperture d".
sageway in the garment in the location of a waist
This gap or aperture gives access to the rear
band, spaced and oppositely directed transverse
and overlapping. and adjustably connected ends
pleats in the lengthy of said tunnel-like passage
of the elastic webbing, or the reinforcing fabric
way, a belt in said passageway secured therein at
lengthsapnlied thereto. It is at this opening at
the back of the tunnel in the waistband that the 30 points spaced away from the pleats to provide
for relative movement of the belt within the por
adiustment of the combined length of the two
tions of the tunnel between such points of attach
parts‘of the belt or band is made.
ment and the adjacent pleats, said pleats having
The adjustment of the vbelt or band is provided
apertures for the passage of the belt out of the
for by` simple adjustable means comprisingbut
tons c> and button holes c1 on and in the over 35 tunnel and across the space between said pleats,
and length-adjusting means for the belt located
lapping connected ends thereof. as illustrated in
between said pleats.
the drawings, this being a simple and convenient
3. Means for supporting a garment about the
arrangement for reducing or extending the eiîec
waist of a wearer comprising a tunnel-like pas
tive length for the time being of the two lengths
sageway in the garment in the location of a waist
of elastic webbing which constitute the belt or
band, spaced and oppositely directed transverse
band and which have their other ends as already
pleats in the length of said tunnel-like passage
described stitched or permanently secured near
way at the back of the waist, a belt in said pas
the top of each half of the iiy or divided portion
sageway secured therein at points spaced away
of the garment. When adjustment or setting ofv
the elastic webbing or resilient bands is made at 45 from the pleats to provide for relative movement
of the belt within the portions of the tunnel be
the opening in the tunnel at the` back of the waist
tween such points of attachment and the adjacent
band, the same are set to something short of the
pleats, said pleats having apertures for the pas
waistV measurement, as for instance 1 inch or
. sage of the belt out of the tunnel and across the
' When
- the
» Í itrousers
Y put on,
» and
the top but
ton or fastener at the top of the iiy is engaged
then the waistband clings to the waist due to
harnessed elasticity or resilience of said envel
space between said pleats, and length-adjusting
means for the belt located between said pleats.
The. arrangement described‘is very neat and 55 The following references are of record in the
very simple and does not show or expose any
ñle of this patent:
material parts `when the garment is worn.
-~It is preferable to use an elastic webbing or
other resilient band contrivance which practically
Y Name
encircles'the waist. This allows for the stretch 60
Oppenheim _______ __ Aug. 21„1906
and pressure to'be distributed, around the waist
Baskin ___________ __ Oct. 12, 1915
opedand adjusted elastic webbing. '
line and rreduces Ycreasing when the garment is
inr use. As willbe readily seen, because the belt
orband is secured only at the front, the rear part
of a garment fabricated according to the present 65
invention is capable of yieldingor giving when
the wearer bends forward as in sitting down so
that there is n_o uncomfortable stress in the region
of the abdomen.
Lubell ____________ _- Oct. 13, 1931>
Wright ____________ __ June 5, 1928
Keller ______._____.___ Aug~ 19, 1913
British ___________ __. May 31, 1928
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