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US5304162: Garment and pleated, adjustable strap member therefor

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Inventor(s) David A. Kuen ·
Assignee(s) Kimberly-Clark Corporation ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Thomas M. Gage ·
Primary Examiner Randall L. Green ·
Assistant Examiner Rob Clarke ·
Application Number US7998696
Filing date 12/30/1992
Issue date 04/19/1994
Predicted expiration date 12/30/2012
U.S. Classifications 604/391  · /222.1  ·
International Classifications A61F 1315  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 604385.1;385.2;387;389-392;394 ·
25 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A pleated, adjustable strap member is useful in securing a garment to a wearer. The strap member has first and second strap ends and can be attached to the garment adjacent the strap ends. The strap member also includes an elastic region and a pleated region, both located between the strap ends. The pleated region includes at least one Z-fold that is maintained with a releasable bond.

Independent Claims | See all claims (25)

  1. 1. A strap member for use in securing a garment to a wearer, the strap member comprising:a first strap end;an opposite second strap end;means for attaching the strap member adjacent its first strap end to the garment;means for attaching the strap member adjacent its second strap end to the garment;an elastic region located between the first and second strap ends; anda pleated region located between the first and second strap ends, the pleated region comprising a first Z-fold that is maintained with a releasable bond which remains intact at forces less than about 3 pounds.
  2. 7. A garment comprising:a garment shell having a first waist section, an opposite second waist section, and a crotch section between the first and second waist sections;a pair of strap members, each strap member comprising:a first strap end;an opposite second strap end;means for attaching the strap member adjacent its first strap end to the first waist section of the garment shell;means for attaching the strap member adjacent its second strap end to the second waist section of the garment shell;an elastic region located between the first and second strap ends; anda pleated region located between the first and second strap ends, the pleated region comprising a first Z-fold that is maintained with a releasable bond which remains intact at forces less than about 3 pounds.
  3. 14. A garment comprising:a garment shell having a first end, an opposite second end, longitudinal sides extending between the first and second ends, a first waist section adjacent the first end, a second waist section adjacent the second end, and a crotch section between the first and second waist sections, the garment shell comprising:a bodyside liner;an absorbent core;a backing sheet attached to the bodyside liner and sandwiching the absorbent core therebetween; andat least one attachment pad comprising a loop material and being located in the first and second waist sections; anda pair of strap members, each strap member comprising:a first strap end;an opposite second strap end;an elastic region located between the first and second strap ends, the elastic region comprising a material capable of stretching to at least about 1.25 times its unstretched length;a pleated region abutting the elastic region and located between the first and second strap ends, the pleated region comprising first and second Z-folds that are each maintained by a releasable bond at least one of said releasable bonds remains intact at forces less about 3 pounds;a first hook patch attached adjacent the first strap end, the first hook patch being releasably engageable with the at least one attachment pad; anda second hook patch attached adjacent the second strap end, the second hook patch being releasably engageable with the at least one attachment pad.
  4. 20. A strap member for use in securing a garment to a wearer, the strap member comprising:a first strap end;an opposite second strap end;means for attaching the strap member adjacent its first strap end to the garment;means for attaching the strap member adjacent its second strap end to the garment;an elastic region located between the first and second strap ends; anda pleated region located between the first and second strap ends, the pleated region being formed of an essentially nonelastic material and comprising a first Z-fold that is maintained with a releasable bond, the releasable bond remaining intact at forces less than about 3 pounds and breaking open at forces greater than about 24 pounds.
  5. 22. A garment comprising:a garment shell having a first waist section, an opposite second waist section, and a crotch section between the first and second waist sections; anda pair of strap members, each strap member comprising:a first strap end;an opposite second strap end;means for attaching the strap member adjacent its first strap end to the first waist section of the garment shell;means for attaching the strap member adjacent its second strap end to the second waist section of the garment shell.an elastic region located between the first and second strap ends; anda pleated region located between the first and second strap ends, the pleated region being formed of an essentially nonelastic material and comprising a first Z-fold that is maintained with a releasable bond, the releasable bond remaining intact at forces less than about 3 pounds and breaking open at forces greater than about 24 pounds.

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