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US5575782: Garment-like disposable absorbent article having a bloused outer cover

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Margaret H. Hasse · Patrick J. Allen ·
Assignee(s) The Procter & Gamble Company ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Steven W. Miller ·
Primary Examiner Debra S. Brittingham ·
Assistant Examiner Mark O. Polutta ·
Application Number US8176055
Filing date 01/03/1994
Issue date 11/19/1996
Predicted expiration date 01/03/2014
U.S. Classifications 604/385.1  · 604/394  ·
International Classifications A61F 1315  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 604358;385.1;385.2;378;393;394;386;387;396 ·
10 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A disposable absorbent article for wearing about a wearer's lower torso is provided. The disposable absorbent article comprises: a chassis; an absorbent assembly joined to the chassis; and seams joining the front portion of the chassis to the rear portion of the chassis so as to form two leg openings and a waist opening. The garment comprises an outer layer having at least a portion of its periphery joined to at least a portion of the periphery of the inner layer of the chassis so that the outer layer can blouse away from the central area at selected portions. The bloused outer layer has a pattern imprinted thereon such that the inner layer with the absorbent assembly joined thereto is substantially unnoticeable to a viewer thereby providing a very garment like appearance to the absorbent article.

Independent Claims | See all claims (10)

  1. 1. A garment-like elasticized disposable garment comprising:(a) a chassis having:(i) a front portion having an end edge, longitudinal side edges, leg edges, a central region, ear flaps, each said ear flap extending laterally outwardly from said central region to said longitudinal side edges and longitudinally along said central region from said end edge to said leg edge;(ii) a rear portion opposed to said front portion, said rear portion having an end edge, longitudinal side edges, leg edges, a central region, ear flaps, each said ear flap extending laterally outwardly from said central region to said longitudinal side edges and longitudinally along said central region from said end edge to said leg edge; and(iii) a crotch portion between said front portion and said rear portion;said chassis including:an inner layer having a front portion, crotch portion, end edges, longitudinal side edges, periphery adjacent to said end edges and said longitudinal side edges, and a central area inboard of said periphery;an elastic ear flap member joined to each said ear flap in said rear portion and said front portion and extending longitudinally from said end edge of said ear flap toward said leg edge of said ear flap to form an elastomeric laminate, each said elastomeric laminate being mechanically stretched to form an elasticized ear flap in each said ear flap of said chassis, each said ear flap being unitary with said chassis in that said elasticized ear flap comprises a portion of at least said inner layer;an absorbent assembly comprising at least a liquid pervious topsheet joined to said inner layer and an absorbent core positioned between said topsheet and said inner layer;an oversized outer layer having a front portion, rear portion, crotch portion, end edges, longitudinal side edges, longitudinal side edges, periphery adjacent to said end edges and said longitudinal side edges, and a central area inboard of said periphery, said outer layer being longer than said inner layer, at least a portion of said periphery of said outer layer being joined to a least a portion of said periphery of said inner layer such that said central area of said outer layer blouses away from said central area and inner layer of selected portions, said outer layer additionally having a pattern primed thereon, such that said inner layer with said absorbent assembly joined thereto is substantially unnoticeable to a viewer due to said pattern and said bloused central area of said outer layer; and(b) seams joining said front portion of said chassis to said rear portion of said chassis adjacent said longitudinal side edges so as to form two leg openings and a waist opening substantially encircled by said end edges.

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