Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Methods of Making Lace Garments, and Systems, Software and Apparatuses for Performing Same, and Garments Made Thereby", for Approval
No assignee for patent application serial number 778019 has been made.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Various garments, such as women's underwear, comes in a variety of materials and configurations and combinations thereof. Lace has been a popular material in the manufacture of underwear, whether as a base material or as a finished edge material on a base of another fabric.
"The traditional manufacture of underwear containing lace can experience the following shortcomings: (i) the use of lace to finish a base material can cause uncomfortable and/or unsightly digging into a person's thighs or waist when even one of the lace material, the thread and stitching, or base material has slightly different elasticity, and (ii) the lace has meaningful design limitations given its manufacture in a typical series of parallel strips with repeating patterns. As a result of typical manufacturing of lace in a series of linear, generally parallel strips each with repeating patterns along its length, the shape of any undergarment (such as briefs, panties, thongs or shorts, all of which involve material encircling the waist which then connects between the person's legs) made from linear strips of material must necessarily contain a number of seams, each of which impacts the design of the garment and, to the extent the seams, can add to the phenomenon of visible panty lines and/or discomfort from the wearer feeling the seams."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In one implementation, the present disclosure is directed to a method of making a garment. The method includes forming a lace web that includes a patterned precursor to a garment, separating the patterned precursor from the web to create a separated patterned precursor, and utilizing the patterned precursor to create the garment.
"In another implementation, the present disclosure is directed to a garment. The garment includes a lace portion formed as a patterned precursor in a lace web, the patterned precursor shaped to contour to a portion of a wearer's body.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"For the purpose of illustrating the invention, the drawings show aspects of one or more embodiments of the invention. However, it should be understood that the present invention is not limited to the precise arrangements and instrumentalities shown in the drawings, wherein:
"FIG. 1 is a face view of conventional lace strips in a unitary web using conventional lace fabricating equipment, showing the lace strips prior to them being separated from one another;
"FIG. 2 is a face view of a lace web made in accordance with the present invention, showing the web as containing a plurality of fully patterned precursors to corresponding-respective finished garments, here, underwear thongs;
"FIG. 3 is an elevational perspective front view of one of the fully patterned precursors of FIG. 2, showing the precursor's relation to a human wearer when the corresponding thong is finished;
"FIG. 4 is an elevational perspective back view of the fully patterned precursor of FIG. 3, showing the precursor's relation to a human wearer when the thong is finished;
"FIG. 5 is a high-level schematic diagram of an exemplary system for making the lace web of FIG. 2;
"FIG. 6 is a plan view of a partial-lace garment prior to finishing, showing the garment as having a lace portion and a non-lace portion;
"FIG. 7 is lateral front perspective view of the partial-lace garment of FIG. 6 being worn;
"FIG. 8 is a lateral rear perspective view of the partial-lace garment of FIGS. 6 and 7 being worn;
"FIG. 9 is a face view of a lace web made in accordance with the present invention, showing the web as containing a plurality of fully patterned precursors, each corresponding to the lace portion of the partial lace garment of FIGS. 6 to 8; and
"FIG. 10 is a high-level block diagram illustrating a computing system that can be used to implement any one or more aspects of a method of making fully patterned precursors of the present disclosure."
For additional information on this patent application, see: O'Brien,
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