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(11) Patent Number: KE 74
(45) Date of grant: 04/03/1999
(12) PATENT
 
(51) Int.CIA: 4 2B 1//06
(21) Application Number: 1996/000020
(22) Filing Date: 24/06/1996
(30) Priority data: PM3271 10/01/1994US
(86) PCT data
PCT/A1J95/00005 06/01/1995 WO 95/18549 Al    13/07/1995
 
(73) Owner: HALL, JASON, HAMILTON of, 58 Manning Street, Scarborough, W.A. 6019, Australia
(72) Inventor: HALL, JASON, HAMILTON
(74) Agent/address for correspondence: W.R.McA SPENCE, P.o.Box 43984 NAIROBI
 
(54) Title: AN ARTICLE OF HEADWEAR.
(57) Abstract:
(EN) An article of headwear (10) characterized by a substantially forwardly projecting peak or visor (12), an adjustable head engaging band (14) and a length or sheet of material (16), the head engaging band (14) being attached or attachable to the peak or visor (12) at or near a rear edge thereof, the length or sheet of material (16) being attached or attachable to the peak or visor (12) and extending rearward thereof, whereby the peak or visor (12) may be positioned on a wearer's head (26) such that the material (16) covers the wear's head (26) and hangs there from about the shoulders (29) and neck of the wearer, wherein the head engaging band (14) is positioned about a rear of the wearer's head (26) such that the peak or visor (12) is held in position thereon
 
                                 UPPER BODY GARMENT
This invention relates to an article of clothing. More particularly, the invention relates to a garment which may be worn either as a shirt, or worn as a hat.
Articles of clothing are known in which torso and head coverings are combined into a single garment. One such type of garment is of a variety designed to keep the wearer warm against low temperatures and wind by providing a hood depending from the back of the neck opening of the garment. With the garment worn on the torso of a person the hood may either be left to drape down the wearer's back from the rear of the neck opening, or may be worn as a hood substantially covering the top, sides and back of the wearer's head.

Another variety of garment is described in the specification of United States Patent 4,392,258. III this document there is described a T-shirt type of garment wherein a semi-stiff bill is attached at the roar of the neck opening and hangs down along the back of the garment when worn as a shirt. The described garment may also be worn over the head, with the bill positioned in front and above the wearer's eyes serving as an eyeshade and the remainder of the garment hanging loosely from the wearer's head. In outdoor activities prolonged exposure of skin to -light is of increasing concern due to the incidence of skin cancer resulting from the ultra-violet radiation component of natural sunlight. One of the areas which is often subject to such exposure is the back of the neck, which is an area that remains open to exposure whilst wearing a traditional T-shirt.
In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a garment comprising a fabric body for covering the upper torso of a wearer and including a neck aperture and an extended collar portion which extends from the rear periphery of the neck aperture and is adapted to shade a portion of the wearer's neck and is further adapted to form a visor to enable the garment to be worn as a hat with the neck aperture forming a rim around the wearer's head and the visor above the wearer's eyes.
 
Preferably said extended collar portion is attached to the inside periphery of said neck aperture and projects upwardly there from so as to extend around and adjacent to at least a portion of the back of the wearer's neck when protruding from the neck aperture.
Preferably said extended collar portion is attached shaped, and is constructed so
as to be resiliently flexible.
Preferably the periphery of the neck aperture is provided with a collar band and wherein the extended collar portion is joined to the fabric body adjacent the collar band such that the extended collar portion is to the interior of the neck aperture with respect to the collar band.
The invention also provides a garment which may be worn as a shirt or a hat, comprising a neck aperture, the periphery of which surrounds the wearer's neck when worn as a shirt and forms a hat tint when worn as a hat, the garment including a visor which protrudes from the neck aperture periphery so as to shade the rear of the wearer's nee,: protruding from the neck aperture when worn as a shirt and shade the wearer's eyes when worn as a hat.
A preferred embodiment of the invention is described in detail hereinafter, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein;
Figure 1 shows the front of a garment constructed in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention;
Figure 2 shows the back of the garment of Figure 1;
Figure 3 is an angled front view of the garment of Figures 1 and 2 whilst being worn as a shirt;
Figure 4 is an angled rear view of the garment whilst being worn as a shin; and Figure 5 is an angled front view of the garment whilst being worn as a hat.
With reference to Figures 1 and 2, the garment 2 of the preferred embodiment comprises a T-shirt having a shirt front 4, a shirt back 14, and right and left sleeves 5, 6. At the top central portion of the garment 2 there is provided a neck opening 10.
 
Around the periphery of the neck opening 10 is a collar band 12. A generally crescent shaped extended collar portion 8 is joined around the interior of the collar band 12, along the periphery of the neck opening 10 which is adjacent the shirt back 14.
The shirt front 4, shirt back 14, and right and left sleeves 5, 6 may be constructed from any desired fabric such as, for example, a cotton based woven or knitted material as is presently um! in the construction of T-shins. The extended collar portion 8 may comprise a flexible crescent shaped plastic reinforcing portion which is covered by a fabric material, and is joined along the periphery of the neck opening 10 by sewing the covering material around the interior of the seam joining the collar band 12 to the shirt back 14.
Figures 3 and 4 shows the garment 2 whilst being worn in the manner of a shirt bye wearer 20. In this configuration the wearer's arms extend through the right and left sleeves 5, 6 and the wearer's head and neck protrude from the neck opening 10. The collar band 12 is circumjacent the lower neck of the wearer 20, and the extended collar 8 extends from within the collar band 12 and projects up along the back of the wearer's neck and around side portions thereof. The extended collar 8 therefore shades at least a substantial part of the back of the wearer's neck from sunlight, and thus is able to prevent over exposure from possibly harmful ultra-violet radiation.
Figure 5 shows the garment 2 whilst being worn as a hat, wherein the interior of the collar band 12 is circumjacent the top portion of the wearers head with the extended collar portion 8 projecting forward from the forehead of the wearer 20 so as to shade the wearer's face from sunlight. In this configuration the shirt back 14 covers the top of the wearer's head and drapes down she wearer's back, whilst the right and left sleeves 5, 6 may drape over the shoulders of the wearer 20.
The described embodiment has been advanced merely by way of explanation, and many modifications may be made thereto without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. In particular, although the preferred embodiment has been described in relation to a garment resembling a T-shirt, the invention is just as easily applicable to a garment having long sleeves, or a sleeveless garment having apertures between the shirt front 4 and shirt back 14, through which the arms extend. Similarly the extended collar portion described hereinabove is fabricated separately from the collar band however it is envisaged that the collar band may alternatively be constructed with a compartment at the rear thereof to hold a plastic reinforcing portion so as to form the extended collar portion integral therewith.
 
CLAIMS:
1. A garment comprising a fabric body for covering the upper torso of a wearer and including a neck aperture and an extended collar portion which extends from the rear periphery of the neck aperture and is adapted to shade a portion of the wearer's neck and is further adapted to form a visor to enable the garment to be worn as a hat with the neck aperture forming, a rim around the wearer's head and the visor above the wearer's eyes.
2. A garment as claimed in claim 1 wherein the extended collar portion is attached to the inside periphery of said neck aperture and projects upwardly there from so as to extend around and adjacent to at least a portion of the back of the wearer's neck when protruding from the neck aperture.
3. A garment as claimed in claim 1 or 2 wherein the periphery of the neck aperture is provided with a collar band and wherein the extended collar portion is joined to the fabric body adjacent the collar band such that the extended collar portion is to the interior of the neck aperture with respect to the collar band.
4. A garment as claimed in claim I, 2 or 3 wherein the extended collar portion is resiliently flexible.
5. A garment as claimed in claim 4 wherein the extended collar portion comprises a reinforcing member constructed of a plastics material covered by a fabric covering which is sewn to say fabric body.
6. A garment as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the extended collar portion is crescent shaped.
7. A garment as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the periphery of said neck aperture forms a rim around the wearer's head when the garment is wont as a hat.
 
8. A garment which may be worn as a shirt or a hat, comprising a neck aperture, the periphery of which surrounds the wearers neck when worn as a shirt and forms a hat rim when worn as a hat, the garment including a visor which protrudes from the neck aperture periphery so as to shade the rear of the wearer's neck protruding from the neck aperture when worn as a shirt and shade the wearers eyes when worn as a hat.
9. A garment as claimed in claim 8 wherein the visor is a resiliently flexible crescent shaped member joined along its shorter edge to the rear periphery of the neck aperture and to the interior thereof with respect to a collar band which extends around the neck aperture.
10. A garment substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings.

 

 

 

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