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United States Patent Application 20160120245
Kind Code A1
Novela; Daniel May 5, 2016

UTILITY POCKET WITH V-SHAPED OPENING

Abstract

A double pocket arrangement includes a first pocket formed by the cooperation of a first wall and a second wall and a second pocket having an opening thereto defined by a first end of the second wall and a first end of a third wall. The first end of the third wall includes a substantially V-shaped indentation formed therein defining at least a portion of the opening into the second pocket. The double pocket arrangement is configured to retain a first article within the first pocket and a second article within the second pocket simultaneously.


Inventors: Novela; Daniel; (Miami Beach, FL)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

Novela; Daniel

Miami Beach

FL

US
Family ID: 1000001595550
Appl. No.: 14/927927
Filed: October 30, 2015


Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application NumberFiling DatePatent Number
62073206Oct 31, 2014

Current U.S. Class: 2/253
Current CPC Class: A41D 27/20 20130101
International Class: A41D 27/20 20060101 A41D027/20

Claims



1. A double pocket arrangement comprising: a first pocket formed by cooperation of a first wall and a second wall; and a second pocket having an opening defined by a first end of the second wall and a first end of a third wall, the first end of the third wall including an indentation formed therein, the indentation further defining a portion of the opening.

2. The double pocket according to claim 1, wherein the indentation is substantially V-shaped.

3. The double pocket according to claim 1, wherein the first pocket is a patch pocket formed by coupling at least a portion of the second wall to the first wall.

4. The double pocket according to claim 3, wherein the second pocket is a patch pocket formed by coupling at least a portion of the third wall to the second wall.

5. The double pocket according to claim 1, wherein the first end of the second wall defines at least a portion of an opening into the first pocket.

6. The double pocket according to claim 1, wherein the indentation forms a portion of a perimeter of the third wall and the perimeter of the third wall is coupled to the second wall except the indentation.

7. The double pocket according to claim 1, wherein the third wall overlays at least a portion of each of the first wall and the second wall, the third wall forming an outermost surface of the double pocket arrangement and the first wall forming an innermost surface of the double pocket arrangement.

8. The double pocket according to claim 1, further comprising an insert wall disposed at least partially between the second wall and the third wall.

9. The double pocket according to claim 8, wherein the insert wall includes a right side and a wrong side, the right side of the insert wall exposed by the indentation formed in the first end of the third wall.

10. The double pocket according to claim 1, wherein the first wall forms an exposed surface of a garment or a storage device.

11. The double pocket according to claim 1, further comprising a fourth wall having a slit formed therein, wherein the first pocket is a welt pocket at least partially extending through the slit of the fourth wall.

12. The double pocket according to claim 11, wherein the third wall forms a welt overlaying the slit formed in the fourth wall.

13. The double pocket according to claim 12, wherein the first wall is coupled to the fourth wall adjacent a first longitudinal side of the slit and the third wall is coupled to the fourth wall adjacent a second longitudinal side of the slit.

14. The double pocket according to claim 13, wherein the second wall includes a second end formed opposite the first end, the first end of the second wall coupled to the first wall and the second end of the second wall coupled to the third wall.

15. The double pocket according to claim 14, wherein the second end of the second wall is coupled to the first end of the third wall to each side of the indentation formed in the first end of the third wall.

16. The double pocket according to claim 11, further comprising an insert wall disposed at least partially between the second wall and the third wall.

17. The double pocket according to claim 16, wherein the insert wall includes a first end and a second end, the first end of the insert wall coupled to the second wall and the second end of the insert wall coupled to at least one of the third wall and the fourth wall.

18. The double pocket according to claim 17, wherein the insert wall forms a pocket bag of the second pocket.

19. The double pocket according to claim 1, wherein a seam is formed at an intersection of the second wall and the third wall.

20. The double pocket according to claim 19, wherein at least a portion of an insert wall is disposed between the second wall and the third wall adjacent the seam.
Description



CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 62/073,206, filed Oct. 31, 2014, the entire disclosure of which is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The present invention relates to a double pocket arrangement including a first pocket and a secondary utility pocket, an opening to the secondary utility pocket defined at least partially by a V-shaped opening formed in a wall of the secondary utility pocket.

BACKGROUND

[0003] Pockets are typically present on many garments for providing a means to store and transport articles while also aiming to give the garment an attractive appearance. Accordingly, the size, shape, placement, and style of pocket can greatly change both the utility and attractiveness of the garment.

[0004] In many instances, pockets are also used to highlight other accessories associated with the garment in order to provide a fashionable look for the wearer. For example, it is common for an individual to place a pocket square or similar accessory within the chest pocket of a suit to draw attention to the pattern of the pocket square or the contrast in color between the suit and the pocket square. In such instances, the pocket square may be arranged to have a certain appearance or shape, including introducing several folds into the pocket square.

[0005] One problem presented with the use of a decorative feature such as a pocket square is that the associated pocket may in many cases no longer be used for storing conventional articles. It is common for many individuals to place items such as writing utensils or eye glasses within the same pockets that typically contain such decorative features. However, the time and consideration used to arrange such decorative features may cause the wearer of such a garment to avoid interaction with the pocket in order to prevent the decorative feature from being manipulated or potentially dislodged. Further, the wearer may also find the combination of the articles placed within the pocket to have an unappealing appearance due to the mismatched combination. Still, in other instances, the wearer may want to combine the appearance of two different decorative features within the same pocket, but the wearer may be concerned that the articles should not interact with each other while in the pocket for any number of reasons. For example, a wearer may want to place a pair of sunglasses within a pocket while also having a pocket square or other accenting feature disposed therein, but the wearer may not wish to have the sunglasses disturb the carefully prepared folds of the pocket square.

[0006] It would therefore be desirable to create a pocket arrangement for use with garments and other articles that includes both a first opening and a secondary utility opening for separately retaining multiple articles within the double pocket arrangement.

SUMMARY

[0007] In accordance with the present invention, a double pocket arrangement beneficially allowing for one article to be received in a first pocket while a second article is received within a secondary utility pocket disposed at least partially in front of the first pocket is disclosed.

[0008] In an embodiment of the current invention, a double pocket arrangement comprises a first pocket formed by the cooperation of a first wall and a second wall and a second pocket having an opening thereto defined by a first end of the second wall and a first end of a third wall. The first end of the third wall includes an indentation formed therein defining at least a portion of the opening into the second pocket.

[0009] Further areas of applicability will become apparent from the description provided herein. The description and specific examples in this summary are intended for purposes of illustration only and are not intended to limit the scope of the present disclosure.

DRAWINGS

[0010] The drawings described herein are for illustrative purposes only of selected embodiments and not all possible implementations, and are not intended to limit the scope of the present disclosure.

[0011] FIG. 1 is a fragmentary partially exploded perspective view of a double pocket according to an embodiment of the invention;

[0012] FIG. 2 is a fragmentary perspective view of the assembled double pocket arrangement of FIG. 1;

[0013] FIG. 3 is fragmentary side cross-sectional elevational view of the double pocket arrangement of FIG. 2 taken along section line 3-3;

[0014] FIG. 4 is a fragmentary perspective view illustrating one step of a method of assembling a double pocket arrangement according to another embodiment of the invention;

[0015] FIG. 5 is a fragmentary perspective view illustrating another step of a method of assembling the double pocket arrangement of FIG. 4;

[0016] FIG. 6 is a fragmentary perspective view illustrating the completed double pocket arrangement of FIGS. 4 and 5;

[0017] FIG. 7 is a fragmentary side cross-sectional elevational view of the double pocket arrangement of FIG. 6 taken along section like 7-7; and

[0018] FIG. 8 is a fragmentary side cross-sectional elevational view of a double pocket arrangement including a second pocket bag according to another embodiment of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0019] The following description of technology is merely exemplary in nature of the subject matter, manufacture and use of one or more inventions, and is not intended to limit the scope, application, or uses of any specific invention claimed in this application or in such other applications as may be filed claiming priority to this application, or patents issuing therefrom. Additionally, the dimensions provided in the drawings are merely for purposes of explaining the invention, and are not necessary or critical to operation of the invention unless otherwise stated herein. In respect of the methods disclosed, the steps presented are exemplary in nature, and thus, the order of the steps is not necessary or critical.

[0020] FIGS. 1-3 illustrate an embodiment of a double pocket arrangement 10 having a first pocket 20 and a second pocket 40, also referred to as a utility pocket 40, formed therein. The first pocket 20 is formed by the cooperation of a base fabric piece 22 and an inner fabric piece 28. The base fabric piece 22 may form any portion of any article suitable for receiving the double pocket arrangement 10. The double pocket arrangement 10 is shown in completed form in FIG. 2 and most closely resembles a chest pocket for a suit jacket, but the double pocket arrangement 10 may be applied to any type of garment or article having pockets, as desired. The double pocket arrangement 10 may be applied to any type of shirt, pants, jacket, skirt, or the like. Additionally, the double pocket arrangement 10 may be applied to any form of storage device or other similar article such as a bag or a purse, for example. In each case, an exposed portion of fabric or similar material forms the base fabric piece 22 to which the remainder of the double pocket arrangement 10 is coupled.

[0021] The utility pocket 40 is formed by the cooperation of the inner fabric piece 28 and an outer fabric piece 50. As shown in FIG. 1, the outer fabric piece 50 includes a substantially V-shaped indentation 42 formed in one end thereof. The V-shaped indentation 42 is configured to provide a surface for supporting an article at least partially received within the utility pocket 40.

[0022] A remainder of the structure of the double pocket arrangement 10 may best be described with reference to a manner of constructing the double pocket arrangement 10. Hereinafter, reference to a "right side" of any piece of fabric refers to a side of the fabric intended to be visually exposed to an end user. The right side of a given piece of fabric may include a finish or a pattern to accentuate an appearance of that side of the fabric. Additionally, hereinafter, reference to a "wrong side" of any piece of fabric refers to a side of the fabric formed opposite the right side thereof. Accordingly, in many instances the wrong side of any given piece of fabric is typically intended to be hidden from the end user, hence the wrong side of the fabric may typically be devoid of a finish or pattern. One skilled in the art should realize that both the right side and the wrong side of any given piece of fabric may be exposed or hidden along selected portions of any form of pocket arrangement depending on the method of construction and the intended appearance of the completed pocket arrangement.

[0023] As shown in FIGS. 1 and 3, a right side 23 of the base fabric layer 22 is exposed and in facing relationship with a majority of a right side 29 of the inner fabric piece 28. The right side 29 of the inner fabric piece 28 forms an inner surface of the first pocket 20 and the right side 23 of the base fabric piece 22 forms an opposing inner surface of the first pocket 20. It should be understood by one in the art that one or both of the inner fabric piece 28 and the base fabric piece 22 may further be coupled to an additional layer of fabric to form a liner of the first pocket 20, as desired. Such a liner may have any suitable form and construction and may be stitched or otherwise coupled to the base fabric piece 22 and the inner fabric piece 28 using any known methods within the art such as traditional methods of stitching and sewing.

[0024] A portion of the inner fabric piece 28 formed adjacent an end 32 thereof is folded downwardly about a fold line 33 to form an inner flap 34 of the inner fabric piece 28. The downward folding of the inner flap 34 exposes a portion of the right side 29 of the inner fabric piece 28 as illustrated in FIG. 1. The right side 29 of the inner flap 34 is divided into a first segment 35a, a second segment 35b, and a third segment 35e, wherein the second segment 35b is arranged between the first segment 35a and the third segment 35c. The inner fabric piece 28 is also shown as having a fold line 36 offset inwardly from a peripheral edge of the inner fabric piece 28 along a perimeter of the inner fabric piece 28 with the exception of a side of the inner fabric piece 28 forming the inner flap 34. A wrong side 30 of the inner fabric piece 28 faces in a direction away from the base fabric piece 22 with the exception of the inner flap 34 when the inner flap 34 is folded downwardly as illustrated in FIG. 1.

[0025] A right side 51 of the outer fabric piece 50 is outwardly exposed and a wrong side 52 of the outer fabric piece 50 is in facing relationship with the right side 29 of the inner flap 34 and the wrong side 30 of the remainder of the inner fabric piece 28. A first end 53 of the outer fabric piece 50 includes the V-shaped indentation 42, a first seam flap 55, and a second seam flap 56, wherein the V-shaped indentation 42 is disposed between the first seam flap 55 and the second seam flap 56. The V-shaped indentation 42 is shown as including a first indentation flap 43 and a second indentation flap 44 formed to each side thereof. It should be understood that the first indentation flap 43 and the second indentation flap 44 are configured to be folded inwardly along a perimeter of the V-shaped indentation 42 to expose the right side 51 of the outer fabric piece 50 along an entirety of the V-shaped indentation 42. Although not shown in FIGS. 1-3, it should further be understood that an additional layer of fabric may be coupled to the wrong side 52 of the first indentation flap 43 and the second indentation flap 44 to provide a liner to an interior of the utility pocket 40. The outer fabric piece 50 is shown as having a fold line 58 offset inwardly from a peripheral edge of the outer fabric piece 50 along each side of the outer fabric piece 50 with the exception of the first end 53 thereof.

[0026] The double pocket arrangement 10 further includes an insert fabric piece 60. The insert fabric piece 60 is shown as being substantially rectangular in shape and includes a right side 61 facing away from the right side 23 of the base fabric piece 22 and a wrong side 62 (illustrated in FIG. 3) in facing relationship with the right side 29 of the inner flap 34 when the inner flap 34 is folded downwardly as shown in FIG. 1. The insert fabric piece 60 includes an outer flap 64 formed along one edge thereof. The outer flap 64 is configured to be folded about a fold line 66. The outer flap 64 further includes a first segment 65a, a second segment 65b, and a third segment 65c, wherein the second segment 65b is disposed between the first segment 65a and the third segment 65c.

[0027] The double pocket arrangement 10 is constructed by first placing the right side 29 of the inner fabric piece 28 adjacent the right side 23 of the base fabric piece 22. Next, the inner flap 34 of the inner fabric piece 28 is folded downwardly to expose the right side 29 thereof as shown in FIG. 1. The outer flap 64 of the insert fabric piece 60 is then folded about the fold line 66 wherein the right side 61 of the outer flap 64 is placed in facing relationship with the right side 29 of the inner flap 34 of the inner fabric piece 28. Once folded downwardly, the right side 61 of the second segment 65b of the outer flap 64 is placed in abutment with the right side 29 of the second segment 35b of the inner flap 34. Next, the first seam flap 55 of the outer fabric piece 50 is inserted between the right side 61 of the first segment 65a of the outer flap 64 and the right side 29 of the first segment 35a of the inner flap 34 and the second seam flap 56 of the outer fabric piece 50 is inserted between the right side 61 of the third segment 65c of the outer flap 64 and the right side 29 of the third segment 35c of the inner flap 34.

[0028] In this arrangement, the right side 51 of the first seam flap 55 is in facing relationship with the right side 29 of the inner flap 34 along the first segment 35a thereof and the right side 51 of the second seam flap 56 is in facing relationship with the right side 29 of the inner flap 34 along the third segment 35c thereof. Next, the first seam flap 55, the outer flap 64, and the inner flap 34 are coupled to each other along the first segment 35a of the inner flap 34, the outer flap 64 and the inner flap 34 are coupled to each other along the second segment 35b of the inner flap 34, and the second seam flap 56, the outer flap 64, and the inner flap 34 are coupled to each other along the third segment 35c of the inner flap 34. The fabric pieces may be coupled by any method such as stitching or sewing, as desired. The manner in which the first seam flap 55 and the second seam flap 56 extend between the insert fabric piece 60 and the inner fabric piece 28 is further illustrated with reference to FIG. 3.

[0029] The insert fabric piece 60 extends between the inner flap 34 and the outer fabric piece 50 to allow the right side 61 of the insert fabric piece 60 to be exposed beneath the V-shaped indentation 42. Once aligned and coupled in the described manner, a seam 59 extends across a width of one end of the double pocket arrangement 10. The seam 59 includes a first outer segment exposing a portion of the inner fabric piece 28 and a portion of the outer fabric piece 50, a second intermediate segment exposing a portion of the inner fabric piece 28 and a portion of the insert fabric piece 60, and a third outer segment exposing a portion of the inner fabric piece 28 and a portion of the outer fabric piece 50.

[0030] Next, the outer fabric piece 50 is placed adjacent the inner fabric piece 28 wherein the fold line 36 of the inner fabric piece 28 is aligned with the fold line 58 of the outer fabric piece 50. Once aligned, the perimeter of the outer fabric piece 50 is placed in abutment with the perimeter of the inner fabric piece 28 before the perimeters are folded along the aligned fold lines 36, 58 to form an edge 68 around a perimeter of the pocket 10. The outer fabric piece 50 and the inner fabric piece 28 are then coupled to the base fabric piece 22 adjacent the edge 68. It should be understood the inner fabric piece 28 and the outer fabric piece 50 may be directly coupled to the base fabric piece 22 without folding under the two fabric pieces 28, 50 in unison. Folding of the two fabric pieces 28, 50 is intended to form a seam about a portion of the perimeter of the double pocket arrangement 10 without exposing an outermost edge of either of the fabric pieces 28, 50 to avoid an occurrence of fraying along the edges.

[0031] It should be understood by one skilled in the art that each of the fabric pieces 22, 28, 50, 60 form dividing surfaces or walls within the double pocket arrangement 10 that produce the novel shape and configuration of the double pocket arrangement 10. It should further be understood that each of the disclosed fabric pieces 22, 28, 50, 60 may accordingly be replaced with a one or more fabric pieces coupled or joined to one another so long as the resulting configuration of the double pocket arrangement 10 maintains the same relationship between the first pocket 20 and the second utility pocket 40. For example, any of the fabric pieces 22, 28, 50, 60 may be replaced with a plurality of fabric layers coupled to one another, wherein the additional fabric layers provide a lining or other additional layer for altering a visual appearance or a degree of insulation provided by each fabric piece. Additionally, the fabric pieces 22, 28, 50, 60 have been described as having various flaps 34, 43, 44, 55, 56, 64 suitable for forming various seams between the fabric pieces 22, 28, 50, 60, but it should be understood that these flaps may be removed or modified if an alternative appearance of the exposed portions of the double pocket arrangement 10 is desired. For example, the outer fabric piece 50 may be coupled directly to the inner fabric piece 28 in the absence of the insert fabric piece 60 and without first folding any of the relevant flaps 34, 55, 56 in the manner described, but the resulting double pocket arrangement 10 will have a different appearance due to the presence of a different form of the seam between the various fabric pieces 22, 28, 50, 60.

[0032] Accordingly, with reference to FIGS. 2 and 3, the double pocket arrangement 10 generally includes a first innermost wall formed by the base fabric piece 22, a second intermediate wall formed by the inner fabric piece 28, and a third outermost wall formed by the outer fabric piece 50. The first pocket 20 is accordingly formed by the cooperation of the first wall and the second wall while the second utility pocket 40 is formed by the cooperation of the second wall and the third wall. An opening into the first pocket 20 is defined by an end of the second wall and a portion of the first wall formed opposite the end of the second wall. An opening into the second utility pocket 40 is defined by a portion of the end of the second wall and the substantially V-shaped indentation 42 formed in a portion of the end of the third wall. As described hereinabove, the insert fabric piece 60 is configured to provide an aesthetically appealing appearance to the second utility pocket 40 by exposing a right side 61 of the insert fabric piece 60 beneath the V-shaped indentation 42 formed in the third wall. Accordingly, the insert fabric piece 60 may form an insert wall disposed between the second wall and the third wall. However, it should be understood that the insert fabric piece 60 may be omitted from the double pocket arrangement 10 without affecting the ability of the second utility pocket 40 to support or hold an article therein. For example, with reference to FIG. 3, the inner flap 34 of the inner fabric piece 28 may be extended downwardly to expose the right side 29 of the inner fabric piece 28 beneath the V-shaped indentation 42 of the outer fabric piece 50.

[0033] The arrangement of the first wall relative to the second wall causes the first pocket 20 to be a form of a "patch pocket," which may be defined as a pocket formed by coupling a first portion of a periphery of a first piece of material to a second piece of material, wherein a second portion of the periphery of the first piece of material is not coupled to the second piece of material and forms an opening into the patch pocket. Accordingly, the second utility pocket 40 also forms a patch pocket by the cooperation of the second wall with the third wall, wherein the V-shaped indentation 42 formed in the end of the third wall forms the uncoupled opening of the patch pocket.

[0034] The V-shaped indentation 42 forms an indented and pointed surface, allowing for certain articles to be placed in the utility pocket 40 and centered on the V-shaped indentation 42 while another article is retained within the first pocket 20. For example, a user may place a pocket square in the first pocket 20 while also retaining a temple portion of a pair of eye glasses in the utility pocket 40, wherein the V-shaped indentation 42 acts as a low point on which the temple portion of the eye glasses may rest. The presence of the low point on the V-shaped indentation 42 also beneficially allows the article retained within the second utility pocket 40 to be offset below the opening into the primary pocket 20 to allow for the article retained in the second utility pocket 40 to not interfere with an appearance of the article retained within the primary pocket 20, especially when the article retained within the primary pocket 20 is a decorative feature such as a pocket square, for example. The V-shape of the indentation therefore advantageously allows for an article disposed within the utility pocket 40 to be maintained at a specified position (typically centered) within the utility pocket 40 due to the effect of gravity. Accordingly, it should be understood that the indentation 42 may alternatively be formed to have any suitable shape including a lowermost point on which an article may rest. For example, the indentation 42 may be substantially semi-circular, arcuate, or trapezoidal in shape, as non-limiting examples. The V-shaped indentation 42 gives the utility pocket 40 a unique and aesthetically appealing appearance not present on traditional pocket arrangements. Lastly, the utility pocket 40 advantageously allows for the double pocket arrangement 10 to receive at least two different articles in at least two different pocket openings while maintaining a desired degree of separation between the two different articles.

[0035] FIGS. 4-8 illustrate a double pocket arrangement 110 according to another embodiment of the invention. The double pocket arrangement 110 includes a first pocket 120 formed by the cooperation of a first pocket bag fabric piece 124 and a second pocket bag fabric piece 128 and a second utility pocket 140 formed between the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 and a welt fabric piece 150.

[0036] A structure of the double pocket arrangement 110 is best understood by describing a method of forming the double pocket arrangement 110. With reference to FIG. 4, a base fabric piece 112 includes an exposed right side 113 and a horizontally extending slit 115 formed through the base fabric piece 112. The first pocket bag piece 124 is coupled to the base fabric piece 112 to one side of the slit 115 with a right side 125 of the first pocket bag fabric piece 124 (illustrated in FIG. 7) in facing relationship with the right side 113 of the base fabric piece 112. The coupling of the first pocket bag fabric piece 124 to the base fabric piece 112 may be performed by stitching or other known method within the art, wherein the coupling is linear and extends parallel to the slit 115. For example, the first pocket bag fabric piece 124 may be coupled to the base fabric piece 112 by a first stitch 117 formed parallel to and spaced apart from the slit 115. The welt fabric piece 150 is coupled to an opposite side of slit 115 with a right side 151 of the welt fabric piece 150 (illustrated in FIG. 7) in facing relationship with the right side 113 of the base fabric piece 112. The coupling of the welt fabric piece 150 to the base fabric piece 112 may be performed by stitching or other known method within the art, wherein the coupling is linear and extends parallel to the slit 115. For example, the welt fabric piece 150 may be coupled to the base fabric piece 112 by a second stitch 118 formed parallel to and spaced apart from the slit 115.

[0037] The welt fabric piece 150 includes a first side flap 153, a second side flap 154, a first seam flap 155, and a second seam flap 156. The first side flap 153 and the second side flap 154 are formed on opposing sides of the welt fabric piece 150 and the first seam flap 155 and the second seam flap 156 are formed to each respective side of a V-shaped indentation 142 formed in an end of the welt fabric piece 150. The V-shaped indentation 142 is shown as including a first indentation flap 143 and a second indentation flap 144 formed to each side thereof. It should be understood that the first indentation flap 143 and the second indentation flap 144 are configured to be folded inwardly along a perimeter of the V-shaped indentation 142 to expose the right side 151 of the welt fabric piece 150 along an entirety of the V-shaped indentation 142. Although not shown in FIGS. 4-8, it should further be understood that an additional layer of fabric may be coupled to a wrong side 152 of the first indentation flap 143 and the second indentation flap 144 to provide a liner to an interior of the utility pocket 140.

[0038] FIG. 5 introduces an insert fabric piece 160 and the second pocket bag piece 128 to the construction of the double pocket arrangement 110. The insert fabric piece 160 is shown as being substantially rectangular in shape and includes a right side 161 and a wrong side 162 (illustrated in FIG. 7). The insert fabric piece 160 includes an outer flap 164 formed along one edge thereof. The outer flap 164 includes a first segment 165a, a second segment 165b, and a third segment 165c, wherein the second segment 165b is disposed between the first segment 165a and the third segment 165c. The outer flap 164 is configured to be folded about a fold line 166. The second pocket bag piece 128 includes a right side 129 and a wrong side 130 (illustrated in FIG. 7). The second pocket bag piece 128 further includes an inner flap 134 formed at one end thereof. The inner flap 134 includes a first segment 135a, a second segment 135b, and a third segment 135c, wherein the second segment 135b is disposed between the first segment 135a and the third segment 135c. The inner flap 134 is configured to be folded about a fold line 136.

[0039] As shown in FIG. 5, the welt fabric piece 150 is folded upwardly about the second stitch 118 to expose the right side 151 of the welt fabric piece 150 while also substantially covering the slit 115 formed in the base fabric piece 112. The upward folding of the welt fabric piece 150 also exposes the right side 151 of each of the first side flap 153, the second side flap 154, the first seam flap 155, and the second seam flap 156. Next, the right side 161 of the outer flap 164 of the insert fabric piece 160 is placed in abutment with the right side 129 of the inner flap 134 of the second pocket bag piece 128. The second segment 165b of the outer flap 164 is then coupled to the second segment 135b of the inner flap 134 by any known method, including stitching. Next, the first seam flap 155 of the welt fabric piece 150 is disposed between the first segment 165a of the outer flap 164 and the first segment 135a of the inner flap 164 while the second seam flap 156 is disposed between the third segment 165c of the outer flap 164 and the third segment 135c of the inner flap 134. When in such an arrangement, the right side 151 of the first seam flap 155 is in facing relationship with the right side 129 of the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 along the first segment 135a of the inner flap 134 while the right side 151 of the second seam flap 156 is in facing relationship with the right side 129 of the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 along the third segment 135c of the inner flap 134. Once such arranged, each of the first seam flap 155, the first segment 165a of the outer flap 164, and the first segment 135a of the inner flap 134 are coupled to one another using any known coupling method such as stitching. Similarly, the second seam flap 156, the third segment 165c of the outer flap 164, and the third segment 135c of the inner flap 134 are coupled to one another using any known coupling method such as stitching.

[0040] Once aligned and coupled in the described manner, a seam 159 extends across a width of one end of the double pocket arrangement 110. The seam 159 includes a first segment exposing a portion of the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 and a portion of the welt fabric piece 150, a second segment exposing a portion of the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 and a portion of the insert fabric piece 160, and a third segment exposing a portion of the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 and a portion of the welt fabric piece 150.

[0041] Once the welt fabric piece 150, the insert fabric piece 160, and the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 are coupled to each other forming the seam 159, the first pocket bag fabric piece 124 and the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 are inserted through the slit 115 from the right side 113 of the base fabric piece 112 and toward a wrong side 114 thereof (illustrated in FIG. 7). A portion of a perimeter of the first pocket bag fabric piece 124 is then coupled to a portion of a perimeter of the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 with the exception of the edges of each pocket bag fabric piece 124, 128 forming an opening into the first pocket 120. The first pocket bag fabric piece 124 and the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 may be coupled to each other by stitching or any known method, as desired. It should further be understood that a liner may be added to the interior of the first pocket 120 by adding one or more layers of fabric to one or each of the first pocket bag fabric piece 124 and the second pocket bag fabric piece 128, as desired.

[0042] The first side flap 153 and the second side flap 154 of the welt fabric piece 150 are each folded under the wrong side 152 thereof and then coupled to the base fabric piece 112 by any known method such as stitching. As shown in FIG. 6, the final pocket 110 includes the welt fabric piece 150 outwardly exposed with the V-shaped indentation 142 formed therein. The V-shaped indentation 142 extends downwardly from the intersection of the welt fabric piece 150 with the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 and the insert fabric piece 160. The V-shaped indentation 142 defines at least a front portion of the utility pocket 140.

[0043] As best illustrated in FIG. 7, the utility pocket 140 is formed between the welt fabric piece 150 and the combination of the insert fabric piece 160 and the second pocket bag fabric piece 128. The utility pocket 140 leads to an interior opening 147 formed to the wrong side 114 of the base fabric piece 112 below the slit 115 formed therein. The interior opening 147 does not include a lower surface defining a pocket bag, hence the utility pocket 140 illustrated in FIG. 7 is intended to receive a portion of an article therein while another portion of the article extends out from the utility pocket 140 and is supported on a surface of the welt fabric piece 150 defining the V-shaped indentation 142. For example, one temple of a pair of eye glasses could be received within the utility pocket 140 while a remainder of the eye glasses extend in front of the exposed right side 151 of the welt fabric piece 150, thereby allowing the eye glasses to rest on the lowermost point of the welt fabric piece 150 defining the V-shaped indentation 142 while not interfering with an article disposed in the primary pocket 120.

[0044] It should be understood by one skilled in the art that each of the fabric pieces 112, 124, 128, 150, 160 form dividing surfaces or walls within the double pocket arrangement 110 that produce the novel shape and configuration of the double pocket arrangement 110. As such, it should further be understood that each of the disclosed fabric pieces 112, 124, 128, 150, 160 may be replaced with a one or more fabric pieces coupled or joined to one another so long as the resulting configuration of the double pocket arrangement 10 maintains the same relationship between the first pocket 120 and the second utility pocket 140. For example, any of the fabric pieces 112, 124, 128, 150, 160 may be replaced with a plurality of fabric layers coupled to one another, wherein the additional fabric layers provide a lining or other additional layer for altering a visual appearance or a degree of insulation provided by each fabric piece. Additionally, the fabric pieces 112, 124, 128, 150, 160 have been described as having various flaps 134, 143, 144, 153, 154, 155, 156, 164 suitable for forming various seams between the fabric pieces 112, 124, 128, 150, 160, but it should be understood that these flaps may be removed or modified if an alternative appearance of the exposed portions of the double pocket arrangement 110 is desired. For example, the welt fabric piece 150 may be coupled directly to the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 in the absence of the insert fabric piece 160 and without first folding any of the relevant flaps 134, 155, 156 in the manner described, but the resulting double pocket arrangement 110 will have a different appearance due to the presence of a different form of seam between the various fabric pieces 112, 124, 128, 150, 160.

[0045] Accordingly, with reference to FIGS. 6 and 7, the double pocket arrangement 110 generally includes a first innermost wall formed by the first pocket bag fabric piece 124, a second intermediate wall formed by the second pocket bag fabric piece 128, and a third outermost wall formed by the welt fabric piece 150. The base fabric piece 112 acts as a fourth wall having the slit 115 formed therein for directing the first pocket 120 therethrough. The first pocket 120 is accordingly formed by the cooperation of the first wall and the second wall after the first pocket 120 has been fed through the slit 115 formed in the fourth wall. An opening into the first pocket 120 is defined by the cooperation of an end of the second wall and an end of the first wall. An opening into the second utility pocket 140 is defined by a portion of the end of the second wall and the substantially V-shaped indentation 142 formed in a portion of the end of the third wall. As described hereinabove, the insert fabric piece 160 is configured to provide an aesthetically appealing appearance to the second utility pocket 140 by exposing a right side 161 of the insert fabric piece 160 beneath the V-shaped indentation 142 formed in the third wall. Thus, the insert fabric piece 160 may form an insert wall disposed between the second wall and the third wall. However, it should be understood that the insert fabric piece 160 may be omitted from the double pocket arrangement 110 without affecting the ability of the second utility pocket 140 to support an article thereon. For example, with reference to FIG. 7, the inner flap 134 of the second pocket bag fabric piece 128 may be extended downwardly to expose the right side 129 of the second pocket bad fabric piece 128 beneath the V-shaped indentation 142 of the welt fabric piece 150, as desired.

[0046] The arrangement of the first wall relative to the second wall causes the first pocket 120 to be a form of a "welt pocket," which may be defined as an interior pocket formed by directing a pocket bag through an opening formed in a base layer of material and including a "welt" for covering an opening into the pocket bag of the welt pocket. The "welt" of the welt pocket typically refers to a raised portion of fabric found adjacent the opening that is used as a decorative feature for covering any exposed seams or threading formed as a result of the creation of the welt pocket. The welt is typically rectangular in shape, wherein one longitudinal side of the welt forms one side of an opening leading to the welt pocket and the opposing longitudinal side of the welt is attached to the outer layer of the garment or storage device adjacent the opening. Each of the short sides of the welt are typically stitched to the outer layer of the garment or storage device to give the welt a rectangular shape that identifies the location of the opening into the welt pocket while also providing an attractive appearance to the welt pocket.

[0047] FIG. 8 illustrates the double pocket arrangement 110 with a modified insert fabric piece 160'. The insert fabric piece 160' is elongated and is then folded upwards towards a junction of the base fabric piece 112 and the welt fabric piece 150. The insert fabric piece 160' is then coupled to at least one of the base fabric piece 112 and the welt fabric piece 150 by any known method including stitching. Additionally, the folded over portion of the insert fabric piece 160' may be coupled to the remainder of the insert fabric piece 160' along outside opposing edges of the insert fabric piece 160' to form a pocket bag by the cooperation of the two folded portions of the insert fabric piece 160'. Accordingly, the insert fabric piece 160' may act to form a utility pocket bag 148, wherein the utility pocket bag 148 provides an additional feature of allowing for an article placed in the utility pocket bag 148 to be retained therein without requiring the article to be supported on the V-shaped indentation 142 formed in the welt fabric piece 150.

[0048] It should be understood by one skilled in the art that the pieces of fabric identified in the present application may be replaced with multiple layers of fabric joined to each other in a variety of methods without departing from the scope of the present invention. It should also be understood that additional cuts, stitches, folds, and contours may be added to various portions of the pockets 10, 110 without departing from the scope of the present invention. As contemplated hereinabove, various layers of linings or decorative fabrics may be added to the disclosed fabric pieces in many instances to achieve a desired appearance or tactile experience with regards to the pockets 10, 110. It should further be understood that any substantially flexible material may be adapted for use in assembling the double pocket arrangements 10, 110 without departing from the scope of the present invention.

[0049] From the foregoing description, one ordinarily skilled in the art can easily ascertain the essential characteristics of this invention and, without departing from the spirit and scope thereof, can make various changes and modifications to the invention to adapt it to various usages and conditions.

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