Patent application title: Reversible Infant Clothing
Amanda Swomley (Phoenixville, PA, US)
IPC8 Class: AA41D1100FI
Class name: Union type skirted children's
Publication date: 2011-06-09
Patent application number: 20110131698
An improved infant garment which is reversible and comprised of two
different sides each being gender-specific where only one side is
observable when worn. When the gender of an unborn baby is unknown, the
features allow the use of one garment that is gender specific to both a
boy and a girl. The garment can be made in multiple embodiments that are
typical of infant clothing.
1. A reversible infant garment which provides male and female gender
specificity in one assembly, which comprises: a front portion and a back
portion; wherein, said front portion being comprised of two separate
sides, a first side and a second side, being joined to form one
inseparable material member; wherein said back portion being comprised of
two separate sides, a third side and a fourth side, being joined to form
a second inseparable material member;
2. The infant garment of claim 1 wherein said front portion and said back portion are joined along the edges to form a seam leaving at least three separate openings between the front portion and back portion.
3. The infant garment of claim 1 wherein said first side and said third side have substantially identical appearances that relate to the male gender and wherein said second side and said fourth side have substantially identical appearances that relate to the female gender.
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
 This application claims reference to Provisional Application No. 61/283,663
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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
 A. Field of the Invention
 The present invention is in the field of articles of clothing. More particularly, the present invention is in the field of infant clothing.
 B. Description of the Related Art
 Infant clothing is either gender specific, meaning it should be worn only by males or only by females, or neutral, meaning that it can be worn by either males or female infants. There is no known garment that the Applicant is aware of that can be gender specific to both males and females.
 When new parents prepare for the birth of their new baby, they must purchase clothes to take the little one home from the hospital. When the sex of the baby is not known before the birth, the parents are left with two choices:
 purchase both boy and girl clothes or purchase neutral clothes. With the increasing fashion selections for boys and girls, parents often decide to purchase one boy outfit and one girl outfit. The logical outcome of this arrangement is the uselessness of one of the outfits.
 Infant clothing is primarily constructed to be gender specific through the use of color and/or patterns as well as design embellishments (i.e. ruffles, lace etc.). When the sex of an unborn baby is unknown, clothing choices must be made in either gender-specific colors, for use by only one gender, or gender-neutral colors that allow for the use by either gender. Reversible clothing, providing multiple uses for a single garment, is well known in the prior art. Reversible garments have a design on a first side and a different design on a second side, taking advantage of the two-in-one feature. The choice between which side the user wants observable is made based upon fashion choice. There is no known infant clothing that combines the gender-specific colors and/or patterns of both sexes in one garment. The advantage of the present invention is to allow the purchase of one garment that can be specific to a boy and that same garment can also be specific to a girl.
 While certain aspects of conventional technologies have been discussed to facilitate disclosure of the invention, Applicant in no way disclaims these technical aspects, and it is contemplated that the present invention may encompass one or more of the conventional technical aspects discussed herein.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
 The present invention is a single garment that can be gender-specific based upon color and/or pattern for either a male or a female infant by way of reversibility between a first side and a second side thus eliminating the need for the purchase of two separate gender specific outfits for new born babies.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
 FIG. 1 is a front view of a front portion of the present invention as embodied in a shirt design;
 FIG. 2 is a front view of a back portion of the present invention as embodied in a shirt design;
 FIG. 3A is a front view of the present invention showing a first side observable as embodied in a shirt design; and
 FIG. 3B is a front view of the present invention showing a second side observable as embodied in a shirt design.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
 Referring now to the invention in more detail, in FIG. 1 there is shown a front portion identifying side 10 and side 11. Side 10 is a gender specific color and/or pattern. Side 11 is a gender-specific color and/or pattern that is the opposite gender as side 10.
 In further detail, still referring to FIG. 1, the size of the front portion is suitable for use as shirt for an infant in size and shape.
 The construction details of the invention shown in FIG. 1 are that the front portion is formed by joining side 10 to side 11. Further, the shirt may be made with cotton, wool, nylon, polyester, or any other suitable material that can be used for the construction of infant clothing. Further, the various components of the invention may be made with different materials.
 Referring now to FIG. 2, there is shown a back portion identifying side 12 and side 13. Side 12 is a gender specific color and/or pattern that is identical to side 10. Further, side 13 is a gender-specific color and/or pattern that is identical to side 11 and is the opposite gender as sides 10 and 12.
 In further detail, still referring to FIG. 2, the size of the back portion is suitable for use as shirt for an infant and is identical in size and shape as FIG. 1.
 The construction details of the invention shown in FIG. 2 are that the back portion is formed by joining side 12 to side 13. Further, the shirt may be made with cotton, wool, nylon, polyester, or any other suitable material that can be used for the construction of infant clothing. Further, the various components of the invention may be made with different materials.
 Referring now to FIG. 3A, there is shown a front view of the present invention where the front portion identified in FIG. 1 and the back portion identified in FIG. 2 have been joined at the edges so as to form seams that allow four openings between the front portion and the back portion in the form of a T-Shirt. Further, side 11 is observable as a gender specific shirt, leaving side 12, not observable when worn.
 Referring now to FIG. 3B, there is shown a front view of the present invention where the front portion identified in FIG. 1 and the back portion identified in FIG. 2 have been joined at the edges so as to form seams that allow four openings between the front portion and the back portion in the form of a T-Shirt. Further, side 10 is observable as a gender specific shirt, leaving side 13, not observable when worn.
 The advantages of the present invention include, without limitation, the enablement of parents to purchase one gender-specific garment for their unborn infant, without knowing the specific gender. Currently, when parents do not know the gender of their unborn child, they must purchase articles of clothing for a boy, and separate articles of clothing for a girl, or articles of clothing that are gender neutral. The disadvantage of the gender neutral clothing is an observer of the infant cannot identify the sex. The present invention eliminates the situations identified above by allowing the purchase of one gender-specific article, or articles of clothing for both genders. Further, the invention solves the problem of gift giving where the gender of the infant is unknown.
 In broad embodiment, the present invention is gender-specific, reversible infant clothing.
 Certain embodiments of the present invention include, without limitation, a shirt, trouser, shorts, "onesie", sleeping gown, hat, booties, mittens, and are generally directed to infant clothing.
 While the foregoing written description of the invention enables one of ordinary skill to make and use what is considered presently to be the best mode thereof, those of ordinary skill will understand and appreciate the existence of variations, combinations, and equivalents of the specific embodiment, method and examples herein. The invention should therefore not be limited by the above described embodiments, method examples, but by all embodiments and methods within the scope and spirit of the invention.
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