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They Invented What? (No. 58)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on August 1, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 5,713,081:  Pantyhose garment with spare leg portion.

  pantyhose

Background:

Millions of women risk embarrassment daily by having to wear pantyhose that have developed runs and other damage to the leg portions thereof to important business and social engagements. Although many women carry a spare pair of pantyhose in a briefcase, purse or car, the spare pantyhose often do not match the outfit being worn. It would be a benefit, therefore, to have a pair of pantyhose that included a spare leg portion that could be quickly and easily switched with the damaged leg portion. It would be a further benefit, if the spare leg portion could be discreetly stored under the wearer’s clothing when not needed. 

Claims: 

1. A pantyhose garment with spare leg portion comprising:

          a panty member having three absorbent crotch members, each absorbent crotch member having a pocket formed therein; and 

          three leg portions secured to said panty member in a manner such that an absorbent crotch member is positioned between any two leg portions, each leg portion having a leg insertion opening in connection with an interior of said panty member.

2. The pantyhose garment with spare leg portion of claim 1, wherein: each absorbent crotch member includes an absorbent portion and a waist portion, each absorbent portion including said pocket formed therein, said pocket being accessible through an access opening positioned exteriorly of said panty member.

3. The pantyhose garment with spare leg portion of claim 1, wherein: said panty member includes an elasticized waistband.

4. The pantyhose garment with spare leg portion of claim 1 wherein: said panty member is constructed by stitching panty waist sections formed at a top of each leg portion to said absorbent crotch members in a manner such that each of said absorbent crotch members is positioned between two of said panty waist sections.

5. The pantyhose garment with spare leg portion of claim 2 wherein: said panty member is constructed by stitching panty waist sections formed at a top of each leg portion to said absorbent crotch members in a manner such that each of said absorbent crotch members is positioned between two of said panty waist sections.

6. The pantyhose garment with spare leg portion of claim 2, wherein: said panty member includes an elasticized waistband.

7. The pantyhose garment with spare leg portion of claim 6 wherein: said panty member is constructed by stitching panty waist sections formed at a top of each leg portion to said absorbent crotch members in a manner such that each of said absorbent crotch members is positioned between two of said panty waist sections.

8. A pantyhose garment with spare leg portion comprising:

          a panty member having at least two crotch members provided therein, and at least two pockets formed in connection therewith; and

          three leg portions secured to said panty member, each leg portion having a leg insertion opening in connection with an interior of said panty member.

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