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Title:
FLY SHIELD FOR GARMENT SUCH AS PAIR OF JEANS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/213197
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A fly shield for a garment such as, for example, a pair of jeans. The fly shield includes a material folded and stitched to form a mitered corner. The mitered corner is defined by a fly shield seam and the fly shield has an approximate trapezoid shape defining two approximate right angles, a first acute angle, and an obtuse angle. The fly shield seam extends towards a vertex of the obtuse angle; and the fly shield defines a bottom folded edge that extends between the vertex of the obtuse angle and a vertex of the first acute angle. The fly shield seam and the bottom folded edge intersect to form a second acute angle, which is a portion of the obtuse angle.

Inventors:
MORGAN GARETH (US)
Application Number:
US2019/030115
Publication Date:
November 07, 2019
Filing Date:
May 01, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
PREMIER BRANDS IP LLC (US)
International Classes:
A41D1/06
Foreign References:
US20030024134A12003-02-06
US20080040837A12008-02-21
Other References:
HEATHER LOU: "How to Sew a Fly Front Zipper", CLOSET CASE PATTERNS, 19 November 2014 (2014-11-19), XP055649811, Retrieved from the Internet
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HERDA, Alan N. (Haynes and Boone, LLP2323 Victory Avenue,Suite 70, Dallas Texas, 75219, US)
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Claims:
Claims

What is claimed is:

1. A garment, comprising:

a first front panel;

a second front panel;

wherein a first side portion of the first front panel is coupled to a first side portion of the second front panel via a crotch seam;

a waistband coupled to an upper portion of the first front panel and an upper portion of the second front panel;

a zipper coupled to a second side portion of the first front panel and a second side portion of the second front panel;

and

a fly shield comprising a material folded and stitched to form a mitered corner defined by a fly shield seam, wherein the fly shield defines a bottom folded edge;

wherein the bottom folded edge forms a bottom portion of the fly shield;

wherein the only portion of the fly shield that extends over the crotch seam is the bottom portion; and

wherein the bottom portion of the fly shield consists of a first material layer and a second material layer.

2. The garment of claim 1 , wherein the zipper comprises a zipper stop; and wherein the fly shield seam is stitched to the second side portion of the first front panel at a location between the zipper stop and the waistband.

3. The garment of claim 1 , wherein the garment is a pair of pants or a pair of shorts.

4. The garment of claim 1 , wherein the fly shield has an approximate trapezoid shape defining two approximate right angles, a first acute angle, and an obtuse angle; wherein the fly shield seam of the mitered corner extends towards a vertex of the obtuse angle; and wherein the bottom folded edge extends between the vertex of the obtuse angle and a vertex of the first acute angle.

5. The garment of claim 4, wherein the fly shield seam and the bottom folded edge intersect to form a second acute angle, which is a portion of the obtuse angle.

6. The garment of claim 1 , wherein the fly shield seam is spaced from the crotch seam.

7. The garment of claim 1 , further comprising a bartack formed through a portion of the fly shield and the crotch seam; and wherein the fly shield seam is stitched to the second side portion of the first front panel at a location between the bartack and the waistband.

8. A garment comprising:

a first front panel;

a second front panel;

wherein a first side portion of the first front panel is coupled to a first side portion of the second front panel via a crotch seam;

a waistband coupled to an upper portion of the first front panel and an upper portion of the second front panel;

a zipper coupled to a second side portion of the first front panel and a second side portion of the second front panel;

and

a fly shield comprising a material folded and stitched to form a mitered corner defined by a fly shield seam, wherein the fly shield is stitched to the second side portion of the first front panel.

9. The garment of claim 8, wherein the zipper comprises a zipper stop; and wherein the fly shield seam is stitched to the second side portion of the first front panel at a location between the zipper stop and the waistband.

10. The garment of claim 9, wherein the garment is a pair of pants or a pair of shorts.

11. The garment of claim 9, wherein the fly shield has an approximate trapezoid

shape defining two approximate right angles, a first acute angle, and an obtuse angle; wherein the fly shield seam of the mitered corner extends towards a vertex of the obtuse angle; and wherein the fly shield defines a bottom folded edge that extends between the vertex of the obtuse angle and a vertex of the first acute angle.

12. The garment of claim 11 , wherein the fly shield seam and the bottom folded edge intersect to form a second acute angle, which is a portion of the obtuse angle.

13. The garment of claim 11 , wherein the bottom folded edge forms a bottom portion of the fly shield; and wherein the only portion of the fly shield that extends over the crotch seam is the bottom portion.

14. The garment of claim 13, wherein the bottom portion of the fly shield consists of a first material layer and a second material layer.

15. The garment of claim 11 , wherein the fly shield seam is spaced from the crotch seam.

16. The garment of claim 8, further comprising a bartack formed through a portion of the fly shield and the crotch seam; and wherein the fly shield seam is stitched to the second side portion of the first front panel at a location between the bartack and the waistband.

17. A fly shield for a garment, the fly shield comprising a material folded and stitched to form a mitered corner.

18. The fly shield of claim 17, wherein the mitered corner is defined by a fly shield seam; wherein the fly shield has an approximate trapezoid shape defining two approximate right angles, a first acute angle, and an obtuse angle; wherein the fly shield seam extends towards a vertex of the obtuse angle; and wherein the fly shield defines a bottom folded edge that extends between the vertex of the obtuse angle and a vertex of the first acute angle.

19. The fly shield of claim 18, wherein the fly shield seam and the bottom folded edge intersect to form a second acute angle, which is a portion of the obtuse angle.

20. The fly shield of claim 18, wherein the bottom folded edge forms a bottom portion of the fly shield; and wherein the only portion of the fly shield that is configured to extend over a crotch seam of a garment is the bottom portion.

21. The fly shield of claim 20, wherein the bottom portion of the fly shield consists of a first material layer and a second material layer.

22. A method, comprising constructing a fly shield using a material, the material comprising a first portion including a first edge and a second portion including a second edge, wherein an obtuse angle is defined between the first edge and the second edge, wherein the first portion has a first surface and an opposing second surface, and wherein the second portion has a third surface and an opposing fourth surface; wherein constructing the fly shield using the material comprises: placing the first portion and the second portion in a first position in which the first surface of the first portion faces the third surface of the second portion and the first edge is substantially aligned with the second edge; stitching, when the first and second portions are in the first position, the first portion to the second portion to form a fly shield seam; and after forming the fly shield seam, placing the stitched first and second portions in a second position in which the second surface of the first portion faces the fourth surface of the second portion and the second portion is folded to define a bottom edge of the fly shield.

23. The method of claim 22, further comprising attaching the fly shield to a garment that comprises a waistband and a zipper stop such that the fly shield seam is stitched to the garment at a location between the waistband and the zipper stop.

24. The method of claim 23, wherein the garment is a pair of pants or a pair of

shorts.

25. The method of claim 22, further comprising:

stitching the fly shield seam to a front portion of a garment; and

creating a bartack that extends through the fly shield and a crotch seam of the garment;

wherein the garment comprises a waistband; and

wherein the fly shield seam is stitched to the front portion of the garment at a location that is between the waistband and the bartack.

26. The method of claim 22, further comprising attaching the fly shield to a garment that comprises a crotch seam; wherein the bottom edge forms a bottom portion of the fly shield; and wherein the only portion of the fly shield that extends over the crotch seam is the bottom portion.

27. The method of claim 26, wherein the bottom portion of the fly shield consists of a first material layer and a second material layer.

28. The method of claim 26, wherein the fly shield seam is spaced from the crotched seam.

29. The method of claim 22, wherein a mitered corner is formed by the fly shield seam when the stitched first and second portions are in the second position; and wherein, when the stitched first and second portions are in the second position: the fly shield has an approximate trapezoid shape defining two approximate right angles, a first acute angle, and an obtuse angle; the fly shield seam of the mitered corner extends towards a vertex of the obtuse angle; and

the bottom edge extends between the vertex of the obtuse angle and a vertex of the first acute angle.

30. The method of claim 29, wherein the fly shield seam and the bottom folded edge intersect to form a second acute angle, which is a portion of the obtuse angle.

Description:
FLY SHIELD FOR GARMENT SUCH AS PAIR OF JEANS

Cross-Reference to Related Applications

[0001] This application claims the benefit of the filing date of, and priority to, U.S. Patent Application No. 15/969,979, filed May 3, 2018, the entire disclosure of which is hereby incorporated herein by reference. This application also claims the benefit of the filing date of, and priority to, U.S. Patent Application No. 16/368,364, filed March 28, 2019, the entire disclosure of which is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

Background

[0002] The present disclosure relates in general to a fly shield for a garment such as, for example, a pair of jeans.

Brief Description of the Drawings

[0003] Fig. 1 is a front view of a front portion of a conventional garment.

[0004] Fig. 2 is a back view of the front portion, including a conventional fly shield, of the garment of Fig. 1 .

[0005] Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the front portion of the garment of Fig. 1 .

[0006] Fig. 4 is another perspective view of the front portion, including the conventional fly shield, of Fig. 2.

[0007] Fig. 5 is a top view of the conventional fly shield of Fig. 2 during a step of constructing the conventional fly shield.

[0008] Fig. 6 is a top view of the conventional fly shield of Fig. 2 during another step of constructing the conventional fly shield.

[0009] Fig. 7 is another perspective view of the front portion, including the conventional fly shield, of Fig. 2.

[0010] Fig. 8 is a cross-sectional view of a portion of the conventional fly shield of Fig. 7, the cross-sectional view being taken along line 8-8 of Fig. 7.

[0011] Fig. 9 is a front view of a front portion of a garment including a fly shield, according to an example embodiment. [0012] Fig. 10 is a back view of the front portion, including the fly shield, of the garment of Fig. 9, according to an example embodiment.

[0013] Fig. 11 is another perspective view of the front portion, including the fly shield, of the garment of Fig. 9, according to an example embodiment.

[0014] Fig. 12 is a cross-sectional view of a portion of the fly shield of Fig. 11 , according to an example embodiment, the cross-sectional view being taken along line 12-12 of Fig. 1 1 .

[0015] Fig. 13 is another perspective view of the front portion of Fig. 11 , according to an example embodiment.

[0016] Fig. 14 is a top plan view of the fly shield of Fig. 10 during construction of the fly shield, according to an example embodiment.

[0017] Fig. 15 is a bottom plan view of the fly shield of Fig. 14, according to an example embodiment.

[0018] Fig. 16 is a flow chart illustration of a method of constructing the fly shield of Fig. 10, according to example embodiment.

[0019] Fig. 17 is a top view of the fly shield of Fig. 10 during the execution of a step of the method of Fig. 16, according to an example embodiment.

[0020] Fig. 18 is a top view of the fly shield of Fig. 10 during the execution of another step of the method of Fig. 16, according to an example embodiment.

[0021] Fig. 19 is a cross-sectional view of the fly shield of Fig. 18, according to an example embodiment, the cross-sectional view being taken along line 19-19 of Fig. 18.

Detailed Description

[0022] As illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2, a garment 10 includes a conventional front portion 15. The garment 10 may be, for example, a pair of pants, a pair of shorts, a skirt, or a pair of jeans as shown in Figs. 1 and 2. The front portion 15 is generally formed from right (from the wearer’s perspective) panel 20 and a left panel 25. The right and left panels 20 and 25 are coupled together in part via a crotch seam 30, a clasp 33 on a waistband 35, and a zipper 36 (shown in Fig. 3) that is positioned under/behind a fly 40. Specifically, a first side portion 20a of the right panel 20 is coupled to a first side portion

20 is stitched to the waistband 35 and an upper portion 25b of the left panel 25 is stitched to the waistband 35. As illustrated in Fig. 2, a fly shield 45 is coupled to the waistband

35, to the right panel 20 via a seam 50, to the crotch seam via the seam 50 and a bartack 55, and to the left panel 25 via an anchor stitch 60. The crotch seam 30 extends upwards towards the waistband 35 until it terminates at the bartack 55. Generally, a bartack is a series of stitches used to reinforce an area of a garment. Thus, the bartack 55 is stitched over the crotch seam 30, or at least one end of the crotch seam 30. Generally, and referring to Figs. 3 and 4, the zipper 36 includes a first strip of teeth 36a, a second strip of teeth 36b, a slider 36c that couples and decouples the strips of teeth 36a and 36b, and a zipper stop 36d that stops the movement of the slider 36c relative to the strips of teeth 36a and 36b. A second side portion 20c of the right panel 20 is coupled to the zipper 36. As illustrated in Fig. 4, for the purpose of clarity, the anchor stitch 60 is not shown coupling the fly shield 45 to the left panel 25. Instead, for the purpose of clarity, the anchor stitch 60 is shown as severed, which results in a first portion 60a of the anchor stitch 60 extending through the fly shield 45 and a second portion 60b of the anchor stitch 60 extending through the left panel 25 (in reality, and in contrast to the illustration in Fig. 4, the anchor stitch 60 is not so severed, and thus the anchor stich 60 extends through the fly shield 45 and the left panel 25, coupling the fly shield 45 to the left panel 25, as shown in Figs. 1 and 3). A second side portion 25c of the left panel 25 is coupled to the zipper

36. Referring to Fig. 5, the fly shield 45 is conventionally constructed from a piece of material 45a that has a first portion 45b defining a first edge 45b’ and a second portion 45c defining a second edge 45c’. As illustrated in Fig. 6, the material 45a is folded such that the first edge 45b’ is substantially aligned with the second edge 45c’ and the second portion 45c faces the first portion 45b. The first and second portions 45b and 45c are then coupled together via a stitch or seam 45d thereby defining a first and second seam allowance 45e and 45f (the second seam allowance 45f is shown in Fig. 8), of the second and first portions 45c and 45b, respectively. When folded and stitched together as illustrated in Figs. 5 and 6, the material 45a is generally“inside-out” or the right-side of the material is facing itself. After stitching, the fly shield 45 is then turned“right-side out” thereby causing the first and second seam allowances 45e and 45f to be positioned within a pocket 45g (shown in Fig. 8) formed by the first and second portions 45b and 45c that form a bottom portion 45h of the fly shield 45. When the fly shield 45 is attached to the right panel 20 as illustrated in Fig. 7, the bottom portion 45h— including the first portion 45b, the first seam allowance 45e, the second seam allowance 45f, and the second portion 45c— are attached to the crotch seam 30 at a location 65, thereby adding four (4) layers of material to the thickness of the front portion 15 at the crotch seam 30, which is already at least two layers thick (the front panel 20 and left panel 25). As such, the bottom portion 45h of the fly shield 45 creates a bumpy front portion 15 when the garment 10 is worn by a user. Moreover, the spandex breakage on high stretch fabrics is increased due to the positioning of the fly shield seam 45d relative to the crotch seam 30 and/or the bulkiness of the bottom portion 45h of the fly shield 45. Moreover, the fly shield seam 45d is stitched to the front portion 15 at the location 65, with the zipper stop 36d and the bartack 55 being positioned between the waistband 35 and the location 65.

[0023] In an example embodiment, as illustrated in Figs. 9 and 10, a garment 100 includes a front portion 105. The front portion 105 is generally identical or substantially similar to the front portion 15 except that the conventional fly shield 45 is replaced with a fly shield 1 10 formed from a material 1 15. In Fig. 10, the seam 125 is facing towards the left panel 25 and hidden from view, but shown with a dotted line to illustrate the position of the seam 125 relative to other portions of the garment 100, such as the bartack 55, the waistband 35, the zipper stop 36d, and the crotch seam 30.

[0024] As illustrated in Figs. 10, 1 1 , and 12, in an example embodiment, the fly shield 1 10 is formed by the material 1 15 being folded and stitched to form a mitered corner 120 defined by a fly shield seam 125 such that a bottom portion 130 of the fly shield 1 10 is formed from a fold of the material 1 15 (illustrated in Fig. 12). Moreover, the seam 125 faces away from the user when the user is wearing the garment 100. The facing of the seam 125 away from the user prevents or reduces agitation or friction between the seam 125 and the user. As illustrated in Fig. 12, the bottom portion 130 includes only a first layer of the material 1 15 and a second layer of the material 1 15. When attached to the crotch seam 30 at a location 133, the fly shield 1 10 significantly reduces spandex breakage on high stretch fabrics, creating a more clean and smooth look across the fly area due to the placement of the fly shield seam 125 relative to the front portion 105. In an example embodiment, the fly shield 1 10 reduces the layers of material (2 layers) in the bottom portion 130 of the fly shield 1 10, as compared to the layers of material (4 layers) in the portion of the conventional fly shield 45 that extends over the crotch seam 30.

[0025] As illustrated in Fig. 13, for the purpose of clarity, the anchor stitch 60 is not shown coupling the fly shield 1 10 to the left panel 25. Instead, for the purpose of clarity, the anchor stitch 60 is shown as severed, which results in the first portion 60a of the anchor stitch 60 extending through the fly shield 1 10 and the second portion 60b of the anchor stitch 60 extending through the left panel 25 (in reality, and in contrast to the illustration in Fig. 13, the anchor stitch 60 is not so severed, and thus the anchor stich 60 extends through the fly shield 1 10 and the left panel 25, coupling the fly shield 1 10 to the left panel 25, as shown in Figs. 9 and 10). As shown in Figs. 13, in an example embodiment, at least a portion of the fly shield seam 125 extends above the zipper stop 36d, and the fly shield seam 125 is stitched to the right panel 20 at a location between the zipper stop 36d and the waistband 35.

[0026] In an example embodiment, a top plan view of the material 1 15 is illustrated in Fig. 14. The material 1 15 includes a first portion 135 including a first edge 140 and a second portion 145 including a second edge 150, wherein an obtuse angle 153 is defined between the first edge 140 and the second edge 150. A first fold line is depicted in the second portion 145, a second fold line is depicted as generally dividing the first and second portions 135 and 145, and a third fold line is depicted in the second portion 145. The first portion 135 has a surface 155 and the second portion has a surface 160. A bottom plan view of the material 1 15 is illustrated in Fig. 15, with the first portion 135 having a surface 165 and the second portion 145 having a surface 170. Generally, the contiguous surfaces 155 and 160 are the“right” surfaces, and the contiguous surfaces 165 and 170 are the“wrong” surfaces, such that the surfaces 165 and 170 are normally placed in a less visible portion of the garment 100 while the surfaces 155 and 160 are generally outwardly facing surfaces or more visible surfaces. [0027] As illustrated in Figs. 14 and 15, in an example embodiment, the material 1 15 has an upper edge 175 that extends between two corners defining angles 180 and 185, respectively, the angles 180 and 185 being 90-degree angles approximately (+/- 5 degrees). The material 1 15 also has an edge 190 and an opposing edge 195. The edge 190 extends between the edges 175 and 140. The edge 195 extends between the edge 175 and a bottom edge 196, which is adjacent to the edge 150.

[0028] In an example embodiment, as illustrated in Fig. 16 with continuing reference to Figs. 9-15, a method 200 includes: constructing the fly shield 1 10 using the material 1 15 at step 202, which includes placing the first portion 135 and the second portion 145 in a first position in which the surface 155 of the first portion 135 faces the surface 160 of the second portion 145 and the first edge 140 is substantially aligned with the second edge 150 at step 205; stitching, when the first and second portions 135 and 145 are in the first position, the first portion 135 to the second portion 145 to form the fly shield seam 125 at step 210; and after forming the fly shield seam 125, placing the stitched first and second portions 135 and 145 in a second position in which the surface 165 of the first portion 135 faces the surface 170 of the second portion 145 and the second portion 145 is folded to define a bottom edge of the fly shield at step 215. In an example embodiment, the method 200 further includes: attaching the fly shield 1 10 to the garment 100 such that the fly shield seam 125 is stitched to the garment 100 at a location between the waistband 35 and the zipper stop 36d at step 220; and creating the bartack 55 that extends through the fly shield 1 10 and the crotch seam 30 such that the fly shield seam 125 is stitched to the second side portion 20c of the right panel 20 at a location between the bartack 55 and the waistband 35.

[0029] At the step 205, the first portion 135 and the second portion 145 are placed in a first position in which the surface 155 of the first portion 135 faces the surface 160 of the second portion 145 and the first edge 140 is substantially aligned with the second edge 150. As illustrated in Fig. 17, a portion of the second portion 145 has been folded along the first fold line such that the edges 140 and 150 are substantially aligned and so that the surfaces 155 and 160 face each other. [0030] At the step 210, the first portion 135 and the second portion 145 are stitched together via stitching 230 to form the fly shield seam 125 when the first and second portions 135 and 145 are in the first position. The stitching of the first portion 135 to the second portion 145 forms a pocket that is“inside-out.” As illustrated in Fig. 17, the bottom edges of the pocket include the seam 125 and the material 1 15 folded along the first fold line. In this position, the“wrong” side of the material is outwardly facing. While Fig. 17 illustrates the pocket collapsed, or flattened, against the remainder of the material 1 15, the pocket can form a 3-D cone-shaped cup.

[0031] At the step 215, the stitched first and second portions 135 and 145 are placed in the second position in which the surface 165 of the first portion 135 faces and is in contact with, or at least faces, the surface 170 of the second portion 145, and the second portion 145 is folded to define a bottom edge 235 of the fly shield 1 10. To move from the first position to the second position, the pocket is flipped from the inside-out position to a right- side out position. The pocket forms a 3-D cone-shaped cup in this right-side out position. After forming the 3-D cone-shaped cup, the edges 190 and 195 are aligned, with the surface 165 facing the surface 170, and the fly shield 1 10 is flattened such that the material 1 15 is folded along the second fold line. When the 3-D cone is flattened, the material 1 15 forming the pocket or cup is forced to fold as well, and folds along the third fold line. The material 1 15 is folded along the second fold line before, simultaneously with, or after the material 1 15 is folded along the third fold line.

[0032] Figs. 18 and 19 illustrate the fly shield 1 10 when in the second position. When in the second position, the fly shield seam 125 forms the mitered corner 120. In an example embodiment, the mitered corner 120 is defined by the fly shield seam 125. Moreover, when in the second position, the fly shield 1 10 has an approximate trapezoid shape defining two approximate right angles (angle 180 and opposing angle 240), a first acute angle 250, and an obtuse angle 255. Generally, the fly shield seam 125 extends towards a vertex of the obtuse angle 255, and the fly shield 1 10 defines the bottom folded edge 235 that extends between the vertex of the obtuse angle 255 and a vertex of the first acute angle 250. In an example embodiment, the fly shield seam 125 and the bottom folded edge 235 intersect to form a second acute angle 260, which is a portion of the obtuse angle 255. In an example embodiment and due to the fly shield seam 125 being angled relative to the bottom edge 235, at least a portion of the fly shield seam 125 is spaced from the bottom edge 235 between about 1 inch and 2 inches, between about 1.1 inches and 1 .9 inches, between about 1 .3 inches and about 1 .7 inches, between about 1 .4 inches and about 1 .6 inches, or by approximately 1 .5 inches. In some example embodiments, the spacing is greater than 1 .9 inches but less than 3 inches and can be smaller than 1 inch but greater than 0.25 inches. In an example embodiment and referring back to Fig. 10, the bottom folded edge 235 forms the bottom portion 130 of the fly shield 1 10, and the only portion of the fly shield 1 10 that is configured to extend over the crotch seam 30 of the garment 100 (when the fly shield 1 10 is attached to the garment 100) is the bottom portion 130. Thus, the fly shield seam 125 is spaced from the crotch seam 30 such that the fly shield seam 125 attaches to only the right panel 20 (not both left and right panels 20 and 25). In an example embodiment, the bottom portion 130 of the fly shield 1 10 consists of a first material layer and a second material layer as illustrated in Figs. 12 and 19. Although the surface 165 as shown in Fig. 19 is only facing the surface 170, in several embodiments the surface 165 faces and is in contact with the surface 170.

[0033] At the step 220 and referring back to Fig. 10, the fly shield 1 10 is attached to the garment 100 via the seam 50 such that the fly shield seam 125 is stitched to the garment 100 at a location 270 between the waistband 35 and the zipper stop 36d. Moreover, the surface facing the user (when the garment 100 is worn by the user) is a smooth or clean finished surface due to the seam 125 facing away from the user and towards the zipper 36.

[0034] At the step 225, the bartack 55 is added to the garment 100. In one embodiment, the fly shield seam 125 is stitched to the second side portion 20c of the right panel 20 at the location 270 that is between the bartack 55 and the waistband 35.

[0035] In several example embodiments, the placement of the fly shield seam 125 relative to the fly shield 1 10 and/or the crotch seam 30 reduces abrasion and“drag” as the seam 125 goes under a sewing foot during construction of the garment 100. Moreover, the reduction of material layers (from 4 in a conventional fly shield to 2 in the fly shield 1 10) in the bottom portion 130 reduces the bumpiness or bulge created in the fly area when the garment 100 is worn by the user. Additionally, the seam 125 facing outwardly towards the zipper 36 instead of facing inwardly toward the user reduces agitation and/or friction between the seam 125 and the user.

[0036] In several example embodiments, while different steps, processes, and procedures are described as appearing as distinct acts, one or more of the steps, one or more of the processes, and/or one or more of the procedures could also be performed in different orders, simultaneously and/or sequentially. In several example embodiments, the steps, processes and/or procedures could be merged into one or more steps, processes and/or procedures.

[0037] An example embodiment of a garment has been described that includes a first front panel; a second front panel; wherein a first side portion of the first front panel is coupled to a first side portion of the second front panel via a crotch seam; a waistband coupled to an upper portion of the first front panel and an upper portion of the second front panel; a zipper coupled to a second side portion of the first front panel and a second side portion of the second front panel; and a fly shield including a material folded and stitched to form a mitered corner defined by a fly shield seam, wherein the fly shield defines a bottom folded edge; wherein the bottom folded edge forms a bottom portion of the fly shield; wherein the only portion of the fly shield that extends over the crotch seam is the bottom portion; and wherein the bottom portion of the fly shield consists of a first material layer and a second material layer. In an example embodiment, the zipper includes a zipper stop; and wherein the fly shield seam is stitched to the second side portion of the first front panel at a location between the zipper stop and the waistband. In an example embodiment, the garment is a pair of pants or a pair of shorts. In an example embodiment, the fly shield has an approximate trapezoid shape defining two approximate right angles, a first acute angle, and an obtuse angle; wherein the fly shield seam of the mitered corner extends towards a vertex of the obtuse angle; and wherein the bottom folded edge extends between the vertex of the obtuse angle and a vertex of the first acute angle. In an example embodiment, the fly shield seam and the bottom folded edge intersect to form a second acute angle, which is a portion of the obtuse angle. In an example embodiment, the fly shield seam is spaced from the crotch seam. In an example embodiment, the garment further includes a bartack formed through a portion of the fly shield and the crotch seam; and wherein the fly shield seam is stitched to the second side portion of the first front panel at a location between the bartack and the waistband.

[0038] An example embodiment of a garment has been described that includes a first front panel; a second front panel; wherein a first side portion of the first front panel is coupled to a first side portion of the second front panel via a crotch seam; a waistband coupled to an upper portion of the first front panel and an upper portion of the second front panel; a zipper coupled to a second side portion of the first front panel and a second side portion of the second front panel; and a fly shield including a material folded and stitched to form a mitered corner defined by a fly shield seam, wherein the fly shield is stitched to the second side portion of the first front panel. In an example embodiment, the zipper includes a zipper stop; and wherein the fly shield seam is stitched to the second side portion of the first front panel at a location between the zipper stop and the waistband. In an example embodiment, the garment is a pair of pants or a pair of shorts. In an example embodiment, the fly shield has an approximate trapezoid shape defining two approximate right angles, a first acute angle, and an obtuse angle; wherein the fly shield seam of the mitered corner extends towards a vertex of the obtuse angle; and wherein the fly shield defines a bottom folded edge that extends between the vertex of the obtuse angle and a vertex of the first acute angle. In an example embodiment, the fly shield seam and the bottom folded edge intersect to form a second acute angle, which is a portion of the obtuse angle. In an example embodiment, the bottom folded edge forms a bottom portion of the fly shield; and wherein the only portion of the fly shield that extends over the crotch seam is the bottom portion. In an example embodiment, the bottom portion of the fly shield consists of a first material layer and a second material layer. In an example embodiment, the fly shield seam is spaced from the crotch seam. In an example embodiment, the garment also includes a bartack formed through a portion of the fly shield and the crotch seam; and wherein the fly shield seam is stitched to the second side portion of the first front panel at a location between the bartack and the waistband. [0039] An example embodiment of a fly shield for a garment has been described, the fly shield including a material folded and stitched to form a mitered corner. In an example embodiment, the mitered corner is defined by a fly shield seam; wherein the fly shield has an approximate trapezoid shape defining two approximate right angles, a first acute angle, and an obtuse angle; wherein the fly shield seam extends towards a vertex of the obtuse angle; and wherein the fly shield defines a bottom folded edge that extends between the vertex of the obtuse angle and a vertex of the first acute angle. In an example embodiment, the fly shield seam and the bottom folded edge intersect to form a second acute angle, which is a portion of the obtuse angle. In an example embodiment, the bottom folded edge forms a bottom portion of the fly shield; and wherein the only portion of the fly shield that is configured to extend over a crotch seam of a garment is the bottom portion. In an example embodiment, the bottom portion of the fly shield consists of a first material layer and a second material layer.

[0040] An example embodiment of a method has been described, the method including constructing a fly shield using a material, wherein the material includes a first portion including a first edge and a second portion including a second edge, wherein an obtuse angle is defined between the first edge and the second edge, wherein the first portion has a first surface and an opposing second surface; and wherein the second portion has a third surface and an opposing fourth surface; wherein constructing the fly shield using the material includes: placing the first portion and the second portion in a first position in which the first surface of the first portion faces the third surface of the second portion and the first edge is substantially aligned with the second edge; stitching, when the first and second portions are in the first position, the first portion to the second portion to form a fly shield seam; and after forming the fly shield seam, placing the stitched first and second portions in a second position in which the second surface of the first portion faces the fourth surface of the second portion and the second portion is folded to define a bottom edge of the fly shield. In an example embodiment, the method also includes attaching the fly shield to a garment that includes a waistband and a zipper stop such that the fly shield seam is stitched to the garment at a location between the waistband and the zipper stop. In an example embodiment, the garment is a pair of pants or a pair of shorts. In an example embodiment, the method also includes stitching the fly shield seam to a front portion of a garment; and creating a bartack that extends through the fly shield and a crotch seam of the garment; wherein the garment includes a waistband; and the fly shield seam is stitched to the front portion of the garment at a location that is between the waistband and the bartack. In an example embodiment, the method also includes attaching the fly shield to a garment that includes a crotch seam; wherein the bottom edge forms a bottom portion of the fly shield; and wherein the only portion of the fly shield that extends over the crotch seam is the bottom portion. In an example embodiment, the bottom portion of the fly shield consists of a first material layer and a second material layer. In an example embodiment, the fly shield seam is spaced from the crotched seam. In an example embodiment, a mitered corner is formed by the fly shield seam when the stitched first and second portions are in the second position; and wherein, when the stitched first and second portions are in the second position: the fly shield has an approximate trapezoid shape defining two approximate right angles, a first acute angle, and an obtuse angle; the fly shield seam of the mitered corner extends towards a vertex of the obtuse angle; and the bottom edge extends between the vertex of the obtuse angle and a vertex of the first acute angle. In an example embodiment, the fly shield seam and the bottom folded edge intersect to form a second acute angle, which is a portion of the obtuse angle.

[0041] A garment has been described that includes a first front panel; a second front panel; wherein a first side portion of the first front panel is coupled to a first side portion of the second front panel via a crotch seam; a waistband coupled to an upper portion of the first front panel and an upper portion of the second front panel; a zipper coupled to a second side portion of the first front panel and a second side portion of the second front panel; a fly shield including a material folded and stitched to form a mitered corner defined by a fly shield seam, wherein the fly shield is stitched to the second side portion of the first front panel; and a bartack formed through a portion of the fly shield and the crotch seam; wherein the fly shield seam is stitched to the second side portion of the first front panel at a location between the bartack and the waistband. In an example embodiment, the garment is a pair of pants or a pair of shorts. In an example embodiment, the fly shield has an approximate trapezoid shape defining two approximate right angles, a first acute angle, and an obtuse angle; wherein the fly shield seam of the mitered corner extends towards a vertex of the obtuse angle; and wherein the fly shield defines a bottom folded edge that extends between the vertex of the obtuse angle and a vertex of the first acute angle. In an example embodiment, the fly shield seam and the bottom folded edge intersect to form a second acute angle, which is a portion of the obtuse angle. In an example embodiment, the bottom folded edge forms a bottom portion of the fly shield; and wherein the only portion of the fly shield that extends over the crotch seam is the bottom portion. In an example embodiment, the bottom portion of the fly shield consists of a first material layer and a second material layer. In an example embodiment, the fly shield seam is spaced from the crotched seam.

[0042] It is understood that variations may be made in the foregoing without departing from the scope of the disclosure. Furthermore, the elements and teachings of the various illustrative example embodiments may be combined in whole or in part in some or all of the illustrative example embodiments. In addition, one or more of the elements and teachings of the various illustrative example embodiments may be omitted, at least in part, and/or combined, at least in part, with one or more of the other elements and teachings of the various illustrative embodiments.

[0043] Any spatial references such as, for example, “upper,”“lower,”“above,”“below,” “between,”“vertical,”“horizontal,”“angular,” “upwards,”“downwards,”“side-to-side,”“left- to-right,”“right-to-left,”“top-to-bottom,”“botto m-to-top,”“top,”“bottom,”“bottom-up,”“top- down,”“front-to-back,” etc., are for the purpose of illustration only and do not limit the specific orientation or location of the structure described above.

[0044] In several example embodiments, one or more of the operational steps in each embodiment may be omitted. Moreover, in some instances, some features of the present disclosure may be employed without a corresponding use of the other features. Moreover, one or more of the above-described embodiments and/or variations may be combined in whole or in part with any one or more of the other above-described embodiments and/or variations. [0045] Although several example embodiments have been described in detail above, the embodiments described are examples only and are not limiting, and those skilled in the art will readily appreciate that many other modifications, changes, and/or substitutions are possible in the example embodiments without materially departing from the novel teachings and advantages of the present disclosure. Accordingly, all such modifications, changes, and/or substitutions are intended to be included within the scope of this disclosure as defined in the following claims. In the claims, means-plus-function clauses are intended to cover the structures described herein as performing the recited function and not only structural equivalents, but also equivalent structures. Moreover, it is the express intention of the applicant not to invoke 35 U.S.C. § 1 12, paragraph 6 for any limitations of any of the claims herein, except for those in which the claim expressly uses the word“means” together with an associated function.