Patent application title: Self decorating swimsuit and method therefor
Kristine Leanne Scarletto (Peoria, AZ, US)
IPC8 Class: AA41D700FI
Class name: Apparel bathing garments
Publication date: 2011-12-29
Patent application number: 20110314583
The present Invention is a method of coloring in decals and symbols that
are pre-printed on swim suit with permanent non toxic colored markers
provided to the user for coloring.
1. A method comprising steps that allows Individuals to self decorates
swimwear using non toxic permanent markers.
2. A swimsuit comprising of top section and bottom attached with decal sections to be colored in with non toxic permanent markers.
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
 This invention relates generally to swim wear and, more particularly, to swim wear and method which allows individuals to self decorate the swim wear to have a unique appearance.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
 Children and adult swimsuits are available in a variety of styles. These styles may range from conservative and conventional looks for children looks to more exotic and risque fashions for adults. Generally, each style swimsuit has a particular cut which fits differently on each person's body, depending on the person's overall physique. In many instances, a person will buy a swimsuit, after trying it on briefly in the store, because they are attracted to the particular style of the suit or the designs on the swim suit.
 Unfortunately, unlike other types of clothing, most stores will not allow a swimsuit to be returned once it has been purchased. Thus, if a person changes his/her mind after purchase and does not like the look/appearance of the swimsuit, the person is generally stuck with the purchase. Further, it is usually not possible to alter the appearance of the swim suit.
 A need therefore exists for a swim suit and method to overcome the above problems.
 The present invention satisfies these needs and provides other, related advantages.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
 Embodiments of the disclosure will become more fully understood from the detailed description and the accompanying drawings, wherein:
 FIG. 1 is a perspective view of one embodiment of the present invention;
 FIG. 2 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention; and
 FIG. 3 is a method of the present invention.
 Referring to FIGS. 1, one embodiment of a swimsuit of the present invention is shown. In the present embodiment, the swimsuit 10 is a bikini style swimsuit. However, this is shown as one embodiment and should not be seen in a limiting manner. The swimsuit 10 may be a one piece swimsuit, a male swimsuit, a children's swimsuit, or the like.
 In the embodiment shown in FIG. 1, the swimsuit 10 is provided in the form of a bikini having a top 20 and a bottom 22. The top 20 may be provided in various styles such as a triangular cup style, a bando style, or the like. The top 20 generally includes a means for securing the top 20 to the wearer. In the embodiment shown in FIG. 1, the top 20 includes a string 23 for securing the top 20 around a torso and or neck of the wearer.
 The bottom 22 may have front 24 and rear 25 (FIG. 2) panels. An upper, outer ends of the front 24 and rear 25 panels of the bikini bottom may be attached together to allow the bottom 22 to be worn by the wearer.
 The swimsuit 10 may be of a solid print. If the swimsuit 10 is a solid print, a lighter color print is generally used. Alternatively, the swimsuit 10 may have one or more designs. FIG. 2 shows that the bottom 22 may have a plurality of symbols 26 formed thereon. The symbols 26 may be different shapes and or sizes or the symbols 26 may all be the same shape and or size. The symbols 26 may be stars, flowers, geometric shapes, and the like. The listing of the above is given as an example and should not be seen in a limiting manner.
 The symbols 26 may be pre-printed on the swimsuit 10. However, in the preferred embodiment, the swimsuit may come with a plurality of decals. The decals may be different types of symbols 26 as described above. The decals may then be arranged on the swimsuit 10 and permanently attached thereto.
 The swimsuit 10 may come with a plurality of writing instruments 27. In accordance with one embodiment, the writing instruments 27 may come in a plurality of different colors. The writing instruments 27 may further be permanent markers. The writing instruments 27 may allow individuals to decorate the swimsuit 10 by drawing on the swimsuit. The individual may color in the symbols 26, draw a picture on the swimsuit 10 or the like. After decorating the swimsuit 10, the swimsuit 10 is allowed to dry for a predetermined amount of time so that the ink from the writing instruments is allowed to set in the fabric of the swimsuit 10. Thus, the decorations drawn on the swimsuit 10 are permanent.
 Referring to FIG. 3, in operation, a person would buy the swimsuit 10. The swimsuit 10 would come with writing instruments 27. The swimsuit 10 may further come with a plurality of decals. The decals may be different types of symbols 26 as described above. The decals may then be arranged on the swimsuit 10 and permanently attached thereto.
 An individual may use the writing instruments 27 to decorate the swimsuit 10 by drawing on the swimsuit. The individual may color in the symbols 26, draw a picture on the swimsuit 10 or the like. After decorating the swimsuit 10, the swimsuit 10 is allowed to dry for a predetermined amount of time so that the ink from the writing instruments is allowed to set in the fabric of the swimsuit 10. Thus, the decorations drawn on the swimsuit 10 are permanent.
 While embodiments of the disclosure have been described in terms of various specific embodiments, those skilled in the art will recognize that the embodiments of the disclosure can be practiced with modifications within the spirit and scope of the claims.
Patent applications in class BATHING GARMENTS
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