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APPLICATION FILED OCT. 19. 1917.
Patented A11 27, 1918.
INVENTOR A TTOHIVEY I To all-whom it may concern:
MALINDA HITZEIMAN, OF FORT AYNE, INDIANA.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Aug. 27, 1918.
Application filed October 19, 1917. Serial No. 197,499.
.-Be it known that I, MAIJNDA a citizen of the United States of America, and resident of Fort Wayne, in the county ofAllen and State of Indiana, haveinvented certain new and useful Improvements in Closed Undergarments, of.wh1ch the following is a specification. F 1
This invention relates to improvements in closed undergarments, and the object thereof is to provide a neatly fitting garment composed for the most part of thin woven fabric,
and with portions thereof made of knitted fabric that is comparatively elastic and which, because of its elasticity, admit of the garment being'drawngover the larger portions of the body as it is donned. The intention that the garment shall be so con structed that when drawn into position upon the body it will cling snugly to the figure and afford comfort to the wearer.
The object of the invention is accomplished by the construction illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in Which;-
, Figure 1 is a view of the back of the garment in extended position;
. Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the garment as it appears in the rear when worn;
Fig. 3 is a similar view of the same as it appears from the front; and
Fig. 4 isa front view of the garment in extended position. Y
Similar characters of reference indicate correspondin parts throughout the several views and re erring now to the same I The front of the garment is formed of a woven portion A that is shaped to cover the breast and the front of the waist'and leg parts of the body. The rear of thegarment as back portions B of woven fabric which are united together by the seamC. The upper ends of,the portions B are connected with adjacent corresponding parts of, the front portion A by means of shoulder-straps D. The back. of the garment has also leg iprtions E of woven fabric adapted to cover t e thighs, their outer marginal edges-being united respectively with the corresponding outer edges'of the leg portions ofrthe front portion A. y
The sides of thewaist portion of the, garment are composed of side sections F and G of knit fabric united at their outer edges respectively in pairs by means of a corre-,
sponding straight woven braid H. The in- HITZEMAN,"
united respectively with the corresponding edges of, the front portion A and the adjacent edges of the back. portions B so that the united side sections F and G are held between; the front portion A and the corresponding back portions B and form the cor-' responding sides of the waist portion of the garment.
Across the back is a'strip of knit fabric J connected at its ends respectively; with the corresponding lower ends of the side sections Gr and with its upper edge united with the lower ends of the back portions B. The lower edges of the strip J are united with the corresponding upper ends of the leg portions E, and a crotch-piece K of'knitted abric is united with the strip J with its lowermost edge at the middle thereof and is attached at its opposite edges with the cor-- paratively elastic and which extendsfrom the arm-pits of the garment down the sides of the waist and across the lower portion thereof at the back and continuing beneath the crotch as well as down the inner sides of the leg portion.
The intention is to form the garment with the inserted elastic portion so that it may be donned by entering the upper end by spreading the shoulder-straps D so as to a the large portion of the trunk ofthe body. The elastlc knit portions of the garment yield and permit the passage of the body thereinto and because of the elastic tendency of'the knit ortion, the garment reassumes its normal s ape when in place and conforms to the body of the wearer. The elastic knit fabric portions also admit of normal contortions of the body as occur so that the garment does not become unduly strained. i
The inner leg portions L and crotch-piece K, bein also of elastic knitted material, admit o those portions of the garment to be drawn up and aside as occasion may arise to meet the necessities of nature.
The general idea of the invention is to incorporate in a garment ofthe class which is made of woven fabric, a system of elastic knitted fabric, which extends from the armpits downwardly, across the back and be-. 'neath the crotch and continuing therefrom .down the inner sides of the legs, so that there is a continuation of the knitted elastic portion from one end of the garment to the other, and thereby'afi'ord a clinging fit even though the major portion of the garment be composed of a comparatively non-elastic material. It is the intention also to afford a garment herein disclosed that is closed and that will nevertheless afford the necessary fullness in the seat as is required when in a sitting posture without accompanying strain of the seams.
The efiect of the elastic inserted portions of the garment may be augmented by cutting the parts forming the same on the bias, \which will ordinarily afi'ord a greater amount of elasticity in those parts.
What I clalm is 1. A garment of the class described, composed of a front portion of woven fabric, portions-forming the back of the waist and also back leg portions of woven fabric, and a comparatively elastic portion of knitted fabric that extends from the arm-pits down the sides of the waist, across the back at the lower end of the waist, and continuing therefrom beneath the crotch to the front portion and from thence downwardly forming the inner portions of the legs.
I In a garment of the classdescri bed, a front portion of woven material, back leg portions of woven material united respectively at their outer edges with the corresponding 'edges of thelfron t portion, portions of woven fabric forming the back of the waist, and a series of inserted portions.
of knitted fabric having comparatively greater elasticity intervening between the front portion and those parts forming the back of the waist, and extending between said back portiohs and the back leg portions and extending beneath the crotch to the front portion and from thence downwardly and forming the inner portions of the legs.
3. In a garment of the class described, a
a body the front of which is formed of woven mater1a1 and having back leg portions and back walst portions also of woven fabric,
side sections of knitted fabric arranged in 'ing between the back leg portions and the said back waist portion, a knitted fabric crotch-piece secured at one end to said strip, and at its other end to said front portion tions of knitted fabric, their opposite edges being attached respectively to the corresponding edges of the back leg portions and front portion.
In testimony whereof I aflix my signature, in presence of two witnesses.
MALINDA HITZEMAN. Witnesses:
MATILDA METTLER, SOPHIA-HEINE.
and being also attached to the adjacent edges 7 of the back leg portions, and inner leg por-