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E. C. HEYN June 25, 1929.
GARMENT Filed March 28, 1928 INVENTOR fo/vuwo C. l/EY/Y ATI'QRNEYS Patented June 25, 1929.
UNITED STATES PATENT orrlcs.
EDIUND'C. Km, 0] BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, ASSIGNOB TO THE B. V. D. COMPANY nm, 0! NEW YORK, N. Y., A CORPORATION OF DELAWARE.
Application filed larch 28, 1?. Serial Io. 265,336.
This invention relates to garments, and more particularly to shirts intended primarilv as athletic underwear.
' he new garment is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Fig. 1 represents a front elevation of a shirt embodying my invention; Fig. 2 is a rear elevation of the shirt shown in Fig. 1; and Fig. 3- dep1cts a fragmentary detail view of the 11111011138- tween the sharp point of the diamond of elastic material and the adjoining non-elastic material of the shirt.
In the drawings thereference character S desi ates an undershirt embodying my mventlon. This shirt consists structurally of two inelastic fabric sections, one elastic section, and two .seams.
The inelastic sections are designated as P and'are constituted of nainsook or equivalent material. Each of these sections may be made of one or more pieces sewn together and the lower portion of the sides K may be slitted or closed and may be cut on the straight, or in any preferred manner. In
the particular embodiment illustrated each section P is composed of two pieces of material, front and back, and sewn together at the sides and at the shoulder, the lower plortiori of the center of each side being slig tly flared. Each of sections P has a seam edge Q extending from the center front bottom edge 0 of the shirt upwardly to the to of the garment apd then to the center back ottom edge 0' of the shirt.
The elastic section is designated as M and is constituted of knitted fabric elastic transversely of the shirt; The section M is of one or more pieces of fabric sewn together.
At the center of the diamond an aperture N is provided for the pmage therethrough of the head of the wearer.
When the sections are united in the form of a complete shirt, it will be observed that the inelastic sections P envelop the body of the wearer in the neighborhood of the waist line W, while other portions Y of the inelastic sections P extend over each shoulder.
The sections P of inelastic material are preferably composed of a right hand front portion F-R and a mating left hand front portion FL. Each of these portions may be wide at the bottom of the shirt so as to provide suflicient. material to accommodate movements of the body of the wearer. The upper (part of each-portion is cut away on a curve to form a part of an arm hole H. The curve C terminates at the to of the shirt in the narrow portion N which functions in the finished shirt as a shoulder strap. This narrow portion N (as well as the corresponding portion N hereafter referred to) is illustrated in the drawings as adapted to occupy a position on the wearer which lies wholly within the neck region of the shoulder and does not extend to the shoulder bone, so that the garmentas worn is entirely supported from that region of the shoulder WhlCh is in line approximately with the leg bones and not in line with the bones of the arm.
Interposed between the mating front portions FR and FL is the .front portion IF of the diamond shaped piece of material M. This front rtion I-F of the diamond M- is preferab y finished at its upper part with a rounded ed e R.which is adapted to fit the neck of t e user. The upper part of the rounded edge of IF'is rather close to the edges of Y, there forming a shoulder strap ortion E which is contiguous to the shoul er stra. portion N of the inelastic material P. (gne side A of the diamond is shown as united to the left, front FL by a relatively short seam or line of stitchin B and the other side H is united to the rig t front FR by a relatively long seam or line of stitching D. .This long line of stitching D also serves as the union between the ower part of the two front portionsof inelastic material.
The back or rear of the garment is similar to the front in that the. sections of inelastic material P are composed of a right back portion B-R which corresponds to the right front portion and of the left back portlon 1-13 of elastic material has shoulder strap portions E which correspond to or match with straps E of the front portion IF. Extending from one strap E to the other is a rounded edge R which is adapted to fit snugly around the back of the neck of a wearer.
On top of each shoulder the elastic strap portions E and E are preferably united with a seam X which is elastic transversely of the shirt while the inelastic strap portions N and N are united by an inelastic seam Z. The reference character K indicates the seam which at the side edge of the shirt unites the front and back pieces constituting the inelastic portions P. The relatively short seam BB' starts at one of the sharp points of the diamond M, carried over one shoulder, and terminates at the opposite sharp point of the diamond. M. The relatively long seam DD' starts at the bottom of the shirt at O or O, crosses one terminus of the short seam BB' at one point of the diamond M, then runs along the side of the diamond oppgosite to that which is bound by the seam -B, over the other shoulder, across the other terminus of the short seam 3-43, and on to the bottom. of the shirt.
It will be noted that the improved construction comprises a shirt composed of sections of inelastic material with a diamond insert of elastic material extending from the front to the back of the shirt, over the shoulders, and two seams constituting the union between the inelastic sections and between the inelastic sections and the elastic section which are of diiferent lengths, the shorter of the said seams serving to unite the inelastic material with the elastic material on 'one side of the diamond from one sharp point of the diamond to the opposite sharp point of the diamond, and the longer of the said seams extendin from the bottom edge of one side of the shirt where it unites the lower part of the inelastic sections together, to the sharp oint of the diamond, then along the ,secon side of the diamond from the said last-named sharp point to the opposite sharp point of the diamond, and
then to the bottom edge of the other side of the shirt whereby the last-named seam overlies the end of the first-named shorter seam at each of the sharp points of the diamond.
It is also to be noted that the pattern of my new shirt is such that the sections or pieces forming the shirt can be cut from a bolt of cloth with a minimum of waste and can be united or sewn together in a simple, reliable, and economical manner which is conducive to the production of a stron and superior shirt or garment and to rapit and eflicient manufacturing operations.
1. A sleeveless garment of the athletic shirt type comprising material elastic transversely of the garment and provided with an aperture through which the head of the wearer can pass, and sections of inelastic fabric having seam edges extending from the center of the front bottom edge upwardly to the top of the garment and then to the center of the back bottom edge and consisting of portions of inelastic material which envelop the body of thewearer in the neighborhood of the waist line, and other portions which extend over each shoulder wholly within the neck region thereof, the aforesaid seam edges of said inelastic sections being united to each other solely at the lower parts of the front and the back of the garment, the whole of the remaining arts of said seam edges being attached to t c said elastic material, whereby the lower portions of the gar ment form a skirt section wholly composed of inelastic fabric with a vertical seam running from the central point of the lower edge of the skirt at the front and rear of the garment to points approximately at the waist line whence said seam is branched, each branch running over a shoulder and serving to unite elastic material above the waist line with the free edges of the inelastic material at the central front and back portions of said inelastic material.
2. A garment such as set forth in claim 1 in which the elastic material is in the form of a diamond and in which the seams censtituting the union between the inelastic sections and between the inelastic and elastic sections are of two different lengths, the shorter of said seams serving solely to unite the inelastic material with the elastic material on one side of the diamond from one sharp point of the diamond to theopposite sharp oint of the diamond, and the longer of said seams extending from the bottom edge of one side of the garment where it unltes the inelastic sectionsto ether, to one sharp point of the diamond, t en along the second side of the diamond from said lastnamed' sharp point to the opposite sharp.
pointof the diamond, and then to the bottom edge of the other side of the garment whereby the last-named seam overlies the end of the first-named shorter seam at each of the sharp points of the diamond.
3. A sleeveless arment of the athletic type comprising a s iirt composed of sections of inelastic fabric with a diamond insert of point of the diamond and then to the bottom edge of the other side of the shirt, whereby the last-named seam over-lies the end of the first-named shorter seam at each of the sharp 10 points of the diamond.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set EDMUND G. HEYN.