US 2009620 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
July` 3o, 193.5.
P. H. JACKSON GARMENT CONSTRUCTION Filed Aug. 8, 1954 transiently so, 193s 1 The present invention relates to garment constructions, and has particular reference to an im`- .proved constructionfor securement of garments to the wearer.
' 6 .-Many garments for feminine wearers are supported by means of shoulder straps passing from- 'the front of the garment over the wearers shoulders and being secured to the back portion of the garment. 'I'his type of supporting structure is l widely used for garments such as brassires and under dresses or slips. Commonly, eachgarment is provided with shoulder straps, and as it is customary toA wear both brassires and slips, partic-` ularly where summer outer dresses are worn, the
l wearer is somewhat burdened with an unduly large number of shoulder straps which may break Aor slip olf the shoulder with embarrassing results.
A principal object of the present invention is the, provision of an improved type of. under garment having shoulder -straps and supporting means for properly positioning an additional under garment about the body of the wearer without the necessity of shoulder straps.`
VAfurther object is to provide a combined brassire,I and underdress of the slip type'in which the slip is'supported without additional shoulder straps. fr y 'A still further object of the invention is to pro- Jvide a novel supporting means by which one gar- `3 0" ment may be releasably attached to another gar-V ment and supported upon th`e body ofthe wearer without the necessityv for providing ,separate shoulder straps'or other similar securing means.
'I'hese and other objects will be apparent upon l 3.5. a. consideration of vthe following illustrative and explanatlive descriptionof a preferred embodiment of myinvention, and by vreference to the accompanying drawing in which: Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a combined'bras- 40 sire and slip Vstructure in accordance with my invention; L
Fig. I2 4is a perspectiveview 'of vthe brassire shown in Fig. l;
Fig. 3 is a perspective'view of the slip shown vin Fig. lr s Fig V4: is a viewsimilar to Fig. 3 and showing separate shoulder straps attached to the slip;
Fig. -5 issn enlarged detail View of ,the attaching mechanism by which the slip shown in Fig. 3
is attached to the brassire shownin 2, the
I locked position: and Y;
attaching mechanism. being shown in closed 'or F156 isa view of. the locking v.mechanism shown inFi'g.5 in which the complementary locking ele- 55. ments arethen'releailei.`v
The usual type of brassire' consists of a body portion which is fitted somewhat snugly about the l -body of the wearer and secured at its rear or side by means of hook and eye elements or similar fastening devices vof theA well vknown type. To prevent'the brassire from working downwardly about the body of the -wearer, `it is customary to provide shoulder straps which are attached at the rear of the brassire and extend over thev shoulders to the front or breast-supporting portions of the brassire. fit of this garment there is little likelihood of ,f the shoulder straps being displaced from the j shoulders 0f the wearer.. Als'o, it is customary in feminine appareltowear a somewhat loosely tting slip or under dress, one-oi the principal functions of which is to prevent light from pass' ing vthrough the outer dress of lthe wearer. The slips also cover the brassire and are provided with shoulder strapspositioned somewhat in the same manner as the shoulder straps of the -bras- Thus, when both brassire and slip are worn, the shoulders of the wearer must carry a plurality of straps whichcommonlyjmay be seen about the collar of the outer dress 'andare suga gestive of the under garments. Also, the Asli1;` straps tend to fall fromthe shoulders of the wearer. In accordance with my invention I have f found that by providing a suitable combination vbetween the slip and brassire, the shoulder straps of the former may be eliminated -anda neat and secure attachment of the slip obtained. As shown inv Fig. 2 of the drawing, a brassire A of usual construction and having a body band llwith its rear ends attached at I by any suitable arrangement such as hooks, is provided with I 'I he l shoulder straps have their rear ends secured to the brassire at its rear portion, and the front ends of the straps are secured to the upwardly extending points of breast portions Ilot the brassire. Adjacent the points of attachment of the-straps I Zf to the rear of the brassire A and to the breast portions' I3 of the brassire are provided additional securing. devices indicated generally by the numeral M; Preferably the straps I2 arr permanently at tached to the brassire as by lsewing and the ad.
ditional securing means I4 may be permanently attached to portions of the shoulder straps above for-below-'the points oLattachment of t der straps to the brassire. -Inl'v'ig. 6 is shown a means Vwhich I 'have foundto be satisfactory' in securing an under dress to a brassire in accordi -ance with my invention. The ngure shows'in Due to the close shoulder strapsv I2.
particular l attaching Cfr breast portion of the brassire, and it will be understood that the same mechanism may be employed for securing the rear portion ofv the slip to the rear portion of the brassire, as toY the rear ends of straps I2. To the strap I2 at a point preferably above its attachment 4to the brassire is secured the female member I5 of `a. snap fastening device. Secured tothe strap I2 at a point slightly below the member I5 is the eye IS of a hook and eye fastening device.
The slip B which is to be secured to the brassire has a body portion I1 -which terminates at the upper front portion of the garment in breastreceiving portions I8 of a shape somewhat similar to the corresponding portion Il of the brassire. are of such size as to cover the brassire, aficlA at their' upper corners the elements Il are provided with bands or ribbons -I9 which may vbe of similar texture and color as the bands I2 onthebrassire. These ribbons I9 are ,attached to the under side of the slip and at the upper portion of the ribbons is provided a maie'menrber 20 of the snap fastening device. Just belowv the snap element 20 is provided a hook element 2| of the hook -and eyeV fastening deviceythis hook being positioned so as to be operable to engage the eye member I6 described heretofore when the male element 20 of the snap fastening device is in engagement with the female member I5 thereof.
Asbefore stated, the combined snap and hook and eye fastening devices preferably are pro,-v
vided adjacent each of the points of attachment of straps I2 to the brassire A,it being understood that these devic'es are secured from. the outside of the brassire. To secure the slipto the body of the wearer, the brassire is placed as a tight-fitting fastening device, `while thehook and eye structure may be classed as a loose or easily-displaced securing device. I have found that the combination of these two types of securing mechanisms is particularlyv effec-- tive for the purpose described. It will be noted 'that the snap fastening device is so positioned as to make the accidental release .of the otherwise easily .displaced hook and eye fastening mechanism Iquite diillcult. Also, the combination of the two interlocking mechanisms distributes `the strain on the brassire and strap portions Preferably the elements Il of the slipL y 2,009,620v detail tlie structure for securing the slip to the and prevents an undue sagging at any particular point'. If desired, theslip may be arranged so that itv can be secured to the brassire before the latter is placed about the body of the wearer, particularly in cases where the wearer vmust secure the fastening devices.
When combined in the manner described, the 'slip covers at least a portion of the brassire and to an observer it would appear that ythe single shoulderV straps are attached to the'slip. The fasteningdevices are hidden from view, and the slip, which ordinarily is loosely fitted about the neatly than is possible with separate shoulder straps, due at least in partl to the firm anchorage of the brassireto the body'of the wearer. This arrangement provides for a neater dressr than has been possible heretofore.
When constructed in accordance with my invention, Lthe slips may be-interchanged as de-l sired and, in fact,'theslips may be'worn without a brassire by providing straps 22 having secur ing elements' complementary to the corresponding elements on the slip, this structure being shown in Fig. fi. If desired, the straps for the brassire may be releasably secured thereto, but it is prebodypf the wearer, is secured to the wearer more ferred to employ separate straps 22 where the slip 4is tovbe worn without a brassire.
An additional advantage of the structuredetween the brassire and slip is-'prevented Therefore,'the presence ofthe brassire is made .more obscure and less suggestive, particularly in view of the single shoulder straps employed. It is practically impossiblek to prevent suchl under garments from being viewed about theneck of an outer dress when the former'arerconstructed as customary heretofore,l but the prominence of the under garments is'reduced considerably by /rny improved structure. l The exchange of garlments is facilitated by my structure and consid# erable economy is effected by the elimination off` separate straps for each slip.
Various changes in the particular structure described heretofore is possible Without departing from the scope of 'the invention. For example, the arrangement of the fastening devices may be reversed, also, the particular construction of the individual garment. All such changes and modications are intended to be included in the pended claim.
In a garment construction, a brassire, a shoulder strap secured tol-said brassire, said strap having attached thereto one element of a snap fastening device and one element of a hook and eye fastening device, and a strapless under' garment Aprovided with `the other element of said snap-fastening device and the other element of said hook and eye fastening device.
l PANSY H. JACKSON.