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Publication numberUS2100163 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 23, 1937
Filing dateMay 8, 1936
Priority dateMay 8, 1936
Publication numberUS 2100163 A, US 2100163A, US-A-2100163, US2100163 A, US2100163A
InventorsMartin Goodman
Original AssigneeNeatform Co Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Girdle
US 2100163 A
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' M. GOODMAN Nov. 23, 1937.

GIRDLE Filed May 8, 1936 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 mvEN-ron v Marhn Goodman ATTORNEYS Nov. 23, 1937.

M. OOODMAN GIRDLE Filed- May 8, 19:56

2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR Goodman ATTORNEYS Patented Nov. 2 3, 1937 GIRDLE Martin Goodman, New York, N`. Y., asslgnor to The Neatform Co.J` Inc., New York, N. Y., a corporation of New York Application May 8, 1936, Serial No. '18,530

17 Claims.

This invention relates to girdles, and more particularly to elastic girdles for feminine wear.

Flexible girdles partially knit with Lastex or other elastic yarn have proved to be popular for feminine wear but suffer from the disadvantage that the girdle follows the contour of the body even where there are undesirable bulges. Many women desire a small amount of corrective or stay action in addition to the mere elastic girdle effect.

I have found that it is not feasible to merely back a part of the girdle with a stayed or boned A corset-like member, because the construction interferes with free stretching of the girdle, thus making it difficult to draw--on and uncomfortable to Wear. I have further found that even if the girdle is backed with additional stay supporting material which is itself elastic, the resulting girdle is nevertheless unsatisfactory because of the difficulty of stretching'the several layers of elastic material.

'The primary object of the present invention is to generally improve girdles of the character here under discussion, and to provide the same with a preferably boned supporting panel which will effectively support a desired localized part of the body against bulging and yet which will not interfere with drawing-on the girdle; which will not prove uncomfortable to wear; and the parts of which will not wrinkle or roll up but will instead be maintained in smooth unrioticeable conline 6 4 of Fig.l 3;

dition during wear.

To the accomplishment of the foregoing and other objects which will hereinafter appear, my

' invention consists in the girdle and support elements, and their relation one to the other, as hereinafter are more particularly described in the specication'and sought to be defined in the claims. The specification is accompanied by drawings in which:

Fig. 1 shows one form of girdle embodying features of my invention in use;

Fig'. 2'is afront elevationof the girdle turned inside-out;

Fig. 3 is a similar elevation showing the upper part of the girdle in stretched condition;

Fig. 4 is a section taken in the plane of the Fig. 5 is a section taken in the planeof the line 5 5 of Fig. 3;

Fig'. 6 is a rear elevation of a modified form of girdle in inverted condition;

Fig.'7 shows the modified girdle in use;

Fig. 8 is a section through the girdle right side out and is taken in a plane indicated by the line 8--8 in Fig. 6; and

Fig. 9 is a front elevation of thelupper part of the girdle in inverted condition.

Referring to the drawings and more particularly to Fig. l, the main body of the girdle I2 may be of conventional type,it being knit with a suitable yarn preferably including horizontally or circumferentially extending laid-in elastic threads such as that commercially known as Lastex, If desired, some of the knit threads may also be elastic threads. By reason of the knitting andthe threads employed, the girdle is given considerable elasticity predominantly in a circumferential direction.

The girdle is further provided with a supporting panel I4 having secured therein suitable bones or stays I6. In thev particular girdle here illustrated, the supporting panel I2 is localized at the stomach and is intended to support the same against projection.

Referring now to Fig. 2 in which the girdle hasbeen turned inside-out, I may explain that the panel I4 is preferably made of inelastic woven material. 'I'his material may, if desired, be relatively thin, an extra strip of material being provided at and stitched around each of the stays or bones I6, to hold the latter in place (see Fig. 4). The upper edge of the panel is secured to the upper edge ofl'the girdle at spaced-points, in this case the three points of stitching I8, 20, and 22. The panel is in arelatively loose or folded or plaited condition between the points of stitching, the folds or plaits being clearly indicated at 24 and 26. These plaits are formed when the girdle is in unstretched or contracted position, and the plaits may extend to the bottom of the panel, but in the drawings the bottom has been shown straight in order to emphasize the fact that the panel is secured to the girdle at only thev top edge. The corners 28 and 30, as well as the lower edge 32 of the panel, are all free of the girdle, and there is no interference with or stitching to the knitted body of the girdle. The stitching at the top edge of the girdle is, of course, secure because it may be taken through the u'sual elastic tape or binding v3l! extending around the top of the girdle.

When the girdle is drawn-on, the top edge readily stretches to normal dimension because there is only a single thickness of elastic material between the stitched points I8, 20, and 22. In other words, the stretch or action of the girdle is justI as free as though the panel I4 were not applied thereto, this being true until the panel has been drawn taut or drawn out to the flat condition indicated in Fig. 3. The parts are so proportioned that at this time the girdle is stretched to or nearly to the waist size of the wearer.

In order to hold the panel down even though it is free of the girdle at its lower edge, Il provide elastic tapes 36 the upper ends of which are secured to the corners 28 and 30 of the panel, and the lower ends of which are secured to the bottom edge 38 of the girdle. The girdle is provided with front garters 40, and it is important to note that the elastic tapes 36 are secured to the bottom edge of the girdle at the points of attachment of the garters 4I).v With this arrangement, the pull of tapes 36 is transmitted directly to the garters 40, as is clearly shown in Fig. l, and this counteracts any tendency of the tapes 36 to pull or roll the bottom edge of the girdle upwardly. In fact, a single continuous elastic may be used for the tapes 36 and the garters 4I), but in the present case I employ separate elastic tapes, the tapes 36 being narrower and lighter than the garters 40.

In accordance with a further refinement of the present girdle, I provide triangular diagonal elastic supports 42 at the sides of the panel I4. These supports are essentially triangular pieces cut from broad elastic tape, the elastic threads being disposed diagonally, that is, parallel tothe outermost edge of the supports. The inside or upright edge 44 of support 42 is stitched to the adjacent side edge of panel I4. The top orI horizontal edge 46 of the support is stitched to the top edge of the girdle, preferably within the binding 34. Supports 42 thus function to hold the panel in place and form a strong anchorage for the panel which does not, however, in any way interfere with the desired looseness or plaiting of the panel .relative to the girdle. 'I'he diagonal supports serve an additional function in tending to hold the panel out in fiat condition, there being a certain amount of tension directed laterally by the supports. It will be understood that the supports 42 are themselves secured to the girdle solely at the top edge of the girdle, and that the vertical seams connecting the side edges of the panel to the supports 42 do not extend through the body of the girdle.

Thus, referring to Fig. 4, which is a section taken in the plane of the line 4-4 of Fig. 3, it will be seen that the panel I4, stayed at I6, is stitched to the elastic supports 42 by lines of stitching 44, yet none of the stitching in any way connects the panel or supports with the body of the girdle I2. The construction is also indicated by Fig. 5 in which it will be seen that the elastic support 42 is secured to the body of girdle I2 solely at the top edge or binding 34 bythe line of stitching 48.

To illustrate the fact that the invention may be applied to the support of other parts of the body, I further disclose a different form of girdle in Figs. 6 through 8. This girdle is provided with a relatively long 'panel 50 extending substantially from the top edge 52 to the bottom edge 54 of the girdle the body 56 of which is knit as previously described. In Fig. 6 the girdle has been turned inside-out, thus bringing the panel 5I) on the outside, but it will be understood that in ordinary use the panel is on the inside. This panel is located at the back of the girdle and is intended to support the buttocks or rear part of the body of the wearer. The location of the panel in -use is clearly indicated in Fig. 7. The manner .in which the panel 50jis boned or'stayed by inserts 58 is also evident from inspection of the drawings.

Panel 50, 'like that previously described, is preferably made of an inelastic woven material. The panel is secured to the top edge 52 of the girdle solely at the corners, as is indicated by the stitching 60 and 62. These points of stitching are much closer together than the Width of the panel, when the girdle is in unstretched or contracted condition as shown in Fig. 6. As a. result, the panel folds or plaits itself freely between the points of stitching 60 and 62, this being indicated at 64 in the drawings. The remainder of the panel is entirely free of the body portion 56 of the girdle. The lower edge 66 of the panel is in no way secured to the lower edge of the girdle. However, I provide elastic tapes 68 which extend between the corners of the panel and the lower edge of the girdle, the tapes being secured to the panel at the points 'I0 and being secured to the lower edge of the girdle at the points 12. The latter points are located at or immediately adjacent-the points of attachmentv 14 of the garters 16 of the girdle. Because of this arrangement, the'garters help hold the panel and girdle in taut smooth condition, as is clearly shown in Fig. 7. It will be understood that the elastic tapes 68 do not tend to roll or fold up the bottom edge of the girdle, this being prevented largely by reason of the counteracting tension of the garters 16.

and panel. With thisv construction, one edge of triangular insert 'I8 is stitched to the side edge of the panel, while another edge of the triangular insert is stitched to the top edge of the girdle by a line of stitching 82, the latter stitching preferably holding the insert within the binding tape 84 extending around the top edge of the girdle. It will 'be understood that the binding tape 64 is itself made of elastic material so las not to interfere with free stretching of the girdle. 'I'he main elastic strands in the insert or support 18 preferably extend diagonally, that is, parallel to the outside edge of the triangle.,

As so far described, the girdle shown in Figs. 6 and 7 may be provided with only the back panel. However, the girdle may be and in this case is additionally providedwith a front support panel much like that previously described. The present panel differs slightly, however, in being located at a point spaced downwardly somewhat from the top edge of the girdle, as is indicated in Fig. 9 of the drawings. In this figure; it will b'e noted that the stayed or boned stomach supsirable point.

Fig. 8 is a section taken through the girdle approximately in the plane' oi. the line 8-8 of Fig. 6 but with the girdle turned right side out. :This

gure helps illustrate the fact that the panels and 86 and the diagonal elastic supports 18 and 88 are entirely free of the body 56 of the girdle. Inspection of this figure also shows how the stays 58 and 96 are stitched in place on the side of panel 86 facing the girdle. It further shows the manner in which the loosely disposed panels fold up or plait when the girdle is in unstretched or contracted condition.

It is believed that the construction and use of my improved' girdle, as Well as the many advantages thereof, will be apparent from the foregoing detailed description. The girdle yields freely in acircumferential direction and consequently may be drawn on the body of the wearer with ease. It is also 'comfortable to wear. Nevertheless, unlike an ordinary elastic girdle, it does no t simply follow'the contour of the bodybut provides a corset or stay action at desired parts of the body. This supporting eifect may be localized in accordance with thenecessities of the particular wearer. The manner in which the4 support panels are mounted on the girdle provides for freedom of stretch and at the same time insures that the panel and girdle are each independently held down in smooth taut condition over the body. The elastic means provided for holding the. panels in a downward direction do not tend to fold or roll up the bottom edge of the girdle because 4the tension is transferred directly to the garters. The girdle presents a smooth exterior, and, except for the desired corrective eect, its

- A use is unnoticeable through even a thin dress.

It will therefore be'apparent that while I have shown and described my invention in preferred forms, many changes and modifications may be made in the structures disclosed, without departing from the spirit ofthe invention, dened in the following claims.

I claim:

1;v A garment `comprising a knit yieldable foundation garment, a panel attached to the garment at a point to be stayed, said panel being so secured to the garment -that it is loose-when the garment is in unstretched condition, thereby aording free yielding of the elastic material when the garment is'stretched, until the slack in the panel is taken up, stays or bones stitched in place in said panel or support,` garters depending from the lower edge of the garment, and

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elastic .tapes extending from the lower corners of the panel or support to the bottom edge of the garment, thelower ends-of said elastic tapes being connected to the garment substantially at the points of connection of the garters. A

2. A garment comprising a knit circumferentially yieldable girdle of the roll-on" type, the top and bottom edges of said girdle being reinforced, an inelastic panel or support at a point to be stayed, said panel being made of inelastic woven fabric so secured to the top edge of the girdle that it is loose or folded or plaited when the girdle is in unstretched condition, thereby aifording free yielding of the elastic material when the girdle is stretched, until the panel is taut, stays or bones stitched in place in said panel or support, and elastic tapes extending from the lower corners of the panel or support downwardly to the bottom edge of the girdle, said panel being free of the girdle except for connections to the reinforced top and bottom edges thereof.

3. A .garment comprising a knit circumferentially yieldable body, an inelastic panel attached to the garment 'at a point to be stayed, saidV panel being made of inelastic woven fabric so secured to the garment that it is loose or plaited when the garment is in unstretched condition, thereby affording free yielding of the elastic ma'- terial when the garment is stretched, until the panel is taut, garters depending from the lower edge of the garment, and elastic tapes extending from the lower corners of the panel or support downwardly to the bottom edge of the garment, the lower ends of said elastic tapes being connected to the garment substantially at the points of connection of the garters. i

4. A foundationgarment comprising a knit yieldable '.body, a panel attached to the garment at a point to be stayed, said panel being so secured to the garment that it is loose ox' plaited when the garment is in unstretched condition, thereby aifording free yielding of the elastic material when the garment is stretched, until the slack in the panel is taken up, stays or bones stitched in place in said panel or support, and diagonal elastic supports at the outside of the panel, one end of each support being stitched to the adjacent upright edge of the panel, and the other end of the support being stitched to the upper edge of the knit yieldable body.

5. A foundation garment comprising a knitstretched condition, thereby aording free yielding of the elastic material when the garment is stretched, until the panel istaut, stays or bones stitched in place in said panel or support, and triangular diagonal elastic supports at the ,outside of the panel, the upright edge of. each support being stitched to the adjacent upright edge of the panel, and the horizontal edge Vbeing stitched to the upper edge of the garment, -the elastic strands in said supports extending in a diagonal direction. Y A

6. A foundation garment comprising a knit circumferentially yieldable body, an inelastic panel attached to the body, said panel being made of inelastic woven fabric so secured tothe body at the top edge thereof that it is loose or plaited when the body is in unstretched condition, thereby affording free yielding of the elastic material when the body is stretched, until the panel is taut, diagonal elastic supports outside the panel, garters depending from the loweJl edge of the body, and elastic tapes extending from the lower corners of the panel to the bottom edge of the ody, the lower ends ofsaid elastic tapes being onnected to the body substantially at the points of connection of the garters.

'7. A garment comprising a knit yieldable girdle, a vertically-stayed or boned panel attached at spaced points to the girdle at the upper edge thereof, said panel being so secured to the girdle that it is loose or plaited when the girdle is in unstretched condition, thereby Aaffording free yielding of the. elastic material when the girdle is stretched, until the slack in the panel is taken up, diagonal elastic supports at the outside of the panel, and elastic tapes extending from the lower corners of the panel to the bottom edge of the girdle, the iside and bottom edges of the panel being free and unstitched to the knit girdle.

8. A garment comprising a knit circumferentially -yieldable girdle, an inelastic verticallystayed or boned panel attached to the inside of it is loose or plaited when the girdle is in unthe girdle at the upper edge thereof, said panel being made of inelastic woven fabric so secured to the girdle that it is loose or plaited when the girdle is in unstretched condition, thereby anording free yielding of the elastic material when .the girdle is stretched, until the panel is taut,

, triangular diagonal elasticsupports at the outside yof the panel, the upright edge of each supportbeing stitched to the upright edge of the panel, and the horizontal edge being stitched to the upper edge of the girdle, the elastic strands in said supports extending in a diagonal direction, garters depending from the lower edge of the girdle, and elastic tapes extending from the lower corners of the panel to the bottom edge of the girdle, the lower ends of said elastic tapes being connected to the girdle substantially at the points of connection of the garters.

9. A garment comprising a knit yieldable girdle, a vertically-stayed or boned panel attached to the girdle at the front upper edge thereof in order .to support the stomach of the wearer, said panel being so secured to the girdle that it is loose or plaited when the girdle is in unstretched .'condition, thereby affording :free yielding of the elastic material when the girdle is stretched, until the slack in the panel is taken up; diagonal elastic supports at the outside of the panel, one end of each support being stitched to the upright edge of the panel, and the other end being stitched to the upper edge of the girdle, garters depending from the lowerv edge of the girdle, and elastic tapes extending from the lower corners of the panel to the bottom edge of the girdle, the lower ends of said'elastic tapes being connected to the girdle substantially at the the girdle at the front upper edge thereof inorder to support the stomach of the wearer, said panel being made of inelastic woven fabric. so

secured tothe girdle that it is loose or plaited when the girdle is in unstretched i condition, thereby affording free yielding of the elastic material when the girdle is stretched, until the panel is taut, triangular diagonaLelastic supports at the outside of the panel, the upright edge of each support being stitched to the upright edge of the panel, and the horizontal edge being stitched to the upper edge of the girdle, the elastic strands in said supports extending in a diagonal direction, garters depending from the lower edge of the girdle, and elastic tapes extending from the lower corners of the panel and triangular supports downwardly to the bottom edge of the girdle, the lower ends of said elastic tapes being connected to the girdle substantially at the points of connection of the garters.

11. A garment comprising a knit yieldable girdle, a vertically-stayed or.boned panel attached to the girdle at the back thereof in order to support the buttocks or rear part of the body of the wearer, said panel being so secured at spaced points to the girdle at the top edge thereof that it is loose or plaited when the girdle is in unstretched condition, `thereby aiording free yielding of the elastic material when the girdle is stretched, until the slack in the panel is taken up, diagonal elastic supports outside the panel at` the upper end thereof, and elastic tapes extending from the lower corners 0f the panel to the bottom edge of the girdle, the side and lbottom Vedges of the panel being free and unstitched aiaics to the knit girdle the lower ends of said elastic tapes being connected to the girdlev substantially' at the points of connection of the garters.

12. A garment comprising a knit .circumferentially yieldable girdle, an inelastic verticallystayed or boned panel attached to the inside of the girdle at the back thereof in order to support the .buttocks or rear part of the body of the wearer, said panel being made of inelastic woven fabric so secured to the girdle at the top edge thereof that it is loose or plaited when the girdle is in unstretched condition, thereby affording free yielding of the elastic material when the girdle isstretched, until'the panel is taut, triangular diagonal elastic supports outside the panel at the upper end thereof, the upright edge of each support being stitched to the adjacent upright edge of the panel, and the horizontal edge being stitched to the upper edge of the girdle, the elastic strands in said supports extending in a diagonal direction, garters depending from the lower edge of the girdle, and elastic tapes extending from the lower 'corners of the panel to the bottom edge of the girdle, the lower ends of said elastic tapes 'being connected to the girdle substantially at the points of connection of the garters.

13. A garment comprising a knit circumferento the girdle at the front upper edge thereof in order to support the stomach of the wearer, another inelastic panel attached to the girdle at the back thereof in order to s upport the buttocks or rear part of the body of the wearer, said panels being made of inelastic woven fabric so secured to the girdle at the upper edge thereof that they are loose or folded or plaited when the girdle is in unstretched condition, thereby affording free yielding of the elastic material when the girdle is stretched, until the panels are taut, garters depending from the lower edge of the girdle, and elastic tapes extending from the lower corners of the panels to the bottom edge of the girdle at the garters.

14. A garment comprising a knit yieldable girdle, a vertically-stayed or boned panel attached to the girdle at the front upper edge thereof in order to support the stomach of the wearer, another vertically-stayed or boned panel attached to the girdle at the back thereof in order to sup- Y tially yieldable girdle, an inelastic panel attached port the buttocks or rear part of the body 0f the wearer, said panels being so secured to the girdle at the upper edge thereof that they are loose or plaited when the girdle is in unstretched condition, thereby aifording free yielding of the elastic material when the girdle is stretched, until the slack in the panels is taken up, diagonal elastic supports outside the panels, garters depending from the lower edge of the girdle, and

elastic tapes extending from the lower corners of the panels to the bottom edge of the girdle at the garters.

made of inelastic woven fabric so secured to the girdle at the upper edge thereof that they are loose or plaited when the girdle is in unstretched condition, thereby affording free yielding of the elastic material when the girdle is stretched, until the panels are taut, triangular diagonal elastic supports outside the panels, the upright edge of each support being stitched to the adjacent upright edge of a panel, and the horizontal edge being stitched to the top edge of the girdle, the elastic strands in said supports extending in a diagonal direction, garters depending from the lower edge of the girdle, and elastic tapes extending from the lower corners of the panels to the bottom edge of the girdle at the garters.

16. A garment comprising a tubular knit yieldable girdle of the roll-on type, the top and bottom edges oi said girdle being reinforced, a panel attached .to the girdle at a point to be stayed, the edges of said panel being free and unstitched to said knit girdle, and means connecting the corners of said panel to the aforesaid reinforced top and bottom edges only of the girdle, there beingno connection to the girdle at intermediate points between the tog and bottom edges, the connecting means being yieldable so that the panel and girdle are relatively self-adjustable, and the panel is slack when the girdle is in unstretched condition thereby aiording vfree yielding of the elastic material when the girdle is stretched.

17. A garment comprising a tubular knit yieldable girdle of the roll-on type, the top and bottom edges of saidgirdle being reinforced, an inelastic panel attached to the inside of the girdle at a point to be stayed, the top and bottom edges of said panel being free and unstitched to the knit non-reinforced body of said girdle, elastic means connecting the side edges of said panel to the aforesaid reinforced top and bottom edges only of the girdle, there being no connection to the girdle at intermediate points between the top and bottom edges, the connecting means being yieldable and so 'proportioned that the panel is slack or pleated when the girdle is in unstretched

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Classifications
U.S. Classification450/115, 450/111
International ClassificationA41C1/08, A41C1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41C1/08
European ClassificationA41C1/08