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Jan. 11, 1938. s. D'ACHON 2,104,943
BATHING SUIT Filed May as, 1954 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Patented Jan. 11, 1938 BATHING SUIT Simone dAchon, Paris, France, assignor to La Socit a Responsabilit Limite dite Irmone,
Paris, France, a limited liability corporation of France Application May 28, 1934, Serial No. 728,029 In France June 13, 1933 2 Claims.
The suits used at present, more particularly in the case of sun treatment generally have the disadvantage of being provided with shoulder straps which cause lighter traces to occur on the skin of the persons wearing them; these marks, which become visible when the said persons wear low necked dresses, are not pleasing in their appearance. The object of the present invention is to remedy this disadvantage by suppressing the shoulder straps of the suit while maintaining the latter firmly in position.
The object of the invention is therefore the new industrial product constituted by a bathing suit which is not provided with shoulder straps but which is so shaped that it cannot drop, particularly owing to pleats provided on the upper edge of the suit and also owing to the fact that said suit is provided with two crossed straps which can be fastened and tightened in front or at the side. According to the invention, the suit may also be provided with a small cord which can be tied round the neck so that the suit cannot slip down when the person wearing it makes more or less violent movements such as those which are necessary, for instance, when swimming.
Finally, an essential peculiarity of the suit which forms the subject matter of the invention is the fact that said suit is "tailored like a pair of breeches (that is to say without the insertion of an intermediary piece in the fork as is the case in the suits manufactured up to the present), the shape being obtained by a series of reductions in the knitted fabric.
Only two of the forms of embodiment of the invention have been shown in the attached drawings, in diagram, and only as examples.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 shows a form of embodiment of the suit which forms the subject matter of the invention, seen from the front;
Figure 2 shows the same suit seen from the back;
Figure 3 is a view similar to that in Figure 2 but in the case when the suit is not yet completely fixed;
Figures 4 and 5 are views similar, respectively, to Figures 1 and 2, but in the case when the small cord has been drawn out, said small cord making it possible to fasten the suit which forms the subject matter of the invention in a. perfectly secure manner when the person wearing it wishes to swim for instance;
Figures 6 and 7 are front and back views of a second form of embodiment of the invention;
Finally, Figure 8 is a view of the fork of the suit shown in Figures 6 and 7.
As is shown in the drawings the suit, in Figure 1, is not provided with shoulder straps but, in order to hold it securely in position,.a certain number of pleats 3 have been provided along the upper edge of said suit which serve to narrow said suit above the breasts. In order to hold said suit still more securely, said suit which is very widely cut away at the back, as shown in the drawings, is provided, at this part, with two straps 4 and 4 which can cross one another, one of said straps being capable of a slight sliding motion through an elongated opening 5, said straps being capable of being buttoned at point 6, either in front or at the side. Strap 4 may be provided with several buttons and corresponding part 4' with several buttonholes, so that said two straps 4 and 4' may be drawn up more or less tightly so as to fit perfectly round the waist of the person wearing said suit.
In the embodiment shown in Figs. 6-8, the straps 4 and 4 are shown as being constituted of a sort of band of woven or other material, and in order to facilitate the mechanical knitting of the suit, scams 8 and 9 are provided in the front and back, respectively, thereof. Of course, if desired these seams may be included everi when the suit is knitted by hand. A halter I is provided. As is shown in the drawings, I prefer that the upper edge Ill (lownecked front and opening at the back) as well as the lower edge I I of the legs be formed of ribbed knitting. Since this knitting lends itself more readily to deformation in a transverse direction, the edges of the suit-sit better on the body of the wearer. In order to facilitate adaptation to the body of the wearer, elastic threads may be included in the edges I0 and II.
As is shown in the drawings and more especially in Figure 8, the fork of the suit does not include any intermediary piece as was the case in suits manufactured up to the present; the lower portion of the suit is tailored like a pair of breeches, the shape being obtained by a series of reductions in the knitting, which constitutes one of the features of the invention.
Owing to the presence of pleats 3 and of straps 4 and 4 which act as a belt which can be tightened as desired, the suit adapts itself perfectly to the bust at its upper portion since the tightening of belt 4-4 exerts a pull on the upper edge 2 of the suit, as will be readily comprehended, and the effect of this is to accentuate the eflect of pleats 3. Under these conditions the suit is therefore held in position perfectly and, in addition, procures a very elegant line which is not the case as a rule with the suits emplayed up to the present, as these are not always a perfect fit on the persons wearing them.
It is moreover obvious that as the shape of this suit is such that no part of the body which is likely to be uncovered when wearing even very low cut dresses is hidden by parts of the suit, when said suit is used for sunlight treatment no lighter traces or marks will stand out on the tanned skin.-
However when the suit is not only used for sun bathing but is employed for certain physical exercises in the course of which certain more or less violent movements might cause the suit to slip down (in swimming for instance) it is wise to complete said suit with a small halter cord 1 (see Figures 4 and 5) which, under normal conditions when the person wearing the suit is sunbathing, is hidden under the suit so that it is entirely out of sight and which, when the person in question wishes to swim for instance, can be tied round the neck as shown in Figures 4 and 5.
It is to be understood that the suit which has been described and illustrated is only given as an example and that changes in the details of the embodiment of said suit may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention.
What I claim is:
1. A bathing suit formed ofelastic material, comprising a front and a back portion, the uppermost part of the suit terminating short of the shoulders of the wearer, and the back being cut extremely low, and a member, resilient in a transverse direction, along the upper edge of the front part and having, in prolongation, straps extending to the rear part, where they cross each other below the back opening and between said opening and the waist line, after which they can be secured in their overlapping and tautened position.
2. A bathing suit formed of elastic material, comprising a front and a back portion, the uppermost part of the suit terminating short of the shoulders of the wearer, and the-back being cut extremely low, the upper edge of the front portion having a plurality of pleats for narrowing the suit above the breast of the wearer, and a n member, resilient in a transverse direction, along the upper edge of the front part and having, in prolongation, straps extending to the rear part, where they cross each other below the back opening and between said opening and the waist line, after which they can be secured in their overlapping and tautened position.