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Publication numberUS2352866 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 4, 1944
Filing dateJul 1, 1943
Priority dateJul 1, 1943
Publication numberUS 2352866 A, US 2352866A, US-A-2352866, US2352866 A, US2352866A
InventorsStacy Anna R
Original AssigneeStacy Anna R
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2352866 A
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July 4, 1944. A.- R. STACY '2,352-,866

BRASSIERE Filed July 1. 1943 flnna/B. ,smeg


Patented July 4, 1944 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE BRASSIERE Anna R. Stacy, Peoria, Ill.

Application July 1, 1943, Serial No. 493,083

1 Claim.

This invention relates to brassires, the primary object of the invention being to provide a brassiere designed primarily for use by persons having large or pendulous breasts.

An important object of the invention is to provide a brassiere which will provide a support for the breasts, and one which will hold the breasts snugly against the wall of the chest of the wearer, thereby preventing movement of the breasts against the body, which usually results in chafing.

Another object of the invention is to provide a brassiere constructed of elastic material which will permit of free movement of the body of the wearer, without binding and discomfort to the wearer.

With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention consists of certain novel details of construction and combinations of parts hereinafter more fully described and pointed out in the claims, it being understood that changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of parts without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed.

Referring to the drawing Figure 1 is a perspective view of a brassiere constructed in accordance with the invention.

Figure 2 is a side elevational view of the brassiere, illustrating the brassiere as in use.

Figure 3 is a perspective view of the brassiere showing the cut-out portions at the rear of the brassiere, prior to sewing the brassire to close the openings formed by the cut-out portions.

Referring to the drawing in detail, the body portion which is indicated generally by the reference character 5, is constructed of Woven material of. an elastic nature, commonly known as two-way stretch material. may be either woven in tubular shape of a predetermined size, or the woven fabric material may be cut to the desired length for a predetermined size, and the ends of the length of material secured as by stitching.

Binding strips 6 bind the upper and lower edges of the body portion, and these binding strips are constructed of woven elastic material, throughout their entire length, so that the binding strips will not only bind the edges of the body portion, but will permit of free movement of the body portion with the movement of the body of the wearer.

In the construction of the body portion, arouate-shaped cut-out portions 1 are provided at the rear thereof, and the edges of these cut-out portions are brought together and sewed as shown by Fig. 2 of the drawing, the stitching used being also of an elastic nature, to permit of free movement of the threads of the body portion. By forming the rear of the brassire in this manner, it will be seen that the back of the brassire is The body portion substantially narrow for the comfort of the wearer.

Disposed at the front of the brassire, is an elastic strap 8 that connects the upper and lower edges of the brassire, the main portion of the strap 8 being loose from the body portion of the brassiere, to allow the body portion to stretch vertically. The strap 8 tends to divide the front portion of the brassiere, separating the breasts which are supported by the brasslre. By this construction, it will be seen that supports are provided at opposite sides of the strap in which the breasts of the wearer areretained.

Shoulder straps indicated at 9 are connected with the body portion at their front ends by means of the loops In, the rear ends of the shoulder straps 9 being sewed to the body portion. It might be further stated that these straps 9 and loops [I] are also formed of elastic material to allow for free stretching of the straps, compensating for movements of the body of the wearer which would otherwise tend to cause the brassire to be moved from its proper supporting position.

From the foregoing it will be seen that due to the construction shown and described, the

brassiere is one which may be readily positioned by sliding the brassiere over the head and shoulders of the person. When the brassiere has been properly positioned, the breasts of the wearer will be firmly held therein and pressed against the wall of the chest of the wearer, preventing movements of the breasts against the body which usually results in chafing. Further, due to this construction, the main portion of the weight of the breasts supported by the brassiere, will be supported by the chest, thereby relieving the shoulder straps of undue strain.

Because the body portion of the brassiere is not shaped to provide pockets for the reception of the breasts of the wearer, it will be also noted, that the breasts will stretch the body portion to the end that the brassiere will contact the breasts, throughout their entire surfaces, the brassire conforming to the shape of the breasts for complete support of the breasts.

What is claimed is:

A brassiere comprising a continuous circular body formed wholly of elastic material, the front portion of the body being wide and tapered off to a substantially narrow rear portion, elastic binding strips secured along the upper and lower edges of the body, a yieldable dividing strip of a length equal to the width of the body at the front thereof, the ends of the dividing strip being secured to the elastic binding strip, the intermediate portion of the dividing strip being free of the body, whereby the body is normally extended, and shoulder straps secured to the body.


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U.S. Classification450/66, D02/708
International ClassificationA41C3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41C3/00
European ClassificationA41C3/00