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Nov. 21, 1944.
D. l. COHEN BRASSIERE Filed Aug. 9, 1943 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 IN l/f/V rok,
Nov. 21, 1944. D icy- N 2,362,974 BRASSIERE Filed Aug. 9, 194a @Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR. Dauz'd 1. Cohen Patented Nov. 21, 1944 UNITED STATES "PATENT orries Bri g; i A
David I. Cohen, Los Angeles, Calif.
Application August 9, 1943, Serial No. 497,913
My invention relates to brassires; and it has for a purpose'theprovision of a brassiere which is characterized structurallyand functionally by elements adjustable in relation to the bust pock-I ets so as to support and gather pendulous or otherwise ill-shapen breasts in such manner that they are molded into firm and protruding bodies without unnatural compression and distortion to eliminate discomfort to the wearer; and by vir'- tue of the adjustability of the aforesaid'elements affording any desired degree of molding and up lift the wearer may desire and without distortion of the brassiere to eliminate unsightly folds .as
well as uncomfortable tensioning of anyof its extended and in rear elevation. Fig.3 is a fragmentary view on a reduced scale of the brassiere of Fig. 1 on the wearer and before any adjustment of the breast engaging elements has been made. v v
Fig. 4 is a view similar to'Fig. 3 after thebreast engaging elements have been adjusted.
Fig. 5 is a perspective view on reduced scale of the brassire of Fig. on the wearer.
Fig. 6 is a viewsimilar to Fig. 1 showing another form of brassire embodying my invention.
Fig. 7 is a view similar toFig. 2 and of the brassiere shown in Fig. 6.
Fig. 8 is a fragmentary bottom plan view' ona reduced scale.
Fig. 9 is an enlarged vertical sectional view taken on the line 9--9 of Fig. 8.
Similar reference characters refer to similar parts in each of the several views. I
Referring specificallyto the drawings, and particularly to the formof brassiere shown in Figs. 1
to 5, my invention in this embodiment comprises hemispherical form thereto. At their inner vertical edges the sections [5 are stitched together as indicated at I8 so that the bust pockets are permanently connected to each other.
As best shown in Fig. 2, the lower portions of the bust pockets may-be reinforced by additional layers I! of fabric stitched to the sections l5 and I6 along their lower edges and at their upper portions along seams ll The outer vertical edges of the bust pockets are stitched respectively to 'body' strips or sections l9 and 2d of pliable fabric along a curved vertical seam 2 I. These body sections have a general triangular form and attheir narrowends are provided withstraps 22 and 23 havingsuitable separable fasteners 24 and 25 for joining the straps to each other.
It will be understood that the body sections. liland 2i} and the straps 22' and 23 are adapted to extend about the body of the wearer and to be so held by'the fasteners 24 and 25 as to secure the pockets B and B in bust enveloping position on the wearer, aided, of course, by the usual shoulder straps 26 and 21 attached at one end to the narrow endsof the body sections I9 and 20 as indicated at Y28, and at the other end to looped straps 29 stitched to the upper edges of the bust pockets in bridging relation to the sections l5 and I6.
The bust pockets, adjacent the center seam I8, is formed with openings or slits "3B inclined to the vertical and in a V arrangement. Breast embracing hammockmembers M and M made of pliable fabric which is relatively heavy, are secured by stitching at their wide ends along the seams 21, the remainder of the members being unattached'to the pockets. As shown in Fig. 2, the members. from their attached ends extend along the lower halves of the bust pockets, decreasing in width as they proceed, andthen upwardly through the slits 30 to the outer sides of the pockets. At this point the members cross and their ends are connected by fasteners 3! to the buckle ends 32 of straps 32, such straps at their other ends being secured to the seams l7 adjacent the tops thereof by stitching, as indicated at 33. The fasteners '3l may be of such construction as to permit detachment of the members from the straps, to facilitate laundering, while the buckles 32 permit adjustment of the straps to 'vary the effective length of the members.
In practice, when the brassiere is in position on the'body of the wearer as shown in Fig. 5, the bust pockets B and B are secured in envelopin-g relation to the breast by extending the body sections I9 and ZUaround'the body and securing them together by the fasteners 24 and 25, and then extending the shoulder straps 26 and 21 over the'shoulders and properly adjusting the latter.
Where the breasts of the wearer are pendulous or otherwise ill-shapen, and the bust pockets are ineffective to mold and elevate the breasts, as is illustrated in Fig. 3, an adjustment of the hammock members M and M is resorted to. As here shown, each member extends loosely beneath the underside of the breast and thus offers no supporting or molding effect. However, by now shortening each strap 32 through the buckles 32 the effective lengthofthe membersrisa reduced to cup themselvesra-bout the. bottoms of the: breasts, thereby molding the breasts into a normal contour, and at the same time lifting the breaststov a normal elevation or any elevation depending on the adjustment of the straps 32. Thus by the simple adjustment of the hammock membersilh shapen and pendulous breasts can be quickly and effectively molded and elevated into: normally appearing breasts, and this without producing.
uncomfortable tensions or stresses because the pulls exerted. on: the: members are: transmitted throughthe strapsi 32', and. thence: through. the tops: of the bust: pockets: and: the: loans: 29: to x the; shoulder straps 26 and 2*T.. These; pulls are in effect: neutralized reasornofi the-1 fact. they are generally' equal and" always in opposite: directions longitudinally upward: of the brassiere;
ReferringrnowtoFlgsz-GLto 9,21. have here shown another: tornrnof; brassienes embodying my invention whichri's likewise cltaracterized'by; 'bust spook- BtS'IB? and: B? having: hammock members.M. and
M therein which are adjustable to lift andimold:
th breastsf In this form ofibrassi're each pocket 13% orz'B is' formed: of tWOi sections 3.4. and 35: I of pliablefabric connected by azlcenterrseam 36': The
twoxpockets; are joined orreato: the other: at: their conirontingr ends: by a: connecting: section.- 3 1 of fabriostitchedl alongrseams.3d and39a; As in; the
other form. of brassire; the: outer' vertical: edges,
of: the pocketsecti'onszll are: stitchedito: body sec;-
1310115740 arrdf il. along seams: 42i.a1rd:43,1. and'; the. outen ends of the body sections: are: provided: with straps 22 and: 23? having: fasteners 2-14? and: 2 5
Likewise, shoulder straps 26 and 2"! areesecured'.
atone 6111113110: thetbod'ysections- 402i and .41: andiat the other: to loopeih straps; 29? having relatively.
widely: divergentt portions;
Each bust: pocket: B? or" B?- is provided, on; itsinner. or" body. side: with: the: hammock. member MQ Or' 1VI; ';..and-eaclr-memb.en: comprises a crescentshapre; length: of pliable fabric having; an" intermediat section. and: two end: sections, 45 stitched to: the: intermediate: section. along transverse and: converging: seamsa 46 46; The sect-ion. 441' maybe. made ofr an elastic fabric-having a;- longitudinalI-stretchonly, andiit is attached to; the inner-side: oiithe bust pocketzby aline oi; stitching; 41=:which:is=directly onztheaoenter seamxflt Thus.-
as attached? theelastic; section is stretchable lengthwise in opposite directions outwardly from the-seam 36;.
The endtsectionse 45;of either memberrM or extend :.upwairdly: through openings" or: slits; 48: int. the-pocket; sections: Ml and; 35; and thence": to the: front?v on outerfside of; the bust: pocket? where'itt is connected tower fastener '49; which" latter," irris deta-chably connected to the buckleifl: of: a.
strap: 51:- secured": by stitching; to f the' upper; "edge of: one pocket; section 34 or. 35: adjacent; the respective? end of therloope'di' stra-ptl 9?:
When: the aforedescribedv;brassiere: is" on. the bod-yonthewearenthermembers M? and: M oi either. bust. pocket mayrbm adjustment of thestraps 5 li: throughzthe buckles 50; be individually pulled Eat .itsien'dsi and inzoppositeat directions from:
the line 41, thereby stretching the intermediate section 44 in opposed directions from its center. This allows the sections to move upwardly and the intermediate section to bend into an abrupt arc (Fig. 9), with the result that the breast is not only lifted but drawn together from its sides, and thus molded into the shape of the normal breast. Should the intermediate section be constructed of inelastic materiaLwhich is within the scope of my invention, the same breast lifting andmolding, functionsare achieved but to a lesser degree. By constructing the intermediate section of elastic material with only a longitudinal stretch, not only is a greater lift and mold made possible, but the breast is yieldingly supported to. eliminate any possible discomfort. An added function resultant of each bust pocket havingxbreast lifting"and molding means therein, one adjustable independently of the other, is that where one breast is larger than the other the aforesaid means for that bust pocket may be adjusted: to: compensate for such difference and thus. cause. both: breasts to appear asof the same size;
Althoughl have herein. shown and described. only: two; f orms: of" brassires each: embodying my invention, it.is. to be understood that: various changes and modifications may be made herein without departing from the spirit of my invention: and. the: spirit and scope of the appended claims.
, 1. Inia brassiere; apair of bust pockets-having" openings adjacent their inner: ends; a. pair of members each secured at one end to the inner: side of one pocket at the: outer end thereof, extending freely-across the lowerportion': of the insside of the. pocket so as to'embraceandsupportthe breast at its lower. and; outer'side tomold the breast upward: and. inwardly" independently of said. pocket, then.- throughnthe; respective bustpocket opening to the front side of the other bust. pocket; a pair. of adjustable:- straps each secured at one end to; the free end of the respec-" tive member and. tovthetop-of; said other bust I pocketatthe other end,bodystripssecuredtothe outer; ends of said pockets andadapted to pass around the body of the wearer andrconnected on the:backthereof, and shoulder straps-attacheduto said pockets. at. the top: thereof.
2. A brassiere-having; a: pair of bust pockets connected at'their inner ends andrhaving opene ingstherethrough at theirinner ends; body strips secured to; the outer ends of said pockets and adapted to pass around-the. body'of. the wearer and to be connected on the-back thereof; 51101112 der. strapsattached to said pockets at. the tops thereof and to said strips; and means attached,- by once of their ends; to the inner. sideof each of said bust pocketiat the-outer end thereof ex.- tending; freely across the.low.er portion ofthe inside of said pockets sorasto embrace andsup ort thebreastsat their lowerand outer sides to mold the breastsrupwardly and inwardly independently of said: pockets; and extending. respectively through. saidopenings; and; connected by their respective: otherv ends: to: said pockets substantially to. the place: of; attachmentuof the: respec titershoulder straps.
3; In a.brassiere;..a pairof bust:pocketshaving atztheir 'inneriends'a pair of'slitsin a V shaped arrangement;:. a; pair of longitudinally: tapered hammock-like: members" each suspended; at its Wide end from. the innerr side ofone'. pocket at the outer'enduthereof; extendingireely across the narrow end of the respective member and at the 10 other end to the upper portion of said other bust pocket at the outer side and along the vertical center thereof; shoulder straps secured to said pockets at the tops thereof and substan- 5 tially along the vertical centers thereof, and body strips secured to the outer ends of said pockets and adapted to pass around the bodyof the wearer and connected on the back thereof.
DAVID I. COHEN.