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March 16, 1948. A. LICHT LADY S GARMENT Filed Feb. 17, 1945 A 9 ATTO R N EYS Patented Mar. 16, 1948 LADYS GARMENT Anna Lioht, New York, N. Y., assignor to The French Look, Inc., Paterson, N. J., a corporation of New Jersey Application February 17, 1945, Serial No. 578,455
3 Claims. (01. 2-67) While the present invention in its broader aspects is applicable to other ladies garments, it is illustratively shown embodied in a bathing suit.
Among the objects of the invention are to provide a self-contained ladys outer garment that obviates harness-like constriction of the bust and permits freedom of movement and chest expansion without discomfort or strain upon the garment and yet affords firm and truly effective bust support without the need for a brassire.
Another object is to provide a, unitary outer garment of the above type, which in its external appearance may have any suitable lines and which affords the support above noted, and which in use avoids the exposure to view of a brassiere or other undergarment or liner element.
In the accompanying drawings in which are shown one or more of various possible embodiments of the several features of the invention,
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a bathing suit embodiment of the invention,
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the cup portion of the bathing suit of Fig. I viewed from the inside,
Fig. 3 is a transverse sectional view on a larger scale taken on line 3-3 of Fig. 2,
Fig. 4 is a view similar to Fig. 2 modification thereof,
Fig. 5 is a transverse sectional detail view taken on line 5-5 of Fig. 4, and
Fig. 6 is a view similar to Figs. 2 and 4 of a further modification.
Referring now to the drawings, the bathing suit may be of any various conventional forms and, as shown, comprises a single piece suit including the trunk element 35 unitary with the shirt element 36 made of suitable elastic fabric which may be rubberized if desired. The shirt element includes the breast cups 39 shaped by radial darts 39 and constituting unitary parts of the shirt and illustratively combined with a strap 3? about the neck. Each cup is framed by a stiffener brace 38 at the lower rim thereof. To this end the brace 55 illustratively shown as an elongated very narrow curved loop of metal wire with its two arcuate lengths in the desired nested relation, substantially as shown in my copending application Serial No. 503,181, filed September 21, 1943, and since patented under No. 2,380,978, on August '7, 1945, and reissued on July 16, 1946, as Reissue Patent No. 22,771, is enclosed in a sheath 60 whose inturned edges ll are stitched together at 42. Desirably the brace is stitched in framing relation to the lower rim of the cup by a line of stitching 43 between the two wire lengths and by a further line of stitching 44 at the inturned showing a edges. The sheath is also securely attached at its ends as at 44' to the garment. To conceal the outline of the brace when the bathing suit is wet, it is preferred to provide a heavy cord covering C in superposed relation over the rim of the cup at the forward face thereof, which cord may, if desired, be attached to the garment by the same stitching as the brace.
No strap is required between the two braces 38 as the fabric of the garment itself affords the desired connection and the advantageous elasticity between the inner upright portions of the braces. The braces in the embodiment shown, afford excellent support without imposing constriction or pressure which would be particularly objectionable to a swimmer.
Inthe embodiment of Fig. 4, the cup 45 has stitched about the lower rim thereof an' arcuate strip of fabric 46 stitched in place at 4'. at its sides and at 41' at its end, thereby forming an arcuate sheath or pocket. Within the sheath there is releasably enclosed the arcuate brace 48, which may be similar to that of Fig. 2. The fabric is formed with a tab '49 at one end having a suitable fastener 50, such as a glove fastener, a button hole or a hook element, cooperating with the complementary socket, button or eye fastener element 51 on the strip 46 at the open end of the sheath, so as to confine the brace in place therein. By this arrangement, it will be seen that the brace 48 may be readily withdrawn when the unit is to be laundered and may be as readily replaced.
In the embodiment of Fig. 6, an arrangement is shown similar to that of Fig. 4 except that the strip 53 has a line of stitching 52 about the entire periphery thereof, so as permanently to confine the brace 54 in place therein.
Any of the embodiments of Figs. 2, i, or 6 could be used in the brassiere of my copending application above identified or in the bathing suit or other embodiments above referred to.
While the invention has been shown specifically as applied to a bathing suit, it will be understood that it could be incorporated in any of various other types of ladies garments and particularly in sport garments, such as playsuits, and in certain of its embodiments, it might also be applied to street dresses, hostess dresses, evening dresses and the like.
As many changes could be made in the above article and many apparently widely different embodiments of this invention could be made without departing from the scope of the claims, it is intended that all matter contained in the above 3 description or shown in the accompanying drawings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:
1. A garment, comprising a bodice portion, of laterally stretchable textile fabric, means maintaining said portion upright on the body, said bodice including a pair of spaced cups wholly of textile and integral therewith, and a pair of spaced stiffener braces framing the lower edges of said cups, secured in place thereat, and yieldabiy connected by the intervening fabric.
2. A ladies bathing suit comprising a shirt portion of laterally stretchable fabric, including a pair of cups, means maintaining the shirt portion in place, a pair of spaced and covered stiffener braces framing the lower rims of the cups, said braces having a line of stitching securing the same at the lower rims of the cups, and an element superposed over each brace and attached to the front of the garment serving to conceal the stiffener brace from view.
3. A garment comprising a bodice portion, means maintaining said portion upright on the body, said bodice including a pair of spaced cups wholly of textile fabric and a pair of spaced arcuate stifiener braces framing the lower edges of said cups and secured in place thereat, said REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
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