US 2468622 A
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J. GLICK A ril 26; 1949.
BRASSIERE Filed Nov, 15, 1945 INVENTOR JAG/r G'ucn A TTOR EY Patented Apr. 26, 1949 BRASSIERE Jack Glick, Bronx, N. Y., assignor to The Gluckin: Corporation, New York, N. Y., a corporation of New York Application November 15, 1945, Serial No. 628,693
This invention relates to brassires. More particularly, the invention deals with garments of this type and kind employing what may be termed horseshoe forms of reinforcing frames arranged at upper and side portions of the breast pockets to envelop upper and side portions of the breasts. Still more particularly, the invention comprises means forming a substantially firm lower supporting band at the base of the pockets, with means adjustably coupling upper adjacent portions of the pockets in combination with body encircling bands in producing what I term a shoulder strapless brassiere structure. The novel features of the invention will. be best understood from the following descriptions when taken together with the accompanying drawing, in which certain embodiments of the invention are disclosed, and in which the separate parts are designated by suitable reference characters in each of the views, and in which:
Fig. 1 is a front view of a brassiere made according to my invention.
Fig. 2 is a sectional view, for example, on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1, illustrating the breast pocket as arranged upon the body of a wearer and showing the netting in double dotted lines.
Fig. 3 is a rear outer corner View of one of the breast pockets.
Fig. 4 is a section on the line 4-4 of Fig. 3 and showing the netting of the pocket in double dash lines.
Fig. 5 is a section on the line 5-5 of Fig. 3, on an enlarged scale showing the netting of the pocket in double dash lines; and
Fig. 6 is a front view of a brassiere shown in extended position and illustrating a modification.
In brassires of the kind under consideration, it has been customary to provide bracing and reinforcing members positioned at the lower and side portions of the breast pockets in maintaining the body encircling portion of the brassire close upon the body of the wearer at peripheral edges of the breast pockets and to then support the pockets and the breasts arranged therein in raised position by shoulder straps extending at the upper portions of the pockets.
It is the purpose of my present construction to provide what might be termed an upper support or bracing means in the form of upwardly extending loops or horseshoe shaped reinforcing members forming means for supporting the breasts in raised position, thereby dispensing with the use of shoulder straps and adapting the garment for use in conjunction with low cut dresses, facilitating exposure of the major portion of the 2v chest and back of the wearer, for example in lowcut evening gowns.
In Figs. 1 to 5 inclusive, I have shown one form of construction comprising two pockets Ill-ll which for illustrative purposes, are composed of a double layer of netting having darts as at |l-l I to give breast contour thereto". Bordering the lower portion. of each pocket, are bottom straps I2|2', to the ends of which are coupled attaching loops l3l3'. The upper and side portions of each pocket are bordered by a pair of tapes or straps I l-44 secured to peripheral edges of the pockets by stitchings, as at I5, note Fig. 5 of the drawing. This forms between the tapes M" as well as the tapes I4, channels l5 for the reception of reinforcing frames I l-l1 which are substantially horseshoe or inverted U-shaped in form. The inner tapes of each pair |4--I4' are provided. with openings at the outer sides of the pockets, as seen, for example, at l8 in Fig. 3 of the drawing, in which the outer side of the pocket I0 is shown. These openings, one of which is also shown in Fig. 4 of the drawing, enter the channels I6 at a point inwardly of the ends of. the channels so that corresponding ends IQ of the frame l1-l|' will extend beyond the openings and be held against accidental displacement from the channels I6; On the other hand, sumcient elasticity or stretch is provided to facilitate forceable removal of the frame Il-l'l' through the openings as at l8, in detaching the frames from the pocket channels in the operation of laundering the garment. The other or adjacent ends 20 of the reinforcing frame I'l|'l' seat in the other closed ends of the channel l6 and these end portions of the pockets lD-Ill' are joined by a widev and preferably non-extensible band 2 l, which provides a firm support of the garment upon the body of a wearer at a point between the breasts. Above the band I2 adjacent side portions of the pockets are joined by tie strings or ribbons 22 and 23 which provide an adjustable coupling of the pockets at a point preferably slightly above the center of the pockets. This coupling serves to position the pockets with respect to breasts of slightly different arrangements upon the body of the wearer.
Extending from the outer sides of each pocket, approximately centrally with respect to the height of the pockets, are elastic strap members 2424' having at their free ends coupling devices 2-5-25 adapted for engagement with the coupling loops l3"-l3 respectively. These straps ex-' tend around the sides and across the back of the wearer and are" maintained at a point below the center of the breasts, the straps crossing centrally of the back, as is diagrammatically illustrated in Fig. 1 of the drawing.
The lower straps or hands l2-l2' in conjunction with the wide connecting strap 2| produces a firm base support of the brassiere at the front of the body and beneath and between the breasts. This firm support in combination with the straps 24-24 and the tie-ribbons 22-23 serve to support the frames l1-l1' in firm up-right position around the upper and side portions of the breasts to maintain the breasts in raised youthful position, as is diagrammatically illustrated in Fig. 2 of the drawing. In other words, the pockets Ill-l are actually hung from the upper portion of the frames and are maintained thereby in the raised position, being assisted in this operation by the supporting straps 23-24 and the tie-ribbons 22-23.
In Fig. 6 of the drawing I have shown a modified form of construction wherein pockets 26-26 ar employed, similar in most respects to the pockets ill-l0, being modified solely by the addition of diverging reinforcing straps 21 on the pocket 26 and 21 on the pocket These straps extend from the lower central portion of the pockets to the sides thereof at a point substantially centrally of or slightly below the hori zontal center of the pockets, as indicated in said figure. the pockets Iii-Hi and include a coupling band 28 with the lower portions of adjacent edges thereof similar to the band 2| and tie-ribbons 29 and so similar to the ribbons 22 and 23. At 3| and 31' are shown elastic straps similar to but shorter than the straps 24-24 and which include coupling members 32-32 at their ends, similar to the members 25-25.
In the construction shown in Fig. 6, I have substituted for the coupling loops 13-13 long straps 33-33 which terminate at their ends in loops 3-4-33, similar to the loops I3-I3 for the reception of the devices 32-32 respectively in mounting the brassiere upon the body of a wearer. I also employ fabric or other side strips 35-35 which are attached to lower outer sides of the pockets, and upper and lower edges thereof envelop th straps 31-3! and 33-33 and are attached to the elastic straps, as indicated at 36-36 and 31-31. The more or less triangular strips 35-35 are shirred so that when the elastics 3l-3l and 33-33 are non-extended, these strips will be shirred, as is indicated by the shirring lines in Fig. 6. However, as the straps are extended, the sheets 35-35 extend, and in normal uses, will represent a reasonably tight closure at the side portions of the body of the wearer when the brassiere is mounted in position.
In other words, the structure of Fig. 6 differs from the structure in Figs. 1 to 5 inclusive solely in the modification of lengthening th coupling loops and in providing the cover sheets and in the inclusion of the reinforcing members 21-21, otherwise the structure of Fig. 6 is identical with the structure shown in the other figures, and for this reason, no further detailed description of the pocket structure is made.
The reinforcing straps or bands 21-21 serve to aid in maintaining the loop frames in raised position. These reinforcements will fit below the lower and lower side portions of the breast and will provide a relatively high bracing support for the wire loops, in addition to the coupling band 28 and the body encircling straps.
Otherwise, th pockets are identical with It will be apparent that the openings l8 are arranged upon the inner surface of the garment so that the outer surface will be unmarred in this respect, and produces a neat and finished ap-' pearance. It will also be understood that the garment may be made up in any styling of ma= terials and the peripheral edges of the pockets may be finished in any desired manner.
Having fully described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A brassiere structure comprising a pair of inverted U-frame members, said frames bordering upper and side edges of a pair of breast pockets, means coupled with the pockets supporting and bracing lower terminal ends of said frame members to maintain spacing between the ends of each frame member and between adjacent ends of adjacent frame members, edges of said breast pockets having openings at adjacent ends for detachable mounting of said frame members, an extensible strap extending from the outer side portion of each pocket at a position substantially centrally with respect to the pocket, each strap having a coupling device at its end, and means at the lower, outer edge portion of each pocket engaged by the coupling device on the strap of an opposed pocket for detachably coupling said straps with the pockets.
2. A strapless brassire of the class described comprising a pair of breast supporting pockets, means comprising a non-extensible member at the lower edge of each pocket joining side edge portions of each pocket in forming the lower edge of the pocket, means joining adjacent edges of the pockets at lower portions thereof, means comprising side and back bands attached to outer side edges of the pockets for supporting the brassiere around the body of a wearer, means for coupling the band of one pocket with the opposed pocket means at peripheral edges of the pockets forming curved channels encircling the upper and side portions of the pockets, means closing the ends of the channels at the lower edges of the pockets, horseshoe-shaped supporting members arranged in said channels and hav-' ing ends extending into said channel ends, and one end portion of the channel of each pocket having an opening inwardly of and adjacent the closed end thereof for insertion and removal of the supporting member with respect to the channel of said pocket.
3 A brassiere structure comprising a pair of inverted U-frame members, said frames bordering upper and side edges of a pair of breast pockets, means coupled with the pockets supporting and bracing lower terminal ends of said frame members to maintain spacing between the ends of each frame member and between adjacent ends of adjacent frame members, edges of said breast pockets having openings at adjacent ends for detachable mounting of said frame members, an extensible strap extending from the outer side portion of each pocket at a position substantially centrally with respect to the pocket, each strap having a coupling device at its end, and means at the lower, outer edge portion of each pocket engaged by the coupling device on the strap of an opposed pocket for detachably coupling said straps with the pockets, and means on said extensible straps and last named means and attached to side edges of the pockets forming side body closures,
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