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Publication numberUS2481291 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 6, 1949
Filing dateMar 25, 1948
Priority dateMar 25, 1948
Publication numberUS 2481291 A, US 2481291A, US-A-2481291, US2481291 A, US2481291A
InventorsColeman Joseph A
Original AssigneeMaiden Form Brassiere Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hip pad
US 2481291 A
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6, W49. J. A. COLEMAN- HIP PAD s Sheets-Sheet 1' Filed March 25, 1948 INVENTOR. Jjam; A. bzE/wmv WW rraeA E/ Sept. 6, 1949. J. A. COLEMAN HIP PAD Filed March 25, 1948 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 {I 7 7 T W "'I I T WW 1% lllll Eff/ 4. $5232 Sept. 6,1949. J. A. COLEMAN 2,481,291

HIP PAD Filed March 25, 1948 5 Sheets-Sheet 3 IN V EN TOR.

Patented Sept. 6, 1949 HIP PAD Joseph A. Coleman, New York, :N. 12., zazssignor "to Maiden Form Brassiere iflomgpany, Find, New York, -N. Y., a corporation f New York Application March 25, 1948, Sel'ial No. $6,909

3 Claims.

The present invention relates to undergarments or foundation garments for women and more particularly to girdles and devices for use in connection therewith.

Such girdles are elastic, at least in parts and are used to compress the body particularly around the abdomen and hips to produce a smooth and suitably curved contour over which outer garments can be draped so as to produce a satisfactory and pleasing appearance. In compressing a part of the body in this way, it sometime occurs that there is an undesirable deficiency or depression at some point of the compressed part. Such conditions may be remedied by the use of pads of suitable material.

An important object of the present invention is to provide novel and advantageous means for overcoming such deficiencies in the compressed figure.

Another object is to provide a novel and ad-. vantageou-s unitary pad adapted for application to both buttocks and a girdle having means for receiving and holding said pad.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a unitary pad of flexible and compressible material, adapted for application to both buttocks with means at the middle of said pad for use in holding the pad against movement lateral with respect to the body of the wearer and a girdle having means to receive said pad and means to cooperate with said means at the middle of the pad for holding the pad in place with reference to the girdle.

A further object of the invention is to provide a pad of suitable material such as foam rubber, comprising two parts. one for each buttock, and a connecting portion or hinger whereby the motion of the part for either buttock will modify the movement of the other.

In carrying out the invention in a preferred way a foam rubber pad or double pad, as it may be called, comprises two parts of suitably curved contour joined by a thinner connection which serves as a hinge or a universal connection. Said connection has notches at top and bottom. The girdle is provided with a pocket to hold said had, said pocket being formed with a rear wall consisting of the central part of the girdle and a front wall in two parts overlapping centrally from bottom to top and held together at top and bottom by short seams which enter said notches at the top and bottom of said pad.

Other objects, features and advantages will appear upon consideration of the following detailed description and of the drawings, in which:

1 is a front view of an outstretched :girdle emlmzic'iy ing one term :of the present invention;

Fig. E is a rear-view or the girdle of Fig. 1 illustrating the pocket for the foam rubber pad and the pad held therein, parts being broken away to show "the underlying structure;

Fig. 3 is a top plan view :of the girdle in the form that ittakeson a wearer;

Fig. d is a sectional view taken on the line -l-# of Fig. 2

Fig. 5 is a rear elevation of a foam rubber pad according to the present invention;

Fig. 6 is a section on the line Iifi of Fig. 5;

Fig. '7 is a section on the :line TI-:'I of Fig. 5; and

Fig. 8 a 'view illustrating file portion of the central vertical section or the pad with reference to the body of a seat'ed wearer.

Refer-ring to the drawings Fig. l is a view in elevation showing the outside of an outstretched girdle m to which the present invention is applied. To the edges of a "central rear panel t l oi the girdle are attached by suitable double lines of stitching I2 two inelastic panels 1 3. Said panels 13 and 43 are made up of inelastic fabric and at their upper and lower edges, the fabric is ielded back to the rear faces of these panels.

The folded back edges at the tops and bottoms of panels H and 13 are bound by means including double lines or stitching I 4. At their outer edges panels l3 are connected by double lines of stitching I5 to the edges of horizontally elastic side panels I B. At their outer edges elastic panels l6 are secured by double lines of stitching I! to inelastic panels or front straps I8 which may be secured together while in use by eyes I9 on the left member I8 and hooks 20 (not shown on Fig. 1 but shown at the left on Fig. 2) on right member I8. The outside of the girdle III as shown in Fig. 1 is, but for short Vertica1 seams or lines of stitching 2| at the middle of :panel II and the top and bottom thereof, the same as girdles heretofore in use. The function of said short seams ZI will be brought out hereinafter.

Fig. 2 shows the inner side of the girdle of Fig. 1, the ends of the girdle being reversed. Extending across the panels II and I3 is a pocket 22 of which said panels II and I3 form the outer side and the inner side is formed in two parts 23 and 24 of which the right hand part 24 (Fig. 2) overlaps the left hand part. At their upper and lower edges, said parts 23 and 24 are bound by the double rows of stitching I4 used to bind the upper and lower edges of panels II and I3. Also said parts 23 and 24 are held together in overlapping position at their tops and bottom by said short lines or stitching 2|. At their outer edges parts 23 and 24 are bound by the double rows of stitching I! which connect the panels l3 to the elastic panels l6. It should be noted that each of the pairs of rows of stitching cooperates with a binding strip 25 at the inner surface of the girdle. Attached to the lower edges of said girdle are garters 26.

Carried in said pocket is a foanrrubber-pad 21 (Fig. 2) illustrated in greater detail in Figs. 5, 6, '7 and 8. At the middle points of the upper edge 28 and lower edge 29 are recesses or notches 33.

which receive said short lines of stitching 2h The upper edge of the girdle I fits around the body at the waist line and the girdle I8 and the pad 21 therein are short enough so that the body of the wearer when in sitting positionfFig. 8) does not rest thereon.

The pad 21 is made of suitable material, pref-2 erably foam rubber. In molding the pad from the foam rubber, the edges-are made as thin as is feasible so as to be inconspicuous When the girdle and pad therein are in place, on the body of awearer. i

Preferably the pad 21 issomewhat narrower at the upper edge 28 than at the lower part and is thicker in the lower part. As indicated in Fig. 6 the greatest thickness of a part over one of the buttocks is at a point 3| more than half way down from the upper edge to the lower edge 29. As indicated in Figure '7, the pad 2'l along the transverse section through the high point 3| of Fig. 6 has its high points 3| nearer to the center than to the outer or side edges 32 due to the gradual slope downwardly from th high points down to the side edges of the pad.

Between the high parts, of the pad which fit over the buttock, there is a valley or depression 33 extending from the upper edge 28 to the lower edge 29 of the pad and leaving a relatively thin portion 34. As illustrated in Fig. 8, the thickness of the pad in this part 34 decreases from a high point 35 to the upper and lower edges of thepad.

It should be noted thatthe pocket-22 increases in cross section from the top down to the largest cross section of the pad and then decreases in cross section as the pad decreases in size. This may be done by means of darts at seams 3.6.

It should be noted that the arrangement of the pocket 22 and pad 21 is such as to permit pads of somewhat different shapes to be used in the pockets.

The thin central portion 34 or pad 2! acts as a flexible hinge and causes the motion of each side to be effected by motion of the other.

It is of particular advantage to use foam rubber because it feels and acts much like the flesh of the wearer of the girdle.

It should be understood that various changes may be made and that certain features may be used without others, without departing from the true scope and spirit of the invention.

What is claimed is:

1. In a girdle consisting of seamed sections forming front and rear wall surfaces, of a central pocket covering assembly seamed thereto and consisting of two opposed flexible wall members having closed top and bottom and outer side I margins, the inner margins of said pocket covering wall members meeting each other, upper and lower relatively short and opposed pocket internal projections, and a removable unitary pad formed with top and bottom centrally disposed recesses adapted to receive said projections when the pad is deformed, inserted into the pocket and then restored to form, and whereby the pad is held against shifting in the pocket.

2. The combination of girdle and pad constructed in accordance with claim 1 in which the unitary pad is formed with longitudinally extended thickened areas adapted to laterally bound the pocket internal projections and provide yielding cushioning means at the sides of said projections. I

3. A combination of girdle and pad constructed in accordance with claim 1 in which each pocket covering wall at its inner margin extends over the pocket internal projections, the said margins being overlapped and the Width of each pocket covering wall at its longitudinal central area being greater than one-half the width of the pocket.



The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,059,167 Kniseley Apr. 15, 1913 2,332,141 Greene Oct. 19, 1943 2,397,641 Blair Apr. 2, 1946

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U.S. Classification450/98, 450/150, 2/467, 2/465, D02/702, 2/210
International ClassificationA41C1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41C1/00, A41D27/26
European ClassificationA41C1/00, A41D27/26