US 2521373 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Patented Sept. 5, 1950 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 3 Claims.
My invention relates to a brassiere, and it is an object of the same to provide a garment of this character which shall be of improved shape for easy and comfortable fit, while als-o being unusually durable though of light weight. I
Another object is to provide a brassire that can be adjusted readily and conveniently to fit the figure.
Still another object of the invention is to ,provide a construction that shall 'offer a naturally balanced uplift for any type of bf'assiere, or 'any size thereof.
Referring to the drawing which are made :a part of this application and in which similar reference characters indicate similar parts:
Fig. 1 is a perspective of the garment of my invention, showing the front of the same,
Fig. 2, a section on line 2-2 of Fig. 1, looking in the direction of the arrows, and
Fig. 3, a rear perspective.
In the drawings, reference characters IO and l indicate a pair of pockets, i. e., breast covering and uplifting members that are 'connected to the inner body member |2 of the garment by means of seams 13, |3, M, M. These seams |3, |3 define the inner boundaries of a, pair of spaced-apart breast supporting pockets whose outer limits are at the seams |4, [4, the inner and upper margins being shown in Fig. 2, 'where the upper margins are marked |5, |5. The part of the garment between the diverging seams |3, l3 fits closely against the wearerys body and serves effectively to separate the breasts and to emphasize them, in connection with the bulging pockets. Said pockets extend downward to a hem |5' which may consist of a folded and stitched marginal area of the body and covering members, or may comprise a binding tape or bias fold, as herein shown, which covers the lower edge parts of the members |2, ll and IU, or may be formed in other ways so as to constitute a marginal portion that is Stronger and more resistant to wear than other parts, while leaving no ra'w edges of cloth. The part |5' constitutes a waistband that fits closely about the body of thewearer, as does also the front body member 12 from the waistband upward to the margins l5, I 5 thereof.
The outer covering members IO, are provided with darts, as at |6, for giving them a narrowed effect below the breasts for supporting their weight directly from below while leaving sufficient fullness above the ends of the darts, and making them somewhat bulged or puckered at the nipple-engaging parts, as at l 1, all as indicated in Fig. 3, wherein the shape of a breast is outlined. It will be seen that part i! may lie against the body of the user, leaviiig the breast loose and free. -ide panels F8, 18 'are connected to outei' ends of the parts Ill, H and 12 by means of the seams H, M and are so shaped that their upper edges merge with those of the parts W and li in smooth and even c'urves under the arms of the wearer. 'These pane1s extend about the sid's of' the wearer to points at the rear of the shoulders approximately below the shoulder blades to fit closely against the body. The upper margihs of the garment and 'the rear ends of the .panele are finished in similar manner with reinforcing hems.
x'shoulder straps 2|, 2'2 'are attac'h'ed to the upper points of 'the breast cove'ring parts, these parts being preferably tapered upwardly for good appearance, and preferably also in such manner that the points lie directly above the ends of the darts |6. Each strap is made in two parts, the short front end 23 being sewed to a member Ill or and carrying a clasp 24. The main portion of ribbon constituting the shoulder strap is threaded at its front free end through a 'clasp 24 as shown in Fig. 2, and so provides for adjustment of the straps in length. Each main ribbon is affixed to a. side panel at the upper edge of the same and about two or three inches from the rear end of said panel, back of the shoulder of the user. In this way the weight of the brassire is distributed evenly and the weight of' the breasts is supported so as to be nicely distributed over the Shoulders and to hold them in a natural position, all as especially desirable in the case of overlarge or sagging breasts.
At a distance beyond the end of each shoulder strap, as above stated, there is attached to each panel 8 a bust strap consisting of a tape or band 25 that i preferably secured to the lower part of a relatively wide rear end of the panel, said panel terminating in a Vertical hem and the edge being considerably wider than the tape but fitting closely against the side of the wearer. The bust straps are each provided with a hook 26 at their free ends, said hook being adapted to engage in any one of a series of holes arranged along a strip of tape 21 or the like that is secured to the hem IS below the middle of the breast pocket, and said holes being provided by eyelets 28 in said tape, this method of attachment serving to separate the breasts and provide the desired "new look.
It will be evident that my construction of the garment enables the wearer to adjust the bust straps 25, 25 so as to vary the circumferential size of the same according to need or preference; she can also adjust the length of the shoulder straps, and both adjustments can be made at the front of the body, without assistance and without the usual contortions or change of position of the garment after adjustment of the same. Furthermore, she can adjust the one shoulder strap or bust strap independently of its mate, either to the same extent or diiferently, as in the case where one shoulder is lower than the other or one breast is larger than the other, etc., as such conditions are of common occurrence. providing pockets for supporting the weight of the breasts, which pockets are supported in bali anced relation by the shoulders, the garment offers peculiar ease and comfort to the 'wearer` It will be obvious to those skilled in the art that many changes can be made in thev device herein disclosed, all without departing from the spirit of the invention; and therefore I do not limit myself' to what is shown in the drawings and described in the specification, but only as indicated in the appended claims.
Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim is:
l. A brassire comprising a wastband encircling the body, a body-fitted front portion fixed to the waistband and extending upward therefrom, pockets each attached at its lower end to the waistband and at its opposite sides to said body portion, the adjacent edges of the pockets being spaced apart along diverging lines, said pockets being shaped to bulge forward from said waistband and from the sides toward the middle, so as to be capable of covering and sustaining the breasts without compressing them,
And by v '4 and spaced-apart means below said pockets for attaching the free ends of the waistband of the garment to the front of the same.
2. A device as in claim 1, Wherein said pockets are Widest at the level of the upper front margin of said body-fitting member and taper upwardly from said level, and shoulder straps connecting the upper ends of said pockets to rear portions of the garment, whereby adjustment of a shoulder strap may liftI the breast contained therein.
3. A device as in claim I, Wherein said pockets are attached to said front portion along their outer side edges andd adjacent the upper ends of said diverging lines, and the upper margin of the front portion adjacent each pocket defines a segment of a circle between the points of such attachment.
ELEANORE; L. I-IUTCHISON.
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