US 2532059 A
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N 1950 A. M. DEE 2,532,059 I SHOULDER PAD Filed April 11, 1947 Patented Nov. 28, 1950 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 7 SHOULDERPADF p I Dee, Hollywood, Application April 11, 1947, Serial No. 740,750-
1 3 Claims. The present invention relates to shoulder'pads of the type worn under garments, especially for improving the appearance of such garments and the wearer thereof.
In accordance with present day practice, shoulder pads are usually fastened to garments by stitching. This necessitates sewing and unsewing the pads in the garments in their use, especially in the washing and cleaning thereof.
It is usually necessary to have a pair of shoulder pads for each garment to match its color and to avoid as much as'possible the nuisance of sewing and unsewing them in different garments. Unless these pads are removed in their washing or cleaning, the pads become very easily faded,
especially in the usual case where the filling material is kapok. This fading may extend into the garment itself.
It is, therefore, an object of the present invention to provide an improved shoulder pad arthe covers being of different colors and being essentially and quickly mounted in adjusted position on the wearers shoulder.
Yet another object of the present invention is to provide an improved shoulder pad arrangement characterized by the fact that it need not be. attached to the garment placed over it, the arrangement being capable of attachment, for example, either to the shoulder strap of a brassiere or slip.
Yet another object of the'present invention is to provide an improved shoulder pad arrangement which may be easily cleaned or used without subjecting itself to moisture which would otherwise cause the pad to fade.
The features of the present invention which are believed to be novel are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. This invention itself, both as to its organization and manner of operation, together with further objects and advantages thereof, may be best understood by reference to the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings in which:
Figure l is a view showing a pair of shoulder pad arrangements embodying the present invention mounted in adjusted position on the wearer in a novel manner characterizing one of the features of the present invention.
Figure 2 is an enlarged View of a portion of the arrangement shown in Figure 1 showing more clearly the manner in which the shoulder pad arrangement may be attached to the shoulder strap of a brassiere or slip.
Figure 3 is a perspective View of one of the shoulder pad arrangements shown in Figure 1 with one of the flaps of the cover unfastened from its other adjacent cooperating flap. Figure 4 is a top plan view of the shoulder pad arrangement shown in Figure 1 with a portion thereof fragmented to show some of the internal structure, and
Figure 5 is a perspective view of a fastening element which may be utilized to fasten the shoulder pad to a shoulder strap of a brassire or'slip.
I In accordance with the present invention, I provide a shoulder pad element It which may be of conventional constructionwith a detachable cover il therefor, the cover H being capable of either being sewed into a garment or being fastened to a shoulder strap of a brassire or slip. Preferably, in accordance with the present invention, the cover element ll has a pair of strap elements 8 and 9 stitched thereto for convenient fastening to the shoulder strap of a brassiere or slip by means which ma comprise elements of the type shown in Figure 5.
The cover element ll itself maybe-sold commercially as one of a set of different colored covers for use under garments of corresponding color. Each cover has two cooperating flap portions l2, is which are'stitched togetheralong a. substantial length ofthe abutting edges thereof .to'form an openable pocket. The unstitched portions of the flap portions l2, l3 may be fastened together by the cooperating snap fastener elements l4, E5 on adjacent ones thereof. In order.
to provide fullness in the pocket, a cresent shaped piece of cloth ll is stitched between the juxtapositioned arcuate shaped flap portions [2, l3 to separate them along a line joining the extremities of their arcuate shaped outline.
In the open position of the flaps l2, is shown 'in Figure 3, an opening is provided for insertion of the pad element [0 in the pocket thus provided ness in the portion I! which joins the ends of the arcuate outline, the snap elements 44, I5 being centrall located in proximity to the apex of the arcuate cover. Of course, the open ends of flaps i2, it may be fastened in a semipermanent manner by other well known fastening means and as a matter of fact, in some cases may be stitched together in a semipermanent manner.
One of the features of this invention is that the shoulder pad arrangements thus provided are universal in their application and may either be mounted on the right or left shoulder without discrimination.
The flap elements 32, i3, together with portion i'i, thus comprise a pocket into which the con ventional type of pad element I6 may he inserted and may be maintained therein. Prefer ably, the flaps 12, i3 are sewed together also at their adjacent outer edges at the junction of the shoulder straps 8 and 9 therewith as shown in 1 Figure 4.
The flap 52 may be permanently or semipermanently sewed to the underside of a garment at the shoulder portion thereof in which case the straps 8 and 9 are rendered unnecessary or, prei- V eraoly, in accordance with the present invention,
the shoulder straps 8 and 9 are permanently sewed both to the flap members 12, i3 and aifixed in a semi-permanent manne to the shoulder strap of a brassiere to thus provide the sole support therefor.
The particular means 2d per se for fastening the straps 3 and 9 to the corresponding shoulder straps of a brassiere or slip may take many difierent varieties of forms and shapes, such as snaps, buckles and the like, and as a matter of convenience may comprise a fastening element of the type shown in Figure 5. In such case, in the fastening operation, the straps S and 9 and the corresponding adjacent strap of the brassiere or slip are held in juxtaposition and the fastening element 29 shown in Figure 5 mounted thereon to maintain them in adjusted position. In such case the straps are threaded in turn through the reentrant aperture 29A, the open ended apertures 29B- and 29C and the reentrant apertures 28A in the manner indicated in the Figures 2 and 4.
While the particular embodiments of the present invention have been shown and described, it will be obvious to those skilled in the art that changes and modifications may be made without departing from this invention in its broader aspects and, therefore, the aim in the appended claims is to cover all such changes and modifications as fall within the true spirit and scope of this invention.
1. A shoulder pad arrangement comprising a removable pad element, a cover element for said pad element having a, pocket for insertion therein of said pad element, and a pair of free-ended straps permanently attached respectively to opposite sides of said cover element and extending in opposite directions to form an integral part of said cover element and arranged so that when said cover element with the pad therein is placed in position on the shoulder the straps extend downwardly parallel and adjacent to and overlie the wearers brassiere straps for convenient fastoning thereto without alteration or fabrication of the conventionally used brassiere straps.
2. A shoulder pad arrangement comprising a removable pad element, a detachable cover element for said pad having a pocket for insertion therein of said pad element, said cover element having a pair of free-ended straps each permanently attached respectively to opposite sides of said cover element extending in opposite directions therefrom and forming an integral part of said cover element and arranged so that said straps extend downwardly over the wearer's shoulders parallel to and in juxtaposition with the wearers brassire straps, and an independent removable fastening element comprising a flat strip-like member having a plurality of reentrant portions therein arranged to fasten said straps to said brassiere straps without the necessity of altering or fabricating the conventional brassiere straps.
3. A shoulder pad arrangement comprising a pad element, said pad element having a pair of free-ended straps each permanently attached with respect to opposite sides of said pad element extendingfrom opposite sides thereof and forming an integral part thereof and arranged so that said straps extend downwardly over the wearers shoulders parallel to and in juxtaposition with the wearers brassiere straps, and an independent removable fastening element comprising a flat strip like member having a plurality of reentering portions therein arranged to fasten said straps to said brassire straps without the necessity of altering or fabricating the conventionally used brassire straps.
AUDREY M. DEE.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Ingalls Jan. 18, 1949