US 2657392 A
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NOV- 3, 1953 n. BJJAcKsoN LINGERIE ACCESSORY Filed May 15, 1952 @ais JNVENToR jui Jacksofz z orfzqy n Patented Nov. 3, -1953 UNITED STATES TENT OFFICE LINGERIE ACCESSORY Daisy B. Jackson, Harvey, Ill.
Application May 15, 1952, Serial No. 287,904 s claims. (C1. 2-323) This invention relates to an adjunct for Womens undergarments. More specifically it has reference to an envelope-like article for gathering and masking the conventional nonesthetic straps of brassires, slips and so forth.
When a blouse or dress having a diaphanous character is worn the shoulder straps appurtenant to the undergarments often present an appearance which is far from pleasing. Generally these straps comprise simple ribbon, elastic or combinations thereof; are of different colors, and are rarely if ever in alignment. Furthermore there is often a tendency for a strap or straps to slide off the shoulder. In general the effect, esthetically regarded, leaves much to be desired.
Accordingly the principal object of my inven- 'tion is to provide a lingerie accessory for faciliticle as aforesaid which is adjustable in length.
A further object is to provide an article as stated which may be conveniently detachably secured to an under-garment to retain the article in a predetermined position.
In the drawing, which shows a preferred manner of carrying the invention into practice:
Fig. 1 is a perspective View to show the usual haphazard disposition of the shoulder straps of several undergarments Fig. 2 is a similar view showing the article of the invention applied to the assemblage of Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a plan view of the adjunct opened for association with the group of straps;
Fig. 4 is a View similar to that of Fig. 3 but showing the article in closed, or wearing, condition;
Fig. 5 shows a cross section taken along the line 5-5 of Fig. 3; and
Fig. 6 shows a cross section taken along the line 6-5 of Fig. 4.
Broadly considered the invention comprises an elongated nat fabric member weakened on a longitudinal mid-line for folding into pocket form to receive the garment straps. The free edges are provided with suitable means for fastening the same thereby to enclose the straps in a tubular repository. At the ends of the article means are provided for detachably securing the same to one of the undergarments. If desired lace, embroidery or other embellishment may be the presentable appearance of the article preserved even after several hours wear. By suitable weaving the elements lil and l! may be intervened by a weakened strip I2, or such result may be achieved by joining the elements to a somewhat more iiexible intermediate piece. In any case the arrangement is such that folding along a mid-line is facilitated.
For uniting the free edges l5 and I6 of the adjunct a series of snap fasteners, comprising parts l and I8, may be utilized, or a zipper may be incorporated to eect the same purpose. Thus, after the straps have been gathered into the pocket or envelope constituted by the folded device the open side may be temporarily closed as shown in Fig. 4.
In order to adapt the device to the customary garment size brackets of individual wearers the overall length may be varied in manufacture. However to accommodate the accessory to the inevitable variances in the imdergarments worn by a single person elastic inserts 2i and 22 may be sewn into the ends of the elements It and il.
Fastening of the accessory to the undergarments is through the use `of a clasp of a common type comprising a rubber-covered button 3 and hasp 2d, both of which are connected (Fig. 2) to one of the undergarments at the front and back thereof, thereby obviating creep of the dcvice during wear, and supplementing the desirable neat appearance thereof.
While I have shown a particular embodiment of my invention, it Will be understood, of course, that I do not Wish to be limited thereto since many modifications may be made, and I therefore contemplate by the appended claims to cover any such modifications as fall within the true spirit and scope of my invention.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. An accessory for concealing the shoulder straps of womens undergarments as worn comprising an elongated body member arranged to be folded on a longitudinal line, and means adjacent the free edges of the member for securing the said edges together after the member has been assembled with the straps therewithin, and the member has been folded about the same, means at each end of the body member for detachably securing the member to the fabric of one or more of the garments, and an elastic element secured at its ends to said member and to said securing means to accommodate Variations in stress imposed on said member by the natural movements of the garments while worn.
2. An accessory in accordance with claim 1 in which said securing means comprises haspand-button fasteners.
3. An accessory for concealing theY shoulder straps of Womens undergarments as Worn comprising an elongated body member having a fold line constituted by reduction of the rigidity' of the material extending lengthwise thereof and about which folding of said member maybe accomplished, means adjacent the free edges of the 4 member for securing the said edges after the member has been assembled with the straps therewthin and the member has been folded about the same, means at each end of the body memberfor detachably securing the member to the fabric of one or more of the garments, and an elastic element secured at its ends to said member and to said securing means to accommodate Variations in stress imposed on said member by the natural movements of the garments While Worn.
DAISY B. JACKSON.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNTED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,717,933 Morin et al June 18, 1929 1,765,815 Yetter June 24, 1930 1,894,888 Ponton Jan. 17, 1933