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Oct. 11, 1955 P. BLATT 2,719,973
'GIRDLE BELT Filed Feb. s, 1953 IN VEN TOR. PHI/4 n Emrr Anne/vars United States Patent GIRDLE BELT Paula Blatt, Cleveland, Ohio Application February 5, 1953, Serial No. 335,211
6 Claims. (Cl. 2-41) This invention relates to the general art of womens wearing apparel and is for an improved girdle belt that is particularly designed for expectant mothers.
One object of my present invention is to devise a girdle belt that is provided with double means of support for the abdominal region of the body of the wearer during the period of pregnancy so as to afford self-expansion of the garment in both horizontal and vertical directions and thereby provide self-accommodation of the garment and its supporting means to the natural enlargement of this part of the wearers body during such period.
Another object is to devise such a girdle belt with virtually universal adjustment or expansion in the abdominal region of the wearers body in accordance with the natural development during the period of expectancy and to provide also a substantial means of support in the region of the sacroiliac joint, with a means of ready extension in the waist size thereof.
Another object is to devise such a garment that can be made and sold at a popular price so as to enable practically every expectant mother to enjoy the benefits of this improvement.
Other objects will appear from the following description and claims when considered together with the accompanying drawing.
Fig. l is a side elevation of my present improved device applied to the body of the wearer;
Fig. 2 is a rear elevation of the same upon the body of the wearer.
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of my present improved device, taken from the rear thereof; and
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the inverted plait that is provided in the rear part of my present device.
It is to be understood that the present form of disclosure is merely for the purpose of illustration and that there might be various modifications thereof without departing from the spirit of my invention as herein set forth and claimed.
Referring now to the accompanying drawing in detail, the fabric body part 1 is of suitable proportions to extend over the entire abdominal region of the body of the wearer and is elastic in only the horizontal direction. The upper edge of this body part 1 is adapted to extend about the waist of the wearer to opposite points at the rear of the hips and approximately midway between the hips and the middle of the back of the wearer. The other edge of the body part 1 may be of curved form from the two rear points and may extend down around and entirely beneath the abdominal region of the wearers body. Both edge portions of the body part 1 may be gathered with elastic tape so as to be readily yieldable for expansion in these directions, as indicated at 2 and 3, respectively.
The rear ends of the body part 1 are connected by a longitudinally or laterally elastic band 4 of substantial width and strength to afford a firm means of support for the garment in the region of the sacroiliac joint of the wearer. The middle part of the elastic band 4, which may be of one piece, is provided with an inverted plait 5, the two sides or halves of which are also stitched in the middle thereof, as indicated by reference numeral 6. The plait 5 is upon the inside of the band 4 so as to afford a smooth outer surface. By opening the stitching 5a of the plait 5, the waist size of the girdle belt may be increased accordingly and the waist size may be increased still further by removing the stitching at the points 6, either one or both.
I have provided also the longitudinally elastic tape 7 that has its two ends sewed to the joint between the body part 1 and the rear band 4; and the tape 7, which is of substantial width although not necessarily as wide as the band 4, is of sufiicient length to extend down below the abdomen of the wearer, as indicated in Fig. l of the present drawing. The tape 7 has its two ends attached in such manner that it naturally extends downwardly and forwardly so as to be conveniently and eifectively positioned beneath the abdomen and to afford a firm, smooth, comfortable and dependable means of support therefor.
The garters 8 may be suspended from the lower edge of the body part 1 so as to support the stockings of the wearer.
The horizontal elasticity of the body part 1 will serve as a means of accommodation to any enlargement of the abdominal region in a horizontal direction; and, by virtue of the engagement of the longitudinally elastic tape 7 beneath the abdomen of the wearer, there will be provided means of effective support in an upward direction, partaking of bothhorizontal and vertical directions, and will automatically accommodate itself to any increased pressure due to natural enlargement in this region during the period of pregnancy. By virtue of the angular extent of the tape 7, its elasticity will provide such adaptation in both of these directions; and the combined effect of the body part 1 and the tape 7 is to permit suitable self-adjustment in virtually any and all directions insofar as eifective support of the enlarged region of the wearers body is concerned.
Also, the tape 7 will permit its position to be varied according to the natural development of the abdominal region of the wearer without any change in the position of the body part 1. By letting out the inverted plait 5 and the other stitched portions 6, there may be effected an adjustment of both the body part 1 and the auxiliary tape 7 since they are both connected at. their rear ends to the band 4. Thus my present improved garment is able to provide a maximum feeling of comfort and security at all times during the period of expectancy.
As may be observed from the present disclosure, this garment is of a simple form of structure as it involves only three parts, except for the garters, and yet it is capable of rendering most elficient service in the manner above indicated.
The body part 1 will be given suitable fullness and form to accommodate the natural condition of the wearers abdominal region during the period of expectancy; and, as a means of facilitating such shaping of this part 1, it may be made of two separate portions that are sewed together down the middle of the front, as indicated by the seam 1a.
It is thought that the practical advantages of this device, in addition to those above suggested, will suggest themselves to those who are familiar with the art to which this invention relates.
What I claim is:
1. A girdle belt comprising a body part of material adapted to cover substantially the entire abdominal region of the body of the wearer and possessing elasticity in only the horizontal direction, the upper edge portion of said body part being adapted to extend. about the waist of the wearer to points above and at the rear of the hips ofthe wearer,'a horizontally'elastic tape connected directly to the ends of said body part as a'continuation of the upper edge portion thereof and adapted to extend across the sacroiliac region of the body of the wearer, and an additional longitudinally elastic'tape having its ends connected-tothe rear= ends of said body part s'o as to be otherwise freely disposed and extending angularly downwardly'and forwardly upon the inside of said body part and adapted to engage beneath the abdomen of the wearer and to aflford additional support therefor. g
2. The same structure as recited in claim lhereof and with the addition of an inverted plait in said elastic tape that is adapted to extend across the sacroiliac regio'n'of the body of the wearer. '3."A'girdle belt comprising a'single body part of material adapted to cover substantially theentire abdominal region of the body of the wearerand having its lower edge inclined upwardly and 'rearwardly'to points above and' at'the rear of thehip regionof the wear, said body part possessing elasticity inonly the horizontal direction andbeinggathered along its upper and lower edges with longitudinally elastic'tape means included'therei'n so as'to provide elasticity along all edges of said body part,-and longitudinally elastic tape means attached to the rear ends of said body part and having a substantially-horizontal portion adapted to extend across the sacroiliac region of the body of the wearer for supporting engagement thereupon andhaving a freely disposed portion connected at only its rear ends to said body part andextending angularly downwardly and forwardly and adapted to engage beneath the abdomen of the wearer so as to afford additional means of support therefor.
4. The same structure as recited in claim 1 hereof and in which said longitudinally elastic tape is adapted to be enclosed entirely beneath said body part-of material.
5. A girdle belt comprising a body part of material adapted to cover substantially the entire abdominal region of the body of the wearer and possessing elasticity in only the horizontal direction, the upper edge portion of said body part being adapted to extend to points above and at the rear of the hips 'of the wearer, horizontally elastic tape means extending between the ends of said body part and adapted to engage the sacroiliac region of the body of the'wearer, and longitudinally elastic tape means connected at only its ends to the region of the ends of said bodypart so as'to be otherwise freely-disposed and extending angularly downwardly and forwardly and adapted to engage beneath the abdomen of the wearer and to afford additional support therefor.
6. The same structure as recited in claim 1 hereof and in which said horizontally elastic tape is provided with an inverted plait at the middle and'uponthe inner side thereof so as to permit enlargement ofsaid body part and said tape in'their effective engagement about the body of the wearer according to the requirements of the abdominalregion of the body of the wearer during the period of expectancy.
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