US 2807263 A
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Sgpt. 24, 1957 J. M. NEWTON 2,807,263 LADIES SANITARY GARMENT Filed Aug. 18, 1953 INT EN T 0R M %Wm ,lytwo inches from 2,807,263 Pat ented Sept. 24, 1957 2,807,263 LADIES SANITARY GARMENT Jewel Mae Newton, New Castle, Del. Application August 18, 1953, Serial No. 374,968 3 Claims. (Cl. 128288) This invention relates to the art of ladies sanitary garments. p
The principal object of the invention is anew and improved ladys 'santiary garment. Further object is such a sanitary garmentcharacterized by the fact that said sanitary garment by way of Construction and without necessity of additional devices other than its own sim support 6 and seat 4. The seat 4 has a covering of moisture-protective material, and is designed to support any of the well-known commercial sanitary pads ind1- cated at 11.
The back section 5 is of suflicient size to cover the major portion of the buttocks at the waist and tapers to a considerably narrow portion where it meets the seat 4.
Buttonhole type openings, indicated at 7, are provided a at either end of the seat section a short distance beyond plicity of design holds the sanitary pad in a position away I from the body and maintains the pads original flat shape,
thus avoiding general discomforts attached to the position of the pad by the devices holding it to and toward the body.
Further objects will be description of the invention.
The preferred embodiment of my invention comprises a front, back, and seat all joined together as one piece, top of front and back being connected by adjustable elastic, said elastic being sewn to top back piece of the garment, passing around to and through the hem at top front of the garment and terminating on one side of said garment with an adjustable clasp.
Near the point of termination of the seat in the front and the point of termination of the seat in the back is an eyelet or button-hole typeopening. The seat itself has a lining of protective material. A narrow strip of material the same as body of garment, or tape, is sewn to the under portion of the seat lengthwise thereof, attached -in the center only, to the seat, the two ends of said strip containing lar'g'e snaps" impressed in the material and of length to meet snaps impressed in material approximateeither end ofseat.
H The invention'may be more readily understood by re- 7 ferring to the accompanying drawing in which:
Figure I is a perspective view of my improved gar- 'ment.
Figure II is an enlarged partial section thereof taken on line 2-2 of Figure I.
Figure III is a corresponding sectional view taken on line 33 of Figure I.
Figure IV is a perspective view of my improved garment as applied to an existing article of womens wearing apparel, the garment being shown in dot and dash lines, and
Figure V is a perspective view of a modified form of my improved garment.
Referring in greater detail to the several figures of the drawing 1 depicts the front piece of my improved garment, 4 the seat thereof, and 5 indicates the back section. An adjustable, preferably elastic, support is indicated at 6.
The garment proper is preferably made of nylon or similar light weight washable material, and of sufficient size to cover the mid-section of the abdomen. The top portion of the front I referred to as A consists of two hems A-1 and A-2, thru either of which the supporting elastic 6 may pass. Thus the length may be adjusted to conform to the size of the wearer by using the hem A-l to lengthen and A-2 'to shorten the distance between the appreciated from the following i covering ends downward rather theends of pad 11 and are adapted to receive the outer free ends of the commercial pad, and permit the passing thereof through to the underface of seat portion 4.
The device for securing the pad consists of narrow strips of material, doubled thickness, or tape 9, running lengthwise of seat slightly shorter in length than seat of garment and fastened to seat in middle portion only, and free of garment on either end. At either end of said str1p 9 is a snap fastener 10 impressed in material, and in such position-as to meet matching snap impressed in outer 'layerof seat portion at either end as Figure II-B.
It will be appreciated that the garment according to the present invention possesses a number of very desirable advantages over those known to the art heretofore. For instance, the simple and original use of two openings '7- Figures I and IV, through which the respective ends of the pad-covering pass, .from within to the outside of the garment and downward, thus turning the ends of pad in the opposite direction to that turned heretofore when used with prevalent devices. By thus directing padthan upward there is no pull, stress or strain placed on pad which permits it to retain its original flat position. The advantages of this flat position are novel in that pad does not lend itself to fit into bodily crevices with such attendant discomforts 35 as rubbing, chafing, etc. Another advantage of thus directing the pad-covering ends downward is that the said ends'themselves do not in any way come into contact with the body as with devices leading the pad-covering ends upward. Thus the said ends cannot become twisted nor pulled into crevice at buttocks with attending discomforts. A further advantage is that the wearer is scarcely conscious of the pad at all since it does not remain in close proximity to the body, nor does it slip backward nor forward as has been customary with pads held by such devices in the past. Additionally, the pad gives as much, or more, protection as when held by those devicesin current use, because pad remains centrally located and conforms to bodily movements rather than opposing them.
The use of the snaps impressed in the material offers advantages also. After the ends of the pad-covering are put through the buttonhole type opening (this is easily accomplished by folding the pad-covering ends over lengthwise against each other before pulling through) said ends are merely placed over the bottom section of the snaps and then the top section is pressed over said pad ends to fasten in place, thus securely fastening the padcovering ends to the garment. There is absolutely no stress on these ends and a pin would just as easily hold them, although the snap being a part of the garment, is always conveniently at hand and the ends of the pad material do not attach themselves to the snap as often happens if a safety pin is used for this purpose. To remove pad, the snap is simply opened and the pad lifted out.
Another advantage of the snap-type fastening being placed under the seat of the garment is that no fastening device comes into bodily contact with the wearer (with the attendant discomforts produced by fastening devices which press against the body), nor do the fasteners show through the clothing as is often the case with devices of this nature heretofore used.
usually termed 'complish the samepurpose as with: the. special K garment.
fastened to each other under the pad by means It is easily possible and feasible to add the principle of the bottonhole type opening and underneath seat fastener to a pair of ordinary panties of the close-fitting type ibriefs:'(see Figure IV),-==and thus; ac-
The advantageof the;specialsanitaryjgarmentis that it can be worn by women preferring a loose-fittingtype 'panty and the pad: would not beas-practical-used in a loose-fitting garment. This;-special type of garment- I am proposing maybe worn Without a panty.
Figure V shows a further modified-form of my improved garment and consists of an -adjustable elastic band, tape or strips of' other-lightweight material; and a tab 12approxim'ately two inchessquare'madeof lightweight material in which buttonholejtype opening is 'made, thus incorporating the-principle'oflgarment in Figure 1.
Referring in greater detailto. Figure V, it consists of the adjustable elastic band 6,tape; or'strips of lightweight material 13, tabs 12 towhich lower ends of supporting tapes 13 are joined. Theupper ends are joined to elastic band 6. Each-tape13 may, if desired, have an adjustable fastener to provide varying distance between belt 6 and pad 11,:and thus accommodate figures of varying sizes.
The advantage of the garment shown in Figure V is its It has no seat incorporated, the pad itself becomes the seat. The. pad-covering "ends pass through the bottonhole type :opening and said ends are of a safety pin.
An additional advantage of the-entire garment is that any standard make external type sanitary pad now on the market can be used. Also, such pad can be perfect- 1y attached to the garment'without the garment being on the body of the wearer to insure comfort byadjustment as is necessary with belt-type devices. 1 Also, when using hopper facilities it is only necessary to pull down the garment. When using the current belt-type device, it is required to drop the outer garment, then either release one end of pad or drop down pad and belt together, then repeat the process to reassemble. The insertion of a fresh pad is simpler with my design of garment as this can be done with the garment off the body or on the body, or in sitting position. The use of the current belt-type device necessitates standing for attachment in a partially bent and uncomfortable position and requires more time than insertion in the proposed garment.
The result of this invention is to create a very simple, inexpensive, easily applied and comfortable garment of general appeal to women wearing external devices, and to dispense with the various discomforts attending ex- 4 ternal devices in current use. In the testing of this garment' by myself 'and'by other women' I have found it adequately accomplishes its purpose.
It will be appreciated that many modifications may be made without departing from the scope of my invention. Accordingly, I intend to be limited only by the following patent claims:
1. A sanitaryflpad"support"cornprising 'an adjustable supporting element adapted to be attached about the waist and suspended between the legsof the wearer, a seat portion thereof adapted to'receive acommercial adsorbent pad, having string ends, openings at either end of said seat portion for the'reception of the-string ends, a tape connected centrally to the under side of the seat portion and having fastening devices incorporated at either end thereof whereby the string ends of the absorbent pad may be attached and held'in a loose-relation to the body of the wearer.
-2. A sanitary padsupport consisting of a supporting element designed to be fastened about the waist and suspended between the legs of the wearer, a seat portion thereof having openings at spaced intervals, a tape section attached thereto, fastening devices to unite said seat portion-and tape, and a pad having extensible portions at eachend'thereof designed to 'be passed downwardly through said openings, drawn toward each other and fastened by the fastening devices to the under side of the seat, whereby the said seat portion and the pad are held ina substantially horizontal position.
3. A sanitary pad support consisting of a supporting element designed to be fastened about the waist and suspended between the legs of the wearer, a seat portion thereof designed to receive a commercial absorbent pad having-string ends, openings at both ends of said seat portion for-the reception of the string ends, and fastening devices arranged in such manner'upon the under side of the seat portion so that the pad will be held :in a
substantially horizontal position and away from the body of the wearer.
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