US 3019792 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
M. KAHN BRASSIERE- Filed March 8 Feb. 6, 1962 lrn v l.
IN VEN TOR. N4 K4 10 States This invention relates generally to brassieres, and more particularly to a brassiere which molds the breasts to a desired contour.
There are many brassieres presently on the market which are designed to accentuate or exaggerate the size of the bust. This is accomplished generally either by the addition of stiffening members to the brassiere or by the addition of a padded bust pocket within the brassiere. Prior art brassieres of this type, however, all have the deficiency and disadvantage of being uncomfortable to wear and of not being adjustable to breasts of different sizes.
In brassieres embodying padded bust pockets, the padded portion is fixed in position and is generally of uniform size and shape, and therefore, not generally desirable because of the considerable variations in the contour of womens breasts. comfortable wear which is essential to women and fail to provide the uplift desired by women of sagging breasts. and/ or to redistribute the bust in such manner as to present an accentuated or exaggerated bust contour which is appealing to our modern women. Another disadvantage inherent in padded brassieres in'prior art is that the padding often fails to provide the visual efiect of being real or natural. This is due to the fact that the padding, although resilient, is of a fixed shape and contour and therefore does not create the desired effect. Since the padding in prior art brassieres is not completely flexible, it will exert excessive pressure on some areas of the breasts and insufficient pressure on other areas of the breasts, therefore failing to mold the breasts to the uniform contour desired. This disadvantage often results in irritation to the breasts.
In view of the foregoing, it is the primary object of the present invention to provide a brassiere with an internal movable pocket which functions as a pad to provide uplift of the breast.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a brassiere having an internal pocket in order to redistribute the breast in order to obtain the desired breast contour.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a brassiere having an internal pocket which is comfortable to wear, non-irritating, and which will adjust to different breast contours in order to provide a desired breast line.
These and further objects of the present invention will appear from the following detailed description of the invention to be read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which like parts in the several views are identified by the same reference numeral.
In the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is a back view of a brassiere made in accordance with the present invention, the brassiere being shown in a spread out fashion.
FIGURE 2 is a cross-section taken on the line 22 of FIGURE 1.
FIGURE 3 is a cross-section taken on the line 33 of FIGURE 1.
FIGURE 4 is a front view of the pneumatic cushion forming part of the brassiere of the present invention, the pneumatic cushion being shown prior to assembly with the brassiere of the present invention, and,
FIGURE 5 is a view similar to FIGURE 4, but show- Such prior brassieres have not the atet ing the internal air pocket as it appears when assembled as part of the brassiere of the present invention.
Briefly stated, the brassiere of the present invention includes two bust pockets which are interconnected and conventional shoulder straps which are connected to each bust pocket. The bust pockets may be formed of two layers of material which have padding enclosed therebetween. In the preferred embodiment of the invention the bust pockets are padded in the manner disclosed in US. Patent No. 2,688,748, dated September 14, 1954. The inside of each bust pocket has attached thereto, or formed integrally therewith, column-like support comprising a flattened tubular member forming an air pocket which is generally shaped as a truncated cone. The air pocket is a conical cylinder which has its entire length attached to the center line of the inside of the bust pocket and its base is attached to the lower edge thereof. The open end of the air pocket is positioned at the center of the bust pocket and serves as a teat support. The open end of the inside air pocket is normally spaced a slight distance from the inner surface of the bust pocket for this purpose. Since the apex of the air pocket is only line stitched to the bust pocket, it is capable of side to side movement in correspondence with breast movements, and thus offers breast support in spite of the normally large variations in breast size and movements encountered in use. I
Referring now to the figures, the brassiere of the present invention which is identified in general by the numeral 10, is provided with two bust pockets which are identified respectively by the numerals 11 and 12. Bindings 13 I and 14 are applied to the top edges of bust pockets 11 and 12 and when the two bust pockets 11 and 12 are placed adjacent each other as illustrated in FIGURE 1, the overlying portions of the bindings 13 and 14 are joined together in order to interconnect the two bust pockets. The interconnected portions of the bust pockets is designated by the numeral 15.
The edges 16 and 17 of the bust pockets 11 and 12, which are opposite the interconnected portion 15, are inter-connected with elastic bands 18 and 19 respectively, and the end of elastic band 19 being provided with hooks 20 and the end of elastic band 18 being provided with complementary eyes (not shown) in order to join the two bands 18 and 19 together. A pair of shoulder straps 21 and 22 are individually interconnected with the top of each bust pocket and with the ends of each elastic band. The purpose of the elastic bands 18 and 19 and the shoulder straps 21 and 22 are to support and maintain the brassiere in position.
Each breast pocket 11 and 12 includes an inner and outer liner which are joined together at the edges thereof. A padding material may if desired be inserted between these two liners. The padding may be made of any suitable material such as rayon, nylon, cotton, or other similar material. In order to prevent the padding material from moving about between the inner and outer liners, a plurality of' randomly stitched lines 24 are provided to interconnect the inner and outer liners. The stitched lines 24, as illustrated in FIGURE 1, may be of a random pattern in order to achieve the desired appearance. The area between each stitched line 24, however, encompasses a portion of the padded pattern and prevents the padding from moving about, thereby becoming coinpressed in certain areas of the bust pockets.
The inner surface of each bust pocket 11 and 12 has attached thereto a columnar open-topped support for the breast, comprising an air pocket, designated in general by the numerals 25 and 26. As illustrated in FIGURE 4, each support or air pocket 25 and 26 comprises a flattened tubular center portion which includes a rear wall aoravaa 28 and two front walls 29; the support may also have two end flaps or side panels 30. Since the entire center portion of the support, comprising the air pocket is a truncated cone, the rear wall 28 is in the form of a truncated triangle with the bottom base larger than the top base, the bottom base being secured to the lower portion of the bust pocket. Each air pocket is stitched or seamed along its length to the inside of the bust pocket, and the bottom of the rear wall 28 or the base of the air pocket is sewed to the intersection of the bottom, numerals 33 or 34, of the bust pocket with the middle part thereof, numerals 36 and 37, thus the top of the rear wall 28 extends slightly above the mid-section of the bust pocketv at a point where the breast teat is usually located. As illustrated in FIGURE 1, the air pocket occupies approximately one-third the width of each bust pocket.
In attaching the individual air pocket to the inside of each bust pocket 11 and 12, the end flaps or side panels 30 of each pocket are attached to the inner surface of the bust pocket. The flaps 30 are of such Width as to extend to the extremities of each bust pocket. Due to the provision of the side front walls 29, the rear wall 28 is free to move with relation to the bust pockets due to the fact that there is no interconnection between the edges of the front Walls 29 and the end flaps 30. As illustrated in FIGURES 1 and 5, when the air pockets are attached to the bust pockets, the outer ends of the front walls 29 are attached together along the seam 40, While the top and bottom edge of each front wall 29 are joined. to the end flaps 30 and to the inside of the bust pockets. In this manner a chamber 41 is formed.
In use, the bottom of the rear Wall 28 serves to lift the breast and thereby achieve the desired contour. Due
, to the tapering edges of the. front Walls 29, the breast is at the same time lifted and molded or distributed in order to accentuate or exaggerate the size of the bust. The ability of the air pocket to move side to side Where the breast is farthest removed from the body proper helps to keep down irritation which is normally associated with fixed pads as in conventional brassieres. When the brassiere of the present invention is Worn by full-breasted women, the chamber 41 is almost completely collapsed, While in the case of smaller breasts the chamber 41 is only partially collapsed because of the base thereof being sewed closed. Due to the provision of the air pocket therefor the brassiere 10 of the present invention will mold in precisely the same manner for breasts of differcut contour. The provision of the air pocket gives the wearer a feeling of full breasts. It can therefore be seen that the breast is at the same time molded while not being constrained. The desired accentuated or exaggerated bust size is therefore achieved without discomfort or irritation. The various portions of the air pocket may also be formed of two liners having a padding material entrapped therebetween. It has been found that the provision of such padding material enhances the desired effect of the air pocket, while still maintaining the other characteristics which are desired.
What has been described as a brassiere which is provided with a novel air pocket. The provision of such an air pocket permits the brassiere of the present invention to adjust itself to breasts of different contour While mold ing such breasts to a substantially uniform contour in order to provide an accentuated or exaggerated bust size. It is to be understood that What has been described is a preferred form of the invention, and that changes or modifications may be made thereto without departing from the spirit of the present invention, except as limited by the scope of the appended claims.
l. A brassiere comprising a bust pocket; and a columnar support for the breast, disposed in and secured to said bust pocket, said support comprising a folded piece of material having a flattened tubular center portion of substantially truncated triangular configuration as viewed in elevation, said center portion having an open top adapted to engage and support a frontal protruding part of the breast, and further having a bottom base which is larger than the top base and which is secured to the bust pocket to hold the columnar support in place therein.
2. A brassiere as in claim 1, wherein there are side panels having edges which meet and are coextensive with each other, said edges being attached to the said tubular center portion, and the side panels being attached to the. bust pocket to further position the center portion.
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