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Publication numberUS3161200 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 15, 1964
Filing dateOct 10, 1962
Priority dateOct 10, 1962
Publication numberUS 3161200 A, US 3161200A, US-A-3161200, US3161200 A, US3161200A
InventorsBrickman Joan B
Original AssigneeJantzen Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Women's swim suit constructions
US 3161200 A
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Dec. 15, 1964 J BRlCKMAN 3,161,200






WOMEN'S SWIM SUIT CONSTRUCTIONS Filed Oct. 10, 1962 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 INVENTOR.

JOAN B. ERIC/(MAN BUG/(HORN, FLO/PE, KLAROU/ST 8 SPAR/(MAN ATTORNEYS United. States Patent 3,161,200 WOMENS SWIM SUIT CUNSTRUQTIONS Joan E. Brickman, Portland, Greg, assignor to .r'antzeu Inc, Portland, Ureg, a corporation of Nevada Filed Get. It), 1962, Ser. No. 229,531 2 Claims. (ill. 128-455) This invention relates to womens swim suits, and more particularly to brassiere structures for womens swim suits.

An object of the invention is to provide quick-detachable pads for brassieres of swim suits.

Another object of the invention is to provide simple, durable brassiere structures for swim suits.

A further object of the invention is to provide simple, effective means for detachably coupling a breast pad in a brassiere of a swim suit.

In a preferred embodiment of the invention there may be provided a brassiere including a cup and a cup-shaped pad adapted to be positioned in the cup with a fastener patch of quick-detachable material secured to either the pad or the cup and the other being provided with material having a surface adapted to engage with the fastener patch so that the pad is held in the cup.

A complete understanding of the invention may be obtained from the following detailed description of womens swim suits forming specific embodiments thereof, when read in conjunction with the appended drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a front elevation view of a womens swim suit forming one embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 2 is an enlarged vertical section taken along line 22 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged, fragmentary, front elevation view of a brassiere structure of the swim suit of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged, fragmentary, rear elevation view of a portion of the brassiere structure of the swim suit of FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is a front elevation view of a pad or insert of the swim suit of FIG. 1;

FIG. 6 is an enlarged, partially sectional, perspective View with the section taken along line 6-6 of FIG. 5;

FIG. 7 is an enlarged, fragmentary, rear elevation view of a swim suit forming another embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 8 is an enlarged vertical section taken along line 8-8 of FIG. 7 and showing the brassiere structure thereof;

FIG. 8A is a partial sectional view of FIG. 8.

FIG. 9 is a view similar to FIG. 8 of the brassiere structure of the swim suit of FIG. 6 with a different breast pad.

Referring now in detail to the drawings, the swim suit 10 includes a fabric portion 12 having forwardly projecting breast portions 14, which are recessed or cup-shaped at the inside of the suit, and shoulder straps l6 stitched along edges 18. The swim suit also has stitchings or side seams 20. The fabric portion 12 has fastened thereto a brassiere structure 22 having a strap or band 24 extending around the interior of the front portion of the swim suit and stitched to the sides by the stitching 20 to secure the ends of the strap 24 to the fabric portion 12. An elastic band 26 having a lower scalloped portion is stitched to the bottom edge portion of the band 24 and is secured at its ends by the stitchings 2i). A hanger portion 27 having generally triangular strap portions 28, which may be the same material as the fabric portion 12, is stitched into the forward portions of the shoulder straps 16 by the stitching 18 and is stitched along its lower edge portion to the strap 24 and to the upper edge portions of 3,161,200 Patented Dec. 15, 1964 brassiere cups 30, the strap 24 also being stitched to the adjacent peripheral portions of the cups 30.

Each cup 30 (FIGS. 2 and 3) includes a forward molded cup or shell 31, which is composed of flexible plastic material or the like, with an interior lining 34 of a loose fiber or wooly surface. The lining 34 is adhered to the plastic member 31 by heat bonding or otherwise adhesively securing it to the shell 31. An edge binding 36 is stitched around the peripheries of the shell 31 and the lining 34.

A pair of cup-shaped pads or inserts 40 (FIGS. 4, 5 and 6) are adapted to be detachably mounted in the cups 3th. The pads 4t) have secured thereto upper patches 42 of a Velcro fastener having a multitude of flexible hooks 41 on the forward faces thereof (as shown in exaggerated form in FIG. 6), and the pads 46 are composed of spongelike rubber or plastic material. The patches 42 are provided with a base or backing 43 composed of a known plastic material or fabric impregnated with the plastic material. The backing is adapted to be adhered to the pads 40 by heat bonding, or, as an alternative, the backing may have a pressure-sensitive adhesive adapted to securely fix the patches to the pads. Preferably lower patches 44 identical with the patches 42 are positioned directly below the patches 42 and are adhered similarly to the inserts 40. The inserts 40 may be positioned in the shells 31 and securely held in the desired positions therein merely by lightly pressing the portions of the pads 40 carrying the patches 42 and 44 so that the hooks on the patches 42 and 44 hook into the fibers of the material of the lining 34. L1 effect, the surface of the lining 34 has a multitude of loops of its fibers, and the hooks of the patches hook into the loops. As used herein, the term loose fiber material designates any known material which is adapted to be tenaciously hooked by the Velcro material, and the lining 34 has at least its inner surface composed of such loose fiber material. The inserts 40 may be easily detached from the cups 30 merely by pulling the pads from the cups.

There is shown in FIGS. 7 and 8 a brassiere structure 50 forming a part of a swim suit 51 and constituting another embodiment of the invention. The brassiere structure 59 includes a strap or band 52 formed in two joined parts and similar to the strap 24 (FIG. 1) with an elastic band 54 stitched to the lower portion thereof. A hanger portion 56 of the brassiere structure 50 is similar to the hanger portion 28. The strap 52 and the hanger portion 55 are stitched together by stitchings 58, and the strap 52 and the hanger portion 56 are securely stitched to brassiere cups 66 by stitchings 68 and support the brassiere cups 66.

Each cup 66 includes a flexible plastic cup-shaped member 72 to the inner face of which is bonded by imbedding or heat sealing a fabric lining 74. Small patches 76 and 77 of a known fastener material are secured to the upper and lower portions of the liner 74 by stitchings 68, 78 and 79. Each stitching 68 extends completely around the peripheral edge portion of one of the cups 66 to secure edge binding 75, the upper end of patch 76 and the lower end of patch 77 to the cup 72. Each stitching 73 extends only across the lower end portion of the patch '76, and the stitching 79 extends only across the upper end of the patch 77. The generally vertical side edges of the patches are not secured to the cup 72 with a consequent saving of labor and material.

Pads or inserts 80 (FIG. 8) identical to the pads 40 are adapted to fit into the cups 66 and to be securely held therein by hook patches 82 and 84- identical to the patches 42 and 44, respectively, and the patches 76 and 77, which are so positioned on the cups 66 as to be engaged by the patches 82 and 34 when the inserts 80 are patches 82 and More adapted to hook'to detachably secure the pads to the ,cups. The patches 82 and 84 are substantially longer and wider than the patches 76 and shields with the thicker or 77 so that the pads may he secured in adjusted positions relative to the cups if the user so desires;

ing 106 of the. pad. The patches It?!) and 102 are adapted to hookinto loops of patches 16% and 1116 of loose fiber fastener material, respectively, to secure the pads to brassiere cups 112, The patches 10% and 110 are fastened ,to the cups 112 .by a peripheral stitching 114 and stitchings 116 and 118. The peripheral stitching 114 also secures abinding 129 to thecup s. patches 103 and 110 are identical with'ithe patches '76 and 77 and have large numbers of small loops on the faces thereof adjacent the patches l tltland 102.

While the above-described brassiere structures have been described as being sewn into the swim suits, the brassieres obviously may be marketed separately from the swim suits and be pinned into the swim suits by the users.

The v It is to be understood thatthe above-described arrange ments are simply illustrative of the application of the principles of the invention. Numerous other arrange; ments may be readily devised by those skilled in the art Which wiIl embody the principles of the invention and fall within the spirit and scope thereof.

What is claimed is: 1. In a swim suit, a body portion having breast portions and shoulder straps extending upwardly from the breast p ortionsa hanger positioned in the body portion and having a pair of straps secured to the shoulder straps, a cross strap positioned in the body portion and secured at its ends to the sides of the body portion, a pair of brassiere cups secured to the cross strap and the hanger, apair 0 f cup-shaped pads adapted to fit intothe cups, and a plurality of patches of fastener material secured to the pads, the cups having portions of material adapted to're leasably interlock with the patches of: fastener m-aterial to detachably secure the pads in the cups. 2. lnabrassie're, a strap portion adapted toengage the body of'awearer, a pair of-molded :cup s olffi'exible pastic material supported by the strap portion innp ositi ons adapted to at least partially cover the breasts .of the wearer, a pair'o-f liners of loose fiber material associated one with each .cup and covering substantially the entire inner surface: of the associated cup, a pair of cupshaped pads adapted .to fit into the cups, and a plural ity of patches of hook type fastener material secured to the exteriors of the pads and adapted to releasably inerlock with adjacent portions of the liners to secure the pads in the cups.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,890,507 12/32 Gifford 128 l55 2,863,460 12/58 Monroe 128 -456 Y i FOREIGN" PATENTS 616,522 2 3/ 61 Canada.

Louis R. PRINCE, Primary Examiner. ADELE M. 'EAGER, Examiner.

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U.S. Classification450/31, D02/731, 450/55, 2/67
International ClassificationA41D7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41D7/00
European ClassificationA41D7/00