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Publication numberUS3181536 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 4, 1965
Filing dateFeb 4, 1963
Priority dateFeb 4, 1963
Publication numberUS 3181536 A, US 3181536A, US-A-3181536, US3181536 A, US3181536A
InventorsCannata Dominick J
Original AssigneeGenesco Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Laminated brassiere pad
US 3181536 A
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y 1965 D. J. CANNATA 3,181,536

LAMINATED BRASSIERE PAD Filed Feb. 4, 1963 INV EN TOR.

fCanmZ w, 3m a 49% United States Patent 3,181,536 LAMINATED BRASSIERE PAD Dominick J. Cannata, Chicago, Ill., assignor to Genesco, Inc., Nashville, Tenn., a corporation of Tennessee Filed Feb. 4, 1963, Ser. No. 255,764 3 Claims. (Cl. 128-481) My present invention relates generally to brassieres and more particularly to a novel form of pad member for use in connection with the cups of brassieres.

Many brassieres presently on the market have cups in which are disposed or secured rubber pad members for providing body support and shape. After repeated washings, these rubber pads tend to lose their resilience and develop permanent surface Wrinkles or creases. Such deterioration of the rubber pads causes discomfort to the wearer and detracts from the desired smooth appearance of this and the overlying outer garments.

It is an object of my present invention to provide pad members for the cups of brassieres which do not have the disadvantages of existing rubber pads. To this end I provide a pad member that comprises an intermediate layer of downy material sandwiched between inner and outer layers of fabric. Preferably, the layer of downy material is Dacron batting in compressed resilient form, and the fabric is nylon tricot. I have found that a pad of this construction embodied in a brassiere will withstand long usage and repeated washings without losing resilience and without appreciable wrinkling or creasing.

As a feature of my present invention, the layers of fabric of the pad member are contacted to the opposed sides of the downy material by adhesive applied in pattern form whereby a design is registered on the fabric and a quilting effect is imparted thereto.

Now in order to acquaint those skilled in the art with the manner of constructing and using brassieres in accordance with the principles of my present invention I shall describe in connection with the accompanying drawing a preferred embodiment of my invention.

In the drawing:

FIGURE 1 is a front view of a brassiere embodying the principles of my present invention;

FIGURE 2 is a rear or body side view of the brassiere of FIGURE 1;

FIGURE 3 is a sectional view of one of the cups and associated pad member of the brassiere of FIGURE 2, taken substantially along the line 33 in FIGURE 2, looking in the direction indicated by the arrows;

FIGURE 4 is an enlarged fragmentary elevational view of the assembled elements of the pad member of my present invention prior to compression and lamination; and

FIGURE 5 is a fragmentary elevational view of the elements of FIGURE 4 after they have been compressed and laminated into pad form suitable for use in a brassiere.

Referring now to FIGURES 1 and 2, there is shown a brassiere comprising a pair of cups 11, a central insert member 12, a pair of lower insert members 13, and a pair of back bands 14. The lower portion of each cup 11 is secured by a stitched seam to the upper side edge of the insert 12 and to the upper edge of the adjacent insert 13. The outer side portion of each cup 11 and the outer end portion of each lower insert 13 are secured by a stitched seam 16 to the inner end of the adjacent back band 14. The inner end portions of the lower inserts 13 are secured by a stitched seam 17 to the lower portions of the central insert member 12. The described parts of the brassiere It) may be fabricated of a substantially solid weave material as shown or of a lace material if desired.

A strip of elastic material 18 is stitched in position along the inside lower edges of the inserts 1'3 and back 3,181,536 Patented May 4, 1965 bands 14 and is adapted to stretch in a direction extending about the body of the wearer. An elastic strap 19 is secured by stitching to the outer end of one of the back bands 14 and is adapted to stretch in the same direction as the strip 18. A pad 20 is stitched to the outer end of the strap 19 and has secured thereto a plurality of eyes 21 for the reception of hooks 22 secured to a pad 23 stitched to the outer end of the other back band 14. The eyes 21 are arranged in several series spaced apart lengthwise of pad 20 and provide, in cooperation with the hooks 22, adjustable means for securing the brassiere about the wearers body in a known manner. Adjustable shoulder straps 24, having elastic inserts 25, are secured to the cups 11 at the tops thereof, and to the upper edges of the back bands 14 adjacent their outer ends.

Secured within each of the cups 1]. is an inner pad member 26 which, as shown in FIGURE 3, comprises an intermediate layer of downy material 27 sandwiched between inner and outer layers of fabric 28. Each pad 26, as shown in FIGURE 2, is secured solely about its periphery to the adjacent cup 11 by means of the lower stitched seam 15, the side stitched seam 16, and a stitched seam 29 extending along the upper portion of the cup 11. Although each pad 26 may be formed of segments secured together by stitched seams 30 and 31, it is to be noted that these seams are not connected to the cup 11. In the preferred embodiment of pad member 26, the downy material 27 is processed spun Dacron batting and the fabric 28 is 15 denier nylon tricot.

The pad member 26 or the segments thereof are cut from a laminated sheet fabricated in the following manner. First, a latex base adhesive is applied by a roller coater to one side of each of two layers of nylon tricot 23. For a purpose to be noted hereinafter, the roller coater has a diamond-shaped grooved roller for applying the adhesive in a pattern form. Then the sides of the tricot with adhesive are placed in contact with the opposite sides of a layer of uncompressed Dacron batting 27 approximately 1% to 1 inches thick. By way of illustration and not limitation, the layers of tricot and batting may be 18 inches wide and 48 inches long. This assembly of pad elements or sandwich, which is shown in FIGURE 4, is next placed in a heated press wherein it is compressed to approximately inch while being heated at approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit for seconds. Heating of the pad serves to cure the adhesive and to laminate the nylon tricot to the Dacron batting. Finally, upon removal from the press, the laminated sheet expands slightly in thickness to approximately inch. The resultant product, which is shown in FIGURE 5, has a degree of resiliency that particularly adapts it for use as a pad member in a brassiere.

From the foregoing description, it will be readily appreciated that I have provided a novel form of pad member 26 for a brassiere. The pad member 26 is comprised of a compressed resilient layer of Dacron batting 27 and a layer of nylon tricot 28 contacted to each side of the batting 27 by adhesive. The adhesive is applied in pattern form by a grooved roller whereby a design 32, as shown in FIGURE 2, is registered on the tricot and a quilting effect is imparted thereto. Since the pad member 26 is secured to the adjacent cup 11 solely about its periphery, the number of stitched seams joining the pad 26 and cup 11 is less than in existing brassiere constructions. The pad member of my invention provides improved body support and shape, cooperates with a brassiere in forming a comfortable garment, and withstands long usage and repeated washings without losing resilience and without appreciable wrinkling or creasing.

While I have shown and described what I believe to be a preferred embodiment of my present invention, it will be understood 'by those skilled in the art that various modifications and rearrangements may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of my invention.

I claim: V

1. For use in a brassiere having a pair of cups, the combination of a pair of inner pad rnembers one each for each of said cups, and each of said pad members being comprised of a layer of downy material and a layer of fabric contacted to each side of said downy material by adhesive applied in pattern form whereby a design is registered on said fabric and a quilting efiect is imparte thereto.

2. For use in a brassiere having a pair of cups, the combination of a pair of inner pad members one each for each of said cups, and each for said pad members being comprised of a compressed resilient layer of downy material and a layer of fabric contacted by adhesive to each side of said layer of downy material.

3. For use in a brassiere having a pair of cups, the combination of a pair of inner pad members one each for each of said cups, and each of said pad members being comprised of a compressed resilient layer of Dacron batting and a layer of nylon tricot contacted to each side of said batting by adhesive applied in pattern form whereby a'design is registered on said tricot and a quilting effect is imparted thereto.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,861,003 5/32 Foster.

2,621,139 12/52 Messing 161-148 2,688,748 9/54 Kahn 128-479 2,715,733 8/55 Dubner 128-479 2,962,409 11/60 Ludlow et a1 154122 3,070,870 1/63 Alexander et a1. 28-74 ADELE M. EAGER, Primary Examiner.

20 LOUIS R. PRINCE, Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification450/57
International ClassificationA41C3/10, A41C3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41C3/10
European ClassificationA41C3/10