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Publication numberUS3291132 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 13, 1966
Filing dateFeb 12, 1965
Priority dateFeb 12, 1965
Publication numberUS 3291132 A, US 3291132A, US-A-3291132, US3291132 A, US3291132A
InventorsPuliafico Frank V
Original AssigneeMaidenform Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Self-positioning brassiere
US 3291132 A
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1966 F. v. PULIAF'ICO SELF-POSITIONING BRASSIERE Filed Feb. 12. 1965 IN VENTOR.

A TTOR/VE Y United States Patent York Filed Feb. 12, 1965, Ser. No. 432,343 2 Claims. (Cl. 128483) The object of the present invention is to provide a self-positioning brassiere, having the customary back bands leading from the outer sides of the cups and provided with means for connection, together with a special combination of elements for providing a controlled pull from the shoulder straps to the .apex of each cup, rather than from both outer ends. In said combination, each cup at its lower margin is bordered by a ribbon or tape, curved upwardly towards an inner bordering ribbon or tape carried by the opposite cup, and which is looped around a triangular shoulder strap connecting member. The shoulder strap passes through the triangle and engages the horizontal bar thereof, whilst the ribbon or tape engages an inclined bar of the triangle, the inclination extending transversely of the desired pull of the shoulder straps upwardly. The pull of each shoulder strap is upwardly from both the inner margin of a cup and thence along the lower margin of the opposite cup, and also from the apex of each cup along its top outer margin and to the top of the adjacent back band.

The invention will be described with reference to the accompanying drawing, in which:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view looking toward the front of the brassiere, the shoulder straps being broken away;

FIGURE 2 is an enlarged section taken longitudinally on the line 22 of FIG. 1;

FIGURE 3 is a view in elevation of the rectangular connecting element employed at the center of the brassiere between the cups;

FIGURE 4 is a view in elevation of the triangular connecting element for the shoulder strap and the ribbons or tapes carried at the upper margins of a cup.

Referring to the drawing, it will be seen that the cups indicated at 1, are connected to the back bands 2 as customary, these back bands carrying any suitable connecting elements, preferably longitudinally elastic, as indicated at 3. In the drawing the shoulder straps are indicated at 4.

Among the lower margin of each cup there is sea-med thereto a ribbon or a tape 5, which is inclined upwardly and which is looped around one bar of a rectangular connecting element 6, and then stitched in position upon itself. The said bar of the connecting element 6 lies transversely of the tape or ribbon 5. Tape or ribbon is in line with a corresponding tape or ribbon 7 seamed to the inner margin of the opposite cup. For each cup tape or ribbon 7 is looped through a triangular connecting member 9 which likewise receives a tape or ribbon 8 seamed to the upper and outer margin of the cup. In each case, the receiving bar of the triangular member 9 lies transversely of the tape or ribbon which it receives.

The triangular connecting member 9 is positioned with one of its bars in normal horizontal position. That bar receives the loop of one shoulder strap. The vertical pull of that shoulder strap thus is translated angularly to and longitudinally of the tapes or ribbons 7 and 8 of the cup.

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The back bands have a definite pull from the under arm, and the centering front connecting member 6, which pull, of course forms a resistance to the pull of the shoulder strap on the apieces of the cups. Thus when the shoulder straps are pulled taut, the triangle connecting members will fall to the most comfortable position on the body, their being a pull from the apex of each cup upwardly rather than from both ends. Round rings and standard shoulder strap buckles have been tried out in place of the triangular connecting member 7, and without the desired result.

It will be understood that various modifications may be made in the form and arrangement of the elements constituting the embodiment illustrated in the drawing, without departing from the spirit of the invention.

Having described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is as follows:

1. In a brassiere and in combination, a pair of cups and back bands for the same, connecting means for the back bands, reinforcing tape-like members seamed to the lower and upper-inner margins of the cups and forming an X-shaped configuration bounding said cup margins, a tape like member seamed to the upper and outer margin of each cup, a shoulder strap for each cup, and a triangular connecting member for each cup, said connecting member being positioned with its normally horizontal bar receiving a shoulder strap, and with two reversely inclined bars, one of said inclined bars having loop connection with the tape-like member at the upper-inner margin of said cup, and one of said inclined bars having loop connection with the tape-like member at the upper and outer margin of the cup.

2. In a brassiere and in combination, a pair of cups and back bands for the same, connecting means for the back bands, reinforcing tape-like members seamed to the lower and upper-inner margins of the cups and forming an X-shaped configuration bounding said cup margins, a first connecting member for said tapes positioned intermediate the cups and substantially above the base line thereof, a tape like member seamed to the upper and outer margin of each cup, a shoulder strap for each cup, and a triangular connecting member for each cup, said triangular connecting member being positioned with its normally horizontal bar receiving a shoulder strap, and with two reversely inclined bars, one of said inclined bars having loop connection with the tape-like member at the upper-inner margin of said cup, and one of said inclined bars having loop connection with the tape-like member at the upper and outer margin of the cup, said first connecting member receiving the tape like members which are seamed to the lower and upper inner margins of the cups and holding them in an aperture extending transversely of the longitudinal line of each tape like member.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,001,505 5/1935 Schottenfels 128-451 2,202,058 5/1940 Malnick 128483 3,066,676 12/1962 Kaupp 128-498 FOREIGN PATENTS 595,743 12/ 1947 Great Britain.

ADELE M. EAGER, Primary Examiner.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2001505 *Dec 16, 1933May 14, 1935Monroe SchottenfelsBrassiere back connections for evening attire
US2202058 *Mar 3, 1938May 28, 1940Malnick Helen VBrassiere
US3066676 *Feb 1, 1961Dec 4, 1962Kaupp Donald HBrassiere
GB595743A * Title not available
Referenced by
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US4127135 *Nov 10, 1976Nov 28, 1978Genesco, Inc.Brassiere
US4449533 *Jul 12, 1982May 22, 1984Consolidated Foods CorporationBrassiere
US6200194 *Apr 23, 1999Mar 13, 2001Baraka A. GrierBrassiere
US6293844Mar 10, 2000Sep 25, 2001Diane DaltonBrassiere
US6846219Sep 13, 2002Jan 25, 2005Sara Lee Intimate ApparelRigid frame brassiere with soft cup
US7537510 *Jul 21, 2004May 26, 2009Hbi Branded Apparel Enterprises, LlcGarment having dig free strap
WO2006019545A2 *Jul 1, 2005Feb 23, 2006Gransberry Leslie AnnGarment having dig free strap
Classifications
U.S. Classification450/59, 450/86, D02/707
International ClassificationA41C3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41C3/00
European ClassificationA41C3/00