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Publication numberUS3353540 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 21, 1967
Filing dateJul 6, 1965
Priority dateJul 6, 1965
Publication numberUS 3353540 A, US 3353540A, US-A-3353540, US3353540 A, US3353540A
InventorsOlga Erteszek
Original AssigneeOlga Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 3353540 A
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United States Patent O 3,353,540 BRASSIERE Giga Erteszek, Los Angeles, Calif., assigner to Olga Conlpany, Van Nuys, Calif., a corporation of California Filed' July 6, 1965, Ser. No. 469,624

7 Claims. (Cl. 12S-489) ABSTRACT F THE DSCLOSURE This invention has to do with improvements in brassieres having in common with conventional constructions the overall configuration of breast cups attached to back strap sections and defined at their inner top extents by edges converging downwardly to a juncture at the front center ofthe brassierel The invention has for its general object to elasticize the cups in critically selective locations in a manner that will permit the cups, for the most part, to afford nonelastic support and conformances for the breasts, while providing for elasticity in the cups themselves that will assure improved breast conformances and support, without sacrifice of comfort, under the influence of the back strap tension, especially as transmitted to upper areas of the cups at their juncture sides.

Structurally, the invention has for its object to secure these effects by sectional formation of the cups by inelastic fabric which occupies the outer and lower areas of the cups, and by utilizing elastic fabric sections as inserts at the upper and inner extents of the cups, thus to transmit the back strap tension selectively to these cup areas. Desirable effects, cooperatively, toward achieving the desired support, conformance and fit may be enhanced by forming the central inter-cup portion of the bra-ssiere of elastic fabric, so that together with the elastic cup sections or inserts, the garment has top to bottom central elastic stretchability.

The invention has various features and objects, all of which together with illustrative embodiments of the invention will be most readily understood from the following detailed description of the accompanying drawing, in which:

FIG. 1 is a view showing one embodiment of the invention in front elevation; and

FIG. 2 is a similar view illustrating a variational form of the invention.

In reference first to FIG. 1, the brassiere is shown to comprise breast cups generally indicated at connected at their outer side edegs to back strap sections 11 having appropriate terminal fasteners 12 and elasticized as by forming sections of suitable fabric elastically stretchable longitudinally as indicated by the arrows. The breast cups 10 are defined at their outer edges by non-elastic bindings 13 where the back strap sections attach, and the bottom extents of the cups are similarly defined by non-elastic bindings 14 which converge upwardly to the cup juncture at 15. The central area 16 between the cups and continuing at 17 below the cups to the back strap sections 11 is formed of elastic fabric, typically of a net-like Weave, which is stretchable longitudinally of the brassiere in response to back strap tension. The bottom edge of the brassiere has an inside longitudinally elastic binding 18 extending to the strap terminals, and the upper edges of 3,353,540 Patented Nov. 21, 1967 the st-rap sections have similar elastic inside bindings 18a extending to their junctures at 19 with the outer cup bindings 13.

The cups are shown to have sections 20, 21 and 22 formed of iiexible but non-elastic fabric, typically lace, which may have inside padded or other lining, not shown. Sections 23 however are differently and selectively constituted to have elastic stretchability angularly in the direction of the arrows, preferably by forming these sections with inside net-like fabric 24 which is stretchable as indicated, and outer exposed elastic lace 25 which is stretchable in accordance with the inside fabric 24. The upper edges of sections 23 are defined by elastic inside bindings 26 extending to the juncture with the elastic fabric at 15 from terminals joining at 27 with the bindings 13. The brassiere has shoulder straps 28 extending from the back strap section terminals to attachments with the crests of the cups at or near the locations 27.

In the worn condition of the brassiere, the back strap tension is transmitted to the cups 10 and also to the elastic fabric at 16-17, to conform flexibly but relatively positively, cup sections 20, 21 and 22 in supporting and shape conforming relation to the breasts, Sections 23 however are stretchable in response to the back strap tension, thus to provide elastic comformance to the body of the wearer selectively within the upper-inner extents and areas of the cups. The fabrics 24 and 25 are selected to be responsive to the back strap tension to a degree productive of comfortable, but not excessively tensioned comformance to the wearer. By locating the shoulder strap terminals at 27, i.e. the outer extents of the areas 23, the latter remain free to be elastically responsive without interference by the straps.

The variational form of the invention illustrated in FIG. 2 is similar with respect to the correspondingly numbered back strap sections, intermediate elastic areas 16 and 17 and the elasticized bindings 18 and 19. Here the major areas 3@ of the cups, which may include sections 30a and 3011 sewn together along seam line 31, are made of fiexible, non-elastic fabric which as before, preferably consists of lace having padded or other lining. The lower arcuate extents of the cups, and their top outer edges are dened respectively by non-elastic inner bindings 32 and 33. Here the shoulder straps are attached to the cups at locations 34 toward their top outer edges.

The inner downwardly convergent cup areas are formed as sections or inserts 35 made of elastic fabric, typically of net-weave, stretchable generally in the directions of the top edge convergences, as indicated by the arrows. The sections 35 are defined along their upper edges by inside elastic binding 36 terminating at the previously described bindings 33. Outwardly and below, the sections 35 are defined by inside non-elastic bindings 37 and 38 which converge downwardly and outwardly within the total cup areas.

The FIG. 2 embodiment utilizes the elastic inserts or gussets 35 in respects similar to the overall manner of the elastic sections 23, 24 in FIG. 1, but otherwise to a more particularly conceived objective. Here the bottom and side perimeters of the cups are stabilized and relatively rigidized, of course with exibility for body conformance, by wire or equivalent inserts dil co-extensive with the bindings 32. Such wire reinforcements receive a substantial part of the back strap tension, with lesser components of that tension being transmitted to the inserts 35, although the latter are responsive to the back strap tension depending upon the degree to which the cups conform to particular wearers. The inserts 35 are relatively freely stretchable so that independently of back strap influence, they are readily conformable to and assure proper conformance either to a wearer of lesser bust size, where the inserts would remain less tensioned and stretched, as well as to larger sizes causing greater stretching of the inserts. In all instances however the brassiere convergence will have proper fitted conformity to the wearer.

I claim:

1. A brassiere structure comprising a pair of breast cups the upper inner edge extents of which are eiasticaliy stretchable and converge downwardly to a juncture at the front center o the brassiere, and back strap sections connected to the outer sides of the cups, each of the cups comprising non-elastic fabric sections forming the outer upper and lower portions of the cup, and elastic fabric sections each `forming an inner upper cup portion defined at its top by an elongated dimension of one of said convergent upper edge extents and occupying an area of the Cup converging downwardly directly below the edge extent, each elastic fabric section being stretchable generally in the direction of the edge extent above.

2. A brassiere structure according to claim 1, in which the central portion thereof below said top edge juncture is formed of elastic fabric.

3. A brassiere structure according to claim l, in which said convergent edge extents have elastic bindings at the inside thereof.

4. A brassiere structure according to claim 3, in which said elastic fabric sections are formed of elastic lace forming sections of the cups and each extending convergently to the centers thereof.

5. A brassiere structure according to claim 4, comprising shoulder straps connected to the cups at upper edge junctures of said non-elastic and elastic fabric sections.

6. A brassiere structure according to claim 3, in which said non-elastic sections of the cups are formed of lace and said elastic sections are formed of elastic net fabric.

'7. A brassiere structure according to claim 6, in which said elastic sections each has downwardly and outwardly converging edge portions of essentially V shape.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,202,058 5/1940` Malnick 128-496 2,697,225 12/1954 Roth 128--427 2,888,930 6/1959 Coleman et al. 12S-494 3,082,771 3/1963 Bruno 12S-494 ADELE M. EAGER, Primary Examiner.

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U.S. Classification450/65, 450/70
International ClassificationA41C3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41C3/00
European ClassificationA41C3/00