US 3402719 A
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P 1968 c. e. SIMONSEN 3,402,719
BRASSIERE Filed April 18, 1966 2 SheetsSheet l INVENTOR. CARL G. SIMONSEN w- (/JM ATTORNEY P 1968 c. G. SIMONSEN 3,402,719
BRASSIERE Filed April 18, 1966 2 SheetsSheet 2 INVENTOR. CARL G. SIMONSEN ATTORNEY United 3,402,719 1 "BRASSIERE Carl G. Simonsen, 2204 The=Alameda, San Jose, Calif. I ,Filed Apr. 18,1966, Ser. No. 543,401 9.Claims. (Cl. 128-484) I ABSTRACT OF. THE DISCLOSURE *"A brassiere having 'abuttingbust supporting bands, wherein a convexo-convex space is provided when said bands are in abutting relation, and, wherein a joinder at 'suchabutting relation by stitching or the like forms the bust supporting bands intoa configuration that follows the contour of the bust to provide a long wearing, comfortable-brassi'ere. j w
The present invention relates in general to womens undergarments, and more particularly 'to a brassiere.
An object of the present invention is to provide an imp v br er 1 Another object of the invention is to provide a brassiere which is unusually comfortable in use.
Still another. object'of the present invention is to proyide a brassiere which reduces the bunching or gathering thereof between the breast cups.
'QA further object of the invention is to provide a brassiere which isunusually comfortable in use. A still further object of the present invention is to provide a brassiere which exhibits an unusually long period .of useful life. i J 1 These and other objects of the invention will become more apparent inthe following specification, when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which: FIG; lis a rear perspective view'of a brassiere constructed in accordance with the invention, and being shown suspended in a position of use; :1 FIG 2 is a rear perspectivefview'of the breast supportbands withthe interconnecting straps of the brassiere shown in FIG-l. FIG. 3 is a fragmentary enlarged front elevation of the busfl'supporting bands employed in the brassiere of the "present" invention; FIG. 4'is a' fragmentaryenlarged front elevation view '"ofthe bust supporting hands before the adjacent con- ?fronting edges are joined togetheru FIG. 5 is an 'elevational view taken along line 5-5 of "FIG-4 showing the bust supportihgbands after the adjacent confronting edges are sewed together. Illustrated in FIG. 1 is the brassiere of the present invention, which-is'shown suspended inthe usual bustsupporting position. The brassiere 10 is constructed of two bust-supporting bands 12 and 14, each having the general shape of a parallelogram (FIGJ):
The bands 12 and,14,have.,comparatively narrow respective inner ends 16 and I8, which are joined together 'a't confronting contiguou's edge's by-'stitching The bands and 14, as joined togetherfpr'ovid'a continuous inner s'u'rfac 20 and a continuousouter surface 22 for the brassiere 10. The bands 12 and 14 also provide two substantially continuous respectivezupiier and lower edges 24' and 26 of the brassiere 10.
In FIG. 4, it is shown how the bands 12 and 14 appear when placed end-to-end before the adjacent confronting edges are sewed together. It is to be observed that when the adjacent upper edges at point A and the adjacent lower edges at point B are placed in abutting relation, bowed or confronting concave edges are formed to define a centrally disposed convexo-convex space C. After the adjacent confronting edges of the 'bands 12 and 14 are sewed together, the joined ends of the bands 12 and 14 ice when viewed along line 5-5 of FIG. 4 have a generally arcuate, or inwardly bowed configuration (FIG. 5 Through this "arrangement, bunching or gathering at the joined edges of the bands 12 and 14 has been reduced, and, also, the bands 12 and 14 form a configuration that follows the contour of the breast cups. It is to be noted that the upper and lower edges 24 and 26 are cut at a bias relative to the joined ends of thebands 12 and 14.
" The stitching which joins the bands 12 and 14 together is preferably double stitching at both the inner surface 20 and the outer surface 22. Such double stitching is protected at the inner and outer surfaces 20 and 22 by two confronting strips 28 and 30 of conventional bias tape, respectively. The outer strip 30 is extended upwardly from the upper edge 24 to form a loop 32. The strip 30 is secured, at its outermost end 33, to the inner strip 28.
The upper and lower edges 24 and 26 of the brassiere 10 are reinforced by two strips 34 and 36 of bias tape, respectively. The strip 34 extends the full length of the upper edge 24. The strip 36 extends along that portion of the lower edge 26, which lies in contact with the breasts. Both strips 34 and 36 are disposed at a bias relative to the reinforcing strips 28 and 30.
The bands 12 and 14 are provided with two reinforcement panels 38 and 40, respectively. Each of the reinforcement panels 38 and 40, respectively, is of a generally trapezoidal shape and is stitched to the outer surface 22 adjacent the upper edge 24. The stitching 42 here employed is of zig-zag configuration and extends around each of the respective peripheries of the panels 38 and 40.
As more clearly shown in FIG. 3, the bands 12 and 14 each increase gradually in width between the respective inner ends 16 and 18 and respective areas of maximum width, such as seen at 44 and 46. The bands 12 and 14 are then gradually reduced in width as seen at 48 and 50 and are terminated by two integral and comparatively narrow rearwardly extending strips 52 and 54, respectively. A substantial portion of the lower edge 26 located between the areas 44 and 46 is recessed, as seen at 56. The lower strip 36 of bias tape protects the recessed edge portion 56, which recessed portion 56 normally lies in contact with the breasts.
Adjacent the upper edge 24 and at the portions of the outer surface corresponding to the areas 44 and 46, two attachment strips 58 and 60 are mounted on the bands 12 and 14, respectively. The strips 58 and 60 each mount a plurality of hook-receiver eyes 62.
The outermost end 64 of the strip 54 is provided with a plurality of pairs of vertically-aligned eyes 66. The outermost end 68 of the strip 52 is provided with two hooks (not seen), and being cooperative with any of the pairs of eyes 66.
The bands 12 and 14 are each preferably of a double cloth which provides at the outer surface 22 a comparatively tight plain weave. At the inner surface 20, a comparatively loose plain weave is preferred, which presents a nap giving a soft, flannel-like surface. The reinforcement panels 38 and the attachment strips 58 and 60 are each preferably of cloth providing a surface similar to that of the outer surface 22.
The brassiere 10 is maintained in a breast-supporting position by positioning means, which include a ribbon '70 of conventional type, and which passes through the loop 32. At its opposite free ends 72 and 74, the ribbon 70 is provided with two hooks 76 (only one being shown), which are cooperative with the eyes 62 of the attachment strips 58 and 60, respectively.
In placing the brassiere 10 in the breast-supporting position shown in FIG. 1, the bands 12 and 14 at the areas of the reinforcement panels 38 and 40 are placed over the two breasts, respectively. The hooks 76 at the free ends 72 and 74 of the ribbon may then be secured to assure the greatest possible degree of comfort for the wearer of the brassiere 10. The strips 52 and 54 are positioned so as to extend around the sides andto the back of the wearer. The hooks on the end 68 of the strip 52 are engaged with a particular pair of the eyes 66. Here again, the pair of eyes 66 is selected which provides the greatest comfort for the wearer of the brassiere 10.
Suitable conventional means may be employed for suspending the brassiere in a position of use. For this purpose, a conventional support belt 80 is shown. The belt 80 is positioned about the body of the wearer of the brassiere 10 beneath the breasts, and overlies the strips 52 and 54. Carried by the belt 80 are the conventional breast cups 105 and 110 which are made of soft flexible fabric and are located in front of the breast supporting bands.
The belt 80 has attached to the rearward portion thereof two straps 82 and 84, which pass over the two shoulders of the wearer, respectively. At their forward ends 86 and 88, the straps 82 and 84 are secured by means of two buckles 90 and 92 to the left and right forward segments 94 and 96 of the ribbon 70, respectively.
The belt 80 provides two rearward and oppositely positioned slits 98 (only one being seen). Inserted through the slits 98 are the outer ends 72 and 74 of the ribbon 70. The rearward portions 100 and 102 of the latter pass under-arm from the buckles 90 and 92, and to the slits 98, respectively.
The belt 80, the shoulder straps 82 and 84 and the ribbon 70 serve to suspend the brassiere 10 in its proper position. At the same time, the features of adjustability provided by the hooks 76 and 78 and eyes 62, and by the eyes 66 and associated hooks, assures a comfortable fit. Also, the reinforcement panels 38 and 40 provide an unusually high degree of support for the breasts. At the same time, the configuration and construction of the two bands 12 and 14 at the adjacent confronting edges thereof serves to minimize bunching, or bulkiness, at the center of the brassiere 10 or enable the bands 12 and 14 to form a configuration conforming to the contour of the breast cups.
The degree of support is further enhanced by the suspension of the bands 12 and 14 at the center line by the ribbon 70.
Although the invention has been described with reference to a particular embodiment thereof, it will be realized that various changes and modifications can be made therein, without departing from the spirit of the invention, or the scope of the appended claims.
1. An assembly for the manufacture of a brassiere comprising:
a first bust-supporting band formed in the general shape of a parallelogram and having a narrowed arcuate end, and
a second bust-supporting band of substantially similar configuration as that of said first bust-supporting band and having a narrowed arcuate end,
said first and second bust-supporting bands being disposed in end-to-end relation with said narrowed arcuate ends in partial abutting contact to define an arcuate space therebetween so that joinder of said narrowed'arcuate ends produces a configuration of attachment strips 58 and'6il, respectively. The eyes 62 provide for various sizes so as lows th cont u ,of thqanetgrny W a 2. An assembly for the manursctarear a'brassire comprising a first bust-supporting band formed with an arcuate end, and a second bust-supporting band formed with an arcuate end, said; bustasupporting bands being disposed in end-to-end relationfwithiupper and lower edges in abutting contact aiid defirring atspace :therebetween, said arcuate ends of said first "and second bust-supporting bands being formed with: inwardlyboundconfigurations to define a convexo convex spacetherebetween.
3. An assembly for themanufacture of a brassiere as claimed in claim 1 wherein said arcuate ends of said first and second bust-suppoftingban'ds are flexibly joined together along the edges-thereof formingan arcuate junction. s-
4. An assembly for. the manufacture :of a-brassiere as claimed in claim 3 wherein said arcuate ends of said first and second bust-supporting bands are flexibly joined together by stitching.
5. An assembly for the manufacture 40f abrassiere as claimed in claim 4 wherein-said-stitching is reinforced by protection tape. v v v 6. An assembly for the manufacture of a brassiere as claimed in claim 5 and comprising a reinforcement panel for each of said bust-supporting bands, and means securing said reinforcement panels in abutting relation with its associated bust-supporting band. 7
7. An assembly for the manufacture'of a' brassiere comprising a first bust-supporting band'formed with an arcuate end, and a second bust-supporting band formed with an arcuate end, said bust-supporting bands beingdisposed in end-to-endrelation with upper and lower edges in abutting contact and defining a space therebetween, said arcuate ends ofsaid first and second bust-supporting bands being flexibly joined together along the edges thereof forming an arcuate junction, the junctionof joinder of said ends of said first and second bust-supportingbands being reinforced by aprotection tape and a portion of said protection tape being arranged to extend upwardly from said bust-supporting bands to form a loop.
8. An assembly for the manufacture of a brassiere comprising a first bust-s pporting band formed with an arcuate end, and a second bust supporting band formed with an arcuate end, said bust-supporting bands being disposed in end-to-end relation with upper and lower edges in abutting contact and defining a space therebetween, said arcuate ends of said first and second bust-supporting bands being flexibly joined together along the edges there of forming an arcuate junction, said upper andloweredges of said first and second bust-supporting bands being formed at a bias with respect to the junction of joinder of said ends of said first and second bust-supporting bands. I
9. An assembly for the manufacture: of a brassiere as claimed in claim, 8 wherein said upper and lower-edges are reinforced by protection tapes.
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