US 3525341 A
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United States Patent References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS  inventors SamGuberman Bayonne, New Jersey;
Raymond Pioli, Floral Park, New York 0 W 9 M M 00 8 7. 2 l .l M m "N m .m PP." e B TI amw m SRG O 3 5 5 2 9 9 l l 9 3 9 8 7 7 l 9 5 2 6 2 2 0 m H! Q' m s 530 0e 7FA o. d w. m d WEE .fla AF? .11] 25 224 [[rt  Assignee Maidenform Primary Examiner- Adele M. Eager New York: New York Altomey- W. Lee Helms a corporation of New York ABSTRACT: A brassiere provided with means to overcome a condition when the wearer of a usual type of brassiere is relaxed, such brassiere at the to from the chest wall pper margin ownwardly to a termination at or below a line horizontally crossing the apex of each cup.
p line tending to stay away forming a gap, and the breasts not having a desired separation. Said means comprises an elastic-induced shirring of the brassiere fabric vertically in an area between the cups of the brassie re and extending from its u d 9 y 4 4 34 W W 2 2 11M].
m u u w E m I. 9 m L a c RC m" B1 II M 4 Um U U r LU Patented Aug. 25, 1970 ATTORNEY.
BRASSIERE The invention will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a front view in elevation with the left-hand back band turned to expose its inner face. dotted lines showing the position of the brassiere top line when the elastic-induced shirring is relieved of its action; the shoulder straps are broken away.
FIG. 2 is a vertical section on the line 2--2, FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a view on the same vertical section as that for FIG. 2, showing the fabric of the brassiere relieved from the elasticinduced shirring.
FIG. 4 is a composite view, showing at the left a side view of one cup and part of its connected back band, the position of the cup shown as relieved from the action of the elastic-induced shirring; whereas the right hand view, in conjunction with the upper dotted line, shows action by the said verticalline elastic-induced shirring.
Referring to the drawings it will be seen that the brassiere consists of two cups, each cup having an upper section 1 and a lower section 1", and each cup having at its base a framing band 2 which, in the present embodiment, is integral with an appropriate back band 3. As customary, the ends of the back bands carry connecting elements, such as the hooks 4 and the eyes 5.
Each cup at its top margin carries one end of a shoulder strap 6, the opposite end leading to and being seamed directly or indirectly to an appropriate back band. As customary each shoulder strap may be adjustable in length.
Reference to FIG. 1 will show that in the present embodiment the framing strips 2 swing upwardly at the area between the cups and they are marginally reinforced by strips 7 seamed to their inner margins and extending lengthwise on the back bands. Strips preferably have longitudinal stretch, that is to say in the direction of their length. The upper margins of the back bands likewise are reinforced by inner strips 8 which extend along the inner face margins of the cups.
At the vertical area between the cups and rearwardly thereof is positioned an elastic strip 9, having longitudinal stretch, that is to say in the direction of its length and hence vertically when the brassiere is in position on the wearer.
The elastic strip 9 generally will be stretched when applied to the garment. As shown in FIG. 3 one end of strip 9 is seamed to and inwardly of the cup framing strips 2 where they meet, and the opposite end of strip 9 in stretched condition is seamed to the fabric of the upper cup sections where they meet, and to the inner face reinforcing strip 8.
When the elastic strip 9 is released from its position in FIG. 3 it will shir or gather the fabric of the upper cup sections, as shown in FIG. 2 and as indicated in FIG. I. bringing the upper line of the two cups inwardly to hug the chest wall. as from the dotted line position in FIG. 1 to the full line position, and, very importantly, will force separation of the breasts and maintain such separation by the imposed yielding pressure intermediate the cups.
It will be. understood that various modifications may be made in the form of the elements of the embodiment illustrated without departure from the spirit of the invention. The elastic tensioning pull of the strip 9 may be varied as to degree and should be such that a reasonable pull of the shoulder straps by usual adjustment thereof will cause a desired degree of vertical elongation of the shirring without affecting a comfortable wearing of the brassiere.
1. A brassiere comprising two cups having a vertical line of connection when the brassiere is worn, back bands for the cups and means for connecting them, and means crossing said line of mutual connection of the cups adapted to produce and maintain an elastic-induced shirring of the cups, said shirring being yieldable along said vertical line of connection of the cups, and, in relation to the area of the cups, being relatively narrow, in which each back band forms a bottom and outer side framing for its appropriate cup. the outer portion of the back band being relatively wide and inwardly merging into a relatively narrow strap-like portion extending in an upwardly directed curvature encircling the lower portion of the cup and terminating about a line horizontally crossing the apex of the cap, the joined strip-like portions of the two back bands forming a sharp upwardly directed inverted V-formation between and joined to the cups,'reinforcing strips carried by said striplike portions of the back bands and for each band extending along the upper margin of the band and terminating at the top of the appropriate cup at about a vertical line extending across the apex of the cup, and a relatively short elastic piece between and rearwardly of the cups, the lower end of the elastic piece being secured to the inverted V-formation formed by joining the strip-like areas of the back bands, the elastic piece then being connected to the cups at the top of the joining line thereof, said elastic piece being limited in its action upon the fabric of the joined cups by forming a freely contractable and extensible shirring extending from above the upwardly extending apex of the inverted V-formation, of the back band joined strip-like portions, to the top of the joining line of the two cups.