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Publication numberUS3706103 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 19, 1972
Filing dateMar 19, 1971
Priority dateMar 19, 1971
Publication numberUS 3706103 A, US 3706103A, US-A-3706103, US3706103 A, US3706103A
InventorsSenser Karl E
Original AssigneeSears Roebuck & Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Brief and method of production
US 3706103 A
Abstract
A brief for men and boys characterized by a generally yoke-shaped blank cut from tubular fabric and having a generally triangular central seat portion having a base line approximately the width of the wearer's crotch and a pair of similar elongated vertical panels on opposite sides of said seat portion each about the width of the base line. A continuous tape edge binding is attached to the lower edges of the blank. One of the panels is lapped over the other and a waist band is stitched to the top edge of the blank. The lower edges of the panels in overlapped relation are stitched to the base line of the central portion to complete the garment.
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United States Patent Senser [451 Dec. 19 [54] BRIEF AND METHOD OF, FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS PRODUCTION 7, 1,137,960 1/1957 France ..2/224A [72] Inventor: Karl E. Senser, Riverside, Ill. 1,094,522 12/1954 France ..2/224 A [73] Ass1gnee: ISltlmrs, Roebuck and Co.,, Chicag Primary Examineh". Hampton Hunter v Attorney-Nathan N. Kraus and Joseph R. Marcus [22] Filed: March 19, 1971 21 App1.No.: 126,074 [57] ABSTRACT Related US. Application Data 4/1962 Kravitz ..2/224AX A brief for men and boys characterized by a generally yoke-shaped blank cut from tubular fabric and having a generally triangular central seat portion having a base line approximately the width of the wearers crotch and a pair of similar elongated vertical panels on opposite sides of said seat portion each about the width of the base line. A continuous tape edge binding is attached to the lower edges of the blank. One of the panels is lapped over the other and a waist band is stitched to the top edge of the blank. The lower edges of the panels in overlapped relation are stitched to the base line of the central portion to complete the garment.

8 Claims, 9 Drawing Figures PATENTEBMM m2 3,706,103 sum 1 or 2 l N VE N TOP PATENTED DEC 19 m2 SHEET 2 BF 2 BRIEF AND METHOD OF PRODUCTION BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The aforesaid prior invention involves a brief, or snugly fitting drawers, characterized by the presence of an overlap extending upwardly from the crotch and overlapping a panel which extends downwardly from the waist'over the abdomen, and including a passage with a horizontal opening, the upper edge of said overlap having means for resiliently closing said passage.

That structure has certain important advantages not found in the prior art.

The usual brief, as marketed for a long time, is characterized by overlapping layers of fabric in front with an opening along a vertical line. Furthermore, such a garment is usually fabricated from a plurality of pieces or swatches of fabric, as-many as six in some cases, requiring considerable hand labor in cutting and sewing and excessive waste material. Hence, the cost is high.

BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE INVENTION The present invention, in contradistinction to said U.S. Pat. No. 3,487,833, is characterized by the presence of a pair of overlapping flaps of fabric covering the abdomen, groin and crotch portions of the wearers anatomy and providing a horizontal passage through the vertical edges of said flaps. The structure of said garment is so designed and constructed that said vertical side edges of the aforesaid flaps providing said passage will permit manual access from the right side and will normally be maintained taut. Thus, the overlap which forms the support will provide thesupport for the genitalia desired by young males who prefer this type of garment.

Another object is to provide a garment of the type referred to so designed that it may be cut fromtubular fabric in such manner as to provide little or no wasted material, thus reducing cost.

Still another object is to provide a garment of the type referred to designed so that it may be cut from tubular material to provide a swatch which may, if desired, be attached to the garment as a seat reinforcement.

A further object is to provide a new and improved method of producing a garment of the type referred to which may be fabricated from 'a single blank of fabric, with a minimum of cutting and sewing operations, and thus is simple, economical, and capable of operation by relatively unskilled labor,

Other objects and advantages will doubtless suggest themselves to those skilled in the art as the description proceeds.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Referring now to the drawings forming a part of this specification and illustrating a preferred embodiment of my invention,

- FIG. I is a front plan view of a brief embodying my invention, certain parts being cut away for added clearness;

FIG. 2 is a rear plan view of the same;

FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken substantially along the line 3-3 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a sectional view of the'overlap portion of the garment, taken substantially along the line 4-4 of FIG. 1; I v

FIG. 5 is a fragmentary sectional view taken substantially along the line 55 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 6, is a fragmentary view of a stripof tubing from which my improved garments are fabricated;

FIG. 7 is a plan view showing a fabric section cut from tubing seen in FIG. 6, at a subsequent stage of production;

FIG. 8' is a plan view of a blank for a single garment at a still later stage of production, and

FIG. 9 is a plan view of a-supplemental seat portion for a garment embodying my invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION conveyor or the like. Such material has a one-way elasticity as indicated by arrows in FIGS. 8 and 9. Obviously, such a tube will provide a pair of overlapping sheets I2, 12' of identical width, with longitudinal edges or fold lines F and F.

A rectangular section is cut from the tubing as defined by the transverse line 15, 15.

A cut is made through the tube material through both tubing layers 12 and 12' of generally triangular shape, as indicated by numerals 20 and 23, said cut producing a swatch 25 seat patch of generally triangular shape which then is removed as'shown in FIG. 9. The converging sides of the triangle may, but need not necessarily, terminate a short distance inwardly of edge F.

The tube is then cut along fold line F, and the section then opened along fold line F resulting in a substantially rectangular swatch as seen in FIG. 7, with the triangular spaces disposed in allochiral relation. Further cutting is then done along the lines 16, 16, I8, and 18', resulting in two identical blanks B (FIGS. 7 and 8), capable of producing two garments.

The rectangular swatch defined by lines'l8, 18, 20, 20' is eliminated, being the only waste resulting from the operation, which is of negligible economic importance.

Blank B is yoke-shaped and characterized by a substantially straight horizontal edge 30 which is of a length sufficient to pass around the wearer's waist, with a substantial overlap, as seen in FIG. 1. Depending from edge 30 at opposite ends thereof is a pair of flaps 32, 32 defined by vertical outer edges 33, 33 and inner edges 35, 35 which are roughly parallel to edges 33, 33, but slope upwardly and inwardly to rounded corners 37, 37 and thence extend diagonally downwardly and inwardly at an angle of about 45 along straight lines 40, 40, the lower ends of which are spacedapart to define a relatively short horizontal edge 42, approxi mately equal in width to the wearers crotch.

It will be seen that the central portion 41 of blank B is roughly triangular, corresponding approximately to the shape and size of swatch 25 (FIG. 9).

, As stated hereinabove, the fabric of which tube is formed is essentially a one-way-stretch material and the blanks hereinabove described are cut so that the major stretch thereof is in a horizontal direction, as indicated by the arrows in FIGS. 8 and 9'.

Blank B constitutes substantially the entire fabric of the garmentembodying my invention, except for a few accessories such as a waistband 45 (FIG. 8) and elastic edging material hereinafter described.

One of the features of the present invention is the use of a continuous unitary tape binding T which is stitched to all of the edges of the blank B below the horizontal edge 30. Thus, referring to FIG. 8, the sewing machine operator would begin by attaching the tape binding T at the upper right hand corner indicated by the letter X and wouldjstitch the binding T successively to edges 33, 32, 35, 37, 40, 42, 40, 37, 35, 32' and 33 and ending up at the left hand corner Y directly opposite the starting position X. At this point all of the edges of the blank B, except edge 30, are covered by the tape binding T.

This construction affords substantial advantages in the fabrication of the garment. The use. of a unitary piece of tape binding covering all of the edges below the waistline simplifies fabrication, permitting the employment of operators having lower degrees of skill than heretofore required in the industry for similar functions. Further, avoidance of the use of a plurality of shorter tape binding sections, as in the prior art, results in an increased rate of production of the gar ments.

To complete the fabrication of the garment, Blank B is folded over upon its vertical median line, M resulting in overlapping flap portions 32, 32, as seen in FIGS. ,1, 3 and 4. The elastic waistband 45 may then be attached by stitching 47 and the lower edges of flaps 32, in overlapped relation, are then secured to the lower edge 42 of the central portion 41 by a horizontal line of zig-zag stitching 48 (FIG. 3) passing through edge binding T.

Flaps 32, 32 are likewise secured together by stitching 38, 38 at the top and 34, 34 at the bottom for stabilization. Such stitching extends only a relatively short distance from the top and bottom, respectively, leaving a free open space therebetween for convenient access. Such access may be had from the right side.

Obviously, in production, the length of the slit or opening between the top and bottom vertical stitching may be adjusted as desired by varying the length of said stitching.

Because of the double folds of fabric 32, 32 forming overlap P, this structure provides superior support for the male genitalia, which is a feature of considerable importance in this type of garment.

Furthermore, my improved structure insures, in addition to the excellent support just mentioned, that firm and neat closure is provided at all times, the double-' walled overlap providing comfortably positive coverage of the groin and abdomen, at the same time permitting ready ingress and egress through the passage between the flaps.

Although the garment is complete in all respects as hereinabove described, inasmuch as my invention provides the swatch 25 precisely the desired shape and size to form a supplemental seat portion, it is so employed by stitching said swatch 25 to the back of the garment, as seen in FIGS. 2, 3 and 5, the stitching extending around the periphery of said swatch. Thus, my invention permits reinforcement of the garment in the seat, a place of maximum wear, at substantially no added expense.

It will be seen that I have conceived a novel form of brief having a number of superior features, as well as a novel method of production thereof, resulting in nearly a up to six, effects a saving in both labor and material,

while production of the supplemental seat reinforcing swatch requires no extra step of labor except for its attachmdnt.

Various changes coming within the spirit of my invention may suggest themselves to those skilled in the art; hence, I do not wish to be limited to the specific embodiment shown and described or uses mentioned, but intend the same to be merely exemplary, the scope of my invention being limited only be the appended claims.

Iclaim: I

1. An undergarment for males, comprising a. a generally yoke-shaped blank having a top edge, a

generally triangular central seat portion having a base line approximately the width of the wearers crotch and a pair of similar elongated vertical panels on opposite sides of said seat portion, each substantially the width of said base line and extending from said top edge for a distance substantially beyond said baseline,

b. a continuous tape edge binding attached to the lower edges of said blank below said top edge,

c. said panels being overlapped,

d. a waist band stitched to said top edge of said blank, and

e. the portions of the continuous tape edge binding attached to the lower edges of said panels being stiched together and to the portion of the continuous tape edge binding attached to said central seat portion at said base line.

2. The invention as defined in claim 1 wherein said 2 in which the passage to an extent sufficient to insure the positive closure while permitting convenient manual access.

4. A method of producing a garment of the character described comprising r a. cutting a generally yoke-shaped blank from tubu- 5 lar fabric, said blank having a top edge, a generally trian ular seat ortion havin a base line a roximatjy the width of the wearirs crotch and pair unuous tape F 'q attached to the home!" tal edge of said seat portion.

of similar elongated vertical panels on opposite sides of the seat portion, each having a width sub- The Invention defined m clam-6. wherem said stamiany equal to the base line and extending from panels have free horizontally spaced vertical edge portions adjacent said inner and outer edges thereof, the :22: $25535: for a dlstance sqbstanuany beyong portions of the continuous tape edge binding attached b Stitching a continuous edge binding t6 the owe to each of said panels being stitched to the other overedges of said blank below said top edg lapped panel at the upper and of Sam c. folding said blank to lap one panel over the other panels to defing a passage of resmcted vertical l-ength extending horizontally through said panels. 5 23 25; wa'st band said top edge of sand 8. A method'of producing a garment of the character e stitching the portions of the continuous edge bind described comprising tt' ll k-h dbl kf tbmg stitched to the lower edges of said panels a cu mg agenera y yo 6 S ape an rpm u u lar fabric, said blank having q i r to the pofnon of the F f edge 1. a substantially straight top horizontal edge of a binding stitched to said seat portion at said base length sufficient to pass around a wearers waist D with a substantial overlap,

5. The method as defined in claim 4 wherein said a pair of elongated panels depending f f Panels are stllched together at the and bottom said top edge at opposite endsthereof defined thereof along spaced substantially vertical lines to by vertical outer edges d inner edges spaced restrict the passage thereof while still permitting conth f m which Slope w dl d i dl Venlem manual 3.66655 thel'ebetweentoward the center of said top edge to rounded undergarmem for P corners spaced downwardly from said top edge,

a generally YQ PP blank havmg said spaced inner and outer edges of each of said I. a substantially straight top horizontal edge of a panels b i connected b a l r dge of each length sufficient to pass around a wearers waist f id an ls ext nding approximately the with a substantial overlap, width of the wearers crotch, and

2..a pair of elongated panels depending from said 35 3. a generally triangular central seat portion extop edge at opposite ends thereof defined by tending downwardly from said top edge, said edge of the said other panel,

c. said panels being overlapped,

d. 'a waist band stitched to said top edge of said blank, and

attached to the lower edges of said panels being stitched together and to the portion of said cone. the-portions of said continuous tape edge bindingvertical outer edges and inner edges spaced therefrom which slope upwardly and inwardly to rounded corners spaced downwardly from said top edge, said spaced inner and outer edges of each of said panels being connected by a lower edge of each of said panels, saidlower edge of each of said panels extending approximately the width of the wearers crotch, and 3. a generally triangular central seat portion extending downwardly from said top edge, said seat portion having a pair of side edges extending diagonally downwardly and inwardly from said rounded corners to a substantially horizontal edge forming a generally centered base line approximately the width of the wearers crotch, b. a continuous tape edge binding being attached in sequence to the outer edge of one of said pair of panels, to the lower edge of said panel, to the inner edge of said panel, to the rounded comer contiguous to said inner edge of said panel, to the side edge of said seat portion contiguous to said rounded corner, to said horizontal edge of said seat portion, to the other of saidfside edges of said seat portion, to the other of said rounded edges, to the inner edge of the other of said panels, to the lower edge of the said other panel, and to the outer seat portion having a pair of side edges extending diagonally downwardly and inwardly from said rounded corners to a substantially horizontal edge forming a generally centered base line approximately the width of the wearers crotch,

b. stitching a continuous tape edge binding in sequence to the outer edge of one of said pair of panels, to the lower edge of said panel, to the inner edge of said panel, to the rounded corner contiguous to said inner edge of said panel,'to the side edge of said seat portion contiguous to said rounded comer, to said horizontal edge of said seat portion, to the other of said side edges of said seat portion, to the other of said rounded edges, to the inner edge of the other of said panels, to the lower edge of the said other panel, and to the outer edge of the said other panel,

c. folding said blank to lap one panel over the other, d. stitching a waist band to said top edge of said blank, and

e. stitching the portions of the continuous tape edge

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/402, 2/403
International ClassificationA41B9/02, A41B9/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41B9/02
European ClassificationA41B9/02