US 3866617 A
A brassiere with a breast cup filler which acts independently from the outer cup material, said filler automatically adjusting itself to the bust without interfering with the stretch and comfort of the breast cup and providing the cup with a natural look.
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United States Patent 11 1 1111 3,866,617 Gluckin 1 1 Feb. 18, 1975 [5 BRASSIERE 2,577,842 12/1951 Ciringione 128/484 2,842,137 7/1958 Becker 1 128/484 X  Inventor Lawrence Gluckm New 2,911.975 11/1959 Verreault 128/484 73] Assignee: Griffin Industries Inc., New York, 219251816 2/1960 Rfisemhfll 1 128/479 X N Y 3,709,230 1/1973 RlCh 128/486  Filed: Sept 21, 1973 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS  Appl No 399 325 472,728 4/1951 Canada 128/485 Primary ExaminerWerner H. Schroeder  US. Cl. 128/484  llll. Cl. A41C 3/00 [57 ABSTRACT  Field of Search 128/425, 478, 479, 483,
128/484 485, 486, 494 496, 498 A brassiere with a breast cup filler which acts mdependently from the outer cup material, said filler auto-  References Cited matically adjusting itself to the bust without interfer ing with the stretch and comfort of the breast cup and UNITED STATES PATENTS providing the cup with a natural look. 2,470,847 5/1949 Gluckin 128/484 08,704 5/1950 Becker 128/484 3 Clalms, 3 a mg Flgures BRASSIERE This invention relates to brassieres.
For the past many years, foam rubber and other types of fillers, such as fiberfill, have been placed into brassieres to give the unendowed woman something more than she actually has and possibly something about which to boast. However, the entire look" in brassieres has been changing and the new look is now one that calls for the natural cup" providing a more natural look and, therefore, the structure of the brassiere cup must be such that provides such a look or appearance.
The present day woman is less desirous of having her bosom shaped in the conventional way and has moved towards a feeling of comfort with what is now known in the trade as body bras or body suits.
This natural look has given soft cup, unpadded brassieres a great deal of popularity and the sales of such brassieres have increased substantially on such comfort bras" which are made of stretch fabrics, the stretch fabrics being provided not only in the wings, but also in the cups.
An object of the invention is, therefore, to provide the unendowed woman with the same type of comfort and stretchability in the cup as the brassieres heretofore known and at the same time, give her a little fuller endowment, more in accordance with the new look.
Another object of the invention is to provide a filler for the brassiere cup for the smaller" girl or woman which acts more or less independently from the outer brassiere cup.
Still another object is for the brassiere cup filler to find its place in the middle of the womans bust without immobilizing the stretch and comfort feature of the cup, per se.
For a fuller understanding of the nature and objects I of the invention, reference is had to the accompanying drawings which are to be understood as being illustrative and not limitative of the invention.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing the interior of the brassiere of FIG. 2;
FIG. 2 is a fragmentary view showing the brassiere embodying the principles of this invention in use on the body of a wearer; and
FIG. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary inside perspective view of the left breast cup and portion of the brassiere.
Referring to the drawing, numeral is a wide bandeau which encircles the body 11 of the user in the bust region, as seen in FIG. 2. The bandeau may be made in a single piece of material 18, 19 on each side to encircle the side and back of the wearer and is stretchable in all directions, as shown, or of various pieces or sections of stretchable material connected by stitching usually reinforced with a piece of tape as is customary in the art.
The front portion of the brassiere comprises the right and left breast receiving and supporting cups l2 annd 13, respectively, and includes four sections of material stretchable in all directions, preferably of lace, or other desirable material, joined by a transverse stitched seam 14 and vertical stitched seam 15, each breast cup terminating in an apex l6, 17, respectively, at the, top thereof. These four sections of the breast cups may be considered as extensions of the bandeau 10 which encircles the body in the bust region. The arrangement is such as to leave a cleavage 20 between the cups which terminates at the top of seam 15. Around the entire rear top of the bandeau side and back sections l8, l9 and the left and right top portions of the left and right breast cups, respectively, is an elastic tape binding 21 stitched to the material and around the entire inside bottom is an elastic tape binding 22 stitched to the material of the bandeau for reinforcing purposes and to maintain the brassiere against the body of the user.
Each of the side and rear portions of the bandeau l8, 19 are held by vertical seam 23 at the outer edge of the respective breast cups and between the bindings 21 and 22. Behind each vertical seam 23 an elastic tape 24 is stitched for reinforcing purposes. A panel 25 is secured to the rear edge of back section 118 and this panel has a plurality of vertical rows of eyes 26, or the equivalent, to which a series of hooks carried by the opposite rear edge of back section 19 may be selectively engaged, as is well-known in the art.
Left and right breast cups 13, 12, respectively, are each provided with a non-stretchable filler 27 on the inside of the breast cup and slightly smaller in shape than the breast cup so that it is not visable at the front of the brassiere. Each filler 27 is comprised of an upper and lower section and the two sections are joined by an arcuate transverse non-stretchable stitched tape 28 following the arcuate line of stitched seam 14 and on both sides thereof to provide the same filler contour as the breast cup. The upper section of the filler 27 terminates in an apex 29 which is attached to a short elastic tape 30. The opposite end of each tape 30 is attached to the apex 16, 17. The outer edge 31 of filler 27 at the end of tape 28 is attached to a small elastic tape 32. The opposite end of tape 32 is attached to the reinforcing tape 24 at the outer side of the cup. The bottom edge 33 of the lower section of filler 27 is stitched to the bottom of the breast cup at the tape binding 22. The filler 27 is free floating and independent from the outer breast cup except for its connecting points to elastic tapes 30, 32 and its bottom edge 33. Since tapes 30, 32 are stretchable, the filler 27 is permitted to act independently of the outer cup and automatically adjusts itself to the bust but does not interfere with the stretch and comfort of the breast cup per se. Filler 27 automati cally finds its place in the middle of the womans bust but does not immobilize the stretch or comfort feature of the breast cup itself. The filler 27 is not padded but is merely a soft liner providing the brassiere cup when worn with a natural look giving the woman the desired comfort and stretchability of the brassiere during movements in exercise and play.
Identical adjustable strap assemblies 34, well-known in the art, are associated with each of the breast cups 12, 13 and each assembly includes an elastic shoulder strap 35 stitched along the upper rear portion 36 of back sections 18, 19 of the bandeau 10 while the forward end of the strap is attached about the double bars of adjustable buckle 37 as seen in FIGS. 1 and 3, which is well-known in the art.
It will be understood that modifications and variations may be effected without departing from the scope of the novel concepts of the present invention.
What is claimed is:
l. A brassiere including a bandeau to encircle the body of a user and having a front portion shaped to define a pair of individual breast receiving cups each terminating in an apex at the top and defining a cleavage therebetween,
2. The brassiere of claim 1, wherein each of said fillers comprises an upper and lower section, said sections being joined by an arcuate transverse non-stretchable stitched tape, the outer ends of said non-stretchable tapes attached to said elastic tapes at the outer sides of said cups.
3. The brassiere of claim 1, wherein each of said independent fillers are of soft non-stretchable material acting as liners for said cups and automatically adjusting themselves to the bust of the user without interfering with the stretch and comfort of the cup.