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July 4, 1950
Filed Dec. 26, 1946
Patented July '4, 1950
Harry .llay Dubner, Forest Hills, N. Y.
Application December 26, 1946, Serial No. 718,560
5 Claims.
(01. 2-42)
This invention
or brassiéres
to garments
One object of the invention is to provide a
garment of the nature set forth having improved
means particularly adapted to fit, support and
cause substantial separation of the bust, with
especial reference to a relatively large bust.
Another object of the invention is the provision
of a garment of the type mentioned having. im
proved means which is self-adjusting to the
bust in producing separation thereof.
Another object of the invention is to‘ furnish a
garment of the character described having im
proved means within the pockets thereof for urg~
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary view in rear elevation
of the garment, but showing the same expanded.
The advantages of the invention as here out
lined are best realized when all of its features and
instrumentalities are combined, but useful em
bodiments may be produced involving less than
the whole.
It will be obvious to those skilled in the art to
which the invention app'ertains, that the same
may be incorporated in several different con~
.structions. The accompanying drawing,‘ there~
.i'ore, is submitted merely as showing a preferred
exempli?cation of the invention.
Referring in detail to the drawing, lzl denotes
a garment such as a foundation garment, and
ing the breasts apart from each other, and with
more particularly a brassiere embodying the in
the garmentlso constructed that the pockets are
adapted to yield to accommodate the: bust as
separated or shifted therein.
More speci?cally it is an object of the inven
tion to provide a brassiére or the like having
elements within the pockets thereof anchored
The same includes a body-embracing
or bandlike member ll having the bust pocket
sections H2 and end sections it‘, the latter adapted
to eater-1dv around‘ the sides and back of the wearer
to be fastened together in any well-known de
tachable manner which is not shown. Shoulder
straps it may be provided to function in the
so as to cause separation of the bust and so ar~
conventional way. The sections l2 are provided
ranged in a floating manner as to be self~accom~
modating to the shape of the bust, to thereby 25 with bust pockets ltl which. mayhave one or more
produce maximum separation, with the brassiere
cutouts as indicated at the seam it for pro
being adapted to yield intermediate of the
du'cing the required cuplike form. rl‘hese sec
pockets in such a manner that the pockets will
tions' are seamed at ll to the end portions 13-.
accommodate the separated bust according to
For a bust of substantial size, the pockets may
its particular size and shape.
30 provide concavities of the required diameter and
Another object of the invention is the prodepth, which may be substantially greater than
vision of a device of the class alluded to having
those herein shown. As thus far described, the
few and simple parts, and being inexpensive to
‘garment may be conventional.
manufacture, neat in appearance and durable in
At the central, normal, relatively flat region
construction and adapted to embrace the body 35 fit ‘of the garment, the same is longitudinally
of the wearer with the desired degree of tension.
yieldab‘le in a relatively restricted manner, such
Other objects and advantages of the invention
will become apparent as the speci?cation pro“
yield being principally intermediate of the top
line or point 2i
the bottom edge
of the
brass-iere, and it is preferred that some yield
With the aforesaid objects in view, the in- 40 shall also occur at the bottom edg . lllustra~
vention comprises the novel features, combinatively, this central region ‘All is formed with a
tions and arrangements of parts hereinafter devertical, slot~lilre opening 23 between the bust
scribed in their preferred embodiments, pointed
pockets, this slot being closed at its upper end 24
out in the subjoined claims, and illustrated in
and being desirably open at the bottom edge ‘22.
the annexed drawing, wherein like parts are des- 4-5 Spanning this opening is a longitudinal piece of
ignated by the same reference characters
fabric. 25 preferably disposed at the rear face of
throughout the several views.
the garment and soy connected thereto as to
In the drawing:
permit relatively free and unrestricted expansion
Figure 1 is a view in front elevation of a garat a central point between the top and bottom
ment embodying the invention as laid out in reia- -50 edges 2! and 22. This member
ls stitched or
tively flat position and with portions of the
tacked as at ‘25 to the upper non-eapansible pore
shoulder straps removed and with the end fastention of the garment, and is stitched or tacked‘ as
mg means omitted.
at 21 to the lower part of the garment‘ near the
Fig. 2 is a sectional view taken approximately
bottom edge 22 and at opposite sides of the open»
on the line 2—2 of Fig. 1.
55 ing 2.3. The member 25 may be otherwise free
for unrestricted expansion of the garment inter- ‘
mediate of the stitching 26 and 27. With cer-v
tain large busts it is desirable to permit some
has not to my knowledge been realized hereto
fore. While the practice is to make bust cups in
certain sizes, it is not possible to manufacture
limited degree of expansibility along the bottom
on a quantity production basis too many sizes of
edge 22 for more effective accommodation of the 5 bust cups, and accordingly adjustability becomes
bust in the pockets l5, and accordingly the mem
essential, especially for the relatively large bust.v
When the instant garment is applied to the
ber 25 may consist of material which is elastic
wearer, the breasts are received into the bust
lengthwise of the brassiére. Only that portion
pockets I 5 with the curved bands 35 assuming
of the member 25 near the bottom edge 22 is thus
elastically effective, but for simplicity in manu 10 at least in part an angular position for more ef
fective lateral engagement with the breasts than
facture, the entire member 25 may consist of a
single piece of material having this character
Anchored at a point intermediate of the up; '
per and lower stitching 25 and 27, and desirably 15
rather centrally therebetween is a retaining ele
may be accomplished by the pockets themselves.
Thus a substantial separation of the breasts is
obtained. This angularity is possible by reason
ment 30 for a purpose presently described. This
element may consist of a strip of pliant mate-1
of the lost motion" connection of the members 35
in the loops 4|, and further the fulness or dis
tribution of the members 35 may vary up and
down to ?t the con?guration of the breasts. The
rial extending horizontally and being ?xedly
action just described is also facilitated by the
mounted for example on the member 25. It is‘ 20 stretchability of the element 39. The members
35 may alter more or less the relation of the
preferred that this element 30 shall consist of‘
material that is longitudinally elastic, and it
extends laterally at least partially into the bust
pockets l5. The mounting of the element 33 is
desirably accomplished by stitching or tacking
breasts to the pockets [5, depending upon. the
size and shape of the breasts. To allow for this,
the garment is expansible at the central region
intermediate of the pockets; thus the opening
23 ShOWn in normal position in Figure 1 may as
sume the con?guration shown in Fig. 3. This
longitudinal expansion of the garment results in
thus relatively free for stretching longitudinally
a substantially increased fulness in the pockets
without restraint by the member 25 or by any
other part of the garment.
at the inner region thereof indicated at 45,
Disposed within each pocket I5 is the strip
whereby in turn the members 35 may more ef
member 35 arranged in an arcuate manner ad
fectively do their work. In the case of certain
jacent to the central region of the brassiere or‘
busts, it is also of advantage that some expan
with respect to the apices of the pockets as ap
sion, although in lesser degree shall occur adja
proximate centers. Each of these members is 35 cent to the lower edge 22, and this is permitted
mounted at its ends on the bust pockets, for ex~
by the elasticity of the member 25, with the open
the same at 3| to the member 25 intermediate of
the side edges of the latter. The element 33 is
ample by stitching or tacking thereto at 35 at
the top of the pocket, and at 31 adjacent to the
bottom of the pocket.
The curve of each of
these strip members 35 may be generally de
ing 23 extending to the bottom edge. Such elas
ticity must be rather limited in order that the
bust pockets shall adequately support the breasts
40 with a proper degree of tension of the brassiére
scribed as being such as to effectively engage the
around the body of the wearer.
breasts for the best possible separation thereof.
The strip members 38 may be arranged at oppo
site regions of the pockets being tacked at 39'
and extending laterally and upwardly to be
tacked at 4!; to the pockets at points approxi
mately at the elevation of the apices of the
pockets. If desired, the strip members 35 and
the» breasts is of coursegreatly facilitated by
the members 35 and 38 whereby the expansi
bility along the bottom edge 22 of the brassiere
becomes feasible.
The support of
The members 38 may also as
sume an angularity for effective contact with
the bottom region of the bust, but such angularity
is much less than that of the members '35 at the
element 30. Except as otherwise described, the
38 may consist of continuous ribbons or bands,
with those shown at 38 also serving as a sup 50 garment may be made of any suitable materials
port for the bust and to partially oppose the
well known in the art.
lateral urging of the breasts by the members 35.
The brassiere II] will also function in a re
Except as herein described, the members 35 and
versed manner, in other-words, in the inside
38 are free of the bust pockets so as to be self
I out position. In fact, the operation of the mem
‘ forming to the size and shape of the bust. How
bers 35 and 38 will be even more effective for
ever, the strip members 35 are connected to the
retaining element 30 in suitable manner. Such
their intended purposes if they are located on the
external side of the brassiére. This can be real
connection is best accomplished by forming the
ized by the identical construction shown,‘ for
member 30 as a loop as shown, the members 35
which purlpose Fig. 3'may also be regarded as
freely passing through the end portions 4! of the 60 an outside View of the brassiere, and the-only
loop member 30. Thus it is possible for the full
change in arrangement would be that the'twist
‘ ness of the member 35 to be adjusted by relative
sliding movement thereof in the loop. Further
more, the loop permits the adjacent portion of
the member 35 to assume a twist or angular re
lation as indicated at 42 for an increased degree
of lateral contact with the breast, the shape of
the loop portions 4! changing to accommodate
the position of the strip member 35. If desired,
in the members 35 and 38 would be reversed to
vfollow the convex contour of the bust pockets
in a natural manner, this change in twist be~
ing inherent in the construction shown by rea
son of the freedom which each of vthese mem
bers possesses intermediate of the points of se
curement at 33, 37, 39, and 43. The advantages
referred to reside in the fact that these members
the strip members 35 and 38 may consist of lon 70 35 and 38 will act upon the breasts through the
gitudinally elastic material.
pocket walls, the latter serving to more uniformly
In use, the brassiére affords particularly satis
distribute the tension imparted by the members
factory ?tting, support, and especially separa
35 and 33 in separating and supporting, the bust.
tion of relatively large busts, and in this regard I
The smooth texture of the pocket walls'will per
it possesses a degree of self-adjustmentv which
mit these members 35 and 33 to automatically
slide therealong to assume their most desirable
positions. Such automatic adjustment in the
exterior position of the members is feasible in
the case of member 35 if the latter is suitably
anchored or restrained at points in relative
proximity to each other as at 35, M, and 31,
these points being spaced apart according to an
acute angle whose center is at the apex of the
bust pocket. From the standpoint of appearance
pockets spaced apart by said central region be
tween said edge borders, an arc-shaped ?exible
strip element positioned along an inner side of
each of the pockets about the periphery thereof,
said strip being connected to each of the pockets
at the top, bottom and periphery remote from
said central region, said strip elements being
otherwise free from the ‘pockets to position the
breasts within said pockets, said expandable
however, it is more desirable that the members 10 central region having a slot-like opening ex
tending between said top and bottom edge bor
referred to shall be concealed within the bust
ders for varying the effective size of the pock
pockets. The term “within the pockets” and
ets to accommodate spacing the breasts posi~
similar expressions in the appended claims are to
tioned by said strip elements, a transverse mem
be interpreted as meaning “within the area de
ber ?oatingly mounted in said expandable cen
?ned or subtended by the bust pockets,” so as to
include an external as well as an internal loca
tion of any or all of the members such as 35, 38,
‘25 and 3D.
I claim:
1. A brassiere comprising a body encircling 20
band having an expandable central region and
top and bottom edge borders, conical breast
pockets spaced apart by said central region be
tween said edge borders, said breast pockets each
tral region underlying and bridging said slot-like
opening anchored at one end thereof to said
top edge border and at the other end to each of
the pockets'adjacent said bottom edge border,
and oppositely positioned loop members carried
by said transverse member at a midportion
thereof through slip engagement with said strip
elements to permit movement of the latter to
conform to convex surfaces of the breasts for
having an upper and lower region, a ?exible 25 self-adjustment to requirements of fullness and
spacing thereof.
strip element formed with an arcuate portion
3. The brassiére as de?ned in claim 1 in which
extending along the periphery of each pocket
said strip elements are made elastic for longi
from said upper pocket region around towards
tudinal expansion.
said central region to said lower pocket region
4. The brassiére as de?ned in claim 1 in which
adjacent the bottom edge border for positioning 30
said transverse member is elastic across the width
breasts of the wearer each within a pocket, op
thereof to permit expansion of the brassiere band
posite ends of said strip element being secured
at the bottom edge border and separation of the
to the respective pocket at each of said upper
spacing of said pockets thereat.
and lower pocket regions, said conical pockets
5. The brassiére as de?ned in claim 2 in which
having apices with said strip element arcuate 35
said strip elements are made longitudinally elas
portion curved to approximately correspond to
tic, and said transverse member is elastic across
arcs with said apices as centers, said expandable
the width thereof to permit expansion of the
central region being formed with a slot-like open
brassiere band at the bottom edge border and
ing between said top and bottom edge borders
for varying the effective size of the rpockets to 40 separation of the spacing of said pockets thereat.
accommodate spacing the breasts as positioned by
said strip elements, a transverse member ?oate
ingly mounted in said expandable central region
underlying and bridging said slot-like opening
anchored at one end thereof to said top edge
The following references are of record in the
border and at the other end to each of the pock
file of this patent:
ets adjacent said bottom edge border, and a pair
of loop members carried by said transverse mem
ber at a midportion thereof, said loop members
extending in opposite directions each toward a 50 1,802,464
pocket and engaging said strip elements to per
mit movement of the latter in conforming to con
vex surfaces of said breasts for self-adjustment
as required by fullness and spacing thereof.
2. A brassiere comprising a body encircling
band having an expandable central region and
top and bottom edge borders, conical breast
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