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April 5, 1938.
Filed March 20, 1936
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
’ a”
April 5-, 1938.
Filed March 20, 1,936
2 Sheets-Sheet ‘2
Patented Apr. 5, 1938
Alfred SteinhausfDallas, Tex.
Application March 20,
3 Claims.
This invention relates to garments for women
and it has particular reference to women’s nether
The principal object of the invention is to pro
5 vide in a garment of the character speci?ed, a
construction making for greater comfort to the
wearer, combined with features insuring against
unsightly protuberances on the outer garments
as a result of the rolling of portions of the un
10 ydergarment. The garment of this invention has
the prerequisite quality of snugly embracing the
lower portion of the body and is even con?ned
by elastic means about the legs, yet is lacking
in the uncomfortable seams, elastic bands and
the tendencyto “crawl” or roll in the crotch
portion, which is common to the conventional
and analogous types of ‘garments.
Another object of the invention is to provide
an improved gusset which is constructed to ac
commodate the elastic medium employed in the
present case to insure proper tension about the
legs of the wearer of the garment, yet providing
unusual comfort by reason of a fold made there
in devoid of seams or bulges and which is in itself
a reinforcement against undue wear, although
additional reinforcement is effected by the pro
vision of an inner liner of fabric.
With the foregoing objects as paramount, the
invention has particular reference to its salient
no features of construction, to become manifest
as the description proceeds, taken in connection
with the accompanying drawings, wherein:—
Figure 1 is a front view of a garment showing
the improvements of the present invention.
Figure 2 is a fragmentary view of the garment
shown in Figure 1, showing a plan view of the
gusset and the manner in which the leg elastic
is amxed to the gusset.
Figure 3 is a view similar to Figure 2 but show
40 ing a modi?ed form of gusset.
Figure 4 is a detail view of a pattern for a
portion of a garment, showing in solid lines a
further modi?ed form of gusset, dotted to show
the extended gusset, and
Figure 5 is a view similar to Figure 4 showing
yet another form of gusset, dotted to show exten
sion and also illustrating the limits of the elastic
medium about the legs.
Continuing with a more detailed description of
50 the drawings, references are primarily made to
Figures 1 and 2, in which I designates the ma
terial of one side of the garment, which is, in
most cases symmetrical with the pattern of the
companion side.
In the “pantie” type of garment, it is most
I936, , Serial No. 69,824
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essential to employ elastic in the lower portion
surrounding the legs of the wearer. All known
types of nether garments of this nature have
elastic entirely surrounding the legs which lends
to the discomfort of the wearer, since the elastic -
has a tendency to “crawl” upward. In this con
struction, the elastic 2 does not entirely embrace
the legs, being terminated on either side of the
‘crotch and “dead ended” to prevent the ends
thereof from being exposed to cause discomfort i 10
'to the wearer. In addition tothis novel feature,
the gusset or crotch portion 3 is formed of a
‘folded piece of material, affording ‘a ?at surface
lying snugly between the legs and is ‘devoid of
“seams transversely of its ends a—a which 'tend . 10
to chafe and “crawl” by friction caused by walk
‘ In Figures» 1 ‘and 2, it will ‘be noted that the
gusset 3 is ‘substantially rectangular, ‘and ‘folded
on lines a'—'a, the edges being sewed together-‘on
line b. Thus that portion of the gusset or ‘crotch
portion, forming continuations of the leg portion
of the garment, and lying directly between the
legs of the wearer has no seams or hems and ac
cordingly does not present an uncomfortable
bulge or ridge, as explained above. Instead of
entirely surrounding the margin of the leg por
tions, the elastic 2 is terminated at c, and con
cealed, in the sides of the gusset 3, where they
are a?ixed by the hems d (Figure 2) closing the
said sides of the gusset.
Thus it will be seen that the ends of the elastic
are concealed, yet their effectiveness continues
in the gusset, contracting the latter, yet without
bulge between the legs. If desirable, a liner 4 35
may be incorporated in the‘ fold of the gusset or
crotch portion 3, to reinforce the same.
Figure 3 is similar to the construction shown
in Figures 1 and 2 but shows a different or modi-v
?ed form of gusset 5. This gusset is constructed
from four pieces of material which are sewed to
gether along seams e. In both this structure
and the structure just described, short “legs” are
afforded for the garment.
In the case of the structure shown in Figure 3, 45
the elastic B is terminated at the outer or end
seams J‘ of the gusset and there a?ixed and con
cealed, hence, there is no discomfort in having
the elastic continue between and entirely around
the legs, since the gusset 5 affords the continua 50
tion of the leg portions.
Figures 4 and 5 show diagrammatic views of
two different constructions of the gusset, yet
without modi?cation as to the peculiar disposi
tion of the elastic contracting the leg portions.
In Figure 4, the solid and dotted lines combined
illustrate the pattern for one side of a garment,
the line 9 denoting a center fold. The leg elastic
8 is a?ixed along the seam 9 and is “dead ended”
at the seam H] which connects the gusset or
crotch portion II to the part 1. It is apparent
that upon folding the gusset I I along the line l2,
which is indicated'by dotted lines, the opposite
end [3 of the gusset may be sewed at M to the
portion 1 to complete one-half of a garment, the
other half being comprised of a piece of material
identical in shape to the portion 1 and compris
' ing the opposite and completing portion of the
In Figure 5, a portion I5 is shown, one-half in
solid and the other half in dotted lines, the por
only through its center as a continuation of a
seam connecting the parts of said body portion
to avoid stitching along the said folds, said gusset
being disposed so that the unstitched portion of
said gusset will form continuations of the leg
portions of said garment to lie between the legs
of the wearer thereof, and elastic means con
nected to the body portion and having its ends
secured in the folds of said gusset to effect con
traction of the leg opening of said garment.
2. As a new article of manufacture, a woman’s
nether garment comprised of a body in sections
and a crotch portion, the latter being comprised
of material folded upon itsel? and ‘centrally
stitched to join its ends through the crotch of 15
said garment and to avoid additional stitching,
tion being folded along line IS. The gusset I1
is similarly shown, one-half being in dotted and
said crotch portion being situated with respect
the other half in solid lines and disclosing a
fold on line I8. In this as in the preceding
views the leg elastic I9 is “dead ended” in the
seam 20 securing the gusset l‘! to the body l5 of
leg portions of said garment and to dispose the
unstitched, folded ends thereof between the legs 20
the garment.
It will be seen from the foregoing that the
25 comfort of the wearer of the garment of the in
vention is insured by the fact that the elastic
tending to contract the leg portions about the
leg does not extend entirely around the leg and
that the gusset is so constructed as to cause
30 the same to lie ?at against the leg, yet yielding
to the pull of the elastic. Moreover, it will be
seen that the gusset in each instance may be
varied in construction to accommodate demands
for a great variety of leg lengths in the garment
35 without departing from the spirit or intent of
.the invention.
What is claimed is:—
1. As a new article of manufacture, a woman’s
nether garment having a body portion and a
gusset comprised of material folded upon itself
to de?ne a segment of a leg portion, and stitched
to said garment as to form continuations of the
of the wearer of said garment, elastic means
having its ends concealed in the ends of said
folds and secured to normally contract the leg
openings de?ned by said crotch portion and said
elastic means.
3. As a. new article of manufacture, a nether
garment having a crotch portion formed by a
piece of material folded upon itself and stitched
only through its center to join its contiguous
ends in a line through the crotch of said garment, 30
the unstitched edges of said crotch portion de?n
ing continuations of the leg conforming portions
of said garment and disposed to lie parallel and
between the legs of the wearer of said garment
and elastic means having their ends secured to
and terminating at the folded edges of said
crotch portion and embracing the leg conforming
portions of said garment to completely embrace
the leg opening defined by said means and crotch
portion jointly.
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