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Sept. 3, 1946.;
2,406,893
E. T.,NUNN
GARMENT
Filed Sept. 115, 1945
.
2 She'ets-Sheet 2
INVENTOR.
EL IZABE' TH rem-s4 NUNN
BY
A TT'OE’NEYS
‘
Patented Sept. 3, 1946
2,406,893
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,406,893
GARMENT
Elizabeth Teresa Nunn, Cleveland, Ohio, assignor
of one-half to Joseph incv C. Corcoran, Rocky
River, Ohio
Application September 13, 1943, Serial No. 502,134
6 Claims.
(Cl. 2—-42)
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2
This invention relates to a garment for women
and more particularly to what may be called a
straint upon the wearer, and on the other hand
will permit the wearer to indulge in all reasonable
strapless brassiere on the one hand, or to any
‘manner of bodily movement incident, for ex
garment whether used as an under-garment or an
ample, to dancing, bowling, gol?ng and house
outer garment, in which the strapless brassiére
workwithout concern that the garment will fail
in any ‘of ‘its intended mechanical or aesthetic
forms the whole or a part thereof. That is’to say
the distinctive construction and mode of opera
tion of my invention lies within the brassiere,
whether the same is worn as an undergarment
alone or as an outer garment with or without at- ,
tachment to or association with other items of
apparel. While I will con?ne the description of
my invention essentially .to the brassiere as such,
it will be understood for example, that by the
appendage of a skirt thereto the same may take
the ultimate form of a strapless slip or a strapless
frock or dress.
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functions. Other objects include the provision
of simplicity in design and. construction and
facility in laundering the garment as well as the
manufacture thereof, and the ease with which it
may be donned and taken off.
In carrying out the objects of my invention, I
depart from the teaching and practice of the prior
art in principle as well as in particulars of struc
ture and mode of operation as will more fully
appear in the following description of a preferred
form of my invention, but generally speaking at
Strapless brassieres and related garments as
.least one major and radical step of departure is
above mentioned have been known in the art as
this: whereas the prior art devices were designed
shown, for example, in the prior United States ‘ to encompass and con?ne the whole of the breasts
and to ?t snugly and generally thereabout, my
Patents Nos. 1,871,106, 1,989,303 and 2,239,056,
thought has been to permit those portions of the
these taking a range of forms and designs
variously designated as bandeau, brassiére, corse
breasts which tend to move with respect to the
lette and the like. All of the prior art devices
garment or parts thereof, as the wearer changes
the position of her body to have a freedom of
known to me, however, have fallen short of the ,_
ultimately‘desirable accomplishment of support
movement within the garment. At least two dis
ing and concealing the breasts of the wearer with
, tinctive advantages result. On the one hand the
out discomfort on the one hand and with security
wearer enjoys a sense of freedom in that neither
and freedom of movement on the other hand.
‘the breasts nor adjacent ?esh are pinched or
tating it a little differently, brassieres, bandeauxv. 30" con?ned or stretched as a result of her bodily
and the like which have contrived to stay in place, "" movement, and on the other hand those portions
have done so at the expense of comfort .or
of the breasts which tend to escape the con?nes
freedom of movement of the wearer, often by a
of the garment as when the wearer raises her
ise-like grip on the wearer’s breasts and by the
arms over her head are not restrained from re
garment being supported by the breasts rather 35 entry back within the con?nes or outline of the
than contributing to the support thereof. 0n the“
other hand, where a measure of freedom from
such a grip and encasement has been provided,
it has been obtained at the expense of the wearer’s
peace of mind and at the cost of insecurity in
cident to the probability of the total or partial
escape of all or part of one or both breasts from
a position of modesty and concealment. Resort
to
adhesives and
other such temporary ' ex
vpedients, while perhaps satisfactory for tem
porary or stage-like usage does not of course‘
commend itself to general use nor to the comfort
or sense of security' or appearance of the wearer.
It is therefore among the objects of my in
vention to provide a brassiere-like garment of the
strapless type which will give as much uplift and
support to the breasts as may be reasonably de
garment as when her arms are lowered.
Proceeding with this fundamental departure
from the teaching of the prior art I have carried
out the above mentioned objects, and other ob
jects will become more fully apparent from the
following description of a preferred form of my
invention, reference‘being had to the accompany
ing drawings in Which-Figure l is an elevation of
a preferredform of the brassiere or brassiere
45 part of the garment laid out in a ?attened condi
tion; Figure 2 shows collectively the general shape
of the several portions or parts of the cloth or
cloth-like parts of the garment in pattern-like
form prior to their assembly as viewed in Figure
1; Figure 3 is a side elevation of the garment as
associated with the body of the wearer; Figure 4
is a transverse section along the lines 4-4
through the body of the wearer and garment;
Figure 5 is a similar sectional view taken along
sired for pleasing and conventional appearance
and will afford modest concealment, but which
will exert no uncomfortable con?nement or re 55 the line 5-;5 of Figure 3; and Figure 6 is a detail
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4
drawings the bottom edge of these parts is sub
of a portion of the garment in position on the
stantially horizontal while the top edges dip ap
wearer showing partially in phantom view and
propriately from the upper ends of the seams 8 to
diagram the relative motion and supporting con
the upper end of the seam 9 more or less as the
tact effected between different parts of the
breast of the wearer and the encompassing and C21 aesthetics of the situation demand to follow more
or less the fashion of the V-necks. Since, how
engaging parts of the garment.
ever, the whole of the upper edge ill of the com
As shown in Figures 1 and 2 of the drawings
pleted garment will be in a state of limited tension
the brassiere portion I of the garment, which as
when worn, I prefer that the V formed by the
explained above when used alone comprises the
upper edges of the parts 4 lie at an obtuse angle
whole of the garment, is preferably made up of a
substantially as shown so that no great tension
plurality of pairs of vertical right and left seg
is transmitted to the seam 9 when the garment
ments 2, 3 and 4 shown separately in Figure 2.
is in use. Preferably the seam 9 is sewn on the
The segments may be conveniently designated
straight of the material.
back parts '2, side parts 3 and front parts 4, rights
The parts 2 and 3 are joined along seams II
and lefts of each being shown and used in the 15
complete garment. The several parts are joined
which seams underlie the arms of the wearer
when the garment is in use. The edges of the
parts 3 which enter into the seams H are pref
Figure 1, and vertical stays 5 are preferably at
erably cut on the straight of the material, whereas
tached to the fabric along the seams which join
the side and front parts 3 and 4 along the trans 20 the edges of the parts 2 are preferably cut on the
bias to accommodate the greater peripheral
versely curved vertically extending lines formed
length of the upper edge if) of the garment as
by these seams, that is the curved edges 6 of the
compared with the lower edge l2 since the lower
side parts 3 and edges ‘i of the front parts 4 when
edge l2 will encircle the waist of the wearer and
joined as by stitching form the curved seams 8,
see Figure 3, which when worn substantially over 25 the upper edge IE! will encompass a greater di
mension, see Figure 3. Similarly, the lower edge
lie the nipples of the breasts as shown diagram
of the back parts 2 of the garment may be cut on
matically in Figure 4.
along substantially vertical seams as shown in
The stays 5 as shown in dotted lines in Figures
a slight outwardly and downward curve and the
upper edge especially of the parts 2 may be curved
1 and 3 extend throughout the full height of the
garment and throughout the full length of the 30 slightly substantially as shown to carry out the
same thought in respect to the shape of the
curved seams 8 which are necessarily of some
wearer’s body. The extreme ends of parts 2 may
what greater length than the height of the gar
be provided with appropriate attaching means l3,
ment when the same is worn. The stays may be
hooks and eyes, zippers, buttons and button holes
formed of suitable material well known in the
art such as has been variously employed in so
called corset stays, and while various kinds of
material are available, I prefer for convenience
the more modern kind of stay, which while having
and the like as may be convenient.
Especially in instances where the wearer has
a surplus of ?eshy tissue in the zone between her
arm pits and her waist band, I provide secondary
stays Id shown in dotted lines in Figure 1 along
the desired characteristics of resiliency and ?exi
bility, is preferably somewhat pliable and may 4.0 the seams ll positioning and attaching the stays
in the same way that the stays 5 are attached
be stitched directly to the fabric of the garment
adjacent the seams 8, For normally slender wom
since its character is such as to permit the pas
en, however, I prefer not to employ the stays M
sage of needle and thread therethrough. Prefer
as the same are not necessary under such con
ably also are the stays covered by an appropriate
patch on the back side of the seam to keep the 45 ditions and of course add to the expense and de
tract somewhat from the pliability and comfort
stay as such out of direct contact with the skin
of the wearer. If as this description proceeds I
refer for convenience to a relation of contact be
_ of the garment as a whole.
The full effective height of the attaching
means I3 is preferably equal in height to the
tween the stays and the breast or other part of
the wearer’s body, it will be understood that I 50 height of the outer-most ends of the parts 2, i. e.,
so that when the garment is worn the whole pe
have in mind the interposition of an appropriate
ripheral length thereof of width or height sub
interior fabric cover for the stay both for the
stantially equaling the height of the outer end
sake of comfort and appearance. When the ma
edges l5 of the parts 2 can be to a uniform state
terial of the stay permits direct stitching of the
fabric of the garment thereto that readily permits 55 of tension and snugness about the ‘wearer. This
lower portion of the whole garment below the
the stays and the fabric adjacent the seams B to
dotted line [6, see Figures 1 and 3, I designate
be joined substantially throughout at common
the waist band part of the garment and when
length as I prefer it. Where the stays do not
the same is worn this waist band part of the
permit direct stitching, I prefer that this effect
of complete juncture be simulated as nearly as 60 garment is snugly fitted to the wearer and lies
entirely below the wearer’s breasts; the lower
practicable. As will be understood by those
edge l2 preferably substantially coinciding with
skilled in the art the stays 5 lie with their mini
mum dimension transversely of the fabric so as
the wearer’s waist or waist line i. e. the smallest
horizontal dimension of her torso. Thus the
to yield transversely as induced by the shape
thereof and the shape of the body and breasts of 65 waist band portion of the garment between the
lines l2 and [6 assumes a relatively ?xed relation
the wearer. In speaking of pliability I have in
to the body of the wearer when the same is Worn,
mind that the stays may be given a preforming to
and regardless of her bodily movement, remains
the curves substantially as shown in Figure 3,
in place at and in a relatively narrow band
retaining a limited resiliency thereafter, or may
in the course of use adapt themselves to consider 70 around and above her waist. Within the wide
variations in form and shape of the female torso.
the waist band part of the garment as measured
for example by the height of the edges [5 and
thereof from normal attitudes.
the attaching means I3 is less than one half the
The front parts 4 of the garment are joined
along a vertical seam 9, and as Shown in the 75 height and often extends no more than about
able degree to the shape of the wearer’s body,
saving the resilience to accommodate movement
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one third the height or length of the seams 8
breast just above the line I6 will, because of the
and the stays 5. I have found it quite advanta
snugness of ?t at that point, also move substan
geous to keep the height of the edges I5 and cor
tially with the garment, albeit this point of con
responding height of the waist band'part small,
tact between the garment and the breast will be
i. e. not exceeding the distance from the line to 5 spaced from the bony structure of her chest by
just below the breasts or the wearer because by
the thickness of her ‘breast ‘at this point so that
so doing I reduce and substantially eliminate rel~
as her adjacent ribs move with respect to her
ative torsional motion between the upper edge I waistline the lower surface portions of her breast
if] of the garment and the lower edge l2 thereof
may move with the garment without discomfort.
when the same is in use and when the torso of 10 Similarly the point 0 of the surface of the breast
the wearer is twisted in normal bodily twisting
of the wearer, which may be substantially at the
motion.
,
nipple, may have substantially continuous ?xed
That portion of the garment lying above the
contact with the garment, and because of the
, line Hi, I conveniently designate the breast part
increased thickness of the breast at this point
of the garment since it covers the breasts of the 15 the wearer’s chest or rib structure can move with
wearer in the front and front-side portions
respect to the garment while the nipple of her
thereof. As will be seen particularly from con
breast remains in substantially ?xed contact with
sideration of Figures 2 and 3 the lower part of
the garment without discomfort or inconvenience
the breast part being integrally joined with and
on the part of the wearer. At the point 11 how
directly adjacent to the upper part of the waist
ever, taken for example midway between the top
band part will have similar snugness along and
of the breast and nipple I have illustrated by
directly above the line l6 which snugness taken
small arrows 20 and 2| how I permit this portion
with the fullness afforded by the curves of the
of ‘the wearer’s breast to move laterally with re
seams 8 will snugly support the lower-most parts
spect to the garment as the body of the wearer ,
of the breast of the wearer. The fullness of the
has torsional movement. In this way, the upper
parts of the garment covering the breasts how
breast structure is permitted to move within and
ever is such that the snugness decreases upwardly
behind the upper breast part of the garment with
of the breast part of the garment with the re
great freedom and comfort to the wearer, so that
sult that when the wearer is standing normally
whatever the‘motion of the wearer’s body the
upright the snugness of the ?t will substantially 30 breasts will return to a normal condition of re
terminate at the level of the nipples of the
pose and concealment within the garment even
breasts, i. e. at about the level of the line 4-4
as viewed in Figure 3 so that the breasts will be
lifted somewhat and will tend to rest in the lower ' ‘
portions of the breast part of the garment and
be supported thereby.
As shown in Figure 3 the stays 5 will lie in a
substantially vertical position from the waist of
the wearer up to about the line l6, perhaps curv
ing outwardly a little at the bottom, and'then 40
though the upper parts thereof tend to be par-_
tially exposed by movements of the wearer. Sim
ilarly I have sought to indicate by laterally offset
vertical arrows 22 and 23 that downward bend
ing or upward stretching movement of the
wearer accompanied by corresponding movement
of the ribs, pectoral muscles and the upper por
tions of the breasts relative to the waist of the
wearer, and the Waist band portion of the gar
will turn outwardly and upwardly curving under _ ment, are permitted without discomfort to the
the lower portions of the breasts and rising to
wearer and without the hazard of pinching or
overlie the nipples thereof as shown in Figure a.
binding the breasts. Similarly as these portions
The upper portion of the breast part i. e. that
of the body are free to move relative to the gar
part'generally above the nipple of the breasts
ment, there is no tendency to move the garment
and generally above the line 4-4 of Figure 3 will
from its desired position on the body of the
preferably merely lie adjacent to ‘the upper sur
wearer. What has been said especially about the
face of the breast and adjacent flesh of the
point :2 Will follow in correspondingly greater
wearer and will serve essentially to curve the
degree by avpoint 6 taken thereabove higher on
stays 5 rearwardly and inwardly to conform to 50 the breast or chest of the wearer, and in lesser
the contour of the wearer without bearing
degree with respect to other points at and above
snugly or tightly thereupon, as shown with some
the point 0.
Because as mentioned above the
little exaggeration in Figure 5. While the wearer
point c is at the thickest part of the breast it
is standing or sitting in a normally upright po
will be least induced to move relative to its point
sition the upper seam or edge id of thegarment, 55 of contact with the garment during bodily move
while preferably having some snugness at the
ment of the wearer. In describing the relative
back incident to its merging to the waist band
movement between such points a~—e in reference
portion of the garment and some snugness on
to Figure 6 those skilled in the art will of course
the rising curved line around the back and rear
be mindful of the differences between mature
sides of the wearer, may have no direct or taut
and immature breasts and bodies and the dif
contact with the chest or upper breast parts of ,
ferences resulting from and incident to the de
the wearer, albeit in this position the edge It)
gree of lift or uplift which the garment is de
will preferably be closely adjacent thereto.
sired
to impart to the breasts, and the adapta~
In Figure 6 I have sought to illustrate dia
tion of the shape of the garment to these vary
grammatically the mode of operation resulting
ing conditions Within the teaching hereof.
from this construction in the fragmentary and 65 ‘By carrying the stays 5 the full length of the
diagramm-atical view of the garment adjacent
seams 8 and throughout the full height of the
one of the seams 8 and one of the stays 5 when
waist band portion of the garment as above de
the garment is in use. Since the waist band por
scribed I am able to eliminate wrinkling of the
tion of the garment is snugly ?tted, the point
70 waist band portion of the garment particularly
a on the wearer’s skin under the seam 8 will
when the wearer bends forward and in this man
move with the garment whilst the wearer’s body
ner I prevent the garment as a whole from losing
moves as by bending, stretching, twisting, or
its essential position with respect to the torso
otherwise. Similarly the point I)‘ on the wearer’s
and breasts of the wearer and ‘particularly with
skin at ‘the surface of the lower part of her
respect to'lthe wearer’s waist,_sin-ce if the line
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ness restricted from the bottom edge of the breast
as well as bind or tend to be carried by the upper
parts of the breasts. By placing the stays 5_ as
far apart as the nipples of the breasts and hav
ing them he substantially in the vertical planes
of the axes x of the nipples, see Fig. 4 it will be
seen that these stays will be relatively widely 1.0
spaced at the frontiof the wearer’s waist whereby
to permit and assure great comfort especially
when the wearer bends or leans forward since
these stays under such conditions do, not aim, in
the direction of the navel but rather tend at their
lower ends to splay outwardly right and left as
the wearer bends _forward particularly if. the
lower end of the stays have or acquire in use a
slight outward ?are at the bottom as. shown in
generation of the surface of the breasts, assum
ing the breast to be hemi-spherical, I avoid the
discomfort of the sawing or shearing action, of
the stays or other relatively unyielding’ member
that lie at the line of junction of the breasts and
mum, height at the front of the garment and
adapted to cover the wearer’s breasts, said breast
the wall of the chest especially at and above the
level of the nipples, since relative movement be
part decreasing in, height from front to back and
merging with the upper edge of the Waist band
tween the chest and such stays: or, members
transversely of the direction of ?ex thereof. tends
to shear off or pinch the breasts. much to the
wearer’s discomfort. According to my invention,
however, such relative motion is permitted
wherever the bulk of the breast does not provide
part at the back, stays extending upwardly from
said waist band part of said garment into said
breast part thereof, and spaced apart and secured
in the front part of said garment whereby to be
aligned respectively with the nipples of the
its own rolling or anti-friction support and I
obtain both support and concealment on the one
wearer’s breasts when said garment is worn, the
said breast part having a front fullness restricted
hand with all desirable freedomv of movement
and comfort on the other hand.
While I have not felt it necessary to illustrate
the matter in the drawings, it will be understood
that various addenda may be added to the bras
siere part of the garment here particularly illus
trated and described; the attachment of an
under-dress or petticoat at theedge I2 trans
forming it into a slip, whilst the useof appro
priate material or covering with the similar at
tachment of an outer dressv transforming the
whole into a strapless gown or frock.
While I have illustrated and described thezpree ,
ferred form of my invention andrwhat I believe
the best manner in which it may be performed
and practiced, changes, improvements and modi
?cations therein will occur to those skilled/in the
art without departing‘ from the ‘essential teaching
and precepts thereof and I do not care. to be. lirn- '
form thereof nor in any manner other than, by
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?t the wearer with a lower portion substantially
at the wearer’s waist line and an_ upper portion
adjacent to and below the wearer’sbreasts,_ and
a breast part of ‘maximum height in thefront of
the garment and adapted to rise above the breasts
when worn and diminishing in‘height. to the up
per portion of the waist band, part at the back of
from the bottom edge of the breast part to about
the middle height of the breasts, whereby to draw
the lower portion of said breast part and adjacent
portions of said stays snugly against the lower
parts of the breasts with decreasing snugness at
increasing heights and with the said fullness in
creased from about the middle height of the
breasts upwardly to permit substantial freedom
of movement between the surfaces of the upper
parts of the breasts and adjacent ?esh and the
inner surfaces of the upper portion of said breast
part and adjacent stays of the garment, the up
per edge portion of the garment holding the upper
parts of said stays and the adjacent fabric of the
breast part of the garment back to substantially
novmore than free sliding contact with the sur
faces of the upper parts of the breasts, the said
ited to the details and particulars of the preferred
1. A garment of the strapless, brassiere type
comprising a, waist band part adapted to snugly
whereby to draw the lower portion of said breast
part and adjacent portions of said stays snugly
against the lower parts, of the breasts with de
creasing snugness at increasing heights, and with
the said fullness increased thereabove to permit
substantial freedom of movement between the
surfaces of the upper parts of the breasts and
the inner surface of the fabric of the upper por
tion of said breast part of the garment, the upper
edge of said breast part being in a state of tension
opposing the tendency of said stays to stand away
from the curved surface of the upper parts of the
breasts and drawing the upper parts of said stays
and adjacent fabric of the breast part of the gar
ing contact with the surfacesof the upper parts
of the breasts.
2. A garment of the strapless brassiere type
comprising a waist band part adapted to ?t the
wearer with its lower edge not substantially above
the wearer’s waist line and its upper edge below
the wearer’s breasts, and a breast part of maxi
tical planes of the axes thereof, i. e, the axis of
I claim:
part to about the middle height of the breasts,
ment back to substantially no more than free slid
Figure 3. With the stays overlying thev nipples
of. the breasts and lying and ?exing in the 'ver
the claims appended hereto.
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be substantially aligned with the nipples of the
wearer’s breasts,_ the said breast part having a
front fullness adjacent said stays with the full
l6 were permitted to fall with respect to the
breasts of the wearer so would the upper edge I!)
of the garment fall or be drawn downwardly and
thus expose more of the breasts than intended
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breast and waist band parts comprising vertically
extending integral pieces of fabric joined on ver
tically extending seams cut to achieve the said
fullness and to otherwise conform to the contour
of thewearer, and the fabric of at least the said
breast part being devoid of substantial tendency
to contract or stretch while being worn.
3. A garment Of the strapless brassiere type
comprising a waist band part adapted to snugly
?t the wearer with its lower edge substantially at
the wearer’s waist line and its upper edge termi
natingsubstantially in aplane adjacent to and
below the‘wearer’sbreasts, and abreast part of
maximum height at points adapted to be above
the wearer’s breasts and diminishing in height to
the garment, transverselyl?exible stayssecured 70
substantial merger with the upper edge of the
to the fabric of both said parts and extending
from substantially the lower portion. of the waist
band part to substantially thetopofjsaidjbreast
waist band part at the back of the. garment,
transversely pliable and resilient vertically dis
posed, stays associated with both said partsand
part at substantially right vangles to vsai‘cluwaist
band part and being spaced in, saidcgarment, .170 75 extending/from the lower edge ‘of said waist band
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part to the points of maximum height of said
breast part and disposed in said garment to sub
stantially overlie the nipples of the wearer’s
breasts when the garment is worn, the said breast
part having a front fullness adapted to be dis
posed adjacent the breasts of the wearer with
the fullness restricted from the bottom edge of
the breast part to about the wearer’s middle
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the upper parts of said stays and the adjacent
fabric of the breast part of the garment back to
substantially no more than free sliding contact
with the surfaces of the upper parts of the breasts,
Cl the said breast part and waist band part com
prising vertically extending integral pieces of fab
ric‘joined on vertically extending seams cut and
sewn to achieve the said fullness and to otherwise
height of the breasts, whereby to support the
conform to the contour of the wearer, and the
lower parts of the breasts, and with the said full 10 fabric of at least the said breast part being de
ness increased thereabove to permit substantial
, void of substantial tendency to contract or stretch
freedom of movement between the surfaces of the
while being worn, the snugness of the waist band
upper parts of the breasts and the inner surface
part constraining said stays to support the lower
of the upper portion of said breast part of the
parts of the breasts and curve thereunder and
garment, the upper edge of the garment merging
with the upper edge of the said waist band part
at the back and being in a state of tension draw
ing the upper parts of said stays and the adja
cent fabric of the breast part of the garment back
to substantially no more than free sliding con
tact with the surfaces of the upper parts of the
wearer’s breasts, the snugness of the waist band
part constraining said stays to support the
the lower parts of said stays preventing wrinkling
of the adjacent fabric of waist band part of the
garment.
5. A strapless brassiére adapted to ?t the
wearer snugly about the waist and under the parts
20 of her breasts below the nipples thereof and more
loosely cover the upper parts of her breasts, hav
ing resilient stays extending substantially the full
height of the garment which stays are spaced in
said garment to lie adjabent each breast of the
wearer only adjacent the nipples thereof, each
stay being disposed in the garment to lie when
band part of the garment, said garment being
worn with its curving longitudinal center line
devoid of stays adjacent theline of junction be
substantially in the vertical plane of the axis of
tween the upper and side portions of the wearer’s
generation of the respective adjacent breast of
breasts and chest.
the wearer, and each stay being adapted to flex
4. A garment of the strapless ‘brassiere type 30 with said garment in said respective plane and
comprising a waist band part snugly ?tting the
have yielding support with said garment for each
wearer with its lower edge‘ substantially at the
breast of the wearer below the nipple thereof.
wearer’s waist line and its upper edge terminat
6. A garment of the strapless brassiere type
ing substantially in a horizontal plane adjacent
comprising a lower waist band part adapted to
to and below the wearer’s breasts, and a breast
encircle a female torso in and above the waist
part of maximum height at points adapted to lie
and below the breasts thereof, a breast part ris
above the breasts respectively and diminishing
ing from said waist band part to a height at its
in height to substantial merger with the upper
upper edge at least in the front of said garment
edge of the waist band part at the back of the 40 sufficient to substantially overlie said breasts
wearer, ?exible resilient vertically disposed stays
when said waist band part so encircles said torso,
secured to the fabric throughout both said parts
said breast part having spaced fullnesses adapted
and extending from the lower-most edge of said
to accommodate each of said breasts, transversely
waist band part to the points of maximum height
yieldable stays spaced apart and secured to said
of said breast part and adapted to substantially , waist band and breast parts of said garment and
overlie the nipples of the wearer’s breasts, the
disposed at substantially right angles to said
said breast part having a front fullness adjacent
waist band part thereof and lying in the said ful‘
said stays with the fullness restricted from the
ness of said breast part and extending substan
bottom edge of the breast part to about the middle
tially the full height thereof whereby to uphold
height of the breasts, whereby to draw the lower
the upper edge of the breast part over the wearer’s
portion of said breast part snugly against the
breasts, said stays being disposed in said garment
lower parts of the breasts with decreasing snug
and in the said fullnesses thereof to lie when
ness at increasing heights to support particularly
worn with their curvingr longitudinal axes adja
the lower parts of the breasts, and with the said
cent the thicker mid~porti0ns of the breasts and
fullness increased thereabove to permit substan
away from the thinner side edge portions thereof,
tial freedom of movement between the surfaces
said stays being adapted to ?ex transversely with
of the upper parts of the breasts and adjacent
said garment and give yielding support with said
?esh and the inner surface of the upper portion
garment for the breasts of the wearer below the
of said breast part of the garment, the upper
height of the nipples thereof, the said upper edge
edge of said breast part merging with the upper 60 of said garment constraining the upper parts of
edge of the said waist band part at the back and
said stays to curved proximity with the upper
being in a state of tension opposing the tendency
parts of said breasts when the garment is worn.
of said stays to stand away from the curved sur
face of the upper parts of the breasts and drawing
ELIZABETH TERESA NUNN.
wearer’s lower parts of the breasts and curve
thereunder, and the lower parts of said stays pre
venting wrinkling of the adjacent fabric of waist
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