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Patented Sept. 17, 1946
Joseph J. Kispert, New Haven, Conn., assigner to
I. Newman & Sons, Inc., New Haven, Conn., a
corporation of Connecticut
,Application September 17, 1942, Serial No. 458,659
2 Claims. (Cl. 2_2’7)
This invention relates to supporting garments,
and more particularly to garments of the corset
type which, While suitable for normal use, are par~
ticularly adapted to be worn during pregnancy.
_An object of the invention is to provide a gar
ment which is adapted to be expanded readily
without adjusting, and which, by adjustment,
may be further altered to accommodate the figure.
The edges It and Il are provided with eyelets
26 through which extend tapes 2l, The tapes
2i at one end are fastened to an abdominal
supporting section 22, adapted to be po 'tioned
over and control the abdomen.
The otl r ends
of tapes 2l are fastened to the
and 25,
which may be provided with flexible stays 2e* and
lacing hooks ‘25.
Protecting sections of light
fabric 2l and 23 ‘connect the abdominal snp»
wear are clumsy and awkward, and generally not 10 porting section 22 to the edges of the side mem
bers i2 and lli. These sections are of sniiioient
suited for a woman who prefers a light compact
, Present day garments adapted for maternity
length to allow the garment to ‘ce expanded so
that the wearer may step into it and pull it over
the hips, and are of sufñcient‘lightness to avoid
their llexibility,
One of the objects of this invention is to provide 15 discomfort due to wrinkles while the garment is
adjusted. Laces 29 are provided to engage he
a light compact garment which will be simple in
lacing hooks 26 to draw the flaps 23 and 24 to-construction, but which will provide the proper
gether, in the usual manner.
support to the abdomen and, at the same time,
The lacing hooks 26 are set in a flexible tape
control the bones and muscles of the sacro-iliac
20 and are reinforced by the criss-cross stitches 42
so that the hooks may adjust themselves to con
A still further object is to provide a garment
form more readily to the contours of the body.
which will have an abdominal supporting section
As manufactured, the back section l l is basted
which may be ñexibly positioned with 'relation
to the side sections l2 and It, at 3% and 311. The
to the balance of the garment without upsetting
side sections l2 and Ul have extensions 32 and 33.
the support rendered by the balance of the gar
The inner ends of the sections I2 and lâ :and the
sections 32 and S3 are provided with diverging
A further object of the invention is to provide
lines 35 and 35.
a garment which may be simply and completely
When the garment is fitted, the ñtter deter
fitted to support the figure, particularly during
the pre-natal period, to make allowance for the 30 mines which of the lines 35 or 35 would form the
proper seam for junction of the back and side
unusual strains and temporary deformations of
sections, and then stitches these sections together
the muscle and bone structure during this period.
at that point. As the circumference of the body
Further, the garment may be adjusted during
Varies during pregnancy, the garment -may be
this period, not only to allow for expansion in the
abdominal region, but to allow for changes in the 35 ripped out and expanded accordingly.
In use, the wearer steps into the garment and
hip sections.
pulls it over the hips. The naps 23 and 24 are
Further objects will be apparent as the descrip
then pulled together to take up the excess expan
tion proceeds.
sion and then may be laced ñrmly to position the
In the accompanying drawing
Fig. 1 is a perspective rear View of the garment 40 garment in place. Since the tapes 2l are free
to slide in the eyelets 2i), the position of the
on the wearer;
abdominal supporting section 22 with relation to
Fig. 2 is a view of the back of the garment;
the rest of the garment is self-adjusting.
Fig. 3 is a front View of the garment; and
Moreover, due to the nature of the abdominal
Fig. 4 is a cross sectional enlarged View taken
45 supporting section 22, and the fact that tapes
on the line ¿_i of Fig. 2.
2l are free to slide in the eyelets 2i), the longi
Fig. 5 is a detail view of the modiñcation show
tudinal position of the abdominal supporting sec
ing a slightly diñerent form of closure.
tion with relation to the side portions may be
My garment lí! is made up of a rear section
Varied considerably. The edges of the abdominal
H and side sections l2 and i4, and may be pro-`
vided with the usual flexible stays i5. The sec 50 supporting section and the edges I6 and ll of
the side sections will not at all times be parallel.
tions l2 and i4 veer upwardly toward the fro-nt to
If, for instance, more room is needed at the top
their edges I6 and Il. It will be seen that the
«lil of the abdominal supporting section than at
rear section thus forms a skirt to cover and con
the bottom 4i, the abdominal supporting section
trol the buttocks without restricting the thighs
55 22 may be expanded accordingly, by the sliding
at the front,
garment. Moreover, due to the present shortage
of rubber, garments of this type are restricted in
of the greater portion of the upper tapes toward
through eyelets therein, lacing naps secured to
the vest side of the eyelets. It will be seen, there
fore, that the abdominal supporting section 22
may be positioned through a number of degrees
to render the proper abdominal support Without
aifecting the tension on the side sections or the
support which the side section gives to the hips
and buttocks, thus avoiding undue strain on the
the opposite ends of said tapes and provided with
ñexible stays and lacing hooks, protecting sec
tions of light fabric underlying said tapes and
stitched to the forward edges of the side sec
tions and the side edges of the front section, said
protecting sections and said tapes being of suf
ñcient length to permit the garment to be pulled
hips or back.
over the wearer’s hips, and laces cooperating with
In the modification shown in Fig. 5 the vest 10 the lacing hooks to tighten the garment as de
section 22 is in two sections with a section 45
provided with hooks 46 and eyes 41 so as the
garment may be placed on the body by wrapping
around the hips rather than; stepping through
the center thereof and pulling it over the hips.
In all other respects the modification operates in
the same manner as the form shown in the other
2. A maternity garment comprising an elon
gated back section covering the wearer’s but
tocks, side sections with marginal portions in
15 overlapping relation to said back section and
temporarily secured thereto by basting, the mar
ginal portions of said side sections being pro
vided with downwardly diverging gauge lines
serving as guides in stitching the sections to
figures. It will be appreciated that additional
openings and lacings may be inserted in the gar
ment for adjustment purposes wherever desired. 20 gether more permanently when the garment is
I claim:
ñtted, a short abdomen supporting front'section
1. A step-in maternity garment comprising an
extending only to the lower part of the abdomen
elongated back section covering the Wearer’s but
and loosely connected to the forward edges of
tocks, side sections with marginal portions in
the side sections by tapes passing through eyelets
overlapping relation to said back section and 25 therein, lacing flaps secured to the opposite ends
temporarily secured thereto by basting` the mar
ginal portions ofY said side sections being pro
of said tapes and provided with ñexible stays and
lacing hooks, protecting sections of Vlight fabric
vided with downwardly diverging gauge lines
underlying said tapes and 'stitched to the for
serving as guides in stitching the sections to
ward edges of the side sections and the side edges
gether more permanently when the garment is 30 of the front sections, and laces cooperating with`
fitted, a short unitary abdomen supporting front
the lacing hooks’> to tighten the garment as de
section extending only to the lower part of the
vabdomen and loosely connected to the forward
edges of the side sections by tapes passing
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