Dec. 31, 1946. 'H, M_ IHSEN £2,413,502 FOUNDATION GARMENT Filed Dec. 20, 1945 ZNl/ENTOR BY 2,413,502 Pa'ten'teH‘Dec. '31, 1946 ENT orrlce ‘ . limimimoN GAltMENT ' ‘ Hulda M. lhsen; Allentown, Pa.,-’as"signo'r to Charis " 'Corporation.a'corporation of N ew'York' _ Application December 20, 1945., Serial No. 636,091 _r' . ._\ . Q. 5 Claims, 1 ‘I . _ ' (01. 240) ' . .. This invention relates to. foundation garments and particularly to improvements in “all-in-one” foundation garments where the brassiére member isnmade inieglakwith. the girdle. member. by alttachl?ent along vertical seams, at the sides but withoutattahhment along the; bottom front edge of. the brassiere ‘member. such garments there are ordinarily a plu rality of shared elastic andillelasticfabric panels. . g 2 giveyreadily and permit the wearer considerable freedom and comfort. When bending forward from the neck or shoul der _line,rthe short boned members are readily displaced spatially without placing the boned members themselves under‘ substantial tension. In other words, the short boned members are placed so that they are adapted to lie substan tiallyun?exed across the body of the wearer .in which contain spaced boned membersand which 10 such? case rather than to be forced against the . circumfer'en ' “foundation; garment... Thebras body of the wearer under tension. In my invention both elastic and inelastic panel siereu'memberumthen attached in part to upper POI?FlnS-Qf such Panels. u?uallyat the sides wherev the side panels exten lupu'n'trdly,beyondthe front tion shown, the outer front panels do not con areyjoinedh together longitudinally to form. the members may be used. Further,-in the construc- ' tain-boned members but it is possible in accord ancewith my invention to place some of the short With ‘the is _ nstryctiop of ‘this invention, how boned members in the outer front panels and ever, the‘ front panels ofthe girdle member carry thereby provide for an additional set of boned a plurality; of Y Shorter; superimposed: panels at members in the front of the garment or,-when tachedlalongwtheir sides sogthat they lie across 20 boned members are set in the outer front. panel, each '. other inwardly; _over;¢the front portion of one. ofv the superimposed panel layers may be the garment’.v These-superimposed panels carry . spaced'7boned members set in longitudinal pock-. In the accompanying drawing a speci?c em ets so arranged that the boned members on each bodiment of the invention is shown and, of course,_ halfiof a panel layer areparallelto but just o?set 25 variations in- the-construction may be made with A l 2 Av g p, . ,7 . , _ eliminated. fromwlcorresponding boned members in another; panellrlayerw Preferably the boned members in. each .‘such panellayer are set slightly obliquely . 1 1 in the concept of the invention.» a In the drawing: Fig. 1 issubstantially a front view of the founa to the‘ longitudinal axis of the garment so that dation garment; Fig. 2 is a side view partly in the boned members onone ‘half of ‘the panel layer‘ section; and Fig. v3 is a back View partly in section ten'dto converge at- the top -of the garment to of the front portion of the garment taken sub wardvthe boned members‘on the other half of '. stantially on the line 3-3 of Fig. 2 except that the panel layer. in addition the zipper opening 16 is shown. With this arrangement" the superimposed panel In. the embodiment in the drawing the front layers" are adapted to .act ‘in cooperation with 35 panel member of the girdle member Ill contains each other and also in cooperation with boned panels. l2, l4 and 16. Superimposed on the front members set in the side and back panels. These panel, member 10 isan intermediate panel layer latter. members are's'ubvstantially longer than the I8 and superimposed on the intermediate layer boned members in the front section and form a I8 is an inner panel layer 20. Both the inter continuous boned structure running longitudi 40 mediate panel layer l8 and the inner panel layer nally ‘from the top to the bottom‘ of the garment. 20 are best shown in Fig. 3. The boned members The boned members in the front’ section, howe are placed parallel ‘to but offset from each other ever, are set in overlapping layers and are dis on eitherchalfrof corresponding portions of- the 7; continuous and are particularly adapted to actv intermediate panel layer l8 and the inner panel cooperatively and independently in molding the layer was shown at 22 and 24 respectively. In ?gure of the wearer in erect and in forwardly the preferred construction the front section H] and sidewardly inclined positions. does not carry boned members in the seams The continuous boned members in the back shown at 26. section of the garment can be considered as As shown in Fig. 1 the front section In ex bracing and controlling members. at all times 50 tends at its center point from a point just below while the overlapping and discontinuous boned the bust line downwardly to the base line of the members in the superimposed layers act as brac ' garment at 28. The intermediate panel’ layer I8 I ing members when the wearer of the garment is extends from the top edge 30 at a point below in substantially erect position but when bending the bust line downwardly to the bottom edge 32 forward or sideways the shorter boned members 55 of the intermediate panel layer l8 and the inner 2,413,502 ' -‘ V’ I‘. i 4 3 panel layer :29 extend from the top edge 34 downwardly to the bottom edge 36. Both the intermediate panel layer and the inner panel layer have substantially the same Widths at cor responding points and are attached to the outer front section along the seams 38 and 40. The intermediate panel layer is preferably relatively short and so placed in the garment that in substantially longitudinal pockets so arranged that the boned members on each half of one panel layer are parallel to but just offset from corresponding boned members in another panel layer, one of such panel layers being relatively short and so placed in the garment that it ex tends from just below the bust line of the wearer downwardly approximately one-fourth of the length of the front panel, and another of such it extends from just below the bust line of the wearer downwardly approximately one-quarter of 10 panel layers beingsomewhat longer and so placed in ‘the garment that it extends from approxi the length of the front panel member. The mately above the waistline of the wearer down inner panel layer is somewhat longer and is so 'wardly approximately below the groin line of the placed in the garment that it extends from ap wearergthefront panel member itself being so proximately above the waistline of the wearer cut that it extends at the center front portion downwardly below the groin line. ‘The front from a pointintermediate the bust downwardly to panel member is is cut so that it extends at the a point beloi'iv‘t'hev hips, and strap members at center front portion from a point intermediate the tached at the upper center front portion of the bust downwardly to a point below the hips. " front panel member and also attached at the The strap members :32 are shown attached to top’ of the brassiére member and being adapted the upper center portion of the outer front sec to ?t over the shoulders of the wearer of the tion it at its extending upwardly on either side garment and terminating by attachment at the to the top edge of the brassiere member where the back of the garment. ' 7‘ ~ ' ‘ ~~ ‘ straps are attached at 636 and 158 respectively. 2. A structure as speci?ed in claim 1 in which The strap member continues on? upward from this point and forms one leg of’ an inverted V on 25 the boned members in each half‘ of the super imposed panel layers are set slightly obliquely either side of the brassierexmember, the other legs 59 and 52 being turned down and similarly attached at the top edge of the brassiere member. Adjustable slides 5d are inserted at this point for. adjustment of the strap members. The Strap members terminate at the back of the garment as shown in Fig.‘ 2 at 5B. " ' to the longitudinal axis of the garment so that the boned members on one half-of a panel layer tend‘ to converge at the top of the garment toward the boned members on the other half of the panel layer. i ' > ' 3. ‘A structure as speci?ed in claim 1 in which The short superimposed elastic member 62 lies across the top of the side panel 64 and- as shown is set-at an angle relative to the underlying ma terial-in such-manner that its normal-stretch follows the angular displacement of the material the boned members'in the side and back panels are substantially longer than the boned members in the front panel whereby they form a continuous boned structure running longitudinally from the top to slightly above the bottom of the garment in contradistinction to the boned ‘members in the front panels which are so disposed as to be overlapping and discontinuous with respect to relativelto the underlying ‘material. Continuous boned members set in spaced rela particularly adapted to‘ act cooperatively and in Elastic gussets 58 and 60 are shown attached. to the lower edge of the band member and to the sides of portions of the front panels; tion in the back and side panels of the garment are shown at 65, 68,16, 12 and ‘I4. ' A zipper opening 75 may be provided as shown and garter supports '53 are attached at the base line of the garment; I claim: ' ' 1. In a foundation garment the construction which‘ comprises a plurality‘ of shaped fabric panels joined together to form a circumferential foundation garment,~ a brassiere member at tached in part to upper portions of such panels but without attachment along the bottom front ' edge of said brassiére member, a plurality of boned members set in seams in the back and side panel members and running continuously longi tudinally and in spaced relation from the base of said panels to the top of said panels, a front portion of the garment comprising a front panel member and a plurality of shorter superimposed panels attached to such panel member along its sides so that they lie across each other inwardly over front portions of thegarment, the superim posed panels carrying spaced boned members set 65 each other whereby such boned members ‘are dependently in molding the body of the wearer in ‘erect and forwardly and sidewardly inclined positions.‘ ' ' -' ' ' . 4l. A structure as speci?ed in claim 1 in which elastic gussets are attached at the bottom edges of the brassiére member at either side and also attached longitudinally to side panels of the gar ment. -‘ 7 ~ g ‘ ' 5.‘ A structure as speci?ed in claim 1 in which elastic gussets are attached to the lower edge of the brassiere member at either side thereof and also attached longitudinally to adjacent portions of thefront panels, and in which ‘a superimposed ‘elastic layer is attached to upper portions of elastic side panels at either side of the garment such- elastic layer being placed at an angle'relative to the longitudinalaxis of the garment so that the line of stretch of said super imposed layer is angularly disposed with respect to the line of the ‘stretch of the underlying layer of elastic material. I » - > ' HU'LDA‘M. ‘ IHSEN.