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Патент USA US3030971

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April 24, 1962
Filed May 20, 1960
04 6/? 5275521514
United States Patent 0 " ice
Olga Erteszek, 7915 Haskell Ave., Van Nuys, Calif.
Filed May 20, 1960, Ser. No. 30,583
3 Claims. (Cl. 128-—-465)
Patented Apr. 24, 1962
vertically extending stays at opposite sides of the pocket
center, and spaced transverse stays extending outwardly‘
from the vertical stays to the periphery of the pocket.
Thus within each pocket frame structure as designated,
the pocket is given vertical support above its lower ex-‘
tent, and lateral support by virtue of the structural asso-~
ciations afforded by the transverse stays, all in a manner‘
This invention relates to improvements in strapless
permitting ?exible and comfortable transmission of the:
brassieres, by which term is meant brassieres affording
support to the back strap.
the bust support by way of a back strap structure and
the materials and con?gurations of the connected pockets, 10 The invention has various additional features and de~
to the exclusion of shoulder straps.
tails, such as my preferred manner of relating and asso~
My general object is to provide a signi?cant advance in
strapless brassieres, characterized by greater ease and
comfort to the wearer while affording complete and prop
erly contoured support for the bust. Speci?cally, the in 15
ciating the stay arrangement with the pocket structures,
lowing detailed description and illustrative embodiment of
the invention shown by the accompanying drawing in
vention aims to achieve this objective to the exclusion of
any necessity for the customarily required wire or like
components, particularly along a ‘tensioned bottom of
the brassiere, which cause much discomfort to the wearer.
FIG. 1 is a view showing the brassiere in front ele
all of which will be more fully understood from the fol
FIG. 2 is a fragmentary enlarged showing of one of the
The invention is predicated generally upon the concept 20 pockets as viewed from the inside; and
of so constructing the brassiere as to provide what
‘ amounts essentially to a pocket-de?ning frame structure
connected to the back strap in such relation as to pro
vide for distributed points of support at the bottom and
FIGS. 3, 4, 5 and 6 are enlarged fragmentary cross
sections taken respectively on lines 3—3, 4-4, 5—5 and
6——6 of FIG. 2.
Referring ?rst to FIG. 1, the brassiere is shown to com
sides of the pockets, and to internally support the pockets 25 prise the breast pockets, generally indicated at 10, inter
both vertically and transversely in a manner having such
compatibility with the frame structure as to enable the
brassiere as a whole to have comfortable flexibility with
connected at 11 and attached at their outsides to a back
strap structure of suitable form and configuration,- con
sisting typically and preferably of an elastic strap 12, the
sections of which are adjustably interconnectable by ap
In distinction to the approach taken in design of the 30 propriate fastening means such as hooks 13 engageable
with spaced eyelets 14.
usual strapless brassieres wherein reliance is placed upon
As illustrated in FIG. 2, each of the pockets 10‘ is de—
a tensioned and frequently stiffened or otherwise rein
?ned by an upper fabric stn'p, tape or binding 15 sewm
forced bottom band to support the weight above, the
at 16, see FIG. 6, about the pocket material 17 which
present invention aims to closely approach uniformity
preferably is composed of a sponge rubber layer 18 be
in pressure applied by the upper and lower edges of the
complete bust supporting effectiveness.
brassiere, and thus assure a comfortable ?t without an
tween fabric 19 and a lace or other decorative covering
20. The lower periphery of each pocket is de?ned by a
U-shaped binding or tape 21 terminally sewn at 22 to
the binding 15 and at 23 to a pocket-interconnecting tape
structural compatibility of such reinforcement with the 40 or binding at 24 to which binding 15 also terminally con
nects. Binding 21 may be lined with a fabric tape 25
sewn to the binding only at the outside and carrying a.
In further reference to the basic frame structure of the
central band of rubber threads 26 which comfortably re
brassiere, the invention has for its further object to utilize
sist shifting when applied to the wearer. The intercon
to unique advantage in a strapless brassiere, the type of
frame structure disclosed in my co-pending application 45 necting tape at 24 may be similarly faced with the rub
ber threaded fabric 27.
Serial No. 831,217, ?led August 3, 1959, on “Brassiere,”
The pocket frame structure also includes a tape or
now Patent No. 2,995,133, which also is predicated upon
binding strip 28 which converges with binding 22 to ter
giving such distribution of support to the garment that
minal attachment at 29 to the back strap. Tape 28 ex
substantially uniform pressures are applied along top and
bottom extents in the worn condition of the brassiere. 50 tends across the bottom of the pocket in sewn overlapping
noying pressures. With the frame structure thus applied
and conformed to the body, the reinforcement given the
pockets assures proper bust support by reason of the
relation with tape 21 to a central connection with a short
Speci?cally, this result is achieved by employing a single
tape 30 attached to the transverse tape at 24, tape 28
longitudinally elastic back strap which is connected to
preferably constituting essentially a single run extending
the pocket structures by an essentially triangular arrange
between the points of connection at 29 with the back
ment of force-transmitting tapes, comprising upper and
lower tapes converging respectively from the tops and 65 strap. Thus as the brassiere is worn, tightening of the
back strap tends to tension the fully ?exible tapes 28 and
bottoms of the pockets to points of converged attachment
15 generally uniformly about the wearer to whom the
effect is a comfortable ?ttting of the garment top and;
as indicated, the application of forces approaching uni
Each pocket 10 is supported by a pair of generally ver-i
formity, top and bottom, all in distinction to the usual 60
tically extending stays 31 which in the contoured condibrassiere where reliance for support is placed primarily
tion of the pocket assume spaced, bowed shapes at oppoupon a strongly tensioned or reinforced bottom member.
site sides of the pocket center. These stays preferably
Structurally, and more particularly, the invention con
extend substantially the distance between the upper and
templates peripherally forming or de?ning each intercon
nected pocket with upper and lower fully ?exible tapes, 65 lower bindings or tapes 1‘5 and 21, and preferably are.
bindings or the like, connected to the back strap at periph
adapted to permit some relative displacement of the
erally disturbed locations, and internally supporting the
pocket fabric by containing the stays within tapes or
pockets by vertically extending stays, while transversely
bindings 32 sewn to the inside of the pocket at opposite
supporting the pockets by means, preferably also in the
sides of the stays, but leaving the latter essentially free
70 otherwise. Each pocket is laterally supported by stays
form of stays, extending laterally within the pockets.
As a preferred construction under this characterization,
‘34 and 35 extending transversely and generally centrally
to the back strap. Thus the converged upper and lower
tapes have the capacity for independent .tensioning and,
each fabric pocket is made to contain bowed, generally
of the pocket in line with its apexat 14, from the locations
shaped tape, by the forces transmitted individually by
of stays 31 to the outer portions or peripheries of the
pockets. Preferably stay 35 is extended to within the
binding 15, and stay 34 is extended to the inside of bind
ing 21. Projected inner support may be aiforded by the
stays 34 and 35 by extending them inwardly at their
spaced-apart ends 34a and 35a beyond the stays 31.
said upper and lower tapes from the tensioned back
strap, ?exible fabric cupped to occupy the cup areas and
attached to said U-shaped tapes; the improvements com
prising a pair of ?rst bowed ?exible stays extending gen
erally vertically within and at opposite sides of the center
of each cup to give the cup vertical support above said
lower binding, and a pair of second ?exible stays in each
cup extending transversely and outwardly from said ?rst
In making the brassiere, the stays 34 and 35 are con
?ned inside a tape 36 which may be sewed continuously
across the pocket between the bindings 15 and 21. Stays 10 stays, said second stays being movable apart with move
31 are then applied upon the transverse stays so af?xed,
ment apart of said ?rst stays as the cup is conformed to
and the con?ning bindings 32 then sewed about the
vertical stays.
Preferably I also employ in each pocket a pair of stays
the wearer, and said second stays being spaced apart and
intersecting and extending inwardly of the cup beyond
37 and 38 contained in' tapes 39 and 40 in the manner 15
that stays 31 are accommodated in tapes 32, thus to give
vertical reinforcement between binding 21 and stays 34,
35 at the outsides of stays 31.
The vertically extending stays 31 may be made or se
lected to have somewhat greater width than the trans 20
verse stays 34 and 35.
Thus as illustrative materials,
stays 31 may be made of metal having comfortable bear
said ?rst stays.
2. A shoulder-strapless brassiere comprising ?exible
upper and lower bindings de?ning the upper and lower
peripheries of fabric breast pockets interconnected at the
center of the brassiere, a sectional back strap connected
to said bindings and adapted in use to tension the lower
bindings about the wearer, a pair of ?rst bowed self
shape-sustaining ?exible stays extending generally verti~
cally within and at opposite sides of the center of each
ing width, while the stays 34 may be made of organic
pocket to give the pockets vertical support above said
plastic or like material having su?icient stiffness to aiford
lower binding, and a pair of second ?exible stays in each
the necessary lateral support, stays 37 and 38 also may 25 pocket extending transversely and outwardly from said
be of material like the transverse stays 34.
?rst stays, said second stays being movable apart as the
I claim:
pocket is conformed to the wearer, and said second stays
1. In a shoulder strapless brassiere comprising a single
extending across and inwardly beyond said ?rst stays and
longitudinally tensionable back strap, a pair of sections
being spaced apart at the center of the pocket.
interconnected at the front of the brassiere and each
3. A brassiere according to claim 2, comprising also
peripherally de?ned by independently tensionable upper
stays extending vertically below said second stays at the
and lower tapes extending respectively from the top and
outsides of said ?rst stays.
bottom of the section outwardly to converged terminal
connections with said strap and extending inwardly to
a central juncture of said sections, a cup within each 35
section peripherally de?ned at the top by said upper tape
and at the bottom by a generally U-shaped tape connected
at its upper ends to said upper tape, said lower tape ex
tending continuously from said terminal connections longi
tudinally along the bottom of said U-shaped tape and in 40
direct connection therewith to said central juncture so that
in the worn condition of the brassiere the cup periphery
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
Rew ________________ __ Mar. 12,
Rovira ______________ .__ June 22,
Ettleson _____________ __ Jan. 4,
Rosenthal et a1. _______ __ June 20,
Rosenthal ____________ __ Oct. 7,
France ______________ __ Nov. 5, 1956
de?ned by said U-shaped tape is supported from said
single back strap at the bottom and upper ends of the U
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