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Патент USA US3090397

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May 21, 1963
3,090,387’
L. H. HOPPER
BRASSIERE
Filed July 18. 1960
INVENTOR.
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Patented May 21, 1963
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able fabric, such as lace; and panels 15 and 17 at each
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side of the garment may also be made of similar material.
BRASSIERE
The intermediate panels 18, 19, are shown as made from
Lois H. Hopper, North Hollywood, Calif., assignor to
two-way stretch material. A top strip 20, on the inner
Munsingwear, Inc, Minneapolis, Minn, a corporation
side of the garment, extends over the top edge of the gar
of Delaware
ment from the outer cup edges to the ends 6 and 7. This
Filed July 18, 1969, Ser. No. 43,388
strip 2-1) is also preferably made of two-way stretch ma
3 Qiairns. (Ci. l28—498)
terial.
This invention relates to brassieres. More particularly,
A diagonal one-way stretch tape 21 is attached, as by
the invention is concerned with “long” brassieres, char 10 sewing, at its ends adjacent the upper edge of end 7 and
acterized by a relatively Wide body-encircling portion.
to the lower edge 8 near the “bone” 13. A similar strip
Since the detachable fasteners for the brassiere body
or tape ‘22 extends diagonally from near the upper edge
band are placed at the rear of the garment, this portion
of end 6 to the lower edge 8 adjacent the corresponding
of the band has usually been made consistently wide with
“bone” 13. These strips ‘or tapes are located on the inner
the remaining portions of the garment. Any narrowing 15 side of the garment. The force exerted by these tapes
of the band (to permit concealment of the brassiere while
prevents riding up of the upper edge at the rear of the ,
wearing a low-cut dress or gown) results in a tendency
garment. The garment is held tightly to the body, and
for the band to ride upwardly on the body of the wearer.
there is unlikelihood that the top edge of the brassiere
It is one of the objects of this invention to make it
will become exposed even when the outer garment has a
possible to provide a narrow width for the rear of the 20 low-cut back.
brassiere without danger of the garment riding upwardly
The inventor claims:
1. In a brassiere; a pair of breast cups; a body-encir
It is another object of this invention to improve, in
cling member having a top edge, a bottom edge and ends
general, brassieres of the “long-line” type.
meeting at the rear central portion of the garment; each
This invention possesses many other advantages, and 25 of said ends and the top edge forming an upper corner;
has other objects which may be made more clearly ap
detachable fastening means at the opposed edges of said
parent from a consideration of an embodiment of the
ends; and a pair of longitudinally elastic strips, each strip
invention. For this purpose, there is shown one form in
being attached only at its ends respectively to an upper
the drawings accompanying and forming part of the pres
corn-er, and to the bottom edge of the garment, said strips
ent speci?cation. This form will now be described in 30 extending diagonally downwardly to said bottom edge.
detail, illustrating the general principles of the invention;
2. In a brassiere: a pair of breast cups; a body-encir
but it is to be understood that this detailed description is
cling member having a top edge, a ‘bottom edge and ends
not to be taken in a limiting sense, since the scope of the
meeting at the rear central portion of the garment; each
invention is best de?ned by the appended claims.
of said ends and the top edge forming an upper corner;
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detachable fastening means at the opposed edges of said
Referring to the drawings:
ends; a pair of longitudinally elastic strips, each strip be
FIGURE 1 is a front pictorial View showing a bras
ing attached only at its ends respectively to an upper
siere embodying the invention in use;
corner, and to the bottom edge of the garment, said strips
FIG. 2 is a rear pictorial view thereof;
on the wearer.
FIG. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary elevation, showing 40 extending diagonally downwardly to said bottom edge;
and bone stiffener strips for the body member and extend
the body-encircling band as extended outwardly; and
ing respectively from the lower ends of the strips to the
FIG. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary view of the inner
top edge of the brassiere.
side of the garment adjacent one end of the ibody-en
circling member or band.
3. In a brassiere: a pair of breast cups; a body-encir
The brassiere includes a pair of breast cups 1 and 2, 45 cling member having a top edge, a bottom edge and ends
which may be of any conventional type and made from
meeting at the rear central portion of the garment; each
‘any suitable material, such as lace, broadcloth, satin, etc.
of said ends and the top edge forming an upper corner;
The lower portions of these cups as attached as by
the top edge of the member sloping downwardly to pro
seams 3 (FIG. 3) to a body-encircling band or member
vide a relatively narrow band where the ends meet; de
4. The upper edge of this member is appropriately
tachably fastening means at the opposed edges of said
formed with concavities into which the cups 1 and 2 ?t.
ends; ‘and a pair of longitudinally elastic strips, each strip
If desired, a reenforcing strip 5 may be sewn inside of
being attached only at its ends respectively to upper corner,
the brassiere at the places where the cups join the band 4.
and to the bottom edge of the garment, said strips extend
The band 4 is quite wide at the front and tapers to
ing diagonally downwardly to said bottom edge.
ward the rear to form the separate ends 6 and 7. These 55
ends meet at the central rear portion of the garment. The
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
width of the garment is very much less at the rear than
UNITED STATES PATENTS
at the front, the lower edge 8 remaining at substantially
a constant level around the entire garment. Detachable
fastener elements 9, such ‘as hooks and eyes or the like, 60
serve to hold the ends 6 and 7 together.
The band 4 may conveniently be formed of a number
of panels separated by stiffening material or “bones” 11,
12 and 13, having a covering of fabric and usually made
of spring steel. The front panel 16 may be made of suit 65
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Weber ______________ __ Aug. 30,
Solomon ____________ __ Feb. 26,
Martin ______________ __ Nov. 17,
Block _______________ __ Sept. 8,
Faron ______________ __ Dec. 30,
Coleman _____________ __ June 2,
Schaumer ____________ __ June 2,
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