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Title:
BRASSIERE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/193270
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates generally to brassieres particularly to brassieres for fuller figured and plus size women, and more particularly to brassieres for fuller figured and plus size women to wear during sporting activities. According to a first aspect of the present invention there is provided a brassiere (10, 110) comprising a cradle (18, 118), two straps (16, 116) and two cups (12, 112) each for receiving a breast, each of the cups having an around cup edge section, an underarm edge section, a neckline edge section, a centre edge section and an apex, wherein the brassiere further comprises a Y shaped control panel (24, 124) generally extending from the straps across the top of the neckline edge section of each of the cups and down the centre edge section of each of the cups to the cradle.

Inventors:
MISSELDINE, Jeanette (York HousePlace Farm, Wheathampstead Hertfordshire AL4 8SB, AL4 8SB, GB)
Application Number:
GB2018/051048
Publication Date:
October 25, 2018
Filing Date:
April 20, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
CREATIVE LINGERIE LIMITED (York House, Place Farm, Wheathampstead Hertfordshire AL4 8SB, AL4 8SB, GB)
International Classes:
A41C3/00
Foreign References:
US20120122370A12012-05-17
US20060252346A12006-11-09
JP3175705U2012-05-24
US3699971A1972-10-24
JP2013213304A2013-10-17
GB2064301A1981-06-17
US4254777A1981-03-10
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CSY HERTS (Helios Court, 1 Bishop SquareHatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9NE, AL1 3AW, GB)
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Claims:
Claims

1 . A brassiere comprising a cradle, two straps and two cups each for receiving a breast, each of the cups having an around cup edge section, an underarm edge section, a neckline edge section, a centre edge section and an apex, wherein the brassiere further comprises a Y shaped control panel generally extending from the straps across the top of the neckline edge section of each of the cups and down the centre edge section of each of the cups to the cradle. 2. A brassiere as claimed in claim 1 wherein the cradle comprises an under band, two side panels extending from the under band and two wings extending from the side panels.

3. A brassiere as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2 wherein the Y shaped control panel connects to the cradle.

4. A brassiere as claimed in claim 2 wherein more preferably the Y shaped control panel connects to the under band of the cradle. 5. A brassiere as claimed in claim 2 wherein the Y shaped control panel joins to the under band of the cradle and surrounds neckline edge sections and centre edge sections of the cups.

6. A brassiere as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the Y shaped control panel comprises a double bonded fabric.

7. A brassiere as claimed in Claim 6 wherein the double bonded fabric comprises a double bonded rigid fabric. 8. A brassiere as claimed in Claim 6 or Claim 7 wherein the double bonded fabric comprises a double bonded polyamide.

9. A brassiere as claimed in any of claims 6 to 8 wherein the double bonded fabric comprises a double bonded rigid polyamide.

10. A brassiere as claimed in any of claims 6 to 9 wherein the double bonded fabric comprises a double bonded interlock construction polyamide.

1 1 . A brassiere as claimed in any of claims 6 to 10 wherein the double bonded fabric comprises a double bonded rigid interlock construction polyamide.

12. A brassiere as claimed in any of claims 6 to 1 1 wherein the double bonded fabric comprises two or more pieces of fabric that have been bonded together to form a laminate.

13. A brassiere as claimed in any of claims 6 to 12 wherein the double bonded fabric comprises two or more pieces of fabric that have been bonded together using a Hot Melt bonding system to form a laminate. 14. A brassiere as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the Y shaped control panel comprises two mirror image sections of half a Y vertically that are connected together.

15. A brassiere as claimed in claim 14 wherein the mirror image sections are sewn together to create the Y shaped panel.

16. A brassiere as claimed in any of claims 1 to 13 wherein the Y shaped control panel comprises a single section. 17. A brassiere as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the Y shaped control panel is connected to the cups with stitching.

18. A brassiere as claimed in any preceding claim when dependent on claim 2 wherein the under band and the side panels of the cradle comprise a double bonded fabric.

19. A brassiere as claimed in any preceding claim when dependent on claim 2 wherein the under band and the side panels of the cradle comprise laminated polyamide.

20. A brassiere as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the Y shaped control panel about the straps and neckline is edged with an elastic over binding, which prevents chafing. 21 . A brassiere as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the around cup section of the cups are provided with a wire.

A brassiere as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the the cups are foam

Description:
Brassiere

Field of the Invention The present invention relates generally to brassieres particularly to brassieres for fuller figured and plus size women, and more particularly to brassieres for fuller figured and plus size women to wear during sporting activities.

Background of the Invention

Fuller figured and plus size women generally have larger breasts that need to be supported. Thus brassieres for fuller figured and plus size women tend to be more structured in order to provide the required level of support for the larger breasts. The problem is that as the size of the breast increases the bust has a tendency to bounce and jiggle about more than a smaller bust. This often results in pain for the woman who wants to participate in sporting activities as stress is put on the pectoral muscle with the vertical bounce movement of fuller figured and plus size women. This problem is much worse in plus size women as the brassiere, being tight around the body to provide support, results in the bust being pushed either upwards or flattened in an attempt to reduce the movement.

Furthermore, the majority of sports bras are not functional and supportive enough as the vertical problem of movement has not been considered enough in traditional bra brands and the average woman has lost all faith in the product available to her for wear whilst participating in sporting activities.

The wearing of such uncomfortable brassieres can result in significant sagging of the bust as the muscles are put under tremendous pressure.

Summary of the Invention

According to a first aspect of the present invention there is provided a brassiere comprising a cradle, two straps and two cups each for receiving a breast, each of the cups having an around cup edge section, an underarm edge section, a neckline edge section, a centre edge section and an apex, wherein the brassiere further comprises a Y shaped control panel generally extending from the straps across the top of the neckline edge section of each of the cups and down the centre edge section of each of the cups to the cradle.

Preferably the cradle comprises an under band, two side panels extending from the under band and two wings extending from the side panels. In one alternative the side panels are formed integrally with the wings, in another alternative a side seam is provided to connect the side panels to the wings, the side seam may be vertical or angled. In a further alternative the side seam may be provided with a bone or other ridged structure.

Preferably the Y shaped control panel connects to the cradle, more preferably the Y shaped control panel connects to the under band of the cradle.

Preferably the Y shaped control panel joins to the under band of the cradle and surrounds neckline edge sections and centre edge sections of the cups.

Preferably the around cup section of the cups are provided with a wire.

Preferably the Y shaped control panel comprises a double bonded fabric. A double bonded fabric comprises two or more pieces of fabric that have been glued or bonded together to form a laminate. Preferably the double bonded fabric comprises two or more pieces of fabric that have been glued or bonded together using a Hot Melt bonding system to form a laminate. Preferably the fabric comprises a rigid fabric, preferably the fabric is totally or completely rigid. Preferably the fabric comprises an Interlock construction fabric. Preferably the fabric comprises 100% polyamide. Preferably the fabric comprises a Nylon fabric with Interlock construction. Preferably the fabric comprises a Nylon fabric with Interlock construction that is completely rigid. The advantage of 100% polyamide fabric is that is doesn't have an inherent ability to stretch, which when laminated makes it strong and stiff.

In the alternative the Y shaped control panel comprises any other rigid construction stiff fabric. The advantage of using a rigid construction stiff fabric that is bonded together in a laminate, which is essential and different from other qualities means it's thicker and more robust, rigid and sturdy than just a single layer of fabric. In the alternative it is possible to create a fabric that is super heavy and thick that is very rigid. The glue is a lamination technique that sticks two or more layers of fabric together.

Preferably the cups are foam cups, alternatively the cups could each be formed from an alternative single piece of fabric or multiple pieces of fabric joined together. Preferably the Y shaped control panel comprises two mirror image sections of half a Y vertically that are connected together.

Preferably the mirror image sections are sewn together to create the Y shaped control panel. By creating the Y shaped control panel in two mirror image sections the sections are able to curve and enables the sections to sit against the body to separate the bust. The reason why most bras don't perform well is that the bust is not separated.

Preferably the Y shaped control panel is a mirror image with a shaped centre seam in the middle of the Y. This seam pulls and holds the brassiere towards the rib cage, therefore separating the bust and stopping the usual sausage effect called a "monoboob". The mirror seam at the front, teamed with the bonded robust construction fabric, encapsulates the brassiere around the bust and holds its position and stops any movement.

Preferably the Y shaped control panel is joined to the cradle which is also preferably formed from a double bonded fabric which finally completes the around bust restriction. Alternatively the Y shaped control panel comprises a single section.

Preferably the Y shaped control panel is connected to the cups with stitching. In the alternative the Y shaped control panel is connected to the cups with bonded glue, or other suitable method that is permanent and strong. Preferably the under band and the side panels of the cradle comprise a double bonded fabric. Preferably the double bonded fabric comprises two or more pieces of fabric that have been glued or bonded together using a Hot Melt bonding system to form a laminate. Preferably the fabric comprises a rigid fabric, preferably the fabric is totally or completely rigid. Preferably the fabric comprises an Interlock construction fabric. Preferably the fabric comprises 100% polyamide. Preferably the fabric comprises a Nylon fabric with Interlock construction. Preferably the fabric comprises a Nylon fabric with Interlock construction that is completely rigid. Preferably the Y shaped control panel about the straps and neckline is edged with an elastic over binding, which prevents chafing.

Brief Description of the Drawings The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate embodiments of the invention and, together with a general description of the invention given above, and the detailed description of the embodiments given below, serve to explain the principles of the invention. Figure 1 illustrates a front view of a brassiere of the present invention according to a first embodiment; and

Figure 2 illustrates a front view of a brassiere of the present invention according to a second embodiment. Detailed Description of the Invention

Figure 1 illustrates a brassiere 10 according to a first embodiment of the present invention. The brassiere 10 has two cups 12 to hold the breasts, a cradle 18 formed of an under band 20 and two side panels 22, two wings 14 (only a portion of each are visible in this figure) that wrap around the wearer's torso, two shoulder straps 16 and a Y shaped control panel 24. In one alternative the side panels 22 are formed integrally with the wings 14, in another alternative a side seam 42 is provided to connect the side panels 22 to the wings 14 as illustrated in Figure 1 , the side seam 42 may be vertical as illustrated in Figure 1 or angled. In a further alternative the side seam 42 may be provided with a bone or other ridged structure (not illustrated). The wings 14 may be closed in at the back by a hook and eye fastener system. The type of fastener system is not limited to a hook and eye fastener system, this is simply the fastener system most commonly used in brassieres. Further in the alternative the wings 14 may not be provided with an opening and may simply be a continuous band which the user positions in place by pulling the brassiere on over the head for example.

Yet further in the alternative the straps 16 may cross over at the back. The cups 12 of the brassiere is of seamless or moulded construction being a preformed foam cup. The construction of the cups 12 is not essential to the present invention, and may in the alternative be formed from three panels or two panels.

The cups 12 have an around cup edge section, an underarm edge section, a neckline edge section which merges into the centre edge section and an apex.

The Y shaped control panel 24 generally extends from the straps 16 across the top of the neckline edge section of each of the cups 12 and down the centre edge section of each of the cups to the cradle 18.

The Y shaped control panel 24 connects to the cradle 18, specifically the Y shaped control panel 24 connects to the under band 20 of the cradle 18.

The Y shaped control panel 24 joins to the under band 20 of the cradle 18 and surrounds neckline edge sections and centre edge sections of the cups 12.

The around cup section of the cups 12 may optionally be provided with a wire 40.

The Y shaped control panel 24 is formed from a double bonded fabric. A double bonded fabric comprises two or more pieces of fabric that have been glued or bonded together to form a laminate. Preferably the double bonded fabric comprises two or more pieces of fabric that have been glued or bonded together using a Hot Melt bonding system to form a laminate. Preferably the fabric comprises a rigid fabric, preferably the fabric is totally or completely rigid. Preferably the fabric comprises an Interlock construction fabric. Preferably the fabric comprises 100% polyamide. Preferably the fabric comprises a Nylon fabric with Interlock construction. Preferably the fabric comprises a Nylon fabric with Interlock construction that is completely rigid. The advantage of 100% polyamide fabric is that is doesn't have an inherent ability to stretch, which when laminated makes it strong and stiff. The advantage of 100% polyamide fabric is that is doesn't have an inherent ability to stretch which when laminated makes it strong and stiff.

In the alternative the Y shaped control panel 24 comprises any other rigid construction stiff fabric. The advantage of using a rigid construction stiff fabric that is bonded together in a laminate, which is essential and different from other qualities means it's thicker and more robust, rigid and sturdy than just a single layer of fabric. In the alternative it is possible to create a fabric that is super heavy and thick that is very rigid. The glue is a lamination technique that sticks two or more layers of fabric together.

In the embodiment illustrated in Figure 1 the Y shaped control panel 24 comprises two mirror image sections 26 of half a Y vertically that are connected together along length 28. The mirror image sections are sewn together to create the Y shaped control panel. By creating the Y shaped control panel 24 in two mirror image sections 26 the mirror image sections 26 are able to curve and enables the mirror image sections 26 to sit against the body to separate the bust. The reason why most bras don't perform well is that the bust is not separated.

The Y shaped control panel 24 is a mirror image with a shaped centre seam in the middle of the Y. This seam pulls and holds the brassiere towards the rib cage, therefore separating the bust and stopping the usual sausage effect called a "monoboob". The mirror seam at the front, teamed with the bonded robust construction fabric, encapsulates the brassiere around the bust and holds its position and stops any movement.

The Y shaped control panel 24 is joined to the cradle which is also formed from a double bonded fabric which finally completes the around bust restriction. In the alternative the Y shaped control panel 24 may be formed from a single section.

The Y shaped control panel 24 is connected to the cups 12 with stitching. In the alternative the Y shaped control panel 24 is connected to the cups 12 with bonded glue, or other suitable method that is permanent and strong.

The under band 20 and the side panels 22 of the cradle 18 are also formed from a double bonded fabric. Preferably the double bonded fabric comprises two or more pieces of fabric that have been glued or bonded together using a Hot Melt bonding system to form a laminate. Preferably the fabric comprises a rigid fabric, preferably the fabric is totally or completely rigid. Preferably the fabric comprises an Interlock construction fabric. Preferably the fabric comprises 100% polyamide. Preferably the fabric comprises a Nylon fabric with Interlock construction. Preferably the fabric comprises a Nylon fabric with Interlock construction that is completely rigid.

The Y shaped control panel 24 about the straps 16 and neckline is edged with an elastic over binding, which prevents chafing which can be sewn or glued or otherwise permanently attached.

Figure 2 illustrates a brassiere 1 10 according to a second embodiment of the present invention. The brassiere 1 10 has two cups 1 12 to hold the breasts, a cradle 1 18 formed of an under band 120 and two side panels 122, two wings 1 14 (which are not fully visible in this figure) that wrap around the wearer's torso, two shoulder straps 1 16 and a Y shaped control panel 124. In one alternative the side panels 122 are formed integrally with the wings 1 14, in another alternative a side seam 142 is provided to connect the side panels 122 to the wings 1 14 as illustrated in Figure 2, the side seam 142 may be vertical or angled as illustrated in Figure 2. Figure 2 illustrates that the side seam 142 may be angled forwards or backwards. In a further alternative the side seam 142 may be provided with a bone or other ridged structure (not illustrated).

The wings 1 14 may be closed in at the back by a hook and eye fastener system 130. The type of fastener system is not limited to a hook and eye fastener system 130, this is simply the fastener system most commonly used in brassieres. Further in the alternative the wings 1 14 may not be provided with an opening and may simply be a continuous band which the user positions in place by pulling the brassiere on over the head for example.

Yet further in the alternative the straps 1 16 may cross over at the back.

The cups 1 12 of the brassiere is of seamless or moulded construction being a preformed foam cup. The construction of the cups 1 12 is not essential to the present invention, and may in the alternative be formed from three panels or two panels. The cups 1 12 can be individual panels which are sewn together with or without foam.

The cups 1 12 have an around cup edge section, an underarm edge section, a neckline edge section which merges into the centre edge section and an apex. The Y shaped control 124 panel generally extends from the straps 1 16 across the top of the neckline edge section of each of the cups 1 12 and down the centre edge section of each of the cups to the cradle 1 18.

The Y shaped control panel 124 connects to the cradle 1 18, specifically the Y shaped control panel 124 connects to the under band 120 of the cradle 1 18.

The Y shaped control panel 124 joins to the under band 120 of the cradle 1 18 and surrounds neckline edge into the centre edge sections of the cups 1 12. The around cup section of the cups 1 12 may optionally be provided with a wire 140.

The Y shaped control panel 124 is formed from a double bonded fabric. A double bonded fabric comprises two pieces of fabric that have been glued or bonded together to form a laminate. Preferably the double bonded fabric comprises two pieces of fabric that have been glued or bonded together using a Hot Melt bonding system to form a laminate. Preferably the fabric comprises a rigid fabric, preferably the fabric is totally or completely rigid. Preferably the fabric comprises an Interlock construction fabric. Preferably the fabric comprises 100% polyamide. Preferably the fabric comprises a Nylon fabric with Interlock construction. Preferably the fabric comprises a Nylon fabric with Interlock construction that is completely rigid. The advantage of 100% polyamide fabric is that is doesn't have an inherent ability to stretch which when laminated makes it strong and stiff.

In the alternative the Y shaped control panel comprises any other rigid construction stiff fabric.

The advantage of using a rigid construction stiff fabric that is bonded together in a laminate, which is essential and different from other qualities means it's thicker and more robust, rigid and sturdy than just a single layer of fabric. In the alternative it is possible to create a fabric that is super heavy and thick that is very rigid. The glue is a lamination technique that sticks two layers of fabric together.

In this embodiment the Y shaped control panel 124 is formed from a single section. However, in the alternative the Y shaped control panel 124 may be formed from 2 mirror image sections as illustrated in Figure 1 .

The Y shaped panel 124 is connected to the cups 1 12 with stitching. In the alternative the Y shaped control panel 124 is connected to the cups 1 12 with bonded glue, or other suitable method that is permanent and strong.

The under band 120 and the side panels 122 of the cradle 1 18 are also formed from a double layer of fabric which can be sewn or bonded together so long as it is permanent. In addition the layers of fabric can cross over if the design requires so long as the areas of cross over are strong and supportive.

The Y shaped control panel 124 about the straps 1 16 and neckline is edged with a cover panel 132 and edging 134 with over binding, which prevents chafing.




 
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