M. D. NEILSON.
APPLICATION FILED SEPT. I I, I9I5.
Patented Sept. 12, 1916.
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M. D. NEILSON.
APPLICATION FILED SEPT. II. 1915.
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MARY D. NEILSON, 0F MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA.
Application filed September 11, 1915.
l Forms, of which the following is a specilication.
My invention relates to bust forms, and has for its object to provide an article of apparel designed to be worn beneath the dress or outer garment and having the effect of giving fullness coupled with softness of outline to the bust form of the wearer. I accomplish this object by providing in connection with a corset cover or separate therefrom a garment upon which has been formed a plurality of puffs of some material such as that of which the garment is composed or of independent and distinctive material, as may be desired. These puffs are formed by gathering and subsequently stitching a strip of the puff-forming material at one point to the body of the garment and then fulling the same to the desired extent and then stitching and gathering the puff-forming material along a line parallel with but separated from the iirst point, thus forming a longitudinal stitch of outwardly extended material which may be called a puH or set of puffs, which have fullness both in the direction across the garment and also verti- Specication of Letters Patent.
cally thereto. A plurality of these puffs or rows of puffs is formed, in practice two or more, which provides a garment having exactly the characteristics of fullness and softness to produce an effectively rounded form for setting off the dress of the wearer.
Another object of my invention is to provide a garment having the above characteristics, which may readily be attached to the under garment, particularly by means of straps adapted to be passed around the shoulder bands of the underwaist and to be removably secured in such position.
The full objects and advantages of my invention will appear in connection with the detailed description thereof and are particularly pointed out in the claims.
In the drawings, illustrating the application of my invention in one form, Figure 1 is a partial plan view showing a garment having my improvements attached thereto. Fig. 2 is a view of a bust-forming member independent of any waist or corset cover.
Patented Sept. 12, 1916.
Serial No. 50,126.
Fig. 3 is a view showing a garment such as illustrated in Fig. 1 in use. Figs. 4, 5 and 6 are transverse sectional views of different forms of garments. Fig. 7 is a fragmentary view taken from the underside of an underwaist showing the manner of securing one of the garments to the shoulder strap of the underwaist.
As shown in Figs. 2 and 6, the bust-formmg member may comprise a backing 10 of fabric to which, along a seam 11, is secured a gathered strip 12 of material for making the bust form garment proper. This much gathered material is then carried over in a fold, as. indicated at 13, in Figs 4 and 6, so asto give a large amount of longitudinal fullness perpendicular to the body fabric 10. The lower edge of the fold is then carried back. and gathered and sewed to the body fabric lOalong another seam, as indicated at 14 in Figs. 4 and 6. A second fold of the fabric 15 is then formed and the lower edge of the material is secured to the fabric 10 along a gathered seam 16. The bustforming member 17 thus constructed may advantageously be secured to the body portion 18 of a corset cover or a camisole or a brassire, as shown in Figs. 1 and 4. To the member 17, at the upper corners thereof, are sewed a pair of straps 20 and 21 which may be carried under the shoulder band 22 of an under garment such as an underwaist, as indicated in Fig. 7. The strips 20 and 21 are provided with one part of a fastener member of common type adapted to cooperate with the complementary portion of the fastener member upon the body or backing of the bust-forming member, as indicated in Figs. 1 and 2, and in dotted lines in Fig. 7. With this attaching means the garment 17 may be secured to the form of the wearer without the use of any separate attaching means, such as indicated in the member 18, and where such a member is employed shoulder straps are not essential as the garment may be secured at the upper side to the shoulder straps 22, and the string ties 23 will bind the member securely in position around the waist. When so worn, as shown in Fig. 3, the form-producing puli's 13 and 15 are turned inwardly, the body portion 18 of the garment to which it is attached lying outside. When this is nished at the edge by trimming, as indicated at 24, it may take the place entirely of a corset cover, or a separate corset cover may be put on outside of the positioned garment.
As illustrated in Fig. 5, the form-producing puifs may be secured directly upon the body portion 26 of the camisole or Corset cover. In this case, if it is desired a flap 27 of the material may be left below the lower gathered seam 28 to form a ruflie. The lower seam 28 in this case will be'the first one gathered and sewed, the fulled row ofpuffs 29 being again gathered and seamed to the body 26. of the garment at 30, and a second row of puffs 3l being formed upon the garment by means of a gathered seam 32. Such a garment may be worn with the puffs 29 and 31 turned in, as indicated in Fig. 3, or such puffs may be turned outwardly and covered by a separate corset cover.
The many advantages of my bust form will be apparent. The fullness produced by the puffs is in two planes, that is, along the row of puffs parallel with the gathered seams, such fullness being effected b the gathering, and perpendicular to the fabric backing, such fullness being caused by the fulling of the gathered fabric and reattachment thereof to the backing. Such an arrangement when made of a suitable material, such as a fairly stiff net, will not crush down and become flat, as is true of ruifles or shirring. This capacity fortkeeping its fullness and not crushing or flattening is a distinctive feature of my bust form, which renders it efficient and serviceable to a high degree. Furthermore, by varying the depth of the puffs, and perhaps to some extent the degree of gathering, the degree of fullness of the garment'may be determined with such accuracy that the same may be readily adapted to accomplish the most satisfactory results with persons having different forms. Vhen once such a'garment has been fitted and adapted to the form of the wearer it will hold any dress made to be worn over such a form in proper position regardless of the length of time that the dress form may have been worn.
l. A bust form comprising a plain backing of textile material and a form-making extension secured thereto consisting of textile fabric gathered and sewed to the backing along one seam and fulled outwardly to the desired. extent and again gathered and sewed to the backing along another seam parallel with the first seam, said form-mal ing extension having greater longitudinal dimension than the backing portion whereby permanent longitudinal fullness is produced in said form-making extension.
2. A bust form comprising a plain backing of textile material and a form-making extension secured thereto consisting of textile fabric gathered and sewed to the backing along one seam and fulled outwardly to the desired extent and again gathered and sewed to the backing along another seam parallel with the rst seam, said form-making extension having greater longitudinal dimension than the backing portion impressed between the seams whereby permanent longitudinal fullness is produced in said form-making extension, and means for securing the bust form to the shoulder straps of an under garment.
3. A bust form comprising a plain backing of textile material and a form-making extension secured thereto consisting of textile fabric gathered and sewed to the backing along one seam andfulled outwardly to the desired extent and again gathered and sewed to the backing along another seam parallel with the first seam, and straps sewed to the backing and having fasteners adapted to lock with fasteners on the backing, said straps being adapted to pass under the shoulder straps of an under garment for securing the bust form in position.
In testimony whereof I aiiif-L my signature in presence of two witnesses.
MARY D. NEILSON.
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