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Publication numberUS20100120329 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 12/614,577
Publication dateMay 13, 2010
Filing dateNov 9, 2009
Priority dateNov 7, 2008
Publication number12614577, 614577, US 2010/0120329 A1, US 2010/120329 A1, US 20100120329 A1, US 20100120329A1, US 2010120329 A1, US 2010120329A1, US-A1-20100120329, US-A1-2010120329, US2010/0120329A1, US2010/120329A1, US20100120329 A1, US20100120329A1, US2010120329 A1, US2010120329A1
InventorsSusan Delaney MacDonald
Original AssigneeMacdonald Susan Delaney
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Brassiere
US 20100120329 A1
Abstract
A brassiere having a torso encircling panel, a front closure device and two pieces of shaped memory foam is provided. The memory foam is covered in a fabric that wicks moisture away from the body. The memory foam provides a platform that supports and holds the breasts in a natural position which relieves stress on the straps and pain from the shoulders and back of the wearer. The memory foam conforms to the shape of the wearer's breast as the weight of the breasts compresses the foam. The straps of the brassiere rest on the shoulders and stay there. The torso encircling panel is made from fabric that stretches in only one direction. The closure device is formed from a suitable resilient material, such as a thermoplastic or a metal, and is durable and capable of repeated usage.
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Claims(16)
1. A brassiere comprising:
a pair of breast receiving cups;
a pair of memory foam inserts, one of each of the pair of memory foam inserts being positioned at a bottom portion of each of the pair of breast receiving cups
a closure between the pair of breast receiving cups;
a torso encircling panel, the torso encircling panel having a first end and a second end, each end being connected to a different one of the pair of breast receiving cups; and
a pair of shoulder straps, one of each of the pair of straps being connected to a different one of the pair of breast receiving cups and the torso encircling panel.
2. The brassiere of claim 1 wherein the torso encircling panel is made from a unidirectional stretchable material.
3. The brassiere of claim 1 wherein the torso encircling panel is made of a material selected from the group consisting of: spandex, elastane, natural rubber/latex/nylon fabric, and a combination thereof.
4. The brassiere of claim 1 wherein the pair of breast receiving cups is formed from a method selected from the group consisting of: molding, stretch molding, cutting and sewing circular knitting, and a combination thereof.
5. The brassiere of claim 1 wherein the pair of breast receiving cups is made from a material selected from the group consisting of: cotton, nylon, one or more elastic yarns, one or more inelastic yarns, and a combination thereof.
6. The brassiere of claim 1 wherein an upper part of each of the pair of breast cups is made of foam ply.
7. The brassiere of claim 1 wherein the closure device is formed from a material selected from the group consisting of thermoplastic, metal, and a combination thereof.
8. The brassiere of claim 1 wherein the closure device is selected from the group consisting of one or more hook and loop fasteners, one or more buttons, one or more hook and eye fasteners, one or more clasps, one or more magnets, a zipper, and a combination thereof.
9. The brassiere of claim 1 wherein the memory foam insert is covered in a material that wicks moisture away from the body.
10. The brassiere of claim 9 wherein the material covering the memory foam insert is selected from the group consisting of synthetic materials, natural materials, and a combination of natural materials and synthetic materials.
11. The brassiere of claim 10 wherein the synthetic materials are selected from the group consisting of: polyester, polypropylene, and a combination thereof.
12. The brassiere of claim 10 wherein the natural materials are selected from the group consisting of: wool, silk, and a combination thereof.
13. The brassiere of claim 1 wherein the memory foam insert is approximately 10 inches in length.
14. The brassiere of claim 1 wherein the memory foam insert further comprises a tapered end and a wide end, wherein the tapered end is positioned toward a center portion of a chest of a wearer and the wide is positioned toward a back of the wearer.
15. The brassiere of claim 1 wherein each of the pair of memory foam inserts supports and holds a breast of a wearer in an uplifted position to alleviate stress on the pair of shoulder straps.
16. The brassiere of claim 1 wherein compression of each of the pair of memory foam inserts bears the weight of a breast of a wearer to alleviate pain and stress on the neck and back of the wearer.
Description
    TECHNICAL FIELD
  • [0001]
    This invention relates to relates to brassieres. More particularly, the present invention relates to a brassiere with a memory foam support system for large breasted women.
  • BACKGROUND
  • [0002]
    There are numerous brassieres that make small busted women look and feel bigger by adding padding and inserts, which push the breast up and create cleavage. Alternatively, there are brassieres that minimize the bust of large breasted women to make them appear smaller. A minimizer bra pushes the breasts into the body and under the arms creating absolutely no cleavage for the wearer.
  • [0003]
    The use of underwire elements for shaping and supporting the lower periphery of brassiere or bra cups has long been known in the art. The drawbacks associated with conventional underwire frames are that they can wear through the material of a brassiere over time and cause damage to the clothing of the wearer, they must be individually shaped to comfortably correspond to the extent of the wearer's bust, they are relatively stiff, they may cause discomfort, and a lack of adaptability to the needs of various users.
  • [0004]
    For large breasted women wearing a conventional bra is often uncomfortable. A tight strap is put around the rib cage and fastened under the breasts. Straps are attached and then placed over the shoulders. Gravity pulls the breasts down and the straps pull the bra up. The straps dig into the shoulders of the wearer from the heavy weight of the breasts. This causes constant readjustment of the garment. The weight of large breasts may be unbalancing and may cause neck and back pain and headaches.
  • [0005]
    In light of the foregoing, there is a need for a brassiere for women with large breasts that is comfortable to wear, resilient, and adequately supports the breasts of the wearer.
  • SUMMARY
  • [0006]
    It is a goal of the present invention to provide a brassiere that overcomes the above noted drawbacks.
  • [0007]
    It is another goal of the present invention to provide a brassiere with a cushioned support platform that provides improved comfort, support, and feminine allure.
  • [0008]
    It is still another goal of the present invention to provide a brassiere with a cushioned support platform that avoids having a thick appearance and/or a stiff, rigid feel.
  • [0009]
    It is yet another goal of the present invention to provide a cushioned support platform that may be used in a number of different sized brassieres.
  • [0010]
    It is a further goal of the present invention to provide a cushioned support platform that may be conveniently assembled in the brassiere.
  • [0011]
    These and other advantages of the present invention are achieved by inserting shaped memory foam into the bottom of the cups of the brassiere. Memory foam is polyurethane with additional chemicals that increase its viscosity and density. It is often referred to as visco-elastic polyurethane foam. In some formulations, it is firmer when cooler. Higher density memory foam reacts to body heat, allowing it to mould to a warm human body in a few minutes. A lower density memory foam is pressure-sensitive and moulds quickly to the shape of the body.
  • [0012]
    The memory foam is covered in a fabric that wicks moisture away from the body. The fabric may be made of synthetics, such as polyester, polypropylene, natural fabrics, such as wool and silk, or they may be blends of natural and synthetic fabric.
  • [0013]
    The memory foam provides a platform that supports and holds the breasts in a natural position which relieves stress on the straps and pain from the shoulders and back of the wearer. The memory foam conforms to the shape of the wearer's breast as the weight of the breasts compresses the foam. The straps of the brassiere rest on the shoulders and stay there. The brassiere is made from fabric that stretches in only one direction. Representative fabrics include, but are not limited to, spandex and elastane. This allows for controlled movement in the desired direction.
  • [0014]
    The brassiere is made with as few as three pieces of fabric, a front closure device and two pieces of shaped memory foam. The fabric does not need hemming on the edges which makes for a smoother silhouette across the back and shoulders of the wearer. The upper cup of the bra will be made of foam ply. The cups of the brassiere hold the foam in place under the breasts of the wearer.
  • [0015]
    The wearer slips their arms into the bra and closes it at the front of the bust using the front closure device. Each breast is lifted, one at a time, and placed into one of the cups and onto the covered shaped memory foam such that the foam is positioned under the breast. The memory foam acts as a shelf or platform upon which the breast rests. The memory foam does not add any bulk to the shape of the cup. Gravity and the weight of the breasts compress the memory foam and hold them comfortably in an uplifted, natural position. The memory foam platform or shelf bears the weight which in the past has been borne by the shoulders.
  • [0016]
    The features and advantages described herein are not all-inclusive and, in particular, many additional features and advantages will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art in view of the drawings, specification, and claims. Moreover, it should be noted that the language used in the specification has been principally selected for readability and instructional purposes, and not to limit the scope of the inventive subject matter.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0017]
    The invention description below refers to the accompanying drawings, of which:
  • [0018]
    FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of the brassiere of the present invention.
  • [0019]
    FIG. 2A is a horizontal front close up view of the shaped memory foam of the present invention.
  • [0020]
    FIG. 2B is a vertical front close up view of the shaped memory foam of the present invention.
  • [0021]
    FIG. 3 is a side view of a wearer with no brassiere illustrating the breast in its natural position.
  • [0022]
    FIG. 4 is a side view of a wearer with the shaped memory foam positioned under the breast.
  • [0023]
    FIG. 5 is a side view of a wearer illustrating the brassiere of the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • [0024]
    Referring to the drawings and, in particular, FIG. 1, there is provided a brassiere according to the present invention, generally represented by reference numeral 10. Brassiere 10 has a body with a pair of breast cups 12, a pair of memory foam inserts 11, one insert of each pair being positioned in the bottom of each breast cup 12, and a torso encircling panel 14 with two ends, each end connected to an outer edge of breast cup 12. Brassiere 10 also has a pair of shoulder straps 13, each connected to a different breast cup 12 and torso encircling panel 14. Closure device (not shown) is positioned between the breast cups.
  • [0025]
    Torso encircling panel 14 is made from fabric that stretches in only one direction. Representative fabrics include, but are not limited to, spandex, elastane, natural rubber/latex/nylon fabric, or any other material known in the art. This allows for controlled movement in the desired direction.
  • [0026]
    Breast cups 12 may be formed by methods commonly known in the art such as by molding, stretch molding, cutting and sewing, or circularly knitting. Breast cups 12 may be made from cotton, nylon, one or more elastic or inelastic yarns, or any other material known in the art. The upper part of breast cup 12 will be made of foam ply.
  • [0027]
    The closure device is formed from a suitable resilient material, such as a thermoplastic or a metal, and is durable and capable of repeated usage. The closure device may be one or more hook and loop fasteners, one or more buttons, one or more hook and eye fasteners, one or more clasps, one or more magnets, a zipper, or any other closure device known in the art. The closure device allows the wearer to selectively open and selectively close the brassiere 10 in a comfortable manner without any abrasions or uncomfortable sensation.
  • [0028]
    When brassiere 10 is being worn, the wearer slips their arms into the shoulder straps 13. Each breast is lifted, one at a time, and placed into one of the cups and onto the covered shaped memory foam insert 11 such that foam insert 11 is positioned under the breast. The wearer will pull the ends of torso encircling panel 14 together so that they are in contact with one another. The wearer then closes brassiere 10 at the front of the bust using the closure device.
  • [0029]
    FIGS. 2A and 2B illustrates the shaped memory foam insert 11 in a horizontal and vertical position respectively. Memory foam insert 11 is approximately 10 inches in length. The wide end of memory foam insert 11 is positioned toward the back of the wearer, while the tapered end of memory foam insert 11 is positioned toward the center of the chest.
  • [0030]
    Memory foam is polyurethane with additional chemicals that increase its viscosity and density. It is often referred to as visco-elastic polyurethane foam. In some formulations, it is firmer when cooler. Higher density memory foam reacts to body heat, allowing it to mould to a warm human body in a few minutes. A lower density memory foam is pressure-sensitive and moulds quickly to the shape of the body. The memory foam insert is covered in a fabric (not shown) that wicks moisture away from the body. The fabric may be made of synthetics, such as polyester, polypropylene, natural fabrics, such as wool and silk, or they may be blends of natural and synthetic fabric.
  • [0031]
    FIG. 3 is a side view of a wearer with no brassiere illustrating the breast in its natural position. Women with large breasts suffer with severe pain, deteriorating posture, and are at risk for spinal deformity and other repetitive stress injuries to the shoulders and upper extremities due to their proportionately large breasts. These problems result from changes in the normal anatomical structure caused by the excess weight on the chest and weak muscular support. Very large breasts not only can cause a reduction in the normal curve of the upper and mid-back region but will potentially also cause severe low back pain. When the upper vertebrae of the spine are altered, the lower vertebrae then assume more stress.
  • [0032]
    FIG. 4 is a side view of a wearer with memory foam insert 11 positioned under the breast. Memory foam insert 11 provides a platform that supports and holds the breasts in a natural position. The memory foam conforms to the shape of the wearer's breast. Gravity and the weight of the breasts compress memory foam insert 11 and holds the breasts comfortably in an uplifted position. Memory foam insert 11 bears the weight which in the past has been borne by the shoulders.
  • [0033]
    FIG. 5 is a side view of a wearer illustrating the brassiere. The positioning of memory foam insert 11 in the bottom of cup 12 provides a platform that supports the breasts and relieves stress on straps 13 and pain from the shoulders and back of the wearer. Straps 13 of brassiere 10 rest on the shoulders of the wearer and stay there. Cups 12 of brassiere 10 hold memory foam insert 11 in place under the breasts of the wearer.
  • [0034]
    The foregoing has been a detailed description of illustrative embodiments of the invention. Various modifications and additions can be made without departing from the spirit and scope if this invention. Each of the various embodiments described above may be combined with other described embodiments in order to provide multiple features. Furthermore, while the foregoing describes a number of separate embodiments of the apparatus and method of the present invention, what has been described herein is merely illustrative of the application of the principles of the present invention. Accordingly, this description is meant to be taken only by way of example, and not to otherwise limit the scope of this invention.
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Classifications
U.S. Classification450/40, 450/86, 450/58
International ClassificationA41C3/02, A41C3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41C3/0021
European ClassificationA41C3/00D