Man's undergarment
United States Patent 2491250

This invention relates to new and useful improvements in men's undergarments, and more particularly to such garments of the loose fitting woven type. Garments constructed of woven nonelastic fabrics must, of necessity, be made loose fitting, except at the waist line, in order to provide for...

Franklin, Chatfield
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2328953Man's undergarment1943-09-07
2310839Man's undergarment1943-02-09
2166010Suspensory garment1939-07-11
2059820Girdle and shorts1936-11-03


This invention relates to new and useful improvements in men's undergarments, and more particularly to such garments of the loose fitting woven type. Garments constructed of woven nonelastic fabrics must, of necessity, be made loose fitting, except at the waist line, in order to provide for freedom of movement of the wearer's body without binding or pulling. Such garments, therefore, cannot be made close fitting, because of the inability of the fabric to yield or stretch 1 under body movements, which may cause pulling and bunching of the fabric in certain parts of the garment, and, as a result, the "rise," or distance from the crotch to the waist line of such garments must be made sufficiently great to provide ade- 1 quate freedom in the crotch to prevent the garment from thus pulling or binding in the crotch under various body movements, which may become extremely uncomfortable to the wearer.

Because such garments do not provide sufficient coverage for the scrotum to prevent flesh to flesh contact of adjacent parts of the body, such loose fitting garments, therefore, are not completely satisfactory for certain types of individuals, particularly individuals who frequently indulge in sports or are otherwise physically active whereby they may perspire more or less freely in the region of the crotch.

The present invention relates to an improved non-elastic garment of the loose fitting woven type which is so fashioned and constructed as to provide complete coverage and protection, without binding or pulling, to those parts of the wearer's body covered thereby.

One of the outstanding features of the present invention is to provide a woven garment of the type commonly known to the trade as "shorts," which is designed to provide adequate coverage for the crotch and posterior regions of the body.

The unique design of the garment is such that it completely surrounds all parts of the body within the length of the garment, including the scrotum, thereby preventing flesh to flesh contact of any of those parts of the body covered by the garment, thereby eliminating chafing, and at the same time it allows the scrotum to remain in its natural position, completely surrounded by fabric from groin to groin. The unique crotch construction also provides a gentle support to the scrotum, should the scrotum tend to relax or sag as a result of fatigue, due to excessive physical action.

Another feature of the invention resides in the embodiment in the crotch of the garment of a suitable pouch-like member having side seams securing it to the leg portions of the garment, and said seams fitting closely into the groins of the wearer and preferably extending from the waistline at the front of the garment to the waistline at the fork of the garment, and the pouch-like member being adapted to receive and support the scrotum in its natural position, and without lifting or crowding it rearwardly, when sitting, as when driving an automobile. This is a distinct 0 and important feature of the present garment, in that it greatly adds to the comfort of the wearer because the fabric constituting the crotch portion of the garment provides complete coverage for the scrotum, and is so embodied in the gar5 ment that it cannot bunch up or otherwise displace the normal position of the scrotum and cause discomfort to the wearer. Also because of the comfortable fit of the present garment in the crotch, the garment may give to the wearer a feeling of being well-dressed and of security, which, in addition to the other features enumerated, are highly desirable attributes in a garment of this general type.

Another feature resides in the construction of the crotch portion of the garment as related to the elastic waist band, whereby the pouch-like crotch piece is always retained in proper position upon the wearer's body, and whereby one of the side or groin seams of the pouch-like member may "ride" the center crotch seam of the wearer's usual trousers, thereby eliminating the necessity of any special adjustments in the front of the garment to keep the pouch in correct position upon the wearer's body.

Other features of the invention reside in the novel construction of the garment which, in its preferred form, embodies a plurality of blanks of non-elastic fabric, suitably stitched together to provide the composite body of the garment; and in the novel shape of the various blanks constituting the garment, whereby they may be readily stitched together on conventional sewing machines in a minimum of time, and whereby the garment may be manufactured at extremely low cost, a desirable feature in articles of this general class.

Other objects of the invention will appear from the following description and the accompanying drawings and will be pointed out in the annexed claim.

In the accompanying drawings there has been disclosed a structure designed to carry out the various objects of the invention, but it is to be understood that the invention is not confined to the exact features shown, as various changes may be made within the scope of the claim which follows.

In the drawings: Figure 1 is a front view of the improved garment showing the construction of the crotch and front portions of the garment; Figure 2 is a rear view of the garment; Figure 3 is a vertical sectional view substantially on the line 3--3 of Figure: 5; Figure 4 is a view in perspective, showing the garment positioned upon a wearer's body; Figure 5 is a front view of the garment, partially broken away, and showing it positioned on a wearer's body within his usual trousers, thereby to illustrate the fit of the garment at the-crotch; , Figure 6 is a view showing the blanks constituting the front of the garment; and Figure 7 is a view showing- the blanks whichf constitute the rear and crotch portions, of the garment.

The novel garment herein disclosed is shown comprising loose-fitting leg portions 2 and 3, the front portions of which are composed of opposed' blanks 4 and 5, as shown in Figure 6, and blanks6 and T which overlie the abdominal region of the 2 wearer and have their side edges 8 stitched to the adjacent side edges 9 of the blanks 4 and 5 by seams 0 .

The- outwardly directed edges 11 of the front leg blanks 4 and 5- are stitched to-the correspond- ? ing side edges 12-12- of the rear leg blanks 13 and- f4 by suitable seams ISf, as will be understood by reference to Figures 4, 6' and 7.

An important feature of the present invention resides in the' unique construction of the crotch 3 portion of the garment. As best shown in Figures f- to 7, inclusive, the crotch of the garment is formed from a single piece of fabric 16, shown in Figure 7. The intermediate portion 17 of the blank 16 constitutes the seat of the garment, and: ! has its- side edges- 18 suitably stitched to the concave edges 21' and 22 of' the rear leg blanks: 13 andF 1, by the seams- 10, which, it will be noted by reference to Figures 1 and 2, extend from the waistlihe- at' the front of the garment to the waist- lfne at' the rear of the garment.

The front or lower portion of the crotch blank I, shown in Figure 7,. is provided with outwardly flared wings 2' and 24 which have their corresponding edges 25 stitched together by a seam 26,. 0 as best shown in Figures 1 and. 4, whereby a pouch-like member 20 is provided at the lower front central portion of the garment when the garment is completed, as shown in Figure 4. The relatively shorter edges 27 of the rear leg blanks 1T and 14 are stitched to the corresponding edges 30 of the front leg blanks 4 and 5, respectively, by seams 40,. shown in Figures 1, 3 and 4. The side edges 18 and 21 of the crotch blank 16 are secured to the concave edges 21 and 22 of the rear leg blanks 13 and 14,, respectively, by the seams 10, and the edges 19 of the crotch blank are: stitched to the edge portions 19' of the front leg blanks by the same seams 10-,, when.the crotch blank 19 is subsequently stitched to. the leg por- (I6 tions, subsequent to the formation of the pouch member 20. The terminal edges 29. of the wings 23 and 24 of the crotch blank are stitched to the lower edges of the front blanks or panels G and 7 bysuitable seams 32, as shown in Figures 1 and:4. When the blanks have. been. stitched together, as above described,. a suitable elastic, band 33 is secured to: the upper edges thereof, whereupon the body of the garment is completed. The lower edges of the leg openings may be finished in the usual manner by inwardly folding the marginal edges of the fabric upon itself and stitching it in such position to provide finished edges.

The above described construction has proven very practical and economical, and by extending the seams 10 from the waistband at the front of the garment and around through the groins to the waistband at. the rear of the garment, the seams 10 will fit into the groins at opposite sides of the scrotum, as indicated by the dotted line in.Figure 3, and whereby the scrotum is not likely to directly contact the wearer's legs, as shown in Fgure: 5. It will also be noted by reference to Figure 3, that the pouch-like member 20 drops 5I downwardly just forwardly of the leg seams 40, thereby providing. greater room and freedom of action with no drag or displacement of the scrotum, and' also whereby the wearer may freely squat or stoop without in any way restricting or 0 compressing the scrotum. It will also be noted by reference to Figure 4, that. there is no displacement. of the scrotum when the wearer is in an upright position.. The front panels E. and. 7I have. their edges 34 5 and 3f, respectively disposed in overiapping relation, as. shown in Figures 1, 4. and 5, and are secured in such positions by stitching -S.. The stitching 36 extends, downwardly from the waistband substantially one-half the length of the 0 front.panels 6 and 7,. whereby a vertical fly opening 3T may be conveniently and inexpensively provided, as will. be understood.

By cutting, the blanks, as, shown in Figures- 6 and. T and stitching them together as above described, three separate units are provided; the two leg, units, each composed of one front and one rear leg blank,. and the-crotch unit, composed of the. crotch blank IS. and the front panel blanks 6 and- L These, units are then. stitched together by the. two seams 10, thereby to completely assemble all parts of the- garment with the exception of the waist hand 33, which is subsequently secured. thereto, as. hereinbefore described.

In-the garment as. herein constructed, the front Sportion. 38 of the waist, band may be 'made of non-elastic fabric,. or in other words, of the same woven.fabric, from which the body of the garment is made. The balance of the waist band, however, may be made of a suitable elastic miaterin!.

If desired the elastic band may extend around the entire girth of the garment.

The. novel garment herein disclosed has been found to provide the utmost in comfort in that it' may be worn by individuals who are phySica!il active without danger of binding, twisting, pulling, or pinching. The construction of the crotch portion, of the. garment and its relation to hewaist band is- such that the garment is rCetain-d in proper position upon the body at all times, and in such a manner that one of the groin or side seams of the crotch piece rmay ride the center crotch seam of the trousers, as clearly i;lustratdi at 39- in Figure 5. In this figure, it wi; aiso be noted that the scrotum: is completely e:ccosed within the pouch-like crotch meirmber of the garment so that it cannot directly contact the legs of the wearer, even though the wearer may hb actively engaged in various forms of snort.

A dominant feature of this novel garment is that it allows the scrotum to drop or ass;ume its natural position at all times, and the garment acts, as a supporter only when the scrotum, is caused' to relax to an unnatural position. The scrotum is at. no time lifted or supported, in an unnatural position. The pouch-like member 20 completely covers or encloses the scrotum whereby it cannot directly contact the legs, which is a highly desirable feature in extremely warm weather or at periods of excessive perspiring, because it eliminates chafing with its resultant discomfort.

It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that I have accomplished at least the principal objects of my invention, and it will also be apparent to those skilled in the art that the embodiments herein described may be variously changed and modified without departing from the spirit of the invention, and that the invention is capable of uses and has advantages not herein specifically described; hence it will be appreciated that the herein disclosed embodiments are illustrative only, and that my invention is not limited thereto.

I claim as my invention: A garment comprising loose fitting body and leg portions constructed of a plurality of blanks of a suitable woven fabric, said body portion having an elastic waist band for supporting the garment in substantially a fixed position upon a wearer's body, a piece of inelastic fabric constituting the crotch of the garment and having its opposed rearwardly extending side edges flaring outwardly and upwardly whereby the intermediate portion of said crotch piece may form the seat of the garment, the forward end portion of said piece of fabric being fashioned to provide a pouch-like member adapted to receive and support the scrotum, overlapping front panels having their lower edges secured to the forward end of the crotch piece and their upper edges to the waist band, and seams securing the opposed side edges of the crotch piece and its seat portion to the leg portions of the garment and the opposed side edges of the front panels to the leg portions at the front of the garment.


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