Title:
Pantyhose undergarment for controlling underarm perspiration as well as for providing shape, control and support for the body
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A pantyhose undergarment is provided that has relatively sheer upper arm and body portions, the upper arm portions end as cap sleeves with knitted-in welts just above the mid upper arm area and being comprised of a sweat absorbent material in the under arm area starting at the mid upper arm and terminating down the side of the wearer's body, just adjacent to the top of the breasts and the body portion being comprised of a sheer form fitting front and back torso portion, the part of the front and back torso portion beginning just above the breast area being comprised of a sheer portion and the part beginning just below the breast area covering the stomach and abs, being comprised of a sheer reinforced control top portion. This pantyhose undergarment as one embodiment terminates just below the knees as a form fitting body hose to be worn under tight sweaters, shirts or blouses, and pants, Capri pants or long skirts and dresses, as another embodiment terminates at the upper thigh area as a form fitting body piece to be worn under a dress or skirt and tight sweaters, shirts or blouses, and as another embodiment terminates at the crotch area and extends as a thong towards the backside of the wearer to be worn as a form fitting one piece body hose with fitted pants or skirts, tight sweaters, shirts or blouses and dresses.

The absorbent pantyhose undergarment protects the wearer's clothing from being soiled and stained and is a method of maintaining ones wardrobe without having to run to the dry cleaners often or replace one's clothing frequently. The absorbent pantyhose undergarment provides the user with shaping support, and because sweating is a natural and common bodily reaction to different types of human exposure, it gives the user the freedom to feel confident to interact physically and verbally under any setting without feeling discomfort or embarrassment from soiled and smelly clothes due to sweat. Where the embodiments of the present pantyhose undergarment terminate below the knees and at the upper thigh area, the reinforced control top provides support over the cellulite regions of the body, more specifically, the middle torso, stomach, abs and the upper thigh area. The knitted-in welts at the upper arm regions, leg regions and the upper thigh region blend into the sheer and control top portions of the undergarment without causing upper arm and/or leg constriction. The overall design of this undergarment provides the wearer with a smooth, tight appearance when worn under clothing without causing discomfort due to bulkiness and irritable scents due to underarm perspiration.




Inventors:
Albizre, Susan (Mississauga, CA)
Application Number:
12/170773
Publication Date:
01/14/2010
Filing Date:
07/10/2008
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
2/53, 2/78.1, 2/409
International Classes:
A41D27/12; A41B9/00; A41B11/00
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Primary Examiner:
WORRELL JR, LARRY D
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Susan Albizre (MISSISSAUGA, ON, CA)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A pantyhose undergarment, beginning at the mid upper arm area with a front and back low V-neck portion, the undergarment terminating just below the knees of the wearer and being comprised of a textured nylon fabric, designed to protect outerwear from underarm and crotch perspiration and to support and shape a wearer's body, said undergarment comprising: first and second upper arm bands including first and second welts, respectively, the welts knitted from at least one type of yarn, the first and second upper arm bands terminating at the midpoint of the upper arm of the person wearing the undergarment; first and second upper arm portions, each upper arm portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn; an upper-body portion knitted to the first and second upper arm portions, respectively, and continuous of the first and second upper arm portions respectively, the upper-body portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn of a textured nylon fabric; first and second underarm areas comprising of an absorbent fabric, the absorbent fabric knitted to the first and second underarm areas respectively; a control top portion knitted to the upper-body portion beginning from just below the breasts, extending a predetermined distance down the stomach and upper thighs and ending just below the buttocks area of wearer, the control top portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn of a thicker textured nylon fabric and other conventional knitted fabrics such as LYCRA.®., elastic and spandex; and first and second leg portions continuous of the control top portion and ending just below the knees as leg bands, each leg portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn; first and second leg bands including first and second welts, respectively, the welts knitted from at least one type of yarn; a crotch portion comprising of absorbent fabric, being able to open for comfort and convenience;

2. The pantyhose undergarment of claim 1, wherein the upper arm bands and the leg bands are each comprised of a single yarn and wherein said upper arm bands and leg bands have a fabric denier different than said upper arm portions, upper body portion, control top and leg portions.

3. The pantyhose undergarment of claim 1, wherein each of the first and second upper arm portions and first and second leg portions respectively and the upper body portion, which begins at the first and second upper arm portions respectively, are knitted using at least a first yarn and a second yarn, the first yarn corresponding to spandex yarn and the second yarn corresponding to textured nylon, and wherein said upper arm portions and upper body portion have a fabric denier different than said upper arm bands, control top portion, and leg bands.

4. The pantyhose undergarment of claim 1, wherein the control top begins just below the breast area and extends a predetermined distance down the stomach area and ends just below the buttocks area of the wearer, and wherein the control top is knitted using at least one type of yarn of a thicker textured nylon fabric and other conventional knitted fabrics such as LYCRA.®, elastic and spandex.

5. The pantyhose undergarment of claim 1, wherein the absorbent underarm fabric portions and the crotch fabric portion are comprised of conventional knitted fabric materials, such as, nylon, cotton, silk, LYCRA.®., and spandex.

6. A pantyhose undergarment, beginning at the mid upper arm area with a front and back low V-neck portion, the undergarment terminating as one portion at the mid-upper thigh region of the wearer and being constructed of a textured nylon fabric, designed to protect outerwear from underarm perspiration and to support and shape a wearer's body, said undergarment comprising: first and second upper arm bands including first and second welts, respectively, the welts knitted from at least one type of yarn, the first and second upper arm bands terminating at the midpoint of the upper arm of the person wearing the undergarment; first and second upper arm portions, each upper arm portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn; an upper-body portion knitted to the first and second upper arm portions, respectively, and continuous of the first and second upper arm portions respectively, the upper-body portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn of a textured nylon fabric; first and second underarm areas comprising of an absorbent fabric, the absorbent fabric knitted to the first and second underarm areas respectively; a control top portion knitted to the upper-body portion beginning from just below the breasts, extending a predetermined distance down the stomach and upper thighs and ending at the mid-upper thigh area, the control top portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn of a thicker textured nylon fabric and other conventional knitted fabrics such as LYCRA.®., elastic and spandex; and an upper thigh leg band including a welt knitted from at least one type of yarn;

7. The pantyhose undergarment of claim 6, wherein the upper arm bands and the upper thigh band are each comprised of a single yarn and wherein said upper arm bands and upper thigh band have a fabric denier different than said upper arm portions, upper body portion and control top portion.

8. The pantyhose undergarment of claim 6, wherein each of the first and second upper arm portions respectively and the upper body portion, which begins at the first and second upper arm portion respectively, are knitted using at least a first yarn and a second yarn, the first yarn corresponding to spandex yarn and the second yarn corresponding to textured nylon, and wherein said upper arm portions and upper body portion have a fabric denier different than said upper arm bands, control top portion and upper thigh band.

9. The pantyhose undergarment of claim 6, wherein the control top begins just below the breast area, extending a predetermined distance down the stomach and upper thighs and ends at the mid-upper thigh area of the wearer, and wherein the control top is knitted using at least one type of yarn of a thicker textured nylon fabric and other conventional knitted fabrics such as LYCRA.®., elastic and spandex.

10. The pantyhose undergarment of claim 6, wherein the absorbent underarm fabric portions are comprised of conventional knitted fabric materials, such as, nylon, cotton, silk, LYCRA.®., and spandex.

11. A pantyhose undergarment, beginning at the mid upper arm area with a front and back low V-neck portion, the undergarment terminating at the crotch of the wearer and being constructed of a textured nylon fabric, designed to protect outerwear from underarm and crotch perspiration and to support and shape a wearer's body, said undergarment comprising: first and second upper arm bands including first and second welts, respectively, the welts knitted from at least one type of yarn, the first and second upper arm bands terminating at the midpoint of the upper arm of the person wearing the undergarment; first and second upper arm portions, each upper arm portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn; an upper-body portion knitted to the first and second upper arm portions, respectively, and continuous of the first and second upper arm portions respectively, the upper-body portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn of a textured nylon fabric; first and second underarm areas comprising of an absorbent fabric, the absorbent fabric knitted to the first and second underarm areas respectively; a control top portion knitted to the upper-body portion beginning from just below the breasts and ending at the crotch area, the control top portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn of a thicker textured nylon fabric and other conventional knitted fabrics, such as, LYCRA.®., and spandex; and a crotch portion comprising of absorbent fabric with knitted in flat buttons;

12. The pantyhose undergarment of claim 1 1, wherein the upper arm bands are each comprised of a single yarn and wherein said upper arm bands have a fabric denier different than said upper arm portions, upper body portion, control top portion and crotch portion.

13. The pantyhose undergarment of claim 1 1, wherein each of the first and second upper arm portions respectively and the upper body portion, which begins at the first and second upper arm portions respectively, are knitted using at least a first yarn and a second yarn, the first yarn corresponding to spandex yarn and the second yarn corresponding to textured nylon, and wherein said upper arm portions and upper body portion have a fabric denier different than said upper arm bands, upper body portion, control top portion and crotch portion.

14. The pantyhose undergarment of claim 1 1, wherein the control top portion begins just below the breast area, extending a predetermined distance down the stomach and ends at the crotch area, and wherein the control top is knitted using at least one type of yarn of a thicker textured nylon fabric and other conventional knitted fabrics such as LYCRA.®., elastic and spandex.

15. The pantyhose undergarment of claim 11, wherein the absorbent underarm fabric portions and the crotch fabric portion, which extends as a thong towards the backside of the wearer's body and consists of two knitted-in flat buttons, are comprised of absorbent conventional knitted fabric materials such as cotton.

Description:

Pantyhose undergarment for controlling underarm perspiration as well as for providing shape, control and support for the body.

REFERENCES
3,885,247May, 1975Kost
5,042,089August, 1991Carmer
5,245,707September, 1993Green
5,603,653February, 1997Hartman
6,138,276October, 2000Asciutto, et al.
6,145,129November, 2000Czekalla, et al.
6,276,176August 2001Blakely
6,463,765October 2002Blakely
6,282,720September, 2001Mayer
6,347,407February, 2002Dowell
6,591,425July, 2003Zellers
6,618,859September, 2003Kadymir, et al.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to a sweat absorbent pantyhose undergarment and, more particularly, to a pantyhose undergarment having a light sweat absorbent material in the target areas of the body which produce sweat, specifically, the underarm area and the crotch area, as well as having sheer upper body portions, sheer upper arm portions that end as cap sleeves with knitted-in welts just above half the distance of the upper-arm of the wearer and a sheer reinforced control top portion having shaping and control characteristics that begin just below the breast area, continuing down the stomach and abs and terminating just below the knees as one embodiment, terminating at the mid upper thigh region as another embodiment and terminating at the crotch area as yet another embodiment.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION (PRIOR ART)

In today's society, people interact with each other continuously and are expected to interact socially just as well as in business related situations. A strong need exists for both women and men to have an alternative method of sweat absorption than pads, attachments, undershirts or shields. Traditional methods of sweat absorption create undesirable bulges under clothing and embarrassment when misplaced, which is still the case for even those devices that are presently on the market. Women and men do not want to have to give up wearing form fitting and tailored clothing due to bulkiness of undershirts such as t-shirts or constrictive body shaping undergarments, such as girdles. Although girdles, for example, cover the most popular areas of the body that need control and firming, they do not provide support and shaping characteristics to the upper arm portion of a person's body and they are normally made of relatively thick material, which creates bulges in clothing, and the thick fabric usually makes the wearer look and feel heavier rather than thinner in slim fitting clothing. As well, girdles never solved the problem of protecting outerwear from sweat stains and irritable smells. Perspiration is definitely annoying and irritable when the wearer feels discomfort during periods of high activity, anxiety, stress or nervousness, such as during a job interview, an important business meeting, and/or a date, but when perspiration wreaks havoc on your wardrobe and others notice it visually as well as by their sense of smell, then it becomes a big problem that has to be quickly and permanently solved.

The main focus of this invention is to provide females and males with an undergarment that absorbs sweat from different target areas of the human body that most commonly produce sweat. The target areas include the underarms beginning from half the distance of the inner part of the upper arms and continuing down to below the underarm area that stops just adjacent to the top of the breast and around the crotch area. These are target areas where human sweat is most felt by the wearer and on several occasions visually seen by others during events or meetings, such as a date, a job interview, a board meeting, a business trip or a party, where a person may feel excited, nervous, angry, anxious, or shy.

Therefore, the purpose of this invention is to absorb sweat in the areas most common on the human body to exude human perspiration. Sweating or perspiration is the production and evaporation of a watery fluid known as isovaleric acid, which is the principal component of human sweat and consists mainly of sodium chloride in solution that is excreted by our sweat glands. Sweating is increased by nervousness, stress, excitement or physically activity. Apocrine sweat glands, which are mainly present in the armpits and around the genital area, produce sweat that contains fatty material. These apocrine sweat glands are the main cause of sweat odor, due to the bacteria that break down the organic compounds in the sweat from these glands. Body odour is associated with, above all, the hair, crotch, upper medial thigh, armpits, breasts and skin in general. Although sweat itself is almost totally odorless these bacteria multiply considerably in the presence of sweat and it is the smell of this bacteria growing on the body that causes body odour.

The main purpose of inventing an undergarment that absorbs sweat is to prevent such bacteria from causing stains, sweat spots, undesirable scents and discomfort for the wearer. More specifically for those people, male and female, who invest a lot of money into their wardrobe, be it form fitting sweaters, simple business blouses or sexy shirts, people who spend a lot of money on their clothes whether it be on designer labels or not, do not want their articles of clothing to be ruined due to acid build up from on going sweat spots that cannot be removed or permanently sweat smelling sweaters.

Dress shields, undergarments, pads and other methods have been introduced in the past in an effort to control this problem however most of these previous inventions have several drawbacks:

    • 1—Most of them are predominantly designed for women;
    • 2—Most of them are “high maintenance” because they are time-consuming to position for use and they have to be replaced frequently;
    • 3—Most of them are not designed to completely cover the perspiration area and thus not able to collect a sufficient amount of perspiration;
    • 4—Those that are designed for men and women are also not designed for fitted clothing and thus bunch up and cause unsightly shapes that are visible through the outer garment;
    • 5—Some become dislodged during use;

Undergarments

U.S. Pat. No. 6,591,425, Zellers, introduces an undergarment with a permanently attached perspiration collecting shield which is constructed of three layers. These three layers are composed of the undergarment material, an absorbent material and a pliable waterproof material and are all sewn into the underarm area of the garment. Although this product attempts to target the female user, it is a product that is designed primarily for men, as mentioned in its abstract and it is not an undergarment that is generic in the sense that it is body-fitting and curve supporting for both males and females. The three layers are too thick, thus causing discomfort for the wearer and will be noticeable under tight-fitting clothing. In today's society both men and women have become more fashionable and do not care for unwanted bulges or extra material appearing under the clothing.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,282,70, J. Mayer, is claimed to be an “under/outer shirt” for women designed for women. This undergarment is too bulky for the wearer to wear under form-fitting clothing as it is referred to as “a woman's T-shirt,” in its first claim and according to the possible textiles it could be made of, is not an undergarment that solves the problem of sweat absorption.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,347,407, B. Dowell, is an undergarment that “helps control” underarm perspiration and does not absorb it. This undergarment “fits loosely” as clearly stated in its third claim, it targets only one area of the body, and does not provide support to the body.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,276,176, S. Blakely, is a pantyhose undergarment that only targets females, which focuses mainly on the legs and lower waist of the body with the main intention of the invention being a “footless pantyhose”. Although it attempts to support the upper thigh and the buttocks area with a reinforced control top as most pantyhose do, this invention does not target the upper body and is not intended to absorb perspiration and prevent tight fitting expensive clothing from being soiled and smelly.

Shields

U.S. Pat. No. 6,138,276, C. Asciutto and L. Pinney, introduces an underarm perspiration shield that attaches to the shoulder strap of the wearer's undergarment. This underarm device by design requires the wearer to have an undergarment with straps, thus is designed primarily for women and it is not practical in several senses: it must be replaced frequently; it may cause discomfort due to movement as the wearer moves her arm; it may fall off and it is definitely not flattering to see it bulging or bunching up under the wearer's clothing, specifically tight-fitting clothing; lastly, it does not target the full area and/or other areas on the body where sweat is visible and discomforting.

Another device that is designed primarily for women and shares in the same disadvantages as those mentioned above is U.S. Pat. No. 5,042,089, P. Carmer, which is a perspiration shield that has sleeves and is permanently attached to a woman's bra undergarment when it is manufactured. This dress shield would not be suitable for the male wearer since men do not typically wear women's bras. Furthermore, there is no indication of its thickness and it will have to be frequently replaced.

Pads and Attachments

Another device that does attempt to target both the male and female wearer, U.S. Pat. No. 3,885,247, R. Kost, is affixed by an adhesive means to the skin of the underarm of the wearer. The problem with this device is that it may become dislodged or bunch up causing discomfort and failure to absorb perspiration.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,145,129, G. Czekalla and J. Czekalla, introduced a device that is designed to attach to the wearer's body with straps secured to the arm and over the shoulder and contains an absorbent pad that may be removable and replaceable once soiled. This invention is difficult to apply and time consuming since positioning the device correctly in place and adjusting the attachment straps requires work. In addition, this pad could become visible if it becomes displaced or bulky, which causes for even more embarrassment than sweat spots.

Although U.S. Pat. No. 5,603,653, K. F. Hartman, is a device that attempts to absorb perspiration it only focuses on perspiration that occurs under the breast area as indicated by its title and does not absorb perspiration from the underarm area or other areas of the body that are prone to perspire frequently. In addition, this device, which is an absorption pad, may cause discomfort and may move around and fall off.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,245,707, J. Y. Green, introduces a device, referred to as a “suite and blouse saver dress shield device” with the intention of absorbing underarm perspiration. This device only targets the female wearer and is a garment accessory which is time consuming to put together and does not focus on other areas of the body or provide body support.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,760,920, J. Kadymir, et al. presents a disposable underarm perspiration pad which straddles the lower edge of a sleeve opening. The problem with this invention is that this pad could make the wearer feel as if their sleeve is weighed down by something to some extent, and it is disposable, therefore frequent replacements of the pad will eventually become costly. Furthermore, a pad or shield, as in any other case presented above is not an undergarment and does not provide support of certain areas on the body while absorbing perspiration from not just the underarm area but other areas of the body where males and females are prone to sweat.

While the foregoing body of prior art presents a variety of perspiration absorption devices as well as few body support devices, they all share some if not all of the drawbacks listed above. The provision of a simple and comfortable to wear, generic undergarment that supports and enhances different body parts while preventing one's fashionable wardrobe from being spoiled and smelly by absorbing sweat is clearly not contemplated. The present invention however is a unique undergarment which provides busy, appearance conscience, males and females in today's exciting and competitive society with complete comfort, protection and maintenance of their clothing. Furthermore, this absorbent pantyhose undergarment is manufactured in a continuous knitting process so that the supportive regions blend in with the more sheer regions without creating seams or bands that constrict blood circulation and that can be seen through clothing.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Both men and women in today's fast-paced, success-driven, and let's not forget, trendy society prefer clothing made from light fabric that will shield outer garments from underarm perspiration without adversely affecting the appearance of the outer garment. An undergarment that is form fitting, sweat absorbing and gives the wearer a feeling of luxury, attractive shape and control but that is not restrictive is what our fashion world is missing and it is the pantyhose undergarment of this invention that will provide that missing link between undergarment and outer garment. This invention is an undergarment that comes in several forms of the same material to accomplish a number of problems that most all women and some men face in today's busy and fashionably competitive society. This invention's main purpose is to absorb sweat and to provide support in several areas while protecting a person's outerwear and providing the wearer with a feeling of confidence and shaping control that is not constrictive. It absorbs sweat, thereby eliminating visual sweat marks, smelly sweat spots and acidic sweat buildup in all types of clothes imaginable. It provides support for the buttocks by providing a control top material to lift the lower part of the buttocks, which is not only a short term lift, but will actually enhance and support the buttocks into a position, which, in time and with continuous use, avoids sagginess in the lower buttocks, it provides support for the stomach, by tucking the stomach in, and it covers up buttocks and upper thigh cellulite by acting as underwear as well, so that the wearer does not feel padded by wearing various undergarments. The undergarment may also be worn with or without a bra, for women since it provides form and uplifting support and characteristics for the female wearer's breasts. These and other features and advantages of the present invention are apparent from the included description, drawings and claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF THE DRAWINGS

In the interest of clarity, the pantyhose undergarment of claim 1 is represented in FIG. 1, the pantyhose undergarment of claim 6 is represented in FIG. 2, and the pantyhose undergarment of claim 11 is represented in FIG. 3.

FEMALE WEARER

FIG. 1 illustrates the pantyhose undergarment of the present invention in accordance with the one embodiment wherein the upper body portion begins at the mid upper arm area, with the absorbent area being at the underarm area and the crotch area, the crotch area being able to open for comfort and convenience, with the undergarment terminating as first and second leg portions just below the knees.

FIG. 2 illustrates the pantyhose undergarment of the present invention in accordance with another embodiment wherein the upper body portion begins at the mid upper arm area, with the absorbent area being at the under arm area, and the undergarment terminating as one portion at the mid upper thigh area.

FIG. 3 illustrates the pantyhose undergarment of the present invention in accordance with another embodiment wherein the upper body portion begins at the mid upper arm area, with the absorbent area being at the underarm area as well as at the crotch area, and the undergarment terminating at the crotch area with two flat buttons.

MALE WEARER

In the interest of clarity, since the pantyhose undergarment in FIG. 1 is the exact same style of that for the male wearer, FIG. 1 will also represent the style of the undergarment for the male wearer and claim 1 is an acceptable claim for the pantyhose undergarment in FIG. 1 for the male wearer.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The undergarment of the present invention in accordance with another embodiment wherein the upper arm portions begin at the mid upper arm area, with the absorbent area being at the under arm area and the undergarment terminates at the crotch area is shown in FIG. 3. The undergarment of the present invention in accordance with another embodiment wherein the upper arm portions begin at the mid upper arm area, with the absorbent area being at the under arm area and the undergarment terminates as one portion at the mid upper thigh area is shown in FIG. 2. The undergarment of the present invention in accordance with another embodiment wherein the upper arm portions begin at the mid upper arm area, with the absorbent area being at the under arm area and the undergarment terminates as first and second leg portions just below the knees is shown in FIG. 1.

With reference to each figure, the same numerals will be used to describe like elements. The undergarments 1, 2 and 3 may be manufactured in a conventional manner with conventional knitted fabric materials, such as, for example, nylon, LYCRA.®, spandex, silk, cotton, etc. Rather than using elastic bands, knitted-in welts are knitted in during the knitting process at the upper arm bands and at the leg terminating regions. This enables the garment to be manufactured in one, continuous knitting process as opposed to performing an additional manufacturing process after the knitting process has been performed in order to attach elastic bands. Those skilled in the art will understand the manner in which the garments 1, 2 and 3 of the present invention can be manufactured in one continuous knitting process.

In FIG. 1, the pantyhose undergarment 1 comprises two upper arm portions 5 and 6, an upper body portion 7, a control top portion 8 and two leg portions 9 and 10. The upper arm portions 5 and 6 preferably are terminated with knitted-in welts 13 and 14. The upper body portion 7 preferably begins at the top of the shoulders and is terminated just below the breast area where the control top 15 begins. The control top portion 8 also preferably begins just under the breast area 15 and extends down the stomach area and ends at the upper thigh area, 16 and 17. The leg portions 9 and 10 preferably are terminated with knitted-in welts 18 and 19 just below the knees. Those skilled in the art will understand that the widths of the upper arm bands and leg bands are not limited to any particular widths. The welts 13, 14, 18 and 19 provide a snug fit on the user's upper arms and legs without overly constricting these areas. The crotch area 20 is made of cotton. The crotch 20 preferably is sewn onto the garment 1 after the knitting process has been performed. The control top portion 8, which begins from 15 and ends at 16 and 17 respectively, is thicker than the upper arm portions 5 and 6, the upper body portion 7 and the leg portions 9 and 10 in order to provide additional support for the stomach, love handles, buttocks and upper thigh regions. The absorbent areas, 11, 12 and 20 are indicated with darker shaded areas.

In accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the order in which the garment is manufactured is as follows: the knitted-in welts 13 and 14 that terminate the upper arm portions 5 and 6 are knitted first, the upper arm portions 5 and 6 are knitted next, the upper body portion 7 is knitted after the upper arm portions 5 and 6, the control top portion 8 is knitted after the upper body portion 7, the leg portions 9 and 10 are knitted after the control top portion 8 and the knitted-in welts 18 and 19 that terminate the leg portions 9 and 10 are knitted last. The absorbent under arm portions 11 and 12 are knitted onto the under garment 1 and the cotton crotch area 20 is knitted onto the under garment.

FIG. 2 illustrates another embodiment of the present invention wherein the upper body portion begins at the mid upper arm area, with the absorbent area being at the under arm area and the undergarment terminating as one portion at the mid upper thigh area. The pantyhose undergarment 2 is composed of two upper arm portions 5 and 6, an upper body portion 7 and a control top portion 8. This undergarment 2 preferably is similar to the undergarment 1 shown in FIG. 1 in all respects except where the undergarment terminates. The control top portion 8 preferably begins just under the breast area 15, extends down the stomach and upper thighs area and ends as one upper thigh band 21 at the mid upper thigh area. Since the upper body portions of this under garment 2 is identical to the upper body portions of under garment 1 in FIG. 1, a detailed discussion of the undergarment 2 shown in FIG. 2 will not be provided herein in the interest of brevity.

FIG. 3 illustrates another embodiment of the present invention wherein the upper body portion begins at the mid upper arm area, with the absorbent area being at the under arm area and the crotch area, and the undergarment terminating at the crotch area with two flat buttons. The pantyhose undergarment 3 is composed of two upper arm portions 5 and 6, an upper body portion 7 and a control top portion 8. This undergarment 3 preferably is similar to the undergarment 1 shown in FIG. 1 in all respects except where the undergarment terminates. The control top portion 8 preferably begins just under the breast area 15, extends down the stomach area and ends at the crotch area with two flat buttons 22. Since the upper body portions of this under garment 3 is identical to the upper body portions of under garment 1 in FIG. 1, a detailed discussion of the undergarment 3 shown in FIG. 3 will not be provided herein in the interest of brevity.

In accordance with the preferred embodiments of the present invention, the undergarment in FIG. 1 preferably will be manufactured in a continuous knitting process and the order in which the undergarment is manufactured is as follows: Knitting first and second upper arm bands, the first and second upper arm bands being comprised of first and second welts, respectively, the welts knitted from at least one type of yarn, the first and second upper arm bands knitted to terminate first and second upper arm portions between the mid-upper arms and the shoulders of a person wearing the pantyhose garment. Once the first and second upper arm bands have been knitted, the transfer is made to knitting the first and second upper arm portions, each upper arm portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn. Once the first and second upper arm portions have been knitted, the transfer is made to knitting an upper body portion beginning from the shoulders and continuing down the wearers front and back torso as a low V-neck, so as not to interfere with outerwear appearance, the upper body portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn. Once the upper body portion has been knitted, the transfer is made to knitting a control top portion, the control top portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn. Once the control top portion has been knitted, the transfer is made to knitting the leg portions which will be comprised of a thinner fabric than the control top. Once the leg portions have been knitted, the transfer is made to knitting the first and second leg bands, the first and second leg bands being comprised of first and second welts. Once the undergarment has been manufactured preferably in this process, the absorbent underarm and crotch fabric portions are sewn onto the undergarment.

In accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the undergarment in FIG. 2 preferably will be manufactured in a continuous knitting process and the order in which the undergarment is manufactured is the same as that for the undergarment in FIG. 1, except that once the control top portion has been knitted, the transfer is made to knitting the upper thigh band, the upper thigh band being comprised of one knitted-in welt. Once the undergarment has been manufactured preferably in this process, the absorbent underarm portions are sewn onto the undergarment.

In accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the undergarment in FIG. 3 preferably will be manufactured in a continuous knitting process and the order in which the undergarment is manufactured is the same as that for the undergarments in FIG. 1 and FIG. 2 except that once the transfer is made to knitting a control top portion, the control top portion being comprised of at least one type of yarn, ends at the crotch area as a thong. Once the undergarment has been manufactured preferably in this process, the absorbent underarm and crotch fabric portions are sewn onto the undergarment.

Those skilled in the art will understand that the present invention is not limited with respect to the denier or yarns used for the different portions of the garments 1, 2 and 3. Those skilled in the art will understand that many modifications may be made to the present invention and that all such modifications are within the spirit and scope of the present invention.





 
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