Pattern: Self drafted.
Fabrics: 100% cotton, jacquard weave of moire with pink stripes. 100% silk lining, baby pink. 100% silk organza, white for cuffs. 100% silk taffeta, white, for hem and neckline ruffles.
*One of the great things about this style is how forgiving it is with fit. The pin closures allow easy adjustment up or down for body fluctuations.
Hem: 37.5" at front, 40.5 at back (cut for a bull roll or rump pad)
Bicep: 14" max
My biggest influences for this garment were two 18th century prints. The first shows a full length Robe a la Polonaise with the back puffs tied up and formed. In this one, you can really see how the garment hangs away from the body; a close fit, even at the back, was not particularly important. In fact, if the back of the robe fitted close to the back, the resulting sharp just out over the rump would have ruined the smooth hang of the those big swags.
So, I figure that a false waistcoat is like the 18th century of a chemisette, except designed to "fill in" the lower part of the torso rather than the collar or upper chest. I devised this, essentially, extra wide stomacher: