Lately I’ve been working on a waistcoat to go under my Snowshill riding habit. I really love the look of this menswear inspired style, but before jumping in, I needed to take a closer look at the evolution of the waistcoat throughout the 18th century.
Lancret, “Picnic after the hunt,” 1740
Ladies throughout the 18th century appeared to wear riding habit jackets both buttoned up closed or open over a matching or complimenting waistcoat, as shown above (1740). The waistcoat shape changed throughout the century, as of course the coats atop them did – some had very large skirtings, and some had no skirts at all:
For my riding habit, my date range is 1730 – 1750, so I’ll be going with a skirted waistcoat. My efforts thus far have not worked out (that’s for a later post), but I think I’ve finally got the pattern *just right,* so will be making up the final version in ivory taffeta, with a linen back. Silver trim is a maybe. Onward!