|Pink taffeta drawstring jacket c. 1790 (source)|
This doesn't appear to be a common style. A Frolic Through Time has a wonderful 2 part article on 1790's fashion which includes a lot of gathered front garments, but they are all gowns.
I could only find two other images of a gathered front jacket. They appear to be two paintings of the same lady in the exact same outfit. Even the chair is the same, though the upholstery is a different colour. Oddly enough, this jacket is pink too.
|"The joy of motherhood", 1796. Henri-Nicolas Van Gorp. (source)|
|"Nina Singing a Romance", Henri-Nicolas Van Gorp, (source)|
I started by making a toile from my 1790s stays pattern. I added width to the back, cut the tabs off and flared the side piece more instead of putting the godet in. I also added a bit to the straps and the top of the back.
|I put a tail on this one, but it was too big and the zip ties made it sit strangely.|
|Now it looks like the original. Yay!|
|All the pattern pieces on the big table in the storage room.|
The tail in the original appears to be two layers of fabric. It is rather thick and I can't see a narrow hem around it, so I am making my tail with two layers.
|The pieces for the lining. The middle panel and the top piece are also going to be used for the outer fabric.|
The top layer of the tail is cut in one piece with the centre back piece. The scratchy lines are to correct a drawing mistake.
Maybe it would be a better idea to write about those construction details after I've sewn them.
There doesn't seem to be a logical order to write about pattern pieces, so I'm sorry if this post is confusing or disjointed.