This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Watteau Pleat (Wat-Tu'). An arrangement of the back of a woman's dress in which broad folds or pleats hang from the neck to the bottom of the skirt without interruption. A Watteau bodice is a style of woman's dress having a square opening at the neck, and presenting some resemblance to the costumes in the paintings by the artist Watteau, at the beginning of the 18th century.