One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman who sews, especially one who earns her living by sewing.
- ‘I was escaping from my seamstresses again - darn those chattering women anyway.’
- ‘Because of the clothing demands of an imperial court city, slave tailors and seamstresses found much employment.’
- ‘Most of the working women are employed as seamstresses in the dressmaking industry.’
- ‘She ran in on the seamstresses and tailors, checking on the clothes.’
- ‘She needed to strike the cobra and pin it as a seamstress would hold a hem.’
- ‘Bakers baked their food while seamstresses seamed their cloth.’
- ‘A cloud of lint hovered over the seamstresses and their sewing machines like a multicolored fog over a river.’
- ‘Now they are being trained to become seamstresses and tailors.’
- ‘Your stupid seamstresses want me to wear a corset.’
- ‘Yet the servants insisted the seamstress and cobbler had made them with me in mind.’
- ‘Does anyone know of seamstresses / tailors in or around Boston that do good work on wedding dresses?’
- ‘The tailors or seamstresses would literally stitch new clothes onto people around Easter-time and that was it for the year.’
- ‘Workers in this informal sector include tinsmiths, seamstresses, bakers, carpenters, and peddlers.’
- ‘Clever seamstresses, milliners, and tradesmen quickly reproduced the latest in sleeves, bonnets, and furnishings for their wealthy clients.’
- ‘Then there's the cash for seamstresses, cutters, pattern makers, and salespeople, as well as space to house your operation.’
- ‘They are certain to know a few people in your area that are professional tailors / seamstresses.’
- ‘There being no sewing machines to speed the assembly of clothes, tailors and seamstresses were economical with their stitches.’
- ‘Here at the Brukman factory, blue-coated seamstresses and tailors are in control.’
- ‘She was moping about the next day too, when as promised, the finest tailors and seamstresses were summoned to measure her for her gown.’
- ‘Especially numerous as seamstresses in the needle trades and in domestic work, women were also essential to the emerging factories.’
Late 16th century: from archaic seamster, sempster ‘tailor, seamstress’ + -ess.
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