One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for seamstress
- ‘Young Misses will be improved in Reading, Grammar, and Writing; and particular attention will be paid such whose abilities entitle them to become complete sempstresses.’
- ‘The 1696 parable about the dangers of middle-class women dressing like ‘persons of quality’ has its roots in the more or less endemic anxiety that prostitutes' ‘excellent Art… can easily turn a Sempstress into a waiting Gentlewoman.’’
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