Dressmaking

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Dressmaking Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    dressmaking n : the craft of making dresses
Dressmaking Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Dressmaking \Dress"mak`ing\, n. The art, process, or occupation, of making dresses.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Dressmaking'


A dressmaker is a person who makes custom clothing for women, such as dresses, blouses, and evening gowns. Also called a mantua-maker (historically) or a modiste.

The Oxford English Dictionary first recorded 'dressmaker' in 1803. Throughout the nineteenth century and until the rise of ready-to-wear, most women who did not make their own clothes at home employed a dressmaker, who copied or adapted the latest clothing ideas from Paris, London or other fashion centres, based on printed illustrations called fashion plates.

A dressmaker is often professionally trained. Many learn in an apprentice role, under the tutelage of an established dressmaker, while some learn in formal school settings. Still others learn through years of trial and error. Dressmaking methods involve measurements, a trial garment, called a "muslin" or "toile", and several fittings.

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