- For other uses see Dressmaker (disambiguation)
A dressmaker is a person who makes custom clothing for women, such as dresses, blouses, and evening gowns. Clothing (also called clothes, accoutrements, accouterments, or habiliments) protects the Human body from extreme Weather A dress (also frock, gown) is a garment consisting of a Skirt with an attached Bodice or with a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece The word blouse most commonly refers to a woman's Shirt, although the term is also used for some men's military uniform jackets A gown ( Medieval Latin gunna) is a (usually loose outer Garment from knee- to full-length worn by men and women in Europe from Also called a mantua-maker (historically) or a modiste.
History of dressmaking
The Oxford English Dictionary first records dressmaker in 1803. The Oxford English Dictionary ( OED) published by the Oxford University Press (OUP is a comprehensive Dictionary of the English 1803 ( MDCCCIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a 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 local dressmaker, who copied or adapted the latest clothing ideas from Paris, London or other fashion centres, based on printed illustrations called fashion plates. The 19th century of the Common Era began on January 1, 1801 and ended on December 31, 1900, according to the Gregorian calendar "Prêt-à-Porter" redirects here For the movie Prêt-à-Porter (English title Ready to Wear) see Prêt-à-Porter (film. Clothing (also called clothes, accoutrements, accouterments, or habiliments) protects the Human body from extreme Weather Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. An illustration is a visualization such as a Drawing, Painting, Photograph or other work of Art that stresses subject more than A fashion plate is literally an illustration (a plate) demonstrating the highlights of Fashionable styles of Clothing.
Today, custom dressmakers fill a niche between haute couture and ready-to-wear, and are often employed for one-of-a-kind special occasion dresses, such as wedding gowns and prom dresses. Haute couture ( French for "high sewing" or "high dressmaking" oːt kuˈtyʁ refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted fashions A wedding dress or wedding gown is Clothing worn by a Bride during a Wedding ceremony
- Dressmaker as an adjective denotes clothing made in the style of a dressmaker, frequently in the term dressmaker details which includes ruffles, frills, ribbon or braid trim. Fashion design is the Applied art dedicated to Clothing and lifestyle Accessories created within the cultural and social influences of a specific time Fashion design is the Applied art dedicated to Clothing and lifestyle Accessories created within the cultural and social influences of a specific time A tailor is a person whose occupation is to sew and scissor menswear style jackets and the skirts or trousers that go with them Sewing or stitching is the fastening of Cloth, Leather, Furs Bark, or other flexible materials using needle and In Grammar, an adjective is a word whose main syntactic role is to modify a Noun or Pronoun, giving more information about the Fashion refers to styles of dress (but can also include cuisine literature art architecture and general comportment that are popular in a culture at any given time In Sewing and Dressmaking, a ruffle, frill, or furbelow is a strip of fabric, Lace or Ribbon tightly gathered A ribbon or riband is a thin band of flexible material typically Cloth but also Plastic or sometimes Metal, used primarily for binding and tying A braid (also called plait) is a complex structure or pattern formed by intertwining three or more strands of flexible material such as textile fibers wire or human hair Dressmaker in this sense is contrasted to tailored and has fallen out of use since the rise of casual wear in the mid-twentieth century. A tailor is a person whose occupation is to sew and scissor menswear style jackets and the skirts or trousers that go with them In the European tradition casual is the Dress code which emphasizes comfort and personal expression over presentation and uniformity
- Mantua-maker, in the eighteenth century a maker of mantuas, or in general a dressmaker. The 18th century lasted from 1701 to 1800 in the Gregorian calendar, in accordance with the Anno Domini / Common Era numbering system A Mantua (from the French Manteuil) is an article of women's Clothing worn in the late Seventeenth century and early Eighteenth century.
- Modiste, a maker of fashionable clothing and accessories, with the implication that the articles made reflect the current Paris modes. Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city
- Sewing Professional is the most general term for those who make their living by sewing, teaching, writing about sewing, or retailing sewing supplies. She or he may work out of her home, a studio, or retail shop, and may work part-time or full-time. She or he may be any or all or the following sub-specialities:
- A Custom Clothier makes custom garments one at a time, to order, to meet an individual customer's needs and preferences.
- A Custom Dressmaker specializes in women's custom apparel, including day dresses, careerwear, suits, evening or bridal wear, sportswear, or lingerie.
- A Tailor makes custom menswear-style jackets and the skirts or trousers that go with them, for men or women.
- An Alterations Specialist, or Alterationist adjusts the fit of completed garments, usually ready-to-wear, or restyles them. Note that while all tailors can do alterations, by no means can all alterationists do tailoring.
- Designers think up combinations of line, proportion, color, and texture for intended garments. They may have no sewing or patternmaking skills whatsoever, and may only sketch or conceptualize garments.
- Patternmakers flat draft the shapes and sizes of the numerous pieces of a garment by hand using paper and measuring tools or by computer using AutoCAD based software, or by draping muslin on a dressform. The resulting pattern pieces must comprise the intended design of the garment and they must fit the intended wearer.
- A Wardrobe Consultant or Fashion Advisor recommends styles and colors that are flattering for a client.
- A Seamstress is someone who sews seams, or in other words, a machine operator in a factory who may not have the skills to make garments from scratch or to fit them on a real body. This term is not a synonym for dressmaker.
Deckert, Barbara: Sewing for Plus Sizes: Design, Fit and Construction for Ample Apparel, Taunton, 1999, Appendix B: How to Find, Select, and Work With a Custom Clothier, pp. 142-143.
Picken, Mary Brooks: The FashionDictionary, Funk and Wagnalls, 1957.
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- A person who makes dresses.
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