Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
Join Geni to explore your genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.

Dressmaker or Seamstress

« Back to Projects Dashboard

view all


  • Anna Persdr Fredricksen, [Twin] (1841 - 1929)
    Anna was born Jan 26, 1841 Kornheddinge Estate, Kyrkheddinge, Malmohus, SwedenDaughter of Per Jenson or Jonsson and Hanna Hannsdotter or HansonMarried Lars Peter Fredricksen March 11 1864 in Mt Pleasan...
  • Anna "Marie" Hansen (1838 - 1884)
    Anna Maria Lovgren was born in Rostanga Sweden. She was confirmed and lived in Billinge, a small village in the area. She joined the church May 13, 1862. She was an excellent seamstress and had a lovel...
  • Elsie May Webb (1913 - 2020)
    May was struck by polio in her youth and almost died if it weren't for the alertness of her parents and quick thinking actions of her local GP.May married Albert Sidney "Sid" Dowding in London during 1...
  • Find a Grave/Family Photo
    Virlyn Shelley (1923 - 2020)
    Daughter of Harvey Leland and Clarice Marlowe Floyd, wife of George Milton Shelley.PLEASANT VIEW - Virlyn Floyd Shelley, 97, of Pleasant View, South Carolina passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 24, 2...
  • Barbara C. Sarber-Keaffaber (Spears) (1935 - 2011)
    Barbara was a seamstress for most of her life. Worked at clothing manufacturing factories in Spring Valley Illinois and Buda Illinois. She loved to cook and bake. I loved her stuffed cabbage. She surpr...

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.

Notable dressmakers

Cristóbal Balenciaga

Pierre Balmain

Coco Chanel

Christian Dior

David Emanuel

Jean Muir, fashion designer (though she herself preferred to be called a dressmaker)

Isabel Toledo

Madeleine Vionnet

Charles Frederick Worth


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. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, a seamstress did handsewing, especially under the putting-out system. Older variants are seamster and sempstress.