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Dressmaker or Seamstress

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  • Helen Jane Fisher (1824 - 1872)
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  • Bessie Marie Slonaker (1916 - 2005)
    Bessie Marie Slonaker, of Gettysburg, entered into Heavenly rest April 25 in Emmitsburg. She was a daughter of the late Emanuel E. and Lillie Virginia Eigenbrode Tressler. Mrs. Slonaker was a seamstr...
  • Byrdie Roberts (1921 - 2014)
    Byrdie Toole (1921-2014) was a daughter of Oliver Wray Toole & Bennie Helen Ross Hankinson. Wife of Leroy Calvin Roberts (1924-1996). Obituary: Mrs. Byrdie Toole Roberts, 92, wife of the late Leroy ...
  • Betty Catherine Seibert (1927 - 2014)
    eibert, Betty CBetty Catherine (Wilt) Seibert, 86, of Macungie, PA (Upper Milford Township) passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 28th 2014, surrounded by her immediate family. Born November 24t...
  • Betty Adeline Harris (1927 - 2022)
    Mrs. Betty Seymour Harris, 95, of Bowman, GA passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at Spring Valley Health Care Center in Elberton, GA. Mrs. Harris was born on August 3, 1927 in Elberton, GA, dau...


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.