Plain sewing

sewing of seams by simple and common stitches, in distinct from fancy work, embroidery, etc.; - distinguished also from designing and fitting garments.

See also: Plain

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
"I declare I will!" cried Belle, whose conscience suddenly woke, and smote her for beating down the woman who did her plain sewing, in order that she might have an extra flounce on a new dress.
For example, she not only determined to work at plain sewing, that she might contribute something toward the fund in the tin box, but she went, in the first instance, in her zeal of self-mortification, to ask for it at a linen shop in St.
An award-winning quilter, professional quilt appraiser, and teacher of programs on Victorian needlework and women's history, explains needlework's relationship to social status, morality, education, philanthropy, earning a living, and technology, plus options for fancy and plain sewing. Ledbetter (English, Texas State U., San Marcos) also discusses literary representations of needlework.
It's always in fashion," advised an 1845 book, "The Ladies' Self Instructor in Millinery, Mantua-Making and All Brands of Plain Sewing."
Those girls lucky enough to be educated were taught the basics of plain sewing. No fancy needlework or embroidery for them, they had to know how to use a needle, attach collars and cuffs, make buttonholes, insert slits into the side seams of men's shirts and the different stitches required for darning and seaming hems.
"I can't even buy fabric and notions for khaki pants :as cheaply as lean purchase pants." As a result, although fashion design has become a popular niche in the curriculum, repair, fitting, alterations and garment care fit the needs of today's lifestyles more than plain sewing.
200 YEARS AGO: Misses Hectors respectfully inform their friends and the public they have opened a school in Temple Row, Birmingham, for instructing young ladies in plain sewing, marking and English grammar with special attention being paid to morals.
It seems likely that before the introduction of the sewing machine, texts were seldom used in teaching home sewing, as the requisite skills were most typically learned by girls from their mothers in apprenticeship fashion, starting with easier tasks - plain sewing on short, straight edges - and working up to greater challenges such as cutting, fitting, or "turning" clothing (Strasser 1982; Deecher and Stowe 1869).
Some b&w photos are included, and some topics have been excluded, such as weaving and plain sewing. The book is aimed at general readers and practitioners.