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A woman who sews, especially one who makes her living by sewing.
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(ˈsɛmstrɪs) or rarely


(Knitting & Sewing) a woman who sews and makes clothes, esp professionally
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(ˈsim strɪs; esp. Brit. ˈsɛm-)

a woman who sews, esp. one whose occupation is sewing.
usage: See -ess.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.seamstress - someone who makes or mends dressesseamstress - someone who makes or mends dresses  
garment worker, garmentmaker, garment-worker - a person who makes garments
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[ˈsemstrɪs] Ncosturera f
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[ˈsiːmstrəs] (old-fashioned) ncouturière f
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nNäherin f
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[ˈsɛmstrɪs] nsarta
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(siːm) noun
1. the line formed by the sewing together of two pieces of cloth etc.
2. the line where two things meet or join. Water was coming in through the seams of the boat.
3. a thin line or layer of coal etc in the earth. a coal seam.
to sew a seam in. I've pinned the skirt together but I haven't seamed it yet.
ˈseamstress (ˈsemstrəs) , (ˈsiːmstrəs) noun
a woman who earns her living by sewing.
the seamy side (of life)
the roughest, most unpleasant side or aspect of human life.
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For you might spend your life, say, in studying the London street boy, and write never so movingly and humourously about him, yet would he never know your name; and though Whitechapel makes novelists, it does so without knowing it,--makes them to be read in Mayfair,--just as it never wears the dainty hats and gowns its weary little milliners and seamstresses make through the day and night.
"I hope my dress will be ready in time for the State-ball," she answered; "I have ordered passion-flowers to be embroidered on it; but the seamstresses are so lazy."
They are seamstresses, who have plied the daily and nightly needle in the service of master tailors and close-fisted contractors, until now it is almost time for each to hem the borders of her own shroud.
The way they get so much done, is, they take work home, and make their seamstresses do it, and then they take credit for vast industry," said Belle, who always spoke her mind with charming candor.
Could n't we give up a few of the vanities, and pay the seamstresses better?"
A company from Dupnitsa has filed an application for hiring seamstresses from Moldova and has been approved to appoint them, announced the city's labor office.
The enclosure hosted the 2008 video Sicky (Seamstresses), a meditation on Sam's memories of working in a Soviet shirt factory as a teenager.
The "Complete Book of Sewing Techniques" is a veritable encyclopedia of sewing knowledge and techniques which can offer specific guidance to even advanced seamstresses as well as beginners.
In a ( separate post that showcases her glamorous getup on the red carpet, Lively tagged all of the Versace seamstresses who put hours into completing her black and gold gown.
As the first American artist chosen for this prestigious program, Avery collaborated with seamstresses from the Holding Textile Hermes and their fabric printing facilities for four months and created 300 performative objects from opulent gold, silk, cotton and fleece fabrics printed with her drawings, photocopies, and repurposed trash from Hermes.
Pin sees despair in the faces of the other seamstresses, but she knows there must be a Before.
Mapping the movement of clothing throughout London, Victorian print culture repeatedly illustrated a dress's mobility across high and low sectors of the city: initially shown being sewn in unsanitary, cramped garrets where seamstresses lodged, the finished product was eventually featured as an embellishment in upper-class ballrooms and boudoirs.