The 1838 sewing manual The Workwoman's Guide "strongly recommended to all those who can afford it, to have their best dresses invariably made by a mantua-maker, as those which are cut out at home seldom fit ...
The term "mantua-maker" outlived the garment by ISO years, being used into the mid-1800s, by which time it was used interchangeably with the newer term "dressmaker."
Fashion magazines at this time were not illustrating styles set by designers or manufacturers as in our day (aside from the occasional promotion of various mantua-makers, most often by Mr.
In the same year Mrs Leverton (presumably his wife) charged the theatre 53 [pounds sterling] for her services as a mantua-maker (Covent Garden Theatre Accounts 1766-67 ff.
(20) Mantua-makers such as Mrs Leverton were occasionally hired, at times billing Covent Garden for as much as 54 [pounds sterling] (Covent Garden Theatre Accounts 1768-69 f.
Yard goods would have been worked up into costumes by in-house tailors and mantua-makers, but many costumes were bought as ready-made clothes as well.
Hart, the mantua-maker, brings not pleasure but a qualm: "However respectable reason and justice render pecuniary emolument, where honorably earned, there is something indefinable, which stands between spirit and delicacy, that makes the first reception of money, ...
(275) And with horrifying specificity Burney does indeed chronicle the poor female's pains in the different employments Juliet undertakes: the casual arrogance with which the upper classes dismiss the talents and the qualifications of the music teacher and performer; the thoughtless disregard by ladies of fashion for the labor and inconveniences they force on the mantua-makers and sisters of the needle"; the slavery thrust upon the lady companion.
For the Sublime Porte, and her mantua-makers
for the Blue Beards of Constantinople?" Islam may have had its virtues, but it has remained a metaphor for many un-American activities.