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Synonyms for sempstress

someone who makes or mends dresses

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Whether sempstress, temptress, or redemptress each appears as a singularly unattractive and self-centered frump.
Lawrence, (172) the Court considered a claim that worsted shawls should not have been subjected to the tariff applicable to "`clothing ready-made, and wearing apparel of every description, of whatever material composed, made up, or manufactured, wholly or in part by the tailor, sempstress, or manufacturer.'" (173) The claimant tried to show that the term "shawl" had a specialized meaning within the commercial community that brought it outside the statutory description.
The debating ladies would be much better employed at their needle and thread, a good sempstress being a more amiable character than a female orator', as quoted in Andrew (ed.), London Debating Societies, 237-8.
Table 3 Occupations Represented in 1829 Boston City Directory for Individuals Associated with the Bennett Street Methodist Episcopal Church Men Women Individuals Mentioned in Records 102 (26.63) 281 (73.37) In City Directory 48 (47.06) 39 (13.88) Occupation Listed: 44 (91.67) 17 (43.59) Mechanics and Manufacturers 23 (52.28) (*)Importers & Merchants 1 (2.27) Banking, Insurance, Finance & Commercial Regulation 0 Shopkeepers 4 (9.09) Dry Goods 1 Specialties 0 Faneuil Hall Market 3 Grocers 0 Educated Professions, Agents 2 (4.55) Laborers, Transport Workers 13 (29.55) Baker 1 Boarding House 2 English Goods 1 Mantuamaker 2 Milliner 1 Nurse 5 School 2 Sempstress 1 Tailoress 1 Variety Shop 1 No.
The governess and schoolmistress, sempstress and temptress, are ably illustrated.
Barrett Browning modifies this standard story, however, when her upper-class heroine chooses work over marriage and then confronts a working-class double (the sempstress) who must similarly survive on her own in the city.
Grainger's 1843 Children's Employment Commission, Thomas Hood's 1843 poem "The Song of the Shirt," Richard Redgrave's 1844 painting The Sempstress, and Henry Mayhew's work for the Morning Chronicle in 1849 (among many others)--which all established the Victorian seamstress as an iconographic figure.
Here, masculinity is clearly associated with the editorial "we," and femininity is objectified as "our wives" and the "poor sempstress," who make faulty masculine clothing.
(361) Fuller's rich man has a congenial family that shares his values; his workmen are well paid, and his social circle recognizes no class distinctions: "shoemakers, sempstresses and graziers mingled happily with artists and statesmen, to the benefit of both" (362).
not in the hundred million, can rise above the belief that woman was made for man," woman would have to "lay aside all thought, such as she habitually cherished, of being taught and led by men" (W25, 107).(2) Incorporating the platform logic of women's rights and antislavery activists like Angelina Grimke and Abigail Kelley Foster,(3) Fuller tersely observed that "those who think the physical circumstances of woman would make a part in the affairs of national government unsuitable, are by no means those who think it impossible for the negresses to endure field work, even during pregnancy, or the sempstresses to go through their killing labors" (W24).