Dressmaking History

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Register to read the introduction… They wore ankle length dresses with pettie coats underneath, long sleeves that buttoned at the wrists and high neck collars. Pants were not worn by women at this time, they were not considered ladylike or feminine. Wearing such dresses allowed women to show their body shapes while maintaining a certain amount of class and modesty. They wore their practical dresses for housework and even any fieldwork they might do, Sunday best dresses were worn to church and other formal events. Women tied pillow type cushions around their waits underneath their dresses call bustles. These caused the back of the dress to poof out just above the bottom. Bustles were a major style of the mid to late 1800s. Corsets were also worn at this time, they were used to keep the waist line maintained. Dressing in these times used to take women hours and they usually had to assist one another in lacing up their corsets and getting into their dresses. Dresses from about 1890 to around 1910 slowly began to lose material and become less heavy. Sleeves became less puffy and were now reduced to elbow length and skirts began to slim down to fit the hips more tightly. Slimming evening gowns were becoming popular however, higher necklines on dresses were still very popular. This era is often referred to as the Victorian …show more content…
The highest-paid quartile of Dressmakers earned over $28,800, while the lowest-paid quartile earned less than $18,510 annually. (What is the average salary of a dressmaker?) The Economic Research Institute reports that the highest average Dressmaker salaries (over $30,000 per year) can be found in the metro areas of New York City, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts. Dressmakers may increase their earning potential by providing services related to Dressmaking, like tailoring and pattern making. The BLS reports that apparel pattern makers, who use designers' drawings to create fabric sections that are sewn together to produce the final product, earn an average wage of $15.74 per hour. Dressmakers can also earn above-average salaries by finding jobs in department stores, where the average salary for Dressmakers and custom tailors is $14.78 per hour, or with performing arts companies, where it is $15.83 per hour. (What is the Average Salary of a

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