a person whose occupation is the making or alteration of women's dresses, coats, etc.


(of women's clothing) having soft lines or elaborate detail.

Origin of dressmaker

First recorded in 1795–1805; dress + maker
Related formsdress·mak·ing, noun
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a person whose occupation is making clothes, esp for women
Derived Formsdressmaking, noun
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