Origin of handsewn

First recorded in 1885–90; hand + sewn


verb (used with object), hand·sewed, hand·sewn or hand·sewed, hand·sew·ing.
  1. to sew by hand.

Origin of handsew

First recorded in 1915–20; hand + sew1
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Examples from the Web for hand-sewn

Historical Examples of hand-sewn

  • Well give a good exhibition of union-made, hand-sewn baseball on Wednesday thatll tickle the college to death.

    Weatherby's Inning

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Hand-sewn and made of well-tanned hide, such a shoe could be mended again and again before it was outworn.

  • A delightful frock for Southern wear is hand-sewn voile in a soft old rose shade.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2

    Lillian Eichler Watson

  • She bent and adjusted his hand-sewn period topcoat, then carefully wound and set the turnip-watch in his vest-pocket.