Advert For Acaddemy House, Dressmaking School
Medium: Print on paper
Women’s clothes fitted more closely in the 19th Century than they do today, especially under the arms and around the waist. Because sewing machines and patterns did not come into general use until the end of the period, dressmakers had to be sure that they measured their customers carefully. Schools, like the one featured on this leaflet, were set up to teach women the dressmaking trade so that they could support themselves financially.