The Guide to Trade: The Dress-maker, and the Milliner


Dressmaking, millinery and needlework were flourishing occupations for women by the mid-19th century. As this thorough and practical guide begins, there are ‘two principal ways by which a woman may earn her bread, - by Service and by the needle’.

Published in 1843, this slim book provided young women with a variety of advice for entering into the profession, including an overview of fashion over the past 2000 years. It also contains a delicately worded moralistic ‘warning’ against romantic or sexual ‘temptation’, writing that ‘many thousands of girls, employed as you are, have fallen into guilt, misery, and the grave’.

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The Guide to Trade: The Dress-maker, and the Milliner
1843, London
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