Mantua Maker

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Mantua Maker

A "mantua" is another way to say a dress. Mantua Making first started in 1700s. Mantua Makers were different from tailors. Originally Mantua Makers would be responsible for draping, needlework, embroidery, and little details like that, but over time they started actually sewing and partially designing the dresses. Mantua Makers would either be or work for the Milliner, and their shops would usually be connected to their house.

Makes and Does

Mantua Makers made or "got-up" dresses. They had to import fabrics, measure the bodice of the lady, and sew all the different pieces of the dress, like the stays, "sweat shirt" (they wore this under their clothes on hot days, so that they're clothes won't get ruined from the sweat), shift, stockings, hooped petticoat, stomacher, apron and the actual gown itself. The Mantua Maker would import fabrics from all over the world like India, China, Europe, and Africa. It would take 7 days to make a dress by yourself, if you were a Mantua Maker. But if there would 7-8 people, it would only take a day or two to make a dress. Lots of the styles of the dresses then were inspired by the French, but mostly from what the Queen of England wore.

The Mantua Maker didn't use many tools. They would use scissors, needle & thread, pincushion, iron, measuring tape, and fabric. They would get the thread from the weaver, who spun wool and other furs into thread. Also for fabrics, they would use wool, silk, linen, and cotton. Before making a dress they would wash it and iron it, to clean it and loosen up the fabric so it wasn't so stiff.


You could be apprenticed by the Milliner, but usually sewing is something you learn from your family, like your mom or grandmother. If you were apprenticed by the Milliner, you would learn from him/her for 6 years. You would learn different sewing techniques, all the different parts of the dress, how to measure a person's body, and more embroidery skills. In colonial times, everything was sewn by hand. There were no machines what so ever. There were techniques like the running stitch, the backstitch, the flat felled seam, and the French seam.

About the Trade

there were teqniques like the back stitch, the running stitch, the flat felled seam, and the french seam



Sewing Tecniques

Karema Mikhail


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