Wednesday, March 22, 2006

# Posted 11:18 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

IS A MALE SEAMSTRESS A SEAMSTER? I'm not just curious. This question has practical applications. I just sewed my first button and am quite proud of it.

To be more precise, I'm not proud of my sewing, which is terrible. The thread is the wrong color and the stitches are uneven and all over the place. I'll probably cut the button off my suit and try again this weekend.

But I am proud that I bothered to learn (courtesy of eHow.com). The bottom line is I don't like paying other people to do things I should easily be able to do for myself. I can afford it, but I don't like it.

By the way, the comments section below is reserved for anyone who wants to remark on the privileged upbringing I must've had if I consider myself domestically accomplished for having sewn a button.
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In answer to your question, he'd be a tailor,
Still Michael, David deserves a break for missing the tailor thing, it was only, after all, in the last couple of weeks that he learned about shirts, suits and stuff :-)

David, I've sewed on a few buttons in my day, it's not that hard once you've done it a couple times, if you want to be sure it never comes off again, use dental floss for thread (if the color scheme allows).
Sorry, a male CAN be a seamstress. There doesn't seem to be any gender clarification of this word. A tailor can be male or female and is a person who occupation is the manufacture of "tailored" clothing, ie, suits, coats or all garments that are made individually to fit.
A male who designs clothing for male or female is a designer but if he creates and actually sews those garments he can be called a seamstress but in todays world most designers would balk at this effeminate word.
ASGA, (American Sewing Guild of America), Boston Chapter
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