[seem-stris or, esp. British, sem-]
a woman whose occupation is sewing.
Also, sempstress.

1605–15; seamst(e)r + -ess

See -ess. Unabridged
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seamstress or (rarely) sempstress (ˈsɛmstrɪs, ˈsɛmpstrɪs)
a woman who sews and makes clothes, esp professionally
sempstress or (rarely) sempstress

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Word Origin & History

1644, from O.E. seamestre "person whose work is sewing," from seam (see seam). Originally indicating a woman, but the fem. ending -estre no longer felt as such in M.E. and a new one added.
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Example sentences
Her job, as a seamstress in a department store, did not involve much standing.
They had a seamstress on call in case anything happened.
The seamstress then sewed ten quilts, each composed of one of the code's
Employees complained of eyestrain, the seamstress struggled to thread her
  needle, and workers strained to find stains in clothing.
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