seamstress (n.) 1640s, with -ESS (Cf. -ess) + O.E. seamestre "person whose work is sewing," from SEAM (Cf. seam). Originally indicating a woman, but the fem. ending -estre no longer was felt as such in late Middle English and a new one added.

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