A sampler made by Miss Waddell while studying domestic science at a college in Glasgow in the 1890s.
This sampler shows examples of button-holing, smocking, lacing, frilling, hemming and pockets and shows that Miss Waddell had mastered a wide range of dressmaking skills at college. Many women learned these kind of skills in order to find a job (perhaps as a domestic servant or a seamstress). Being able to sew also allowed women to make clothes for themselves and, after marriage, their families.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums
domestic science, domestic servants, dress-making, dressmakers, samplers, seamstresses, sewing, women's education