from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes habits; specifically, a maker of women's riding-habits.


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  • They walked round the scorched walls of the drawing-room, with the blue sky overhead, and stopped in front of a picture of a race-horse, given to me on my wedding day by my habit-maker, Alexander Scott (a Scotchman who at my suggestion had made the first patent safety riding-skirt).

    Margot Asquith, an Autobiography - Two Volumes in One

  • Mr. Bennie, tailor and habit-maker, from Edinburgh, 'begs leave to inform the public that all gentlemen and ladies who will be so good as to favour him with their custom may depend upon being faithfully served on the shortest notice and in the newest fashion for ready money or short credit, on the most reasonable terms.'

    Picturesque Quebec : a sequel to Quebec past and present

  • The cutlers show knives and forks made of iron inlaid with brass and copper; the furriers, most beautifully-sewn patchwork of antelopes 'skins; the habit-maker, sheets of mbugu barkcloth; the blacksmith, spears; the maker of shields, his productions; -- and so forth; but nothing is ever given without rubbing it down, then rubbing the face, and going through a long form of salutation for the gracious favour the king has shown in accepting it.

    The Discovery of the Source of the Nile

  • Mr. Place, who was formerly a tailor -- leather-breeches maker and habit-maker, -- having made a fortune and finished his studies, -- is become an immense authority as a political and reforming head with

    The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey—Vol. 1 With a Preface and Annotations by James Hogg

  • Suffolk ordered her robes, and I dressed part of her head, as I made some of my Lord Hertford's dress; for you know, no profession comes amiss to me, from a tribune of the people to a habit-maker.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 3

  • “That, ma’am, is Mr. Higmore, of Conduit Street, tailor, draper, and habit-maker: and I owe him a hundred pound.”

    The Kickleburys on the Rhine

  • Street, tailor, draper, and habit-maker: and I owe him a hundred pound. "

    The Christmas Books of Mr. M.A. Titmarsh


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