Dramatic Dressmakers

These fictional dressmakers survive war, the sinking of the Titanic, kidnapping, slavery, and even love.

The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron
Based on true accounts of how Parisiennes resisted the Nazi occupation in World War II–from fashion houses to the city streets–comes a story of two courageous women who risked everything to fight an evil they couldn’t abide.

The Dressmaker’s Dowry by Meredith Jaeger
Two women: one, an immigrant seamstress who disappears from San Francisco’s gritty streets in 1876, and the other, a young woman in present-day who must delve into the secrets of her husband’s wealthy family only to discover that she and the missing dressmaker might be connected in unexpected ways.

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
A spirited young maid on board the Titanic captures the attentions of two men, a kindhearted sailor and an enigmatic Chicago millionaire, and barely escapes with her life before witnessing media scorn targeting her famous designer mistress.

The Dressmaker’s War by Mary Chamberlain
The story of a brilliant English seamstress taken prisoner in Germany during World War II: about her perseverance, the choices she makes to stay alive, and the haunting aftermath of war.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
In March 1861, Mrs. Lincoln chose formerly enslaved woman Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley as her personal modiste. As their relationship evolved, Keckley was drawn into the intimate life of the Lincoln family. 

The Dressmakers of Auschwitz: The True Story of the Women who Sewed to Survive by Lucy Adlington
Drawing on a vast array of sources, including interviews with the last surviving seamstress, this powerful book tells the story of the brave women who used their sewing skills to survive the Holocaust, exposing the greed, cruelty, and hypocrisy of the Third Reich.

The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz
Two years after Grace Kelly’s royal wedding, her iconic dress is still all the rage in Paris–and one replica, and the secrets it carries, will inspire three generations of women to forge their own paths in life and in love.

The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark
When Harper’s plans come crashing down around her, she returns home to Fairhope, Alabama, and to Millie, the woman who first taught her how to sew. As Harper rethinks her future, long-hidden secrets about Millie’s past are brought to light.

The Seamstress by Allison Pittman
1788: In a tiny French village, during the waning days of peace, cousins Renee and Laurette live a peaceful, relatively contented life as the shepherdesses under the guardianship of the respectable Emile Gagnon. When Renee is given a chance to work as a seamstress at the Palace at Versailles, their lives take two very different paths straight into the heart of the Revolution.

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson
In 1947 Londa, two women forge an unlikely friendship when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown. 70 years later, a woman seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. 

The Perfect Dress by Carolyn Brown
A plus-sized custom wedding-dress boutique owner finds her world turned upside down when her high school crush walks back into her life. Is it just a hot summer fling, or are Mitzi’s next designs for herself and seeing her own dreams come true?

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester
When Fabienne Bissette attends the annual Met Gala for an exhibit honoring her grandmother Estella, a famed designer, she begins to learn more about her grandmother’s past, uncovering a story of tragedy, heartbreak, and secrets.

The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles
In 1930s Brazil, a vigilante gang invades the home of two seamstress sisters, kidnapping one of them. As the kidnapped sister is forced to make an alliance with the gang’s leader, the other must hide their connection to make her way in the treacherous waters of Brazilian high society.