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Were more members of the lower middle classes more respectable because they believed that their social standing could depend upon it?
These types of business were patronised by the wives of "tradesmen and mechanics" and the lower middle classes, and they made all parts of the garment, including the simple but labour-intensive skirt.
Despite its manifestly exploitative character - which was well understood and commonly lamented by contemporaries(36) - an apprenticeship in a dressmaking or millinery establishment was sought by the lower middle classes and especially by the aspirant working classes as a desirable career route for single daughters.

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