Dressmakers and seamstresses
The Merry Dressmaker - a dressmaking blog which has includes a history of dressmaking
Slaves of the Needle: the seamstress in the 1840s - an article by Beth Harris which is largely concerned with the place of the seamstress in Victorian literature
A brief history of fabric, sewing threads, and bobbins - Alex Askaroff on his blog Sewalot, writes a brief history of threads and needles. There are probably lots of other interesting posts on his site.
I wonder when flowers first were cultivated and sold? I have tried to find out but have come across no definitive answer.
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. ~Chinese Proverb