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We dedicate our work to Miss Lillian Wells, ‘The Seamstress of Bloomsbury’, who’s love and care, and incredible skill went into every garment she made. She was a friend, and mentor, and an example to us all…

 

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Nancy Dress

£79.00

The beautiful 1945 Nancy Dress has fine gathered smock stitching on the top shoulders and multiple pin tucks all around the flared skirt, this dress is truly stunning. And made in our latest 1940s ‘Red’ or ‘Pink Flower’ or ‘Navy Doggy’ print crepe de chine, perfect for day wear or fun summer tea dances and parties.

Available in sizes 8 – 10- 12 – 14 – 16

40’s Crepe de Chine (a perfect natural fibre, no synthetic yarns in our fabric)
Wash or Dry Clean … love it.

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Dorothy Dress

£79.00

A very pretty Dress with a Pin Tucked front, cute little contrast collar and covered buttons, and puff sleeves, finishes just on the knee.  A 1940’s favorite, it buttons through the front to the waistband and ties to a bow at the back.  The Rayon Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too, and is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees … love it.  Sizes 8,10,12,14,16 … and a side zipper so you don’t have to undo all those tiny buttons.

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Florance Blouse

£39.00

A fabulous and glamorous 40’s blouse with cute pan collar, tiny heart shape buttons and yoke and sleeves in complimentary spot net.  The beautiful Crepe de Chine fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too, and is 100% natural fibre.

Available in Black or Cream

Wash 30 degrees or dry clean, just love it …

sizes UK 08 – 16

 

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Lilian Dress

£89.00

A very pretty Sarong Wrap Dress with a waterfall ruffle to the front edge of the skirt, little puff sleeves and a tie belt, a 40’s favourite. The carefully designed cut creates a fabulously curvy silhouette. The authentic rayon crepe de chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too.  Available in Mayflower Print or Blue/White Spot

Dry Clean or 30 degree Wash  … Love it!

Sizes 8,10,12,14,16

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Greta Blouse

£39.00

A Stunning Classic 1945 Wrap Blouse with flattering collar shape and ties around the waist for easy comfortable fitting, but if you are longer in the body you may find you have a little midriff showing. This beautiful Blouse is made in our signature Crepe de Chine fabric which is authentic 40’s style Rayon, soft to the touch, and easy care too. This fabric is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Available in Cream, Red, Black or Powder Blue.

Wash 30 degrees or dry clean, love it …

sizes UK 08 – 16

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Mae Dress

£79.00

A  Classic 1940’s Hollywood Dress with original square jet style buttons and a cream undercollar, with diagonal buttonholes also sewn in the contrasting cream colour. The full skirt swings out into a full circle and finishes below the knee. Total sophistication and glamour !

The crepe de chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too.

Dry Clean or Wash  … Love it!

Sizes 8 – 16

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Marilyn Blouse

£39.00

Another of our all time favourite blouses, this Classic late 40’s design has large buttons to the front with short sleeves and Tie Front.  The beautiful 40’s Crepe de Chine fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too, and is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Available in Pink Hawaii & Blue Hawaii in sizes 8-10-12-14-16

Wash 30 degrees or dry clean, just love it …

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Peggy Wrap Dress

£79.00

A Stunning Classic 1945 Wrap Dress with ties around the waist for easy comfortable fitting. Tiny box pleats at the waistband create a beautiful body shape and fit. This dress finishes 2” below the knee and is made in 40’s Rayon Crepe de Chine fabric, and easy care too. This fabric is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Dry Clean or Wash … love, love, love this dress!

Available in sizes 8,10, 12,14, 16 & 18

 

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Audrey Trousers

£49.00

Fabulous wide leg trousers, fully lined in cotton voile, and copied from the fit our original 40’s tap shorts pattern. Made in our signature natural Crepe de Chine fabric, wash 30 degrees or dry clean …. just love them … Sizes: 8 – 16

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Isabelle Skirt

£49.00

Another beautiful 1949 Swing Dance Skirt, it swings out into a circle when you dance. The Tartan fabric is a beautiful 100% Cotton fabric woven specially for us to the original 40’s design, and the other prints are all original 40’s designs in our signature Crepe de Chine, soft to the touch and easy care too. Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees …  love, love them all …

Available in  sizes 8-10-12-14-16

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Clarice Blouse

£39.00

This fabulous Blouse has a very flattering shape with a classic 40’s collar and front tie fastening, finished with cute little dome buttons and gorgeous puff sleeves. Our lovely crepe de Chine fabric is authentic 40’s style and soft to the touch, and easy care too. This fabric is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Wash 30 degrees or dry clean, love it …

sizes UK 08 – 18

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Thelma Skirt

£55.00

This beautiful 1949 Swing Dance Skirt has large patch pockets and it swings out into a circle when you dance. The main picture is in Bluebird Print and it’s combined here with the the lovely Jive Blouse. The beautiful natural Rayon fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too. Our Rayon is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments. Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in Floral, Bluebird, Black, Mayflower, Tartan,  Red & Seaside in sizes 8-10-12-14-16

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Winnie Trousers

£49.00

Our beautiful high waist, front tie, loose fit and wide legged trousers in authentic natural Crepe de Chine. This fabric is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.
Perfect for day or evening wear… so versatile …
Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees … love them !

Available in Mayflower Print, Black Spot, Navy Spot, 40’s Red, Wine or Black

Sizes: 8-10-12-14-16

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Circle Skirt

£49.00

This is The Classic Swingtime  Skirt from 1944, it has a belt and buckle waist and hangs neatly to your sides, but swings out when dancing, and it finishes just below the knee.

The Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too, and is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees … love it!

Sizes 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16

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Judy Blouse

£39.00

One of our all time favourite 40’s blouses, available in Cream, Black or 40’s Red, Mayflower Print, Navy Spot, Blue Doggy Print, Bluebird Print, Red Polka & Black Polka.

This gorgeous blouse has a Peter Pan style collar and V front fastening with cute little heart shape buttons and puff sleeves.  The beautiful 40’s Crepe de Chine fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too, and is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees …  love it !
Sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18.

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Polly Dress

£79.00

This is our beautiful new Polly Dress, available in Powder Blue or in multi colour Rainbow Spots.  Feel fabulous in this stunning dress, an exact copy of the original CC41 dress in our extensive archive.  Big button front and side zip, with tiny shoulder pads and a tie waist for easy fit, this gorgeous dress is perfect for sunny days or special occasions … great for picnics or tea dances, or even weddings.

And made in our exclusive Crepe de Chine fabric, silky to the touch and easy care too, and is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees … love it.  Sizes 8,10,12,14,16

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Lisa Dress

£79.00

The absolute Classic 1940’s Shirtwaister Dress with original Bakelite style Buttons at the front and a belted waist for easy comfortable fitting, and finishes just below the knee.

The Tartan fabric is soft 100% cotton and woven specially for us.  The White & Seaside fabric is in authentic 40’s Pique style Cotton.  The Blue Hawaii Print, Ribbons Print and Doggy Print are all genuine 40s style Crepe de Chine, and all are easy care too.

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees … Love them all …

Sizes 8,10,12,14, 16.

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Loretta Wrap Dress

£79.00

A new version of our Stunning Classic 1945 Wrap Dress with ties around the waist for easy comfortable fitting. Tiny box pleats at the waistband create a beautiful body shape and fit. This dress finishes 2” below the knee and is made in 40’s Rayon Crepe de Chine fabric, and easy care too. This fabric is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Dry Clean or Wash … love, love, love this dress!

Available in sizes 8,10,12,14,16

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Grace Blouse

£39.00

Another of our all time favourite blouses, this is a Classic 40’s shape with a revere collar, large buttons to the front and short sleeves with tiny shoulder pads and button detail on the cuff.  The beautiful 40’s Crepe de Chine fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too, and is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Available in Cream – Black – Red – Cream

Wash 30 degrees or dry clean, just love it …

sizes UK 08 – 16

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Gloria Jumpsuit

£89.00

Another stunning and authentic Hollywood style Siren Suit with Wrap Front and tie belt, a Classic 40’s favourite. The carefully designed cut creates a fabulously flirty and comfortable silhouette. The authentic rayon crepe de chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too. This fabric is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Dry Clean or Wash … Just love it!

Available in : Wine with Ivory Contrast Collar or Black with Ivory Contrast Collar

Sizes 8,10,12,14   – Inleg Length Size  8 = 30″ Size 10 = 30 1/4″ Size 12 = 30 1/2″ Size 14 = 31 1/4″

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Jive Blouse

£39.00

One of our all time 40s favourites, lots of colours and prints …
This gorgeous blouse has a Peter Pan collar and front fastening with cute little puff sleeves. The print fabric blouses are finished with tiny square buttons and the plain colour blouses are finished with sweet little heart shape buttons.

The beautiful Crepe de Chine fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too.

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees …  love it !
Sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 16.

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Sweetheart Dress

£79.00

Fall in love with the wonderful and original ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’ dress, tiny shoulder pads, ruched front and gathered waist with ties at the back to adjust the fitting, this is another stunning dress from our archive of beautiful 40’s dresses.

 Available in Lilac/Pink Floral print from our 1940s print collection.  Sizes 8-10-12-14-16

Wash 30 degrees or dry clean, just love it …

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Tie-Blouse

£39.00

Our new ‘Tie-Blouse’ with Peter Pan collar has front ties to make a beautiful slim bow at the neckline.  And it has cute little square buttons hidden behind the front facing.  This is a fabulous 40s style blouse but equally wearable as an every day style.

Available in our signature natural Crepe de Chine, in Cream or Black or Lilac Floral

Wash 30 degrees or dry clean, love it …

sizes UK 08 – 16

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Connie Dress & Bolero Jacket

£99.00

The Connie dress and jacket is just fabulous. Perfect for any special occasion, it takes 8 yards of fabric to make this extravagant and lovely outfit, so it’s a very limited edition of only 50 x pieces.

This Dress + Jacket is a generous fit so if you’re between sizes go for the smaller size.
Available in sizes 8-10-12-14-16
Colours: Pink Flower or Navy/White Spot

Wash or Dry Clean …. love, love, love it.

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Lauren Siren Suit

£89.00

A stunning and authentic Hollywood style Siren Suit with a front tie belt, elasticated waist, pockets, turn-back sleeves and a front hidden zip… another Classic 40’s favourite.  The carefully designed cut creates a fabulously flirty and comfortable silhouette.  The authentic rayon crepe de chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too.

Dry Clean or Wash … Love it!

Available in : Blue Doggy Print, Petunia Print, Mint Harvest Print, Mayflower, 40’s Red and Red Spot 

Sizes 8-10-12-14-16   – Inleg Length Size  8 = 30″ Size 10 = 30 1/4″ Size 12 = 30 1/2″ Size 14 = 31 1/4″ Size 16 = 31 1/2

 

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Marie Dress

£79.00

The beautiful 1944 Marie Dress has pretty little shoulder pads in the shoulders and inverted pleats in the top shoulder seam for a perfect bust fitting, and extra large buttons down the centre front too. And made in our latest 1940s ‘Pink Flower’ or ‘Scotty Dog’ Print print crepe de chine, perfect for day wear or fun summer tea dances and parties.

Available in sizes 8 – 10- 12 – 14 – 16

100% 40’s Rayon Crepe de Chine (a perfect natural fibre)
Wash or Dry Clean … love it.

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Bonnie Blouse

£39.00

1940’s Sailor inspired Blouse, with a roll style collar and loop front. Made in Our Exclusive 40’s Rayon Crepe de Chine Fabric, Dry Clean  or Wash 30 degrees. Love it ….

Available in Cream, Black or 40’s Red in sizes 8-10-12-14-16

 

 

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Vanessa Dress

£79.00

The beautiful new Vanessa Dress (American Diner Style) with turn back cuffs on the sleeve and pleats all around the waistline for a flattering shape, and a belt for waist adjustment. Made in our natural authentic print crepe de chine fabric, perfect for day wear or fun summer tea dances.

Available in Red with White Spot (with piping), Red with White Spot (without piping) or Navy with White Spot in sizes 8 – 10- 12 – 14 – 16

100% 40’s Rayon Crepe de Chine (a perfect natural fibre)
Wash or Dry Clean … love it.

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Barbara Dress

£79.00

The beautiful Barbara Dress is simply stunning, a wrap dress with a small ruffle along the V Neckline, it adjusts to fit your waist and ties in a bow at the centre back. Available in our authentic and exclusive 1040’s Mayflower or Doggy print Rayon crepe de chine. This fabric is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Wash or dry clean … love it …

Sizes: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

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Clarice Dress

£79.00

This fabulous 1946 Dress has a very flattering shape with a classic 40’s collar and tie belt, finished with cute little dome buttons and gorgeous long puff sleeves. The lovely crepe de Chine fabric is authentic 40’s style Rayon and soft to the touch, and easy care too.

100% 40’s Rayon Crepe de Chine (a perfect natural fibre)
Wash 30 degrees or dry clean, love it …

sizes UK 08 – 16

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Charlotte Jump Suit

£79.00

Another stunning and authentic Vintage Hollywood style Jumpsuit with 4 x BIG buttons on the front (in the Mayflower print only) and a tie belt to adjust the fit, a Classic 40’s favourite. The carefully designed cut creates a fabulously flirty and comfortable silhouette. The authentic rayon crepe de chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too. This fabric is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.  Dry Clean or Wash … Just love it!

Available in : Navy/White Spots, Mayflower Print, Bluebird print or Lilac/Pink Floral    Sizes 8,10,12,14,16   – 40’s loose fit but with INLEG LENGTH for Size  8 = 30″ Size 10 = 30 1/2″ Size 12 = 31″ Size 14 = 31 1/2″

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Clara Dress & Bolero Jacket

£99.00

This classic vintage 1940s Clara Dress with Matching Bolero Style Jacket (yes it comes with the cute little jacket too) the strap dress has a wonderful classic shape with its belted waist .. a sensational 2 piece set.. made in our classic late 1940s ‘Seaside’ Print in 100% Cotton, Perfect for day wear or fun tea dances and parties. You could also pop a petticoat under it and give it more of a 1950s RocknRoll feel.. love it !!!

This Dress + Jacket is a generous fit so if you’re between sizes go for the smaller size.
100% 40’s Cotton, Wash at 30 or Dry Clean …

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Rita Skirt

£49.00

An exceptional 40’s Swing Dance Full Circle Skirt with diagonal cream buttonholes and square buttons … 4 yards of fabric in this skirt.  Simply perfect for a night out dancing, or a glamorous occasion. The beautiful Rayon Crepe de Chine  fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too. Dry Clean or Wash  …  love it !

Seen here with matching Cream Judy Blouse.

Colours: Black or Wine or Red with Cream buttonholes and piping.

Available in sizes 8 – 16

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Bluebird Brooch

£6.99

Acrylic pin brooch in the shape of two bluebirds, the perfect compliment to any dress, blouse or cardigan. 7.5cm by 3.5cm

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Brenda Dress

£79.00

The 1943 ‘Brenda’ Dress in authentic 40’s floral print with classic pleated neckline is finished with contrasting covered buttons and tie belt, and gorgeous long puff sleeves. The lovely Crepe de Chine fabric is authentic 40’s style Rayon and soft to the touch, and easy care too. This fabric is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Wash 30 degrees or dry clean, love it …

sizes UK 08 – 16

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Primrose Dress

£79.00

A Classic 1940’s Long Sleeve Tartan Dress with Peter Pan Collar, tiny covered Buttons, Patch Pockets and a belted waist for easy comfortable fitting, and finishes 2” below the knee.

The natural fabric is soft 100% brushed cotton, specially woven just as it would have been in the 1940s.

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees … Love it!

Sizes 8,10,12,14 and 16.

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Clarice Blouse in Seaside

£39.00

This fabulous Blouse has a very flattering shape with a classic 40’s collar and front tie fastening, finished with cute little dome buttons and gorgeous puff sleeves. The lovely crepe de Chine fabric is authentic 40’s style Rayon and soft to the touch, and easy care too. This fabric is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Wash 30 degrees or dry clean, love it …

Seen here with he matching Seaside print Thelma Skirt

sizes UK 08 – 16

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Sophie Suit

£99.00

The Sophie Suit is simply stunning, a fully lined double breasted jacket with 3/4 sleeves, cute padded shoulders and a peplum waist. Married together with our circle skirt to make a fabulous outfit for so many occasions.  An exact replica of the original 1940’s suit in in our Mayflower print Rayon crepe de chine.

The beautiful 40’s Crepe de Chine fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too, and is a 100% natural fibre, no synthetic yarn or Lycra in any of our garments.

Wash 30 degrees or dry clean, just love it

Available in sizes 08-10-12-14-16

 

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Primrose Dress in Seaside

£79.00

New arrival, a classic 1940’s short sleeve Seaside Dress with Peter Pan Collar, tiny covered Buttons, Patch Pockets and a belted waist for easy comfortable fitting, and finishes 2” below the knee.

The natural fabric is soft 100% brushed cotton, specially woven just as it would have been in the 1940s. Perfect for summer!

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees … Love it!

Sizes 8,10,12,14 and 16.

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Mens 1940's Trousers

£87.50

Totally Authentic 1940’s Mens Trousers in high quality tailoring fabric.  Made to the original 1945 pattern and ‘Demob’ specification.  With button fly, stripe waistband lining and buttons for use with braces, and made with turn ups as they were for the first time since WWII ended (please note inside leg measurement is 1″ shorter than your normal trousers which allows for the loose 1940s fit.) Available in Solid Black, Navy Stripe, Black Stripe, Solid Brown & Brown Stripe Please order one waist size larger than your usual trousers fitting for the correct fit.

32″ waist x 31″ inside leg — 34″ waist x 32″ inside leg — 36″ Waist x 33″ inside leg —38″ waist x 34″ inside leg — 40″ Waist x 34″ inside leg.

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Pearl Jacket

£85.00

If you want the very best Authentic Classic Pendleton Style Wool 49er Jacket in the finest Wool this is it. Half lined in the back yoke in taffeta this jacket has all the classic elements of a rare 49er with inverted pleat shoulder tucks, patch pockets, button cuffs and large Bakelite style buttons.

Blue or Red

Size S (10-12) [Currently Sold Out]
Size M (12-14)
Size L (14-16)

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Swing Jacket

£125.00

Our beautiful and glamorous 40’s Swing Jacket in Pure New Wool with a Super Satin lining is almost Sold Out.  It is copied from our original ‘Swagger Jacket’ with big turn back cuffs, 3 x big button fastening at the top front, small shoulder pads, and slant pockets.  Looks really great with our Winnie Trousers or a plain Skirt.

Available in Grey Check – Red Check – Brown Check – Hounds-tooth Check – Brown/Red Check

Sizes Small (8-10) – Medium ( 10-12) – Large (14-16)

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About us

 

Lilian Wells, The Seamstress of Bloomsbury.

… London 1939 and England is on the brink of World War II.

… aged 14, Lilian Wells is apprenticed to a Bloomsbury dressmaker. She has little education but can already draw and paint and hand sew and embroider as if she were professionally trained, it is her natural gift. As she masters the seamstress’s art, her life seems to be clearly mapped out, she will sew beautiful frocks for the aristocratic families that inhabit the mansions around Bloomsbury Square. And dreams one day perhaps she will have a sewing room of her own, and meet a soldier, and marry, and have children … and make beautiful clothes for them too …

… but sadly Miss Wells dreams didn’t come true; she never met her soldier …… but spent many years perfecting her exquisite sewing skills in a little room in Hamilton House, and became known as ‘The Seamstress of Bloomsbury’. Her work was admired and sought after by many great Aristocratic families and Royalty from around the world …

… we are extremely privileged to have known Miss Lilian Wells, to have worked with her, and to acknowledge the tradition of her skills …… and now, in keeping with her wishes, we revive her original 1940’s patterns and designs … and are pleased we can share them with you.

Contact us

If you would like to own one of our beautiful dresses please click on the RED BUTTON next to the garment of your choice, or let us know your city and will let you know your nearest retail stockist.

Wholesale

If you are a Vintage/Retro retail shop or website and would like to stock our beautiful dresses please contact info@TheSeamstressOfBloomsbury.co.uk with details of your shop, and the city you are located in, and we will be delighted to get back to you.

The-Seamstress-Of-Bloomsbury

The Seamstress of Bloomsbury
Unit 9 The Victory Centre, Somers Road North, Portsmouth PO1 1PJ
England

www.TheSeamstressOfBloomsbury.co.uk

info@theseamstressofbloomsbury.co.uk

Tel:  +44 (0)7702 459955