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The-Seamstress-Of-Bloomsbury-Look-Book   We dedicate our work to Miss Lilian Wells, ‘The Seamstress of Bloomsbury’, whose 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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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. Made in our signature Crepe De Chine fabric its a 100% natural fibre so no synthetics in this garment… hand wash or dry clean.

 

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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.  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 so no synthetics in this garment.

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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, easy care too and a 100% natural fibre so no synthetic fibres in this garment. Hand wash or dry clean.

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Womens Tailored Trousers

£60.00

Look fabulous in these totally Authentic 1940’s Womens High Waist Tailored Trousers in the finest pinstripe tailoring fabric.  Made just like the originals with 2 x front pleats, side pockets, and 1″ turn ups, sooooo stylish. Hand wash or dry clean.

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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. Made in our latest 1940s ‘Navy Floral Dancers’ or ’40s Red’ print Rayon crepe de chine, perfect for day wear or fun summer tea dances and parties. No synthetic fibres used in this garment, hand wash or dry clean.

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Harriet Dress

£79.00

The exquisite ‘Harriet Dress’ is another piece re-crafted using an original dress preserved in our fab archive. Available in our very own authentic and natural 40’s Rayon Crepe De Chine fabric.  This style is very popular in our collection as it looks so beautiful on all body shapes and is super comfortable for day wear or dancing. It has Big Bakelite Style Buttons through the centre front and pretty top front Yoke Smocking detail, so pretty, and comes with with a belt to adjust the waist fitting… fabulous and easy to wear, love this dress for any occasion. Hand wash or dry clean – no synthetic fibres used in this garment.

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Dolores Dress

£79.00

Another stunning 40s Dress re-created from an original pattern in our extensive archive. Available in our very own authentic and natural 40s Rayon Crepe De Chine fabric.  This style is flattering for all body shapes and super comfortable for day wear or dancing.  It has beautiful top shoulder smock stitching detail and ties to the back for ultimate fit adjustment… fabulous, love this dress. Hand wash or dry clean – no synthetic fibres in this garment.

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Florance Blouse

£39.00

A fabulous and glamorous 40’s blouse with cute pan collar, tiny heart shape buttons with 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. Hand wash or dry clean… love it!

 

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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 the Seaside print 100% pique cotton and woven specially for us. The other prints are made in our signature Crepe de chine fabric which is a 100% natural fibre. Hand wash or dry clean.

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Peggy Wrap Dress

£79.00

The stunning and forever popular 1945 Peggy Wrap dress now in 23 different prints. With ties around the waist for easy comfortable fitting and tiny box pleats at the waistband, it create a beautiful body shape and fit. Our wrap dresses are extremely versatile from petite sizes to maternity wear there is a Peggy Wrap dress for everyone. 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 so no synthetic yarn or Lycra in this garment, hand wash or dry clean.

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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 this garment. Hand wash or dry clean.

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Audrey Trousers

£49.00

Fabulous wide leg trousers, fully lined in cotton voile, and copied from the fit of our original 40’s tap shorts pattern. Made in our signature natural Crepe de Chine fabric, there are no synthetics used in this garment. Hand was or dry clean, love them!

note – if you’re in between sizes in the Audrey Trousers, we recommend choosing the smaller size as they do come up larger.

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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 this garment, hand wash or dry clean.

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Polly Dress

£79.00

This is our beautiful Polly Dress, available in our new Sky Blue Moonshine Spot.  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 special occasions … great for tea dances, or even weddings. 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.

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Mabel Dress

£79.00

The Mabel Dress is one of the most stunning 40’s Dresses we have ever re-created.  We painstakingly copied the original sample in our archive, and the result is simply fabulous.
Available in our very own authentic and natural 40’s Rayon Crepe De Chine fabric and our Atomic Satin Print.  This style is so flattering, it drapes and ties to the front left side, a detail so popular with many of the original 1940’s designers. It has beautiful top shoulder smock stitching detail and tiny little covered buttons at the centre front of the bodice… we simply love this dress. Hand wash or dry clean.

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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 hand wash.

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Swing Skirt

£49.00

Our new 40’s swing skirt in our Big Brow print is just divine. Each bow is individually appliqued on to create the most authentic style. There is a hidden side zip in the seam with a single fastening button in the waistband, hand wash or dry clean, love it!

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Harriet Blouse

£39.00

Another beautiful 40s Blouse re-created from the original piece in our extensive archive. Available in our very own authentic 40s Rayon Crepe De Chine Cream fabric and detailed with pretty front top shoulder and top yoke smock stitching and tiny heart shaped buttons… totally fabulous, love this blouse. Hand wash or dry clean – no synthetic fibres in this garment.

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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.

XS (8-10) – S (10-12) – M (14-16)

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New Peggy Ruffle Dress

£79.00

Its our stunning Classic 1945 Peggy Wrap Dress now with an extra ruffle neckline. This dress ties around the waist for easy comfortable fitting and has tiny box pleats at the waistband which 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 so no synthetic yarn or Lycra in this garment.

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The 40's Lace Dress

£89.00

Make a stunning Hollywood style entrance in our glamorous Black Lace dress with flesh coloured satin slip.  This is a limited edition of only 35 pieces, quick if you want one of the last few.

 

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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. Made in our signature Crepe de chine fabric, there are no synthetic fibres in this garment. Hand wash or dry clean.

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Thelma Skirt

£49.00

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 authentic 40s cotton Tartan and the other colours are made in our beautiful Rayon Crepe de Chine fabric which is soft to the touch and easy care too. Hand wash or dry clean, love it!

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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 this garment. Perfect for day or evening wear, so versatile. Dry clean or hand wash, love them!

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Helen Blouse

£39.00

Another beautiful 40s Blouse re-created from an original piece in our extensive archive available in our very own authentic 40s Rayon Crepe De Chine Cream fabric and detailed with pretty front shoulder smock stitching and fine ric-rac collar trim in matching Cream, or in contrasting Black. Hand wash or dry clean… just fabulous, love this style – no synthetic fibres in this garment.

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Judy Blouse

£39.00

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. It is made from a 100% natural fibre so no synthetic yarn or Lycra in this garment. Hand wash or dry clean.

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Bonnie Blouse Long Sleeve

£39.00

Our classic 1940’s Sailor inspired Bonnie Blouse now in long sleeve. With a roll style collar and loop front, made in Our Exclusive 40’s Rayon Crepe de Chine Fabric this blouse just oozes vintage style. Hand wash or dry clean – no synthetic fibres in this garment.

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Vanessa Dress

£79.00

The beautiful 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. Dry clean or hand wash, love it!

note – we also make our Vanessa dress without white piping which must be selected specifically in the colour drop down box

 

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Lois Dress

£79.00

The beautiful 1940’s Lois dress has a V Neck and 3/4 sleeves with ties at the back to adjust the waist. Perfect for every occasion, wear to work or dress up with 40’s flowers and Victory Roll hairstyle for a special Vintage event. Made in our signature Crepe De Chine fabric, there are no synthetics in this garment, dry clean or hand wash.

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Dorothy Dress

£79.00

A very pretty Dress with a Pin Tucked front, cute little collar and 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 but also has a side zip for easy fitting.  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 this garment. Hand wash or dry clean.

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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. Made in our signature Crepe de chine fabric, there are not synthetic fibres in this garment… hand wash or dry clean.

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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 an all time favourite of ours, and is so warm and cosy. 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 any of our Trousers, or a plain Skirt.

Dry clean.

Size S = UK8 – UK10

Size M = UK12 – UK14

Size L = UK16 – UK18

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Jay Blouse

£39.00

Our beautiful 40s ‘Jay’ Blouse re-created from an original piece in our extensive archive. Available in our very own authentic 40s Rayon Crepe De Chine fabric and detailed with a tie back to adjust the fitting, and stunning flowing long sleeves with deep cuff, and 8 x covered buttons to fasten at the front and a tie to adjust the fit at the back. Hand wash or dry clean… just love this style – no synthetic fibres in this garment.

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Big Bow Suit

£125.00

Our Big Bow Suit is undoubtedly the most exclusive and stunning limited edition piece we have ever made.  An identical copy of our original 1940s suit it has a peplum style jacket with small shoulder pads, 14 small covered buttons and loops to fasten the front, and 4 stitched pleats in the sleeves to shape it perfectly to your arms.  The dress is a sleeveless shift with inverted pleats to create the correct body fitting, and each bow is individually appliqued just as the original was made.

1940s vintage doesn’t get more exclusive than this, absolutely stunning.

Navy Rayon Crepe de Chine. Identical to the original.

Available in sizes 8 – 10 – 12 – 14

 

 

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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 this garment. Dry clean or hand wash… love, love, love this dress!

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Rosalyn Dress

£79.00

Another stunning 40’s Dress re-created from an original pattern in our extensive archive. Available in our very own authentic and natural 40’s Rayon Crepe De Chine fabric.  This style is flattering for all body shapes and super comfortable for day wear or dancing.  It has beautiful contrast upper detail and a belt for great fit adjustment… fabulous, love this dress! Hand wash or dry clean – no synthetic fibres in this garment.

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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. No synthetic fibres used in this garment. Dry clean or hand wash.

 

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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. No synthetic fibres used in this garment, dry clean or hand wash… love it!

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Daphne Dress

£79.00

The super stunning ‘Daphne Dress’ is another piece re-created from an original pattern in our fab archive. Available in 100% Cotton or our very own authentic and natural 40s Rayon Crepe De Chine fabric. This style is great for all body shapes and super comfortable for day wear or dancing. It has two patch pockets on the front and nine Big Beautiful Buttons through the centre front, with a belt to adjust the waist fitting … fabulous and easy to wear, love this dress for any occasion, hand wash or dry clean.

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Bonnie Blouse

£39.00

Our 1940’s Sailor inspired Blouse with a roll style collar and loop front. Made in Our Exclusive 40’s Rayon Crepe de Chine Fabric which is a 100% natural fibre. No synthetic fibres in this garment, dry Clean or hand wash.

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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.

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The Seamstress of Bloomsbury
Unit 119 The Victory Centre, Somers Road North, Portsmouth PO1 1PJ
England

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