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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…
Another absolute Classic 1940’s Shirtwaister Dress with original Bakelite style Buttons at the front and a belted waist for easy comfortable fitting, finishes just below the knee. The detail on this dress is sensational, beautiful Raised Ink circles printed exactly as the original piece in our archive and resembles hand beadwork, simply stunning. And made in our signature Crepe de chine fabric which is a 100% natural fibre. Hand wash or dry clean.
Limited Edition and available in Black Crepe with Orange/Green/White raised print embellishment.Click here to see
Another addition to our fabulous range of blouses, this is another Classic 40’s shape with a rever collar, little shoulder pads, pretty buttons to the front and long sleeves which are extra full at 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.
Available in Cream, Black or Navy sizes 8-10-12-14-16
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Another fabulous addition to our all time favourite blouses, this is a Classic 40’s shape with a tie bow collar, pretty smock stitching detail, little covered buttons to the front and long sleeves which are very full at 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.
Also available in our slipper Atomic Satin fabric.Click here to see
This is our well loved Classic Short fit 40’s Jacket in Red/Green Wool Plaid with a beautiful Red Slipper Satin lining. An exact replica of our original Pendleton style archive piece, loose fitting and with welt front pockets and large Bakelite style buttons… just fabulous, love it.
Available in Sizes: S (8-10) M (12-14) L (14-16)Click here to see
The ‘Ava’ is one of the most stunning Dresses we have ever made, it has pretty gauged in top yoke detail and beautiful sleeves which puff out fully at the cuff. It has little covered buttons at the front which are fully functional, a side zip for easy wear and a tie back belt to adjust the waistline, this is a firm 40’s favourite. The carefully designed cut creates a fabulously curvy silhouette and the authentic rayon crepe de chine fabric is soft to the touch, easy care too, and a 100% natural fabric, no synthetic fibres in this garment. Hand wash or dry clean.
Also now available in our super soft Atomic Satin fabric.
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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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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.Click here to see
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.
Also available in our beautiful slipper Atomic Satin fabric.Click here to see
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!Click here to see
Another fabulous version of our classic Vintage ‘Lisa’ Shirt Waister dress, and this time with 3/4 sleeves. Available in our very own exclusive Atomic print in soft Slipper Satin… feels so beautiful against your skin. Brand new for this season, it has every element of the perfect 1940’s dress.
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A fabulous combination of all the best elements from our Lisa and Mae dresses. Available in Solid Navy, Vintage Green or Wine crepe de chine fabric the Lisa-Mae dress is brand new for this season and has every element of the perfect 1940’s dress.
Cry clean or Hand wash… no synthetics or Lycra used in this garmentClick here to see
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.Click here to see
Another fabulous 40’s favourite from our archive, this gorgeous blouse has a beautifully hand cut lace collar and front yoke panel … and is finished with cute little heart shape buttons, so feminine. Made in our natural signature Crepe de chine fabric, there are no synthetic fibres in this garment. Hand wash or dry clean.
Available in UK Sizes 8,10,12,14,16
Dry Clean or Hand WashClick here to see
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 or our Atomic Satin Print. This style is flattering for all body shapes and super comfortable for day wear or dancing. It has beautiful top shoulder smock stitching detail, in seam side pockets and ties to the back for ultimate fit adjustment… fabulous, love this dress. Hand wash or dry clean – no synthetic fibres in this garment.Click here to see
This is probably the most beautiful ‘fit and flare’ skirt available anywhere in the world. Fabulous as a stunning everyday skirt or wonderful to dance in as it flares out from just above the knee into a four metre circumference at the hem … this is another truly fabulous design from our vintage archive. Available in our wonderful Mayflower print and also in 40s Red or Jet Black. Beautiful shape and cut with pretty front/side pockets. Simply stunning, love it.
And no synthetic fibres in our signature Crepe de Chine.
Hand Wash or Dry Clean.
Please note – this skirt comes up small, if you’re in between sizes please opt for the larger size.Click here to see
New for Winter is our beautiful and glamorous 40’s Swing Jacket in Pure New Wool with a Super Satin lining & now in a longer length for those chilly winter days. 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.
Size S = UK8 – UK10
Size M = UK12 – UK14
Size L = UK16 – UK18
Dry clean only.Click here to see
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.
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.
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.