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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…
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 – UK18Click 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! 100% natural fibre with no synthetic yarn or lycra in this garment. Model (1) wears a UK 8 Model (2) is 5ft 5 and wears a UK 10Click here to see
Treat yourself or someone special to our new and super glamorous 1940’s Hollywood style pyjama set. Flexible fitting with a wrap around 55″ full length gown, wide leg, drawstring waistband bottoms (with pockets). Made in our signature Rayon Crepe fabric so truly authentic and super comfortable.Click here to see
Brand new for this season is our stunning hand beaded 1940’s cardigan, this is undoubtedly the most beautiful beaded cardigan we have ever seen, with beading detail also on the cuffs, and in a selection of perfect colours. Simply fabulous.Click here to see
The Patti Dress is another one of the most stunning and original 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 in Navy/Ivory or Wine/Ivory. This style is so flattering, it has a shawl style collar edged in Ivory with a beautiful tie bow at the front, and matching contrast bands on the sleeves. Button front, self coloured belt and side zip for easy fitting … we simply love this dress. Model is 5ft… Read moreClick here to see
The Shelly Dress is another one of the most stunning and original 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 in 40’s Red or Navy Floral or Brown Floral. 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 a beautiful sweetheart neckline and tiny shoulder pads… we simply love this dress. Model is 5ft 8… Read moreClick here to see
Another new and exciting addition to our 1940’s dress collection is the Joyce Dress. The epitome of stylish glamour, this dress has a Sweetheart neckline with a centre front Pussy Bow as produced by so many designers in the 40’s. It also has a keyhole opening at the centre back neck and zip fastening, with waist ties for easy fitting, and 3/4 sleeves. Just perfection for this season, love, love it. Model is 5ft 8 and wears a UK 10Click here to see
A fabulous and glamorous 40’s dress with cute pan collar, tiny heart shape buttons with yoke and sleeves in complimentary spot net above a gorgeous sweetheart style neckline. The beautiful Crepe de Chine fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too and is 100% natural fibre. Simply stunning … love it.Click here to see
Yet another fabulous new addition to our collection… the beautifully classic Milly Dress with 3/4 length sleeves, tiny shoulder pads, side seam pockets and adjustable belted waist band for the perfect fit. Available in Red Polka Dot or Navy Doggy prints and made in our authentic Rayon Crepe de Chine fabric, 100% natural – no synthetics or lycra used in this garment… this must be the most sensational shirtwaister we have ever made. Model is 5ft 8 and wears a UK 10Click here to see
The Jacqui Blouse is a new addition to our fabulous range of blouses. This one is cut to a Classic shape from the Hollywood era with a 40’s collar, tiny shoulder pads and pretty buttons … 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! 100% natural fibre with no synthetic yarn or lycra in this garment.Click here to see
Brand new for A/W 2020 is our stunning Lace Collar Dress, another Classic 1940’s style with pretty contrast covered buttons at the centre front and a cream lace collar, but with side zip for easy fitting. Absolute sophistication and glamour, and the skirt swings out into a circular shape and finishes just below the knee. Beautifully made in our very own signature Crepe De Chine fabric which is a 100% natural fibre, so no synthetics are in this garment. Available in Red, Black, or Navy with Ivory Contrast. Sizes 8-10-12-14-16Click 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. Model is 5ft 1 and wears a Size SmallClick here to see
A new, fabulous version of our classic 40’s Vintage ‘Lisa’ Shirt Waister dress, this time with 3/4 sleeves so perfect for winter weather. Available in our very own exclusive Cotton Tartan Plaid (fully lined in 100% cotton voile) which comes with a choice of belt, contrast red or matching tartan plaid. This dress is also available in our Atomic print in soft Slipper Satin which feels so beautiful against your skin.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.