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Lillian-Wells

The-Seamstress-Of-Bloomsbury

 

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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Peggy Wrap Dress in Rose Print

£79

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.

The beautiful Cotton Piqué fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too.

Machine wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in : Black Spot, Red Spot, Blue Spot, Pink with Black Spot, Black with Burnt Orange Spot, Black with White Collars, Rose Print.
Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Norma Skirt in Rose Print

£55

Another beautiful Swing Dance Circle Skirt. Can be worn simply on a summer’s day or perfect for a night out dancing…

The beautiful Cotton Piqué fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too.

Machine wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in : Rose Print

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Judy Dress in Rose Print

£60

This flattering little sun dress, finishes just below the knee and swings out into a circle when you dance, comes with a matching belt…

The beautiful Cotton Piqué fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too.

Machine wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in : Rose Print

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Clara Dress with Jacket

£89

Pretty Little Sun Dress, finishes just on the knee and swings out into a circle when you dance, has a belt which can be finished to match your waist size. Great to complete with the little matching jacket.

The beautiful Cotton Piqué fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too. Machine wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in: Seaside Print!

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Isabelle Skirt

£49

Another beautiful swing dance skirt, which hangs very modestly to your sides but swings out into a circle when you dance.

The beautiful Cotton Piqué fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too.

Machine wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in : Seaside Print

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Olive Dress

£79

Another Sailor inspired Dress, finishes just on the knee and swings out into a circle when you dance, has a self coloured plait belt and classical Sailor collar with complimentary tie scarf in red/white and also additional free navy/white polka dot scarf.

The beautiful Cotton Piqué fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too.
Machine wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in : White
Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Sailor Dress

£79

Sailor Inspired Dress with Navy edging, finishes just on the knee and swings out when you dance, has a plait belt and classical sailor collar.

The beautiful Cotton Piqué fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too. Machine wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in : White

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Lillian Dress

£89

A very pretty Sarong Wrap Dress with a ruffle front, and puff sleeves with tie belt, a 40’s favorite. The carefully designed cut creates a fabulously pert and curvy silhouette. The crepe de chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too. Machine wash 40 degrees … Love it!

Available in : May-Flower Print

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Edith Dress

£79

A Classic 1942 Shirtwaister Dress with 3 original 1” Bakelite Style Buttons at the front and a drawstring waist for easy comfortable fitting. Finishes 3” below the knee.

The crepe de chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too. Machine wash 40 degrees … Love it!

Available in : Rose-Print, Mayflower Print

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Amelie Dress in white

£69

The Prettiest little Swing Dress with a full circle skirt, finishes just on the knee.  Cute little Peter Pan Collar and little powder brushed metal buttons, it has two patch pockets and a waist fitting belt with fabric covered buckle.

The beautiful Cotton Piqué fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too. Machine wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in : White, Seaside Print
Available in sizes UK 08 – 14

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Thelma Skirt in Navy

£55

Another beautiful Swing Dance Skirt with large patch pockets, it swings out into a circle when you dance.

The beautiful Cotton Piqué fabric is soft to the touch and easy care too. Machine wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in : Plain Solid colors, Red, Navy, White.

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Audrey Trousers in red

£69

Wide Leg Oxford Bags with Front Pleats, Side Pockets, Turn Ups, and belt.

Made in Our Exclusive Handwoven Soft Piqué Cotton Fabric, machine or hand wash 30 degrees.

Available in:  Plain Solid colors, Red, Navy, White.
Sizes UK 08 – 14

 

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Bonnie Blouse in White

£39

Sailor inspired Blouse, with a roll style collar and loop front.

Made in Our Exclusive Handwoven Soft Piqué Cotton Fabric, machine or hand wash 30 degrees.

Available in : Plain Solid Colours, Red, Navy, White

Sizes 08-14

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Dorothy Dress in Red

£69

A very pretty Dress with a Pin Tucked front, cute little heart shaped 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 Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too.  Machine wash 40 degrees …

Available in : Plain Solid colours, Red, Black and Black &White.

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Peggy Wrap Dress, Black with white collar

£79

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. The Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too. Machine wash 40 degrees … love it!

Available in : Black Spot, Red Spot, Blue Spot, Pink with Black Spot, Black with Burnt Orange Spot, Black with White Collars, Rose Print.
Sizes UK 08 – 14

 

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Dorothy Dress Black, white collar and white buttons

£69

A very pretty Dress with a Pin Tucked front, cute little heart shaped 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 Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too.  Machine wash 40 degrees …

Available in : Plain Solid colours, Red, Black and Black &White.

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Rosie Dress in Black and Cream

£69

A fabulous little Swing Dress in Glamorous 1940′s Hollywood Style with contrast yoke and cute little puff sleeves, and a full circle skirt, finishes just on the knee.  Pretty button through neckline and has a tie belt, which can be finished in a bow at the side, front, or back. The Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care for too. Machine wash 40 degrees …  love it!

Available in: Black and Cream, Red and Cream

Sizes: Available in sizes UK 08 – 14

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Paula Dress in Pink with Black Spot

£69

Pretty little Swing Dress with a full circle skirt, finishes just on the knee. It buttons through the front with cute little covered buttons and has a chiffon yoke to compliment the Crepe de Chine body, and a tie belt which can be finished in a bow at the side, front, or back. The Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too. Machine wash 40 degrees …

Available in : Black Spot, Red Spot, Patriot Blue Spot, Pink with Black Spot, Black with Burnt Orange Spot.

Available in sizes UK 08 – 14

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1942 Dress in Blue/White Spot

£79

A Classic 1942 Shirtwaister Dress with 3 original 1” Bakelite Style Buttons at the front and a drawstring waist for easy comfortable fitting. Finishes 3” below the knee. The Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too. Machine wash 40 degrees …  love it!

1942 available colour options, Black Floral, Navy Floral, Black Doggy Print, Navy Doggy Print, Black Spot, Red Spot, Patriot Blue Spot, Pink with Black Spot, Black with Burnt Orange Spot.

Available in sizes UK 08 – 14

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Peggy Wrap Dress in Black with Orange Spot

£79

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. The Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too. Machine wash 40 degrees … love it!

Available in : Black Spot, Red Spot, Blue Spot, Pink with Black Spot, Black with Burnt Orange Spot, Black with White Collars, Rose Print.

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Jive Blouse, Red with White Spot

£39

This fab blouse has a Peter Pan collar and front fastening with cute little square buttons and puff sleeves.

Machine wash at 40 degrees …

Available in: Solid Black, Solid Cream, Black Spot, Red Spot, Patriot Blue Spot, Pink with Black Spot, Black with Burnt Orange Spot, Mayflower Print, Rose Print and Seaside Print

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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1942 Dress, Blue Doggy Print

£79

A Classic 1942 Shirtwaister Dress with 3 original 1” Bakelite Style Buttons at the front and a drawstring waist for easy comfortable fitting. Finishes 3” below the knee. The Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too. Machine wash 40 degrees …  love it!

1942 available colour options, Black Floral, Navy Floral, Black Doggy Print, Navy Doggy Print, Black Spot, Red Spot, Patriot Blue Spot, Pink with Black Spot, Black with Burnt Orange Spot.

Available in sizes UK 08 – 14

Jive Blouse, Mayflower Print

£39

This fab blouse has a Peter Pan collar and front fastening with cute little square buttons and puff sleeves.

Machine wash at 40 degrees …

Available in: Solid Black, Solid Cream, Black Spot, Red Spot, Patriot Blue Spot, Pink with Black Spot, Black with Burnt Orange Spot, Mayflower Print, Rose Print and Seaside Print

Sizes UK 08 – 14

Circle Skirt, Red with White Spots

Jive Dress, Navy with White Spots

Vanessa Dress, Blue Floral print

Primrose Dress, Blue Doggy print

Peggy Dress in Mayflower print

Lisa Dress in Seaside Print

Blue Baseball Jacket with sailor collar

Pearl Jacket

About us

London 1939 and England is on the brink of World War 2. Aged 14, Lillian 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, or married …… 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 …..

… and we are extremely privileged to have known Miss Lillian 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 below to go to an independent online stockist www.RocknRomance.co.uk 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 us 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 Ltd
4 Arundell Place
Farnham Surrey GU9 7HQ
England

www.TheSeamstressOfBloomsbury.co.uk

info@theseamstressofbloomsbury.co.uk

Tel:  +44 (0)7702 459955