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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.

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in :  Rose Print.
Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Norma Skirt in Rose Print

£55

SORRY, THIS STYLE SOLD OUT

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.

Dry Clean or 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.

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in : Rose Print

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Clara Dress with Jacket

£89

ALMOST SOLD OUT …. be quick …

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.

Dry Clean or 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.

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in : Seaside Print or Plain White

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Olive Dress

£79

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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.
Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in : White
Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Sailor Dress

£79

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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.

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees …  love it !

Available in : White with blue trim and a Red Plait Belt.

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Lillian Dress

£89

SORRY THIS STYLE HAS NOW SOLD OUT …

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

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees … Love it!

Available in : May-Flower Print

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Edith Dress

£79

SORRY, THIS STYLE SOLD OUT in both prints

A Classic 194o’s 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.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees … Love it!

Available in : Mayflower Print crepe de chine or Rose-Print Cotton Cambric,

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Amelie Dress in white

£69

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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.

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

Dry Clean or 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

SORRY, THIS STYLE SOLD OUT

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.

Dry Clean or 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, Dry Clean  or Wash 30 degrees.

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

Sizes 08-14

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Dorothy Dress in Red

£69

ALMOST SOLD OUT, SORRY …… just a few left, be quick …

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.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees …

Available in : Plain Solid colours, Red or Black .

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Peggy Wrap Dress, Black with white collar

£79

THIS STYLE ALMOST SOLD OUT, just a few size 12 and 14 left …… be quick …

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.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees … love it!

Available in : Black with Off White Collar
Sizes UK 08 – 14

 

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Dorothy Dress Black, white collar and white buttons

£69

ONLY A VERY FEW PIECES LEFT …… be quick …

A very pretty Dress with a Pin Tucked front, cute little fabric 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 Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees …

Available in : Black with off White Collar and Buttons.

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Rosie Dress with Cream Contrast

£69

ALMOST SOLD OUT, JUST A FEW LEFT …… please be quick …

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 Bakelite button through front 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 too.

Dry Clean or 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.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees …

Available in : Black Spot, Red 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

The Classic 1942 Shirtwaister Dress with 3 original 1” Bakelite Style Buttons at the front and a drawstring waist for easy comfortable fitting. Beautiful shoulder detail with tiny shoulder pads, and it finishes 3” below the knee. The Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees …  love it!

1942 available colour options, Black Floral, Navy Floral, Black Doggy Print, Navy Doggy Print, Black Spot, Red Spot, Navy Blue Spot, Monaco 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.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees … love it!

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

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.

Dry Clean or Wash at 40 degrees …

Available in: Solid Black, Solid Cream, Black Spot, Red Spot, Navy Blue Spot, Pink with Black Spot, Black with Burnt Orange Spot.

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.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees …  love it!

1942 available colour options, Black Floral, Navy Floral, Black Doggy Print, Navy Doggy Print.

Available in sizes UK 08 – 14

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Jive Blouse, Mayflower Print

£39

ONLY A FEW SIZE 10 AND 12 LEFT in Mayflower Print …

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

Dry Clean or 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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Circle Skirt £49

JUST A FEW LEFT IN A WIDE ASSORTMENT OF COLOURS …

… please let us know what you like and we’ll get back to you with availability …

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.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees … love it!

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

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Jive Dress £79

NOT TOO MANY LEFT … let us know your favourites and we’ll get back to you with availability …

A very pretty and popular Swing Dress with a full circle skirt, and puff sleeves with tie belt, a 40’s favourite. The carefully designed cut creates a fabulously pert and flirty silhouette. The authentic rayon crepe de chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees … Love it!

Available in : Black Spot, Red Spot, Blue Spot, Black Floral

Sizes 8 – 14

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Vanessa Dress £79

NOT TOO MANY LEFT … let us know your favourites and we’ll get back to you with availability …

A very pretty and popular Swing Dress with a belt and buckle, and turn-back sleeves, another Classic 40’s favourite.  The carefully designed cut creates a fabulously flirty silhouette. The authentic rayon crepe de chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees … Love it!

Available in : Black Floral, Blue Floral, Black Doggy and Blue Doggy.

Sizes 8 – 14

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Primrose Dress £79

NOT  MANY LEFT … be quick, let us know your favourites and we’ll get back to you with availability …

Very cute little Dress with Peter Pan Collar and patch pockets, and a belt and buckle … this is Classic 40’s styling at it’s best.  The carefully designed cut made this one of the most popular dresses of it’s day. The authentic rayon crepe de chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees … Love it!

Available in : Black Floral, Blue Floral, Black Doggy and Blue Doggy.

Sizes 8 – 14

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Peggy Dress in Mayflower 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 Crepe de Chine fabric is silky to the touch and easy care too.

Dry Clean or Wash 40 degrees … love it!

Available in : Original 1940′s MayFlowwer Print

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Lisa Dress in Seaside Print £79

A Classic 1940′s Shirtwaister Dress with original powder coated Buttons at the front and a belted waist for easy comfortable fitting. Finishes 2” below the knee.

The cotton piqué fabric is in authentic solid White or printed with an original 40′s  ‘Seaside’ design, and it’s soft handle and easy care too.

Dry Clean or Wash 30 degrees … Love it!

Available in : Authentic White or Seaside Print

Sizes UK 08 – 14

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Blue Baseball Jacket with sailor collar £125

Sorry, the Blue Baseball Jacket with Sailor Collar is now Sold Out …

Just a few left in Red or Blue with Zip Collar/Hood … and a few with the standard classic no-collar rib neck in Red … be quick …

This is the Classic Letterman style Baseball Jacket in finest Wool Melton with genuine Cowhide Sleeves and lined in Taffeta.  If you want  the very best, most authentic high quality Baseball jacket available, this is it.   Sizes: 10 – 16

Check out ‘The Jive Aces’ we were very pleased to custom make theirs too.

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Pearl Jacket £85

 

Authentic Classic Pendleton Wool 49er Jacket in the finest Wool, and 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.

Available in Red or Blue

sizes: s-m-l

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About us

 

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

…… 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 …… 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 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.

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If you are a Vintage/Retro retail shop or website and would like to stock our beautiful dresses please contact Hannah@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
4 Arundell Place
Farnham Surrey GU9 7HQ
England

www.TheSeamstressOfBloomsbury.co.uk

info@theseamstressofbloomsbury.co.uk

Tel:  +44 (0)7702 459955