During my visit at London Edge, I have discovered some brands that were quite new to me, and one that I would love to tell you a bit more about is The Seamstress of Bloomsbury. I am such a big lover of authentic vintage items, but unfortunately they are very expensive and difficult to find in good quality in all different sizes. When I passed by the booth of The Seamstress of Bloomsbury, my eye was drawn immediately at the gorgeous dresses I saw displayed. I even got more excited when I touched the dresses. They felt exactly like my original 1940’s 1950’s dresses!
So when I spoke to the owner, Mr. Mike Stephens, he told me that The Seamstress of Bloomsbury was actually a real person, called Miss Lilian Wells, and that mr. Stephens had the privilege knowing and working with her. This is what their website tells about her:
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.
I have such a soft spot for stories like this, and I love that they wanted to continue her legacy and make dresses exactly like she did, using her patterns and her designs. It was so lovely to speak to mr. Stephen, and hear all about his passion for continuing Miss Wells work with authenticity and quality. As I said, when I touched the fabric they use, it made my heart beat faster! When I remarked how enthusiastic this made me, I was told that the fabrics they use are made and produced by themselves. They have thoroughly analyzed and studied original 1940’s fabrics, to an extreme precision, to make the fabrics as authentic as possible and to have the dresses look and feel exactly as they would have in the 1940s. Their crêpe de chine and their linen are of an exceptional quality and feel, as I have never seen before on vintage reproduction. The Seamstress of Bloomsbury doesn’t only produce dresses, but all kinds of separates as well.
Besides that, I adore the attention for detail. The collars, buttons, beading, linings, decorations, everything looks absolutely authentic. For example, because the original Bakelite buttons are not available anymore, he commissioned to have buttons made to their exact resemblance, to make sure the authenticity stays. Everything is made with a great eye for detail and perfection. So I bet you will understand that one of these dresses are high on my wish list, and definitely will be purchased!!
Lots of Love,
xoxox Miss Ginger Tulips