The Seamstress of Bloomsbury is a brand I have been a fan of for a good few years now. You may remember that I wrote about their Vanessa dress last year – view the original post here. Each season they release new prints, all based on 1940s designs and patterns, lending a wonderfully authentic flavour to their collections.
The Lucy dress immediately caught my eye when it was first released, and I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to review it! Available in Blue Clove print or Red Clove print, I opted for the blue as I just felt like it was a more suitable colour for me. As usual, the package was shipped extremely promptly, and was an absolute joy to unwrap.
There were further joys waiting to be revealed, in the form of wonderful design details on the dress that the product description omitted. Listed below are some features that can be seen from the product listing page, and others which were a joyous surprise to me:
- Delicately embroidered collar
- Dainty cover buttons down the centre front (which are not functional – instead hooks clasp into carefully stitched eyes at regular intervals down the centre front)
- Concealed side zipper
- Godets in the skirt – I was particularly impressed by these! There are 6 godets in the skirt, distributed evenly throughout. They add movement, and really make the skirt swish when you walk. Genius!
- Pleats on the sleeves which are shaped into V points on the cuffs. Again, a subtle design feature that it actually took me over a day to notice, but they are so cute!
- Dainty tucks at the front shoulders on the bodice. Such a period detail, these also give a bit of added interest.
- Tie belt
As you can see, lovely Lucy held lots of hidden features that were a very welcome surprise to me!
Sizing-wise, I decided to go for the UK10, as I like my clothing to be a bit big rather than too small. Also, as I am currently on the small side of a UK8, I thought if I get the 10 then put any weight on, it won’t matter! *breaks out the Milkybar..* I will say, that if you are on the busty side, perhaps size up to ensure a good fit across the centre front.
Also, even though the collar and neckline are high, they are super comfortable. I know sometimes with high-necked blouses they can feel a bit claustrophobic, but this was not the case with this dress at all.
In addition to women’s clothing, The Seamstress of Bloomsbury also offers men’s trousers, in the form of their Men’s 1940s Trousers. Kieren is wearing the 1940s Men’s Trousers in Black Pinstripe – hence the double whammy in this post title!
The 1940s Men’s trousers are based on a Demob pattern (men returning from the war were issued with Demobilisation clothing, a term shortened to ‘Demob’.) You can view a picture here from the Imperial War Museum demonstrating a Sergeant being fitted into his Demobilisation suit.
The 1940s Men’s trousers feature a button fly, interior buttons for attaching braces, 2 front pockets and 1 back pocket. The waistband sits around 3 inches higher on the waist than standard trousers, so is high-waisted, but not super high-waisted like some of Kieren’s 1930s styles. It also has belt loops, should a belt be preferred over braces.
As I was saying about the hidden design details.. look at this!
‘Such Darn Handsome Trousers’ – I love this amazing attention to detail so much. I must admit I did exclaim in delight when I read this label!
The fabric of the trousers is a polyester/viscose mix, so it is soft whilst maintaining a good drape. We were also lucky enough to receive some little extras with our garments, Kieren had a lovely handkerchief, which was embroidered with ‘The Seamstress of Bloomsbury’. How wonderful!
The women’s range of clothing is made from 100% rayon crepe de chine, so may be laundered with ease. This is also conducive to my next point – dancing. I thought I would test how the Lucy dress moved whilst spinning; as if I am intending to wear this dress whilst dancing, I wanted to know how high the skirt would fly out.
The skirt does fly out fairly high, but generally stays at a ‘safe’ level (ie – not flashing your lingerie to one and all). I did think the picture below was quite funny, my limbs remind me a spider losing its balance! Haa ha, definitely an ‘action shot’.
The thing I love the most about The Seamstress of Bloomsbury, is that they go absolutely above and beyond expectations.
I obviously loved this dress before it arrived, based on the listing description and accompanying pictures. And when the dress arrived, I was astonished at just how many design details Lucy contained – no element had been overlooked.
Kieren is very taken with his trousers too, and they will definitely be a wardrobe favourite.
I am wearing my Lucy dress with the Antoinette shoes by Hotter in blue (it looks like the blue colourway has sold out now, but they are still available in black, magenta and flint). I actually cannot recall where I got my stockings from, it may have been What Katie Did, but I am not sure.
Lucy dress c/o The Seamstress of Bloomsbury view here.
1940s Men’s Trousers by The Seamstress of Bloomsbury view here.
Thank you so much to The Seamstress of Bloomsbury, we both love the garments and had a fun time taking pictures together (even if I did get pretty dizzy doing all those spins!)
Until next time dears!