Interview With Irma of The Vintage Dressmaker

Interviewed by the lovely Emily from The Pretty and The Kitsch

The Pretty and The Kitsch

Today I am thrilled to be interviewing the lovely Irma of The Vintage Dressmaker. Irma is an extremely talented seamstress and her 1930’s and 1940’s inspired dresses are absolutely amazing. It was so much fun getting to know her and learn more about her work!

I hope you all enjoy this interview, and that you make sure to check out Irma’s beautiful dresses!

Tell us about your business, The Vintage Dressmaker!

I’m a self-employed dressmaker and designer specializing in 1920-1950s style womenswear. I work mainly with private clients but have also made dresses for shops and costume houses. I guess I’m what you could call an all-in-one as I design, draw patterns, source fabrics and trimmings and make the dresses. Though more challenging it is also the most satisfying thing about my business as I’m part of the whole process and as such, in control of all aspects of…

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Mid to late 1960s style wool crepe dress

This lovely mid to late 1960s style cream wool crepe dress, although very simple in style, has got it’s crowning glory and best detail in it’s large pilgrim collar embellished by golden floral appliques. Fastens with a zipper at the back. It also has pockets sewn into side seams.

 

Early 1950s inspired velvet cocktail dress

This delightful early 1950s inspired red velvet cocktail dress, slightly gathered at shoulders and with v-neckline both at the front and back and wide attached cummerbund belt, full skirt and 3/4 length sleeves with darts at elbows is a classic example of the dresses of the era. Zip closure at the back.

Wartime girls- the early 1940s dress collection

This is my very first homage to the early 1940s and the wartime girls. These beauties are all made from original 1940s fabrics.

All available here: etsy-early 1940s dress collection

 

Lettie

 

Mildred

Ava

 

Dorothy

 

 

 

Photography by Claire Pursglove