Hi! My name is Susan and I am a historian, seamstress, teacher, mother, and wife. My passion for history has manifested itself in the art of recreating clothing from different periods of time. Growing up in the American South, I am heavily schooled in the art of recreating clothing from the 19th century. After nearly a decade of immersing myself primarily in the Victorian period, I found the need to branch out and explore other periods of time. However, it is my connection with the American South and the clothing of rural America that continues to be the driving force behind my designs.
This year marks Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday and we are celebrating in Royal fashion!
On Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 2:00pm CST, we will turn the historic 1920s era American Legion Hall in the quaint little town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee into a true Victorian Era tea room!
Using Her Majesty’s favorite Afternoon Tea recipes, guests will be invited to taste a little bit of history at this one of a kind, one day only event! (We will be serving Queen Victoria’s original royal tea blend dating back to 1890!)
An event page has been created on Facebook and tickets are available for purchase online either via our mail in registration (save the convenience fees) or through Eventbrite.
Tickets are limited and all proceeds will go to benefit one of our local women and children’s charities. So grab your friends, family, little ones, or neighbor and join us.
Suitable for children ages 5 and up. Gents welcome!
Check back regularly as we will be posting fun little tidbits of Victorian history, menus, tea selection, and a special surprise (Hint… it has to to with the royal wedding!)
It’s all 1880s around here these days! This fun little “flower pot hat” is perfect for a breezy summer afternoon!
Made with the signature 1880s era squared off crown, an upturned brim adds playful charm. Trimmed in 100% plaid silk, this hat boasts elegance as well as whimsy. The color palette is an appealing array of earthy jewel tones with a little Colonial blue thrown in as contrast.
A trio of natural feathers adorns the center front for a little extra height. The crown measures 23″- allowing extra room for hairpieces and larger hairstyles. The hat body is lined in 100% cotton. This hat is meant to sit down onto the head just above the ears and is secured with a matching hat pin (included).
In between commissions, I made this lovely little straw 1880s era bonnet. The bonnet made for our recent 1880s era photoshoot was so much fun, I decided to create another- and this one is for sale on my website!
Made from 100% straw, this bonnet is inspired by several different hats illustrations of the period. It perches cheerfully at the back of the head. It’s not too large, yet not too small to be unnoticed. The brim touches the back of the ears and moves upward into a rounded point at the center front.
Trimmed in teal and mint checked satin, it features mint accent braid and small paper and bead flowers. The interior brim is lined with delicate embroidered net lace to give an extra hint of delicateness to this sweet little bonnet.
I chose NOT to add ties to this bonnet as it is more of a hybrid hat-bonnet mix and does instead come with a matching hatpin. The interior circumference measures 21″ and works best with a mid level hair style such as a bun or braided hairstyle.
You can find this bonnet and all of our reproduction historical fashions for sale on our website!
Snow is a bit a novelty in the American South. Large quantities are quite rare; however, even the lightest dusting can bring excitement beyond words. Our mountaintops are always the first to spy the flurrying of the cherished sky crystals. And with the falling snow comes a quietness as the world seeks to stop and enjoy each etherial flake.
Our third photoshoot, featuring the lovely Hannah and a modified version of our Harvest Bustle gown, attempts to capture this moment- the first unexpected (and perhaps only) snow fall of the season.
When I was just getting started as a serious designer, I was commissioned to make this dress by Fat Monster Films for Vienna Teng’s Gravity video. It was one of my first original designs and I still remember those gorgeous vintage 19th century jet buttons I stitched down the back. Seems like just yesterday but it was over 10 years ago! It was the first time I ever saw something I had made on an international platform. (Turns out it would not be the last!) It’s lovely to see the gown immortalized in this beautiful and haunting musical video. I very much appreciate people like Mark Johnson and his crew who gave me a chance in those early years. I am truly grateful!
I am excited to announce the launch of our latest design- The Anne dress!
The Anne dress is a transitional style gown that dates to the late 1830s-early 1840s and features a loose fitting bodice with yoke, an open neckline, and a full ankle length skirt. It is based on an original gown dating to this period formerly in the Tasha Tudor collection. Delicate piped trim encircles the yoke. You can wear this gown over a chemisette for a more modest neckline or during cooler weather.
This gown is made up in one of our reproduction 1840s era cotton prints but would also be lovely in silk or semi sheer lawn. It is a very versatile silhouette and is flattering on all figures. Plus, it’s super comfortable to wear!
Thank you to the absolutely stunning Miranda for modeling our Anne dress!
For more information about our Anne dress or any of our other historical clothing designs, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com
We are excited to share with you images from our first ever photoshoot!
Inspired by the images of illustrator, writer, and historical clothing collector Tasha Tudor, this photoshoot highlights one of our most popular styles- The American South dress.
(Image courtesy Goodreads)
Tasha Tudor was born in Boston in 1915. A far cry from rural Southern Appalachia, Tudor’s fascination with past and commitment to a simpler life resonates regardless of geographic location. Tudor was an avid historical clothing collector who was often photographed wearing her original pieces. One can see the influence of her collection in her illustrations as the characters’ clothing is highly detailed and authentic.
Our American South dress was inspired by an original homespun gown from North Carolina dating to 1860. We have modified the design of our gown to encompass the every day silhouette of the American South from the 1840s through 1870. Our American South dress is a style that was consistent throughout rural America and is one of our most popular designs. It is shown over a chemise and one extra full petticoat and worn with an bib front apron.
Come take a stroll with us through Southern Tennessee as we gather walnuts mid 19th century style!
Thank you to the beautiful Jessica for modeling!
For more information about Maggie May Clothing and our historical clothing designs, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com
This young lady’s 1830s era rural dress with removable sleeves is made from a reproduction cotton print authentic to the period. This fashionable Romantic Era dress is designed for a young lady between the ages of 12 and 18. The dress is shown over two petticoats and includes tucks at the hemline to accommodate a growing teen.
The lower portion of these sleeves are removable making this gown fashionable for both warm and cool weather.
The gown bodice is fully lined in cotton and buttons at the back. It is shown here with a simple but authentic pinner apron. This gown will be worn by the Junior Apprentices at Historic Exchange Place in Kingsport, Tennessee.
For more information about this 1830s era dress or any of our custom made historical clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com