Author Archives: Susan

About Susan

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.

Girl’s early 19th century dresses

These two early 19th century dresses are for the Junior Apprentice Program at Historic Exchange Place in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Intended to represent the diverse sartorial heritage of this original stagecoach stop, these two dresses embody the spirit of pioneers who headed west into what was then the untouched wilderness of Eastern Tennessee.

Cut in the style of the 1820s-1830s, this bold print gown follows the fashion trends of children in the East. Made of 100% replica print cotton, this gown is made for a girl under the age of 15.

This 1840s era dress is made for a teen girl and features a lined bodice, separate sheer cotton collar and removable bow. It is made of 100% replica print cotton fabric with a contrasting hem protector.

For more information about these garments or any of our custom designed historical clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Romantic Era straw bonnet

This lovely Romantic Era straw bonnet is headed to a museum in Pennsylvania as part of a larger commission. This straw bonnet features gingham ribbon, paper flowers, and silk ties.

For more information about this style bonnet or any of our custom millinery, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Romantic era bonnets

Finishing off a large commission from a museum in Pennsylvania are these gorgeous silk drawn bonnets. Ideal in shape and size for the 1840s, these ultra feminine bonnets are lightweight, fuss- free and a breeze to wear.

Drawn bonnet in linen and silk

For more information about our silk bonnets or any of our custom made millinery, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Romantic Era smocked gowns

As part of a larger commission for a museum in Pennsylvania, we constructed these two custom made late 1830s-early 1840s era gowns for their historical interpretation program. Made of 100% cotton reproduction prints, these two gown can be worn as shown or over a chemisette. Matching bonnets were also designed to complete the ensemble.

For more information about this Romantic era gown or any of our custom made garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

New Romantic Era dress!

Introducing our NEW Romantic era design- the ANNE dress!

Embodying the transitional silhouette of the late 1830s and early 1840s, the Anne dress features characteristics of both decades. The bodice features a wide open neckline with a gathered bodice that tapers into a fitted waistband. The close fitting capped sleeves open up into full gathered puffs at the elbow and end in buttoned cuffs. The skirt is approximately 130″ wide and is hemmed to the ankle. The gown’s yoke and cap sleeves are fully lined and the dress closes in the back with either hook and eyes or buttons. Both the neckline and sleeves feature self made piped trim. This gown will be just as gorgeous in silk or wool as it is shown here in our reproduction 1830s era cotton print!

For more information about our NEW ANNE dress, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com!

Bold and Bright 1830s dresses

These two bold and bright 1830s era gowns are part of a large commission headed to a museum in Pennsylvania. These dresses are made of 100% replica print cotton with large Gigot sleeves tapered to the wrist. The bodices are fully lined in muslin and button down the front for ease of dressing. The skirt is approximately 130″ wide and is hemmed to the ankle. The neckline and sleeves seams are piped with self made trim.

These two gowns also include a contrasting1830s era pinner apron. This gown can be worn as a work dress with the apron or with a matching belt (not shown) for dressier occasions.

For more information about these 1830s era gowns or any of our historical garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com.

Custom Victorian Era corsets

These two Victorian Era corsets are part of a large commission headed to a museum in Pennsylvania. These lightweight corsets are ideal for daily wear while still maintaining their shape and allowing for flexibility and movement.

For more information about these custom made victorian era corsets or any of our custom made historical garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com.

1870s homesteader dress

These three dresses are headed to the C&O National Historical Park in Cumberland Maryland. These dresses are inspired by the movement West after the American Civil War. They are made of high quality, replica print cotton. The bodices and sleeves are fully lined.

The skirt is cut longer in the back to accommodate a small bustle pad.

For more information about our 1870s era homesteader dress, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com