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.
These two styles of girl’s petticoats were popular during the early to mid 19th century. Our mini corded petticoat is a girl- size version of our women’s corded petticoat and was worn by children from the 1820s through the 1870s. It is made of checked cotton cloth and is meant to replicate the “recycling” of older adult garments into children’s clothing.
The starched and tucked cotton petticoat is a standard in children’s undergarments and would have been worn from childhood into the teenage years. (Shown layered over the corded petticoat in the 1840s style).
For more information about these petticoats or any of our historical clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com
These two girl’s dresses are both cut in the popular children’s style so prevalent during the 1850s and 1860s. The homespun dress is representative of everyday wear during this period whereas the pastel print dress is Sunday best. These two dresses are part of a larger commission for the historical interpretation program at Exchange Place in Kingsport, Tennessee and represent the heyday (1850s) of the then stagecoach stop and town center.
For more information about these dresses or any of our historical garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com
This 1840s era girls’ dresses is cut in the style of the period. This dress and apron are part of a larger commission headed to Historic Exchange Place in Kingsport, Tennessee. During the early part of the 19th century, Exchange Place was a stagecoach stop for settlers heading west into the then wilderness of Eastern Tennessee.
This sweet little dress is quite possibly my favorite from this commission.
For more information about these dresses or any of our custom designed historical garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com
These two girl’s 1830s era dresses are part of a larger commission for Historic Exchange Place’s Junior Apprentice interpretation program in Kingsport, Tennessee. These garments represent the clothing worn by the children in emerging frontier towns of early 19th century Appalachia.
Girl’s dress cut in the fashionable 1830s era style and made of gorgeous Turkey red reproduction print cotton.
Dress cut in the style of the late 1830s transitioning into the 1840s.
For more information about these dresses or any of our custom made garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com
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
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
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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.