Category Archives: 1840s

The Age of the Romantics

Girl’s mid century try- on clothing

These two mid 19th century yoked front dresses were made for a museum in Arkansas for their children’s hands on exhibit. This style of dress was popular from about 1840 through the 1860s and was prominent in the American South. These two dresses are made from period reproduction cotton prints and are suitable for girls ages 4-13. They open all the way down the back to accommodate ease of trying on and close with buttons.

Girl’s mid century yoked dress sized for girls ages 10-13.
The pinner aprons is removable and is attached to the dress with snaps to make on and off as easy as possible.
Sweet summer dress of floral calico sized for girls ages 10-13.

We also made this close fitting straw bonnet to accompany this collection. This style bonnet was worn by girls from the 1840s through the 1860s. We constructed it in an easy to clean, durable way (without ties) to allow multiple young visitors to try on this darling little bonnet while at the museum.

Mid century straw bonnet without ties to keep little heads clean and tidy!

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

Girl’s petticoats

We recently completed an extensive children’s clothing order for a museum in Arkansas. These garments are for their children’s interpretive centers and span the 1830s through the 1850s. Here are two examples of the petticoats we made for this commission.


The corded petticoat on the left is suitable for ages 9-12 and the standard tucked petticoat on the right for ages 5-8.
Girl’s cotton corded petticoat
Girl’s cotton tucked petticoat

For more information about our custom made historical children’s clothing or any of our historical fashions, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

1838 transitional dress

Earlier this year we launched a new design- our Anne dress– a late 1830s/early 1840s transitional style gown. This dress is based off an original in the Tasha Tudor Collection and is a longer sleeve version of our Brooks dress.

Our 1838 transitional gown in an earthy natural green cotton roller printed fabric

We quickly received our first commission for a custom made version of this gown. It is made up in an authentic reproduction 1830s era moss green cotton print. This dress is headed to Historic Brattonsville for one of their new volunteer interpreters!

The center back of our gown closes with either buttons or hook and eyes

This custom made Anne dress is shown over 2 extra full petticoats. Finish off the look with a chemise and corset.

Delicate piped details around the yoked neckline

For more information about our Anne dress or any of our custom and ready made historical garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Introducing the Anne dress c. 1838

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.

The dress buttons up the back and closes at the waist with a hook and eye. Our Anne dress is shown over a chemise, corset, and 2 extra full petticoats.

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

First ever photoshoot- A nod to Tasha Tudor

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

1840s-1850s era work dress

This 1840s-1850s era work dress is a custom made version of our American South dress with apron. It is headed to Historic Exchange Place in Kingsport, Tennessee to be worn by their Junior Apprentices.

Fore more information about our American South dress or any of our custom made garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Girl’s early 19th century straw bonnets

These simple and sweet girls’ bonnets are ideal for the years 1800-1850s. Worn by girls of all ages, these little darlings are headed to Historic Exchange Place in Jonesboro, Tennessee to be worn by their Junior Apprentices. The girls who participate in this program range in age from 10-18.

For more information about these girls bonnets or any of our millinery, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Retirement Announcement!

Well now. I bet that heading got your attention! Never fear! We here at Maggie May Clothing are NOT retiring… but some of our designs are!

Beginning in January 2018, The Godey Dress and The Varina dress, along with a few other styles will be taking to the closet as we make room for fresh new designs from the Georgian era through the 1920s! Keep your eyes peeled throughout the Spring and Summer as we unveil our exciting new projects!

The Godey dress was wildly popular for many years! Several versions of this lovely blue gown are scattered across the United States!

The Varina Dress was originally created for a film in 2008! It was well suited for the early teen actress we designed it for.

In addition, the following garments will be retired beginning January 2018. These designs will no longer be available for custom order.

Retiring: Our mid 19th century baby gown

Retiring: Our c. 1858 cage crinoline

Retiring: Our silk bustle era gown

Retiring: Our Regency era evening dress