Category Archives: 1840s

The Age of the Romantics

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

Teen Boy’s Rural Sack coat

This boy’s cotton sack coat is headed to Historic Exchange Place in Kingsport, Tennessee and is indicative of the styles worn by teen boys throughout 19th century Southern Appalachia.

This sack coat is made of heavy weight plain weave brushed cotton in a natural green and is lined in roller printed cotton. The interior features a single patch pocket and four large wooden buttons close the front of the coat.

The cut of this coat is universal and would have been worn for outdoor work or as a dress coat.

For more information about this teen boy’s sack coat or any of our custom made historical garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Girl’s petticoats

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