Category Archives: 1840s

Men’s Historical Shirts!

We have shirts! Men’s shirts! This style of shirt was worn from the 1840s through the end of the 19th century! Email us today for current availability!

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Men’s high quality white cotton shirt with wooden buttons- $42.00 plus S&H

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Men’s homespun shirt with wooden buttons- $58.00 plus S&H

Girl’s 1850s era clothing

We made these mid 19th century girl’s garments for The Andrew Johnson Homeplace for their education and interpretation programming. Sizing is for girls ages 12-14.

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

Early 1840s gown

This late 1830s-early 1840s era smocked gown was made for a production at the Santa Fe Opera. It is 100% cotton with a muslin lined bodice and sleeve. The smocking is all done by machine and the skirt unhemmed as it will be fitted at the costume shop.

A gorgeous example of a transitional era gown!

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

New policies for 2016

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Wow! We’ve had an amazing year! I feel like I say that at the end of every year, but 2015 really turned out to be one of our busiest of all time! I estimate over the course of the past 12 months, we stitched over 1200 yards of fabrics and completed over 300 garments! We lead 2 hands on workshops and gave 8 historical clothing presentations! What a year!

Looking ahead, we will be instituting a few new policies. As our markets and clientelle change, so must we. Effective January 1, 2016, we will be changing a few of our requirements. So here goes:

1. All film commissions will require payment in full at the time of order. Orders not paid in full within 10 days of order date will be subject to cancellation.

2. Effective January 1, 2016 a design fee will be added to production estimates for custom designed projects to cover the cost of pattern drafting, sizing, mock ups, and research (if applicable). Our design fee begins at $75.00 per design and is subject to change based upon individual projects (i.e. the more complicated the design, the higher the design cost).

3. Beginning in January, established clientelle will have priority completion dates. One of our biggest compliments is a returning customer and we would like to say thank you by offering priority scheduling.

4. Our reproduction fabric will now be dedicated exclusively to creating our custom historical garments. Any available yardage will be offered for immediate purchase on our IN STOCK page.

5. Our production calendar runs from January 2- May 31 and September 2- December 20. This allows us to spend our summer months conducting workshops, giving lectures, and attending conferences. All orders placed at the end of our production calendar will receive first priority at the beginning of the consecutive production season. We ship IN STOCK garments year round.

And just a gentle reminder:

All Maggie May Clothing images are protected under creative copyright and may not be shared or published in any way without written consent. This applies to our main website, our Etsy shop, and all affiliated social media sites.

Thanks and we look forward to another fabulous year of historical fashion!

Mid 19th century Bold print gown

This gown was created for client in a neighboring Southern state and was based upon an image of her great great grandmother. The original gown is made from a bold stripe on a dark background. (The client requested I do not share the original image). Working together, we settled upon this reproduction print as inspiration for the original gown.

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While black is the traditional choice for mid 19th century belting, I felt the darker tone would mute the beautiful coloring of this print. Therefore, I chose to create a crimson red cotton velveteen belt to offset the gorgeous jewel tones.  Also, extant gowns of this period show an affinity for bright, bold patterns and ornamentation.

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For more information about this gown or any of our custom order historical clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

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Mid 19th century day dress

This gown is our American South dress and is a popular choice for every day wear for the 1840s-1870s. It is shown over our standard petticoat and features wooden buttons down the center front. We created a matching straw half bonnet (ML2) to complete the ensemble.

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Early 19th century day caps

These two early 19th century day caps were made for a museum group in Norway. One features a delicate white work ruffle and the other a cotton lace/ribbon trim. These day caps are meant to be worn during the day inside without any other head wear. They are not meant to be worn under bonnets and do not include ties at the brim.

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The back of the caps are hand gauged to create the desired “pouf” at the crown.

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For more information on these garments or any of our special order clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com or email us at info@maggiemayfashions.com

Romantic Era gown

This gown is probably one of my all time favorite designs. It is such a sweet little gown and so flattering. Plus, it is just so comfortable to wear. This gown is our Brooks dress and was made as part of an order headed to a museum group in Norway.

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If you would like more information about our Brooks dress, please feel free to visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com or contact us at info@maggiemayfashions.com