Category Archives: 1850s

Late Romantic-Early Victorian Era

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

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

1850s Autumn jacket

This 1850s era wool jacket was styled after an original lady’s denim jacket in the Met.

Made of 100% wool yarn dyed homespun with cotton lining, this jacket is just enough to keep the chill away during crisp Autumn evenings. It has a small patch pocket tucked away in the interior to hide any small incidental items a lady farmer might need.

This jacket is headed to Historic Brattonsville to be used in their 19th century farm life interpretation program.

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

1850s era denim jacket

This reproduction women’s denim jacket is a custom designed/custom commissioned 1850s era piece based on this original in the collection of FIT.

Working with the client, we decided upon a darker denim and a full quilted cotton lining.

The jacket features wooden buttons and lots of hand- stitched details. I chose to use a bright, white thread to showcase the stitching.

You can view the jacket in action here!

For more information about this jacket or any of our custom commissions, 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