Category Archives: 1860s

The Rise of the Crinoline


We recently completed this shortened cage crinoline for the Oregon Shakespeare’s production of “The Wiz.” This garment is actually based upon a mid 1850s era crinolette.


Our cage is made of coated steel encased in cotton twill. The cage has a 29″ waist and is 90″ at its fullest circumference.

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Women’s mix and match

This blouse and skirt combination is part of an order headed to The Andrew Johnson Homeplace in Greenville, TN. The American civil war saw the beginning of mix and match style as most of the nation’s energy was dedicated to wartime efforts. This solid cotton blouse and bold print skirt combination was a staple of mid 19th century style.


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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!


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


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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New policies for 2016


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. -REVISED 2018- ALL FABRIC SALES ARE ACTIVE!

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!

Southern Boy’s suit

This mid 19th century era boy’s suit is in the collection of The American Textile Museum. It is a fabulous example of what boys past the breeching age were wearing in the American South.

Notice how the shirt buttons to the trousers’ waistband. This construction style originates in the late 18th/early 19th century with the introduction of the skeleton suit (a style specifically designed for children). This mid 19th century version is neat and non fussy, allows for minimal fabric waste, and maximum freedom of movement. Garment details as follows:


Maker/Author: Brockman, Ann Elizabeth

Place Made: USA: VA, Charlottesville

Date Made: 1865-1867

Suit; cotton, includes a shirt (A) of red and white gingham check, and trousers (B) of blue and white ticking. Shirt (A), rounded neck. Center front opening with seven white buttons. Long sleeves with banded cuffs, single button closure. Banded waist with seven buttons used to attach trousers. Trousers (B), banded waist with ten buttonholes. Side pockets on either hip.

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.


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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Ballad of the homespun dress

balladofhomespun2This circa 1862 song originates from North Carolina and was written by Carrie Bell Sinclair. It demonstrates the patriotism found on the home front of the American South during the American Civil War. It is currently in the collection at North Carolina State University.

Lyrics (to the tune of Bonnie Blue Flag)

Oh! yes, I am a Southern girl, and glory in the name,
And boast it with far greater pride than glittering wealth or fame.
We envy not the Northern girl, her robes of beauties rare,
Though diamonds grace her snowy neck, and pearls bedeck her hair.

Chorus- Hurrah! hurrah! for the sunny south so dear,
Three cheers for the homespun dress the Southern ladies wear.

The homespun dress is plain, I know, my hat’s palmetto too;
But then it shows what Southern girls for Southern rights will do.
We have sent the bravest of our land to battle with the foe,
And we will lend a helping hand; we love the South, you know.

Now, Northern goods are out of date; and since Old Abe’s blockade,
We Southern girls can be content with goods that’s Southern made.
We sent our sweethearts to the war, but dear girls, never mind,
Your soldier love will ne’er forget the girl he left behind.

The soldier is the lad for me— a brave heart I adore;
And when the sunny South is free, and when fighting is no more, I
’ll choose me then a lover brave from out the gallant band,
The soldier lad I love the best shall have my heart and hand.

The Southern land’s a glorious land, and has a glorious cause;
Then cheer, three cheers for Southern rights, and for the Southern boys.
We scorn to wear a bit of silk, a bit of Northern lace;
But make our homespun dresses up, and wear them with such grace.

And now, young man, a word to you; if you would win the fair,
Go to the field where honor calls, and win your lady there,
Remember that our brightest smiles are for the true and brave,
And that our tears are all for those who fill a soldiers grave.