Category Archives: 1870s

1875 serviceable dress

This 19th century day dress was designed for a house museum exhibit in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Inspired by an original gown in the Met, this cotton version is meant to celebrate the rural heritage of the now suburban community. A second gown in a later style is being designed to represent Sterling Height’s connection to urban Detroit. The two gowns will be exhibited side by side.

Original gown c. 1875 of wool and silk. Image courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This gown has been carefully curated to accurately capture the heritage of this city. Original photographs of area families from the late 19th century were referenced and an overall look and feel of the exhibit was discussed. Together we settled upon this gown for its simplicity and practicality of style.

For more information about this custom designed gown or any of our historical  clothing, 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

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

Custom Victorian Era corsets

These two Victorian Era corsets are part of a large commission headed to a museum in Pennsylvania. These lightweight corsets are ideal for daily wear while still maintaining their shape and allowing for flexibility and movement.

For more information about these custom made victorian era corsets or any of our custom made historical garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com.

1870s homesteader dress

These three dresses are headed to the C&O National Historical Park in Cumberland Maryland. These dresses are inspired by the movement West after the American Civil War. They are made of high quality, replica print cotton. The bodices and sleeves are fully lined.

The skirt is cut longer in the back to accommodate a small bustle pad.

For more information about our 1870s era homesteader dress, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com