Category Archives: 1870s

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.

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

Victorian corset for rural wear

This lovely Victorian era over bust corset is fashioned from pink and beige ticking with a full cotton lining. This summer weight corset will be worn while working on a living history farm and is designed for maximum comfort. This corset is easily laundered, is lightweight, yet durable enough for daily wear.

For more information about our over bust corsets or any of our custom made garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

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