Category Archives: Appalachia

The beautiful and mysterious place between the mountains

First Snow

Snow is a bit a novelty in the American South. Large quantities are quite rare; however, even the lightest dusting can bring excitement beyond words. Our mountaintops are always the first to spy the flurrying of the cherished sky crystals. And with the falling snow comes a quietness as the world seeks to stop and enjoy each etherial flake.

Our third photoshoot, featuring the lovely Hannah and a modified version of our Harvest Bustle gown, attempts to capture this moment- the first unexpected (and perhaps only) snow fall of the season.

Our Harvest Bustle Gown (c. 1880s) is shown over Corset, skirt supporter, and 2 ruffled petticoats
Pausing for a cup of tea
We modified our original design by replacing the tucked center front panel with 2 rows of pleated ruffles. I was afraid the skirt would be quite heavy but it was the opposite! The light, crisp cotton held its shape beautifully! A simple velvet ribbon serves as a belt.
A sighting
First snow of the season!
Glad she brought her caplet and muff!

For more information about our Harvest Bustle Gown or any of our historical clothing, 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

Teen Boy’s Rural Sack coat

This boy’s cotton sack coat is headed to Historic Exchange Place in Kingsport, Tennessee and is indicative of the styles worn by teen boys throughout 19th century Southern Appalachia.

This sack coat is made of heavy weight plain weave brushed cotton in a natural green and is lined in roller printed cotton. The interior features a single patch pocket and four large wooden buttons close the front of the coat.

The cut of this coat is universal and would have been worn for outdoor work or as a dress coat.

For more information about this teen boy’s sack coat or any of our custom made historical garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Mid 19th century dresses of Appalachia

These mid 19th century dresses are based upon an extant homespun gown from North Carolina.They are headed to Historic Exchange Place living history farm in Kingsport Tennessee- in the heart of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

For more information about our American South dress or any of our historical clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.comhttp://www.maggiemayfashions.com