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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!

A blog award

I would like to thank Alison Boulton over at Thread-Headed Snippet for awarding me the Versatile Blogger award!  Alison is a fellow Southern blogger and has the most enlightening and humorous blog about historical sewing I have encountered to date! Thank you again for choosing my blog as one of your favorites!



Rules- Share 7 things about yourself:

1. I live on a farm. Our current four legged family members include 2 horses, 3 llamas, 6 hens, 2 ducks, 3 dogs (4 if you count the neighbor dog who spends 95% of her time here), 4 cats, and one bunny rabbit!

2. I am a stay at home mom. I have a husband and preschool age daughter.

3. My claim to fame/shame is when I was 19 I rearranged the furniture in a historic home I was the costumed interpreter for. Because the way they had it did not make historical sense and because I was YOUNG AND STUPID! Fortunately, everyone had a laugh about it and I learned a very important lesson that day. Never presume to know everything. This is a lesson that continues with me today.

4. I wanted to be a veterinarian. However after college A&P, I changed my major to history and became a vegetarian! Yikes!

5. I wear my corset while sewing. It helps reduce the blood flow to my brain which in turn reduces the urge to second guess myself and commence to ripping apart everything I just spent hours putting together (because it really was just fine the way I made it the first time).

6. I would not like to have lived back then. Really.

7. I am Southern to the core. (No, not like the “Hell ya! The South will rise again!” kind of Southern.) Think Steel Magnolias. Being Southern carries with it a distinct way of thinking, behaving, and interacting with others. And no, I do not think the world would be a better place if the South had won the war.

Share blogs you like to read (in no particular order):

Thread-Headed Snippet

Defunct Fashion

Fashion is my Muse

FIDM Museum

Genesee Country Village and Museum

Jane Austen’s World

 Kleidung um 1800

Life Takes Lemons

Natalie Garbett

Past Perfect Vintage

The Mended Soul

Commitment to Costumes

What to wear?

I cannot remember the last time I made myself a dress. Better yet, I cannot remember the last time  there was an occasion to wear one to. And now with the opportunity to attend the ALHFAM 2013 conference in my lap, I’ve got reason! The Presidential dinner will be hosted in a c.1917 ballroom and period dress is requested. All dressed attendees will be asked to participate in a period fashion parade! [Whoop-Whoop!] So what to wear? Regency? Bustle? Romantic? I would LOVE to whip up something 1840s style!

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I just LOVE these American gowns from the Met collection!

However, I am unsure if I will be flying to the conference or driving. If I am flying, there is the issue of baggage. Is it feasible to pack a week’s worth of modern clothing plus all the foundation garments needed for a proper 1840s era silhouette AND meet the one checked bag rule? Hmmm. Not sure about that.

So, what about using the era of the ballroom as inspiration? Last year marked the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. And Downton Abbey is all the rage right now. So maybe a gown between 1910-1925 would be fun. The conference is in the middle of June. I’m thinking something light and feminine and summery.


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How can one go wrong with a”Happiness” dress?

Jeanne Lanvin (FR) is one of my favorite 1920s designers. I am contemplating taking a leap and going WAY out of my comfort zone with one of the gowns below (gown at back by Jeanne Lanvin/ gown at front unknown maker). Lanvin is known for her ultra feminine style, her delicate embroidery work, and striking color combinations.


This is a period I have not had much chance to explore and is really unchartered territory. Oh, but what an opportunity to play with the color palette!

So it’s between the Lanvin gown above and the short sleeve 1847 Met dress. What to wear? What to wear? Thinking… Sketching…. Ideas formulating…..

To be continued…

A Fellowship!

To my absolute surprise and wonderment, I am excited to announce I have been awarded a fellowship from the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums to attend their 2013 international conference at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio! I cannot wait to meet other museum professionals who share my passion for rural heritage! Awesome!

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But even more exciting is I really do have a special place for Hale Farm and Village in my heart. Here is an excerpt from my application letter explaining why:

… I grew up in Northeastern Ohio- not far from Bath. My passion for history and living history was born from a childhood visit to Hale Farm and Village when I was six years old. It was a trip my mother took our Brownie girl scout troop on. I still remember the childhood excitement of getting to “visit the past” and all I knew was I really wanted to live on that farm too. I also remember the sadness I felt when we left and did not understand why we too could not keep livestock and dress like the interpreters. A few years later, our family moved from Ohio to Tennessee. However, my childhood experience at Hale Farm would serve as the cornerstone of a life long path.

And so for the first time in over 20 years, I’ll be headed to my old stomping grounds! I wonder just how Southern I have become? I’m sure I will find out!

In the meantime, have a look at these Cool conference going ons:

A behind the scenes tour of Kent State Museum’s costume collection

Getting up close and personal with dairy cows and the proper way to milk ’em!

18th century chocolate making- from roasting your own beans to creating creamy chocolaty confections!

19th century clothing construction techniques- both mens’ and women’s

Historic livestock breeds- including hands on sheep experiences

Historic gardening and recipes- including how to make cider

Amish History

Sidesaddle riding

And now off to work on orders so I can reserve a little time to stitch something up for myself to wear at the conference!

To learn more about ALHFAM, visit their website at

For the full conference line up:

Blog award- Thank You!

    Last year, Labluebonnet over at Teacups Among the Fabric listed my blog as one of her top five favorites. A very big belated thank you! As part of the award, she requested answers to a few questions. Here they are:
    1.What is your favorite part of costuming? The creativity it requires. I begin with an initial sketch or idea but do not like to be too rigid in my designs. I love when garments evolve as I am working on them.


    2. What inspires you most about costuming? The next project. Making the same thing over and over again is torture.
    3. What is your favorite costuming resource? Just one? Here are my top three! The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Tasha Tudor Costume Collection, and Costume In Detail by Nancy Bradfield.
    4.  What is your favorite costume that you made? Not really a costume but last year I made mommy and me dresses for our anniversary party.


    5. What is your favorite era? Initially, the 1890s. Now the 1840s.
    6. Why is that your favorite era? When I was younger, I was passionate about Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. I loved the intricate tucking and lace insertions of the 1890s-1900s. Now I love the clean uncomplicated lines of the 1840s.

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    7. What advice would you give to a beginning costumer? Don’t compare yourself to others. Tap into your own creativity and never- ever- ever take yourself too seriously.

8. What is one historical garment would you like to learn that you do not yet know how to make? Men’s jackets. Tailoring boggles my mind.

    9. What one word best describes your fabric stash? Excessive.


    10. How did you get involved in costuming? Childhood imagination. I guess I just haven’t grown up yet.
    11. Do you have a favorite yearly costuming event? I work with our local National Park Service on special events. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of opportunity for costumed events in our area.


    To view Lahbluebonnet’s blog, please hop on over to

Thank you Natalie!

A great big thank you to Natalie Garbett at Historical Clothing and Uniforms for the Liebster Blog Award! I came across Natalie’s blog a few years back and always look forward to reading her posts about the world of historical clothing.

And now without further ado, I will share with you five of my favorite “under 200 followers” blogs!

The Lady’s Resource CDV: A great resource for all things Carte de Visite! Beautifully organized by gender, age, and clothing type. Primarily mid 19th century CDV’s.

Duchess Trading: Gorgeous and expressive paintings centered around historical clothing. Oh, and did I mention she makes (and remakes) all the historical attire herself?

Hidden Meadow Farm: Because life is not always about historical clothing. Or us. Images that inspire.

Marmeecraft: Super fun, whimsical artwork about historically inspired forest creatures and maidens. The blog that first introduced me to the blogging world.

Jenny LaFleur: Jenny has a gorgeous aesthetic. All her gowns ooze Diva. Originally a LiveJournal blogger, Jenny has hopped over to Blogspot too. I came across her website several years ago and love to follow her historical clothing travels and adventures.