Category Archives: Commissions

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

John Hopkins Base 18

This series of garments was created for The Maryland Military Museum’s 2017 exhibit on John Hopkins Base 18 and WWI era nurse Bessie Baker.

After looking at several original images of Bessie Baker both prior to and during the War, I decided upon this design for her uniform.

The design of her uniform is actually a blend of her prewar nursing uniform, her war era uniform, an illustration found in a WWI era recruitment poster, and an extant JHH gown in the collection of John Hopkins School of Medicine Archives.

Her cape is drawn directly from this one in the John Hopkins School of Medicine Archives.

In addition, I also created a nurse’s cap, armband, and located a pair of black shoes in the style of the pair shown in this period illustration.

This was by far my most heavily researched commission for 2016 but also one of the most fascinating.

For more information about this gown or any of our custom historical garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com or email us at info@maggiemayfashions.com

A gown for Mount Vernon

This lovely gown is headed to an interpreter in Virginia at historic Mount Vernon. This is our  Camille dress in a lovely indigo blue Cocheco Mills reproduction cotton print.

Under the gown is our chemisette in vintage white cotton lawn.

For more information about this gown or any of our custom historical clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com or email us at info@maggiemayfashions.com

Mid 19th century boy’s plaid suit

This boy’s shirt, trousers, and waistcoat is suitable for mid 19th century middle class attire. It is made of plaid cotton suiting and wooden buttons. The shirt is muslin with wooden buttons as well. This boy’s ensemble is headed to a museum group in Bergen, Norway.

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For more information about this suit or any of our historical children’s clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com or email us a info@maggiemayfashions.com

1840s afternoon gown

This 1840s era afternoon gown is our Brooks dress and is headed to a museum group in Bergen, Norway. This gown is made of 100% cotton. This gown is based upon an original cotton American gown in the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is featured in last year’s cinematic production of Cinderella starring Lily James.

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Fore more information about this gown or any of our custom made garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com or email us at info@maggiemayfashions.com

1880s shopkeeper’s dress

This 1880s era shop keeper’s dress is actually our Harvest Bustle gown made up in a gorgeous vibrant grape cotton print pulled from the textile collection at the V&A.

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Our Harvest bustle gown is based upon an original in my collection and is headed to a museum group in Bergen, Norway.

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For more information about this gown or any of our custom made garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com or email us at info@maggiemayfashions.com

1830s era transitional gown

This custom made gown is our Charlotte gown made for a museum in Pennsylvania. It is shown over our corded petticoat and standard petticoat.

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Our Charlotte gown is a transitional gown- meaning it has characteristics of 1830s era gowns but has features found in the 1840s as well. This gown was chosen by the museum’s program director because they needed a versatile early mid 19th century interpretive piece.

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We will be finishing a corset, chemise, day cap, and chemisette in the near future to complete this gown in appropriate late 1830s era style.

For more information about this gown or any of our custom made garments, please visit our main website.

Gilded Age costume

This Edwardian era ensemble is headed to Maryland for a production of The Lady with the Little Dog.

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This costume is made of iridescent steel grey taffeta with a velvet and satin jacket. The dress uses a hidden zipper closure at the center back to allow for quick wardrobe changes.

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Overall, this gown turned out quite gorgeous and pays homage to the end of the Gilded Age.

For more information about this gown or any of our custom made garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com or email us at info@maggiemayfashions.com