Category Archives: Corded Petticoat

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

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!

Charlotte Bronte Gown

This gown is based upon an original 1847 dress in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I first drafted and created this gown to wear to a living historian conference in June of 2013. The fabrics for this gown were selected by the client. It will be worn in a theatrical production set in the Romantic Era. The actress will be portraying Charlotte Bronte. The gown is shown over a corded petticoat and 2 standard petticoats.

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For more information about this gown or any of our garments, please email us at or visit our website at (link accessible at top of this blog.)


Gettysburg dress

We recently completed three garments for a client in Spain who will be traveling to the United States in July to attend the 150th anniversary events for the Battle of Gettysburg!

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This 1860s era day dress is made of semi sheer cotton with satin ribbon accents. This fabric worked up like a dream! It is so light and airy and the whole dress weighs practically nothing! The gown closes at center front with hook and eyes. The cream colored sheer cotton voile under sleeves are attached for a no fuss gown. This dress is based upon our 1860s era day dress #1863B.

Also included was an early 19th century chemisette with vintage buttons for Napoleonic War reenacting and a cotton corded petticoat.

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Adiós y disfrutar!

A linen corded petticoat

I recently completed a linen corded petticoat for a living historian in New York. I have made several corded petticoats over the years and have come to the conclusion that linen is the ideal fiber for this style of petticoat! Unlike cotton, linen retains its shape (thus requiring less starching) and receives cording more easily. And linen petticoats always feel like the real thing- not just a reproduction!


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