Category Archives: Corsets

New policies for 2016

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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.

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!

Victorian Era corset

If I had to choose a FAVORITE garment for 2015, I believe I would choose this Victorian era overbust corset. I just LOVE this embroidered cotton twill. I purchased it quite a while ago specifically for corsets and have just now had an order that allowed me to use it!

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I hope to make many more like it!

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This corset is headed to a museum group in Norway. For more information on these garments or any of our special order clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com or email us at info@maggiemayfashions.com

Transitional Stays

We sent along these regency era transitional stays for the park rangers at The Jean LaFitte National Historic Park to wear at the 200th anniversary Battle of New Orleans! You can guarantee they were authentic from head to toe!

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 To ensure a quality fit on all corsets and stays, it is important to denote which cup size you need when you place your order. You can see the difference in cup sizes on these two corsets. The one on the left is a B cup and the one on the right is a D cup. I do not recommend this style of corset for sizes larger than D.trasitionalstays4

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For more information about these garments or any of our special order clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com or email us at info@maggiemayfashions.com

More Regency Era short stays

Here is another completed example of our Regency Era short stays. Unlike the longer stays of this period, these do not employ a busk. Instead, they lace up the front with cotton ties. A separate adjustable tie runs across the top to secure the bust in place.

We have been adding adjustable straps to our design for some time now. This allows more flexibility in fit (different bust sizes require different levels of support). The lightly boned body provides not only a sturdy undergarment but also helps lift the bust- achieving the height so popular during this period.

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These stays should be worn over a shift but do not require any further layering under your Regency Era gown.

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For more information about these stays, or any of our Regency Era garments, please visit our catalog or email us at info@maggiemayfashions.com

Lady Cavalier-Superhero Costume!

My latest commission was to create an ensemble for a [top secret!] [undercover!] [mystery?] SuperHero- from a character sketch! (I would include the sketches for you to see- but alas- They are indeed TOP SECRET!)

The mysterious Superhero will sport black tights and tall black boots under her jacket!

Lady musketeer, pirate, cavalier costume  Musketeer or cavalier hat

The individual pieces:

colonial era body  colonial era body  black brocade underbust corset
unerbust corset  underbust corset

lady cavalier jacket  lady musketeer jacket

women's cavalier or musketeer hat

Adventures in Corsetry!/Follow up

In January of this year, I wrote about a new adventure I was embarking upon- trying my hand at making a mid 19th century gusseted corset. Until a few years ago, corsetry was something I avoided like the plague. And up until now, I had never made a gusseted corset. Not wanting to attempt to draft a gusseted corset pattern myself, I opted for a commercial pattern instead.

The pattern:
 Martha McCain’s Simplicity pattern #7215. 
The Results:

Here are some of my final thoughts on this project:
The good-

 

A few of the issues I had when I originally starting building this corset have been resolved. Remember, those minor fitting issues I ran into? (The bottom front of the corset wants to protrude outward a little. This is a result of the flat steel busk not wanting to round itself over the belly area. I think using a spoon busk would correct this, but at this point, I am not willing to take this corset apart and try to insert another busk.)

I fixed this by 1. wearing the corset and allowing it to conform to my body (also known as “breaking the corset in”) and 2. gently bending the end of the steel busk inward. I also doubled the amount of grommets down the back of the corset and added additional lacing to increase adjustability in certain areas of the corset.

The bad-

 

The very back of the corset wants to roll a bit. A friend of mine is a professional corsetier and uses a great deal of poly boning in her work. However, she always uses steel boning at the very back of her corsets. I can understand why. This part of the corset needs more substantial body support than what poly boning can offer (even if you double it). She also suggested that the hip area may be too narrow and might also be causing the center back to roll.

In conclusion, I think in future corsets I will use steel boning at the very back. However, I am still convinced that poly boning works quite well in corset bodies- just not at the center back.