Category Archives: Costume Design

Historical and historically- inspired fashions

CostumeWorks costumes!

These three Regency Era garments are headed to CostumeWorks for a theatrical production in Boston. The fabrics were provided by the production company and the designs are ours. The dresses are our Marie dress and the Spencer jacket features a modified collar and cuff combination. The garments will be distressed and aged before they hit the stage!

For more information about these garments of any of our custom made historical clothing, please visit our website at

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 or email us at



We recently completed this shortened cage crinoline for the Oregon Shakespeare’s production of “The Wiz.” This garment is actually based upon a mid 1850s era crinolette.


Our cage is made of coated steel encased in cotton twill. The cage has a 29″ waist and is 90″ at its fullest circumference.

For more information about this garment or any of our custom made historical clothing, please visit our website at or email us at

Men’s Historical Shirts!

We have shirts! Men’s shirts! This style of shirt was worn from the 1840s through the end of the 19th century! Email us today for current availability!


Men’s high quality white cotton shirt with wooden buttons- $42.00 plus S&H


Men’s homespun shirt with wooden buttons- $58.00 plus S&H

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!

Gowns for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

2014 finished up with a flurry of busyness!  One of our last projects for the year were these two American South dresses for the Oregon Shakespeare festival!


The blue striped gown on the left is made from our authentic replica cotton prints. This “ticking” stripe gown is actually very lightweight and has a super soft hand! (Unlike the traditional canvas ticking you may be familiar with.)


The gown on the right is made of high quality dress linen in nutmeg brown. It has GORGEOUS texture and a sturdy, lightweight body typical of flax. It stands out very nicely at the skirt with few petticoats underneath!


Both gowns are finished off with large wooden buttons made right here in the USA! We left the hems unfinished so the costume department could adjust lengths. Both gowns will be altered to fit their respective actresses once they reach their final destination.

These gowns will be used in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s worldwide premiere of Fingersmith.

For more information about these gowns or any of our custom made garments, please visit our website at or feel free to email us at

Regency Era short stays

This month we completed 3 pairs of Regency Era short stays (c.1815) for the Pallas Theatre in Washington D.C.

This one features delicate hand knit cotton lace


This one blue satin accents


And this one, pink linen.


All of our stays are made of medium weight cotton or coutil and fully lined in cotton muslin. We also add light boning for additional support. The corsets lace up the front and feature adjustable straps. For more information about our Regency era stays, please visit our catalog or email us at