Category Archives: Edwardian

Johns Hopkins Base 18

This series of garments was created for The Maryland Military Museum’s 2017 exhibit on Johns 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 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Archives.

Her cape is drawn directly from this one in the Johns 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 or email us at

Salvation Army Bonnet


A rare piece of history! An original Salvation Army bonnet (images from Ebay). c. 1880s.

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The Salvation Army began in London in 1865 as a mission organization. According to the History Channel,

“The Christian Mission, in which women were given ranks equal with men, launched ‘campaigns’ into London’s most forsaken neighborhoods. Soup kitchens were the first in a long line of various projects designed to provide physical and spiritual assistance to the destitute. In the early years, many in Britain were critical of the Christian Mission and its tactics, and the members were often subjected to fines and imprisonment as breakers of the peace.”

The first Salvation Army mission opened in the United States in 1880. The Salvation Army is still in existence today and has operations in over 75 countries.



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


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

1890s skirt and shirtwaists

Two of our commissions for 2015 included 2 sets of 1890s era skirt and shirtwaist combinations. These four garments went to two separate museums.

1890s11890s4The first 1890s skirt and shirtwaist are made of 100% lightweight cotton. Lightweight fabric was requested due to high heat and humidity in the region where this historical ensemble will be used. The client specifically requested a solid grey skirt with lighter tone shirtwaist.
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The second skirt and shirtwaist is made of both cotton and wool. The shirtwaist is made from 100% cotton shirting reprinted from a late 19th century pattern. And the skirt is a medium weight crimson wool. The client specifically requested a skirt in a deep red hue.

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For more information about these garments or any of our custom made 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!

Overalls for women

I recently came across this beautiful example of a factory made garment produced specifically for the early 20th century working class. This garment is significant because it gives us a glimpse of what women were wearing as they began to enter the work force and provides a striking juxtaposition to the early 20th century extravagance so often exhibited in museum collections.


From the collection of Manchester Art Gallery in Manchester, England. Here is what they have to say:

This factory overall is made of hardwearing twilled cotton, woven in blue and white stripes. The sleeves are full-length and the skirt long, in order to protect the woman worker’s own clothes, as well as for food hygiene reasons. It was worn in the C W S Jam Works at Middleton Junction, Greater Manchester, around 1900.

By the early 1900s a wider range of factory jobs became available for women whereas hitherto the jobs available has been largely in the textile industries, involving heavy work in poor conditions. Work in the food processing industries would have been eagerly sought by working women who had to support themselves financially, and the Co-operative Wholesale Society had a reputation as being a good employer, offering fair wages and good working conditions. Female workers would have worn these overalls, with caps to cover their hair, and they would have had to be boiled regularly to keep them clean, which explains why they are so sturdily made. However, these precautions would not be seen as adequate in a jam factory today, where workers wear latex gloves, caps, overalls and plastic disposable aprons for today’s more rigorous standards of hygiene.


Our Blue cotton ticking would make a perfect reproduction! Available by the yard!


Edwardian Gown

We recently completed a custom Edwardian Era gown for a client in Philadelphia. The gown was based upon this 1911 Delineator illustration:


The gown features a fitted underbodice of floral taffeta with a kimono overbodice of solid taffeta. Both are fitted into a waistband. The overskirt is the same floral taffeta and the trained underskirt is solid. The sleeve and skirt trimming is cotton velveteen. A removable velveteen sash was also included.

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Initially I intended to gather up one side of the overskirt to create the sloped silhouette as shown in the original Delineator image. However, the gathers made the overskirt pouf in a rather unbecoming manner and thus I elected to remove the internal gathering and leave the skirt straight. In hindsight, if I had cut the overskirt wider on the side I intended to gather, I believe it would solve the poufing issue. Next time, I will try it and let you know!