Category Archives: Extant garments

Taking a closer look at some original garments

First Snow

Snow is a bit a novelty in the American South. Large quantities are quite rare; however, even the lightest dusting can bring excitement beyond words. Our mountaintops are always the first to spy the flurrying of the cherished sky crystals. And with the falling snow comes a quietness as the world seeks to stop and enjoy each etherial flake.

Our third photoshoot, featuring the lovely Hannah and a modified version of our Harvest Bustle gown, attempts to capture this moment- the first unexpected (and perhaps only) snow fall of the season.

Our Harvest Bustle Gown (c. 1880s) is shown over Corset, skirt supporter, and 2 ruffled petticoats
Pausing for a cup of tea
We modified our original design by replacing the tucked center front panel with 2 rows of pleated ruffles. I was afraid the skirt would be quite heavy but it was the opposite! The light, crisp cotton held its shape beautifully! A simple velvet ribbon serves as a belt.
A sighting
First snow of the season!
Glad she brought her caplet and muff!

For more information about our Harvest Bustle Gown or any of our historical clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

1850s era denim jacket

This reproduction women’s denim jacket is a custom designed/custom commissioned 1850s era piece based on this original in the collection of FIT.

Working with the client, we decided upon a darker denim and a full quilted cotton lining.

The jacket features wooden buttons and lots of hand- stitched details. I chose to use a bright, white thread to showcase the stitching.

You can view the jacket in action here!

Our Historic Farmer tells us about Gulf Coast Sheep.

Posted by Historic Brattonsville on Friday, December 29, 2017

For more information about this jacket or any of our custom commissions, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Salvation Army Bonnet

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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.

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ref: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/salvation-army-founded

Early 19th century apron

I came across this original early 19th century women’s work apron while doing a little research for a project. The cut follows the idea of the long narrow silhouette of the 1800s and the fabric detailing gives much information about the nature of work garments. I hope you find it interesting as well!

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