Category Archives: Extant garments

Taking a closer look at some original garments

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!

Southern Boy’s suit

This mid 19th century era boy’s suit is in the collection of The American Textile Museum. It is a fabulous example of what boys past the breeching age were wearing in the American South.

Notice how the shirt buttons to the trousers’ waistband. This construction style originates in the late 18th/early 19th century with the introduction of the skeleton suit (a style specifically designed for children). This mid 19th century version is neat and non fussy, allows for minimal fabric waste, and maximum freedom of movement. Garment details as follows:


Maker/Author: Brockman, Ann Elizabeth

Place Made: USA: VA, Charlottesville

Date Made: 1865-1867

Suit; cotton, includes a shirt (A) of red and white gingham check, and trousers (B) of blue and white ticking. Shirt (A), rounded neck. Center front opening with seven white buttons. Long sleeves with banded cuffs, single button closure. Banded waist with seven buttons used to attach trousers. Trousers (B), banded waist with ten buttonholes. Side pockets on either hip.

Two 1860 era ballgown bodices


The 1860 era diminutive silk ballgown bodice was for sale on Ebay in July 2015 with a list price of $99.00. This ballgown bodice features swirl glass buttons and silk velvet ribbon. It is lined in muslin and is a gorgeous example of the Victorian’s passion for all things plaid (thanks to Queen Victoria and her love of Scottish tartans and ribbons!)

Garment measurements are listed as- CHEST: 30″; WAIST: 20″; FRONT LENGTH: 8.5″

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Also listed within the same seller’s shop was this ball gown bodice of the same period. List price for this extant garment was $140.00

Garment measurements are listed as- Chest 30″; Waist 22″; Front length 11″

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Notice how carefully the plaid was matched at the center back. A sign of a skilled and thoughtful seamstress.


1860s Glengarry cap

While browsing Ebay, I can across this gorgeous ORIGINAL 1860s era glengarry cap. Made of straw, this style cap was the highest of fashion and most likely came from Europe. Take a look at the intricate detailing of the beadwork trim and fantastic straw floral embellishments! A beautiful example of a period glengarry!

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This item was found on Ebay July 27, 2015 with an asking price of $165.00

Boy’s 1860s play suit

Just love the construction of this boy’s c. 1860 playsuit. Made of cotton jean, the details are as follows:

2-piece, white & blue stripe: overalls w/ concave hammered brass buttons & drop seat, short jacket w/ interior pocket, jacket: C 27″, L 11″, overall: C 26″, L 35″, Inseam 16.5″, (patched & stained, some buttons replaced) good.

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Images courtesy Augusta Auctions