Category Archives: film

1840s afternoon gown

This 1840s era afternoon gown is our Brooks dress and is headed to a museum group in Bergen, Norway. This gown is made of 100% cotton. This gown is based upon an original cotton American gown in the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is featured in last year’s cinematic production of Cinderella starring Lily James.

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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!

Farmer’s smocks

The final two garments we made for an upcoming 1890s era short film set in rural America were two farmer’s frocks. The creative director wanted these made from burlap.

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Burlap is made of jute- a course and unrefined fiber. It is most suited for upholstery work and making sacks for dried foods. Historically, burlap was used for religious garb commonly referred to as sack cloth.

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Working with burlap posed a bit of a challenge. Because of the high fray tendencies of the material, I had to cut the smocks in as few pieces as possible. Fortunately, this is typical of period smocks as they were often cut from large rectangles. However, the interior seams had to be either french seamed or serged to eliminate fray and to reinforce stitching. Due to time constraints, I chose to serge the interior seams of these garments.


As you can see, burlap has an extremely stiff hand. Notice how the front of this smock stands out no matter how much smoothing and coaxing it gets. It will take some work on the part of the creative director to get these two garments to drape as she sees fit.

1890s rural day wear

In addition to the modified chemises, we also created two 1890s era blouse and skirt combinations for a short film being produced in New York. The creative director wanted something extremely simple, free flowing, and sheer. Here is what we created.

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The skirts were also hemmed to floor length as the creative director will be doing some distressing and aging to the garments once they arrive.

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Follow Up Photos: From the film production crew

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Modified chemise

We recently completed several garments for an upcoming short film for a production company in New York City. We altered our existing chemise pattern to create this long, flowing undergarment.

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The full length full sleeves have ties a the cuff. Ties around around the neckline allow the wearer to adjust fullness. The front also features a button front opening and extra deep neckline. It is cut extra slim to avoid bulkiness. The production company also requested they be hemmed to floor length.

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New Policies for Film and Television

We are instituting a few new policies for our film and television clientele:

Special Order/Custom Order garments
All special and custom order garments are completed on first come first serve scheduling. Please contact us for current availability. Our completion time for ONE special order garment averages 3-14 days. Orders needed earlier than our average completion time are subject to an additional 30% rush order fee.There is no fee for one set of sketches for custom order garments. All sketches are property of Susan Jarrett, owner of Maggie May Clothing and may not be distributed, copied, or modified in any way. Revised sketches may be requested for an additional fee. Please allow up to 1 week for sketches to be completed.

Fabric swatches may be ordered for a fee of $2.00 per swatch (average size 2”x2”) plus postage.

Orders are not finalized until actress’s measurements are received and garment designs (including fabric selections) are submitted either verbally or in writing (email, order forms, etc.) Orders finalized AFTER our average completion time are subject to a 30% rush order fee.

Any changes made after orders are finalized are subject to a convenience fee and additional materials fees (if applicable).

Sorry, we do not offer discounts.

Payment terms:
Payment is due in full at the time the order is finalized. We do not accept partial payments. We currently accept Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Personal Check, or Money Order. All payments are nonrefundable.

If you would like your garments shipped via Fedex or UPS, please provide your customer account number and we will be happy to schedule a pick up for your order. Otherwise, we ship all merchandise via the US Postal Service. Customer is responsible for all shipping fees. Merchandise is shipped first class unless express delivery has been requested in advance. A signature may be required at the time of package delivery. All shipping dates are estimates not guarantees. MMC cannot control the timeliness of Postal Service delivery. To avoid missed deadlines, please plan your order in advance. MMC is not responsible for lost or mis delivered packages.

Please review our standard policies as well.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Dress for Kenosha, WI Civil War Museum

A few years ago, I teamed up with Boston Productions to create a series of 1860s era gowns for their film project in conjunction with the 1863 Raid on Indiana exhibit for Conner Prairie. Flash forward to 2013 and now teaming up with AMP Agency, here is a gown created for the Kenosha, WI Civil War Museum. The fabric selections were made by the film production team and the design is by us. Gown is shown and will be worn over an elliptical cage crinoline and overpetticoat, chemise, and corset.

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