Category Archives: Romantic Era

Retirement Announcement!

Well now. I bet that heading got your attention! Never fear! We here at Maggie May Clothing are NOT retiring… but some of our designs are!

Beginning in January 2018, The Godey Dress and The Varina dress, along with a few other styles will be taking to the closet as we make room for fresh new designs from the Georgian era through the 1920s! Keep your eyes peeled throughout the Spring and Summer as we unveil our exciting new projects!

The Godey dress was wildly popular for many years! Several versions of this lovely blue gown are scattered across the United States!

The Varina Dress was originally created for a film in 2008! It was well suited for the early teen actress we designed it for.

In addition, the following garments will be retired beginning January 2018. These designs will no longer be available for custom order.

Retiring: Our mid 19th century baby gown

Retiring: Our c. 1858 cage crinoline

Retiring: Our silk bustle era gown

Retiring: Our Regency era evening dress

Girl’s petticoats

These two styles of girl’s petticoats were popular during the early to mid 19th century. Our mini corded petticoat is a girl- size version of our women’s corded petticoat and was worn by children from the 1820s through the 1870s. It is made of checked cotton cloth and is meant to replicate the “recycling” of older adult garments into children’s clothing.

The starched and tucked cotton petticoat is a standard in children’s undergarments and would have been worn from childhood into the teenage years. (Shown layered over the corded petticoat in the 1840s style).

For more information about these petticoats or any of our historical clothing, please visit our website at

Girl’s 1840s frontier dress

This 1840s era girls’ dresses is cut in the style of the period. This dress and apron are part of a larger commission headed to Historic Exchange Place in Kingsport, Tennessee. During the early part of the 19th century, Exchange Place was a stagecoach stop for settlers heading west into the then wilderness of Eastern Tennessee.

This sweet little dress is quite possibly my favorite from this commission.

For more information about these dresses or any of our custom designed historical garments, please visit our website at

Girl’s 1830s era dresses

These two girl’s 1830s era dresses are part of a larger commission for Historic Exchange Place’s Junior Apprentice interpretation program in Kingsport, Tennessee. These garments represent the clothing worn by the children in emerging frontier towns of early 19th century Appalachia.

Girl’s dress cut in the fashionable 1830s era style and made of gorgeous Turkey red reproduction print cotton.

Dress cut in the style of the late 1830s transitioning into the 1840s.

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

Girl’s early 19th century dresses

These two early 19th century dresses are for the Junior Apprentice Program at Historic Exchange Place in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Intended to represent the diverse sartorial heritage of this original stagecoach stop, these two dresses embody the spirit of pioneers who headed west into what was then the untouched wilderness of Eastern Tennessee.

Cut in the style of the 1820s-1830s, this bold print gown follows the fashion trends of children in the East. Made of 100% replica print cotton, this gown is made for a girl under the age of 15.

This 1840s era dress is made for a teen girl and features a lined bodice, separate sheer cotton collar and removable bow. It is made of 100% replica print cotton fabric with a contrasting hem protector.

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

Romantic era bonnets

Finishing off a large commission from a museum in Pennsylvania are these gorgeous silk drawn bonnets. Ideal in shape and size for the 1840s, these ultra feminine bonnets are lightweight, fuss- free and a breeze to wear.

Drawn bonnet in linen and silk

For more information about our silk bonnets or any of our custom made millinery, please visit our website at

Romantic Era smocked gowns

As part of a larger commission for a museum in Pennsylvania, we constructed these two custom made late 1830s-early 1840s era gowns for their historical interpretation program. Made of 100% cotton reproduction prints, these two gown can be worn as shown or over a chemisette. Matching bonnets were also designed to complete the ensemble.

For more information about this Romantic era gown or any of our custom made garments, please visit our website at

New Romantic Era dress!

Introducing our NEW Romantic era design- the ANNE dress!

Embodying the transitional silhouette of the late 1830s and early 1840s, the Anne dress features characteristics of both decades. The bodice features a wide open neckline with a gathered bodice that tapers into a fitted waistband. The close fitting capped sleeves open up into full gathered puffs at the elbow and end in buttoned cuffs. The skirt is approximately 130″ wide and is hemmed to the ankle. The gown’s yoke and cap sleeves are fully lined and the dress closes in the back with either hook and eyes or buttons. Both the neckline and sleeves feature self made piped trim. This gown will be just as gorgeous in silk or wool as it is shown here in our reproduction 1830s era cotton print!

For more information about our NEW ANNE dress, please visit our website at!