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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!

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Men’s high quality white cotton shirt with wooden buttons- $42.00 plus S&H

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Men’s homespun shirt with wooden buttons- $58.00 plus S&H

New policies for 2016

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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.

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!

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.

Shipping:
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 info@maggiemayfashions.com

1880s cattle ranch baroness gown

If you have been keeping up with our progress on Facebook regarding the Cattle Ranch Baroness gown, you have seen the steps involved from sketch to final project. However, I would like to dedicate a blog post to the details of this particular gown.

There are several construction features that may not be visible when perusing historical garments for purchase online. I am referring to things like facings, linings, internal construction, seam finishes, ease, etc. To me, the interior of a garment is just as important as the outside. So unless there are copious notes dedicated to each piece, a prospective buyer really has no idea what they are purchasing until it arrives. Let me show you a little about what I mean:

Here is our recently finished 1880s era bustle gown. Basic description as follows:

1880s era bustle gown suitable for day or evening wear. Two piece gown- consisting of separate skirt and bodice. Three quarter length fitted sleeves. 100% silk body/100% cotton lining.

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Now here’s what is not listed in the description (or what I REALLY want to know):

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Bodice: Fully lined in black cotton to protect the integrity of the silk and to provide comfort in wear. Sewn into the lining are 3 rows of lightweight boning at center back and 2 longer rows of boning at center front. This provides the wearer support, eliminates sag, and helps hold the overall shape of the bodice. The lightweight boning is not visible from the outside of the gown and is practically undetectable.

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Skirt: The skirt consists of 3 layers- a built in cotton lining, the skirt, and the bustled overskirt. The trim details on the skirt are hand stitched at intervals along the top layer of the pleated ruffle. The silk ruffle at the base of the skirt employs a small cotton binding to protect the silk against any moisture, dirt, or other unfavorable elements if it touches the ground. If you look at any original silk gown- regardless of period, you will notice the hem always shows signs of wear. This cotton binding will help reinforce the delicate silk fabric and eliminate the potential for any wear and tear.

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While working with this particular client, I realized she was not necessarily interested in wearing the full “encoutrement” under her gown. So I built a petticoat and bustle into the skirt itself. By building in the “undergarments”, the client can still achieve the period look without having to fuss with multiple layers under her gown. The ability to adapt, be flexible, and be creative is an important characteristic of any good seamstress.

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A few other things to note: The waistband of the skirt is also fully lined in cotton. Cotton is more forgiving against the skin than silk.

In regards to ease, depending upon what part of the garment we are discussing, I typically allow 1-2″ for ease beyond the measurements provided. (Ease is extra fabric alloted for movement of the human body).

In 2012, we began finishing interior seams (and all seams not visible) with sergers. It is my thought that in addition to creating stronger seams, this finishing technique creates a cleaner, more polished garment. Our museum clients and living history patrons are always given the option of more traditional finishing techniques. However, it has been the consensus of the majority that serging interior and unseen seams is an acceptable practice.

Bustle gown

This month, we made a early 20th century walking suit for a museum in Kentucky. The interpreter portrays a suffragette and asked for two long hidden pockets in the back of her skirt to hide clubs in! Apparently, these ladies carried long narrow billy clubs to protect themselves! Wow!

We also made a pretty brown and pink half bonnet for a customer in New South Wales to go with this dress purchased off myEtsy site.

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I list several of my in stock/ready to ship items there along with my historical replica prints. Please stop by and check out our latest ready made items when you have time. I also list other in stock merchandise here on my website. All items are current so no worry if any of the items are still available!

On a last note, my Canon DSLR was lost when I was in a hurry to ship some orders this month. With it went all the photos of these two projects. For now, I will be using my little Nikon CoolPix pocket camera until I can replace my Canon.

New historical fabric!

I am excited to announce we now have over 40 new styles of authentic reproduction cotton prints in stock!

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These prints are from textiles collections of the American Textile History Museum, the New England Quilt Museum, and Julie Rothermel’s Civil War Chronicles. Here’s a more detailed look!

19th century favorites:
The Civil War Chronicles  Limited edition reproduction print  Blue Hill authentic printThe Trinion Collection:
Marie Antoinette fabric  Marie Antoinette fabric  Trinion inspired fabric

Bold and Beautiful:
19th century fabric  1840s fabric  18th century fabric

Historical replica fabric!

I am very excited to announce I have begun working with a new fabric vendor who specializes in reproduction period prints! Here are three new patterns now available in the studio!

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From left to right: Two stripes suitable for 1830s era attire and a lovely reproduction paisley print
Stripes approximately 1″ wide