Category Archives: WWI

John Hopkins Base 18

This series of garments was created for The Maryland Military Museum’s 2017 exhibit on John Hopkins Base 18 and WWI era nurse Bessie Baker.

After looking at several original images of Bessie Baker both prior to and during the War, I decided upon this design for her uniform.

The design of her uniform is actually a blend of her prewar nursing uniform, her war era uniform, an illustration found in a WWI era recruitment poster, and an extant JHH gown in the collection of John Hopkins School of Medicine Archives.

Her cape is drawn directly from this one in the John Hopkins School of Medicine Archives.

In addition, I also created a nurse’s cap, armband, and located a pair of black shoes in the style of the pair shown in this period illustration.

This was by far my most heavily researched commission for 2016 but also one of the most fascinating.

For more information about this gown or any of our custom historical garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com or email us at info@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

WWI American Red Cross Ward Uniform

Introducing our NEW WWI era American Red Cross uniform. Our design is based upon the included WWI era images. This gown is noted as being an indoor (or ward) uniform for ladies in foreign service.
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Our gown is made of 100% lightweight cotton chambray. The collar and cuffs are white cotton pique or white cotton broadcloth. Our uniform features 2 inset pockets in the skirt and one patch pocket on the dress bodice. The custom printed American Red cross brassard and cap are sold separately.

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For more information about this garment or any of our custom historical clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

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!

Pinstripe WWI Dress

Our WWI nurses dresses have been VERY popular over the past few years and this one is headed to a lovely couple in England. I had just enough time to snap this quick photo before I packed it up for its journey across the ocean!

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This dress is made of durable blue cotton pinstripe- a fabric I found at a vintage sale. It created a uniform with the added element of texture- and its truly one of a kind! I will not be able to replicate this one as there was just enough pinstriped cotton to make this dress! Enjoy!

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For more information about our WWI era garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

British WWI Red Cross uniform

One of my last pressing orders before I officially take some time off for maternity leave is this WWI Era British Red Cross uniform headed for display at the Wells Museum Community in Middlesex, England.

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Included with the uniform is a WWI era nurse’s cap and removable sleeves (not pictured).

For more information about this uniform or any of our WWI era nurse’s uniforms, please visit our catalog or email us at info@maggiemayfashions.com

British QAIMNS cape

This WWI Era British QAIMNS tippet (cape) was made for the Musee Royal 22e Regiment in Quebec Canada. This cape is an example of our newly updated version of the tippets worn by Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service organized in 1902. It features the embroidered rose at the back of cape.

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This cape is made of 100% wool and is fully lined in cotton sateen. The rose is hand appliqued and made of 100% wool as well.

For more information about this cape or any of our WWI Era nurse’s uniforms, please visit our catalog or contact us at info@maggiemayfashions.com