Vienna Teng’s Gravity Dress

When I was just getting started as a serious designer, I was commissioned to make this dress by Fat Monster Films for Vienna Teng’s Gravity video. It was one of my first original designs and I still remember those gorgeous vintage 19th century jet buttons I stitched down the back. Seems like just yesterday but it was over 10 years ago! It was the first time I ever saw something I had made on an international platform. (Turns out it would not be the last!) It’s lovely to see the gown immortalized in this beautiful and haunting musical video. I very much appreciate people like Mark Johnson and his crew who gave me a chance in those early years. I am truly grateful!

Enjoy!

Vienna Teng in her dress by Maggie May Clothing.

Introducing the Anne dress c. 1838

I am excited to announce the launch of our latest design- The Anne dress!

The Anne dress is a transitional style gown that dates to the late 1830s-early 1840s and features a loose fitting bodice with yoke, an open neckline, and a full ankle length skirt. It is based on an original gown dating to this period formerly in the Tasha Tudor collection. Delicate piped trim encircles the yoke. You can wear this gown over a chemisette for a more modest neckline or during cooler weather.

The dress buttons up the back and closes at the waist with a hook and eye. Our Anne dress is shown over a chemise, corset, and 2 extra full petticoats.

This gown is made up in one of our reproduction 1840s era cotton prints but would also be lovely in silk or semi sheer lawn. It is a very versatile silhouette and is flattering on all figures. Plus, it’s super comfortable to wear!

Thank you to the absolutely stunning Miranda for modeling our Anne dress!

For more information about our Anne dress or any of our other historical clothing designs, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

First ever photoshoot- A nod to Tasha Tudor

We are excited to share with you images from our first ever photoshoot!

Inspired by the images of illustrator, writer,  and historical clothing collector Tasha Tudor, this photoshoot highlights one of our most popular styles- The American South dress.

(Image courtesy Goodreads)

Tasha Tudor was born in Boston in 1915. A far cry from rural Southern Appalachia, Tudor’s fascination with past and commitment to a simpler life resonates regardless of geographic location. Tudor was an avid historical clothing collector who was often photographed wearing her original pieces. One can see the influence of her collection in her illustrations as the characters’ clothing is highly detailed and authentic.

Our American South dress was inspired by an original homespun gown from North Carolina dating to 1860. We have modified the design of our gown to encompass the every day silhouette of the American South from the 1840s through 1870. Our American South dress is a style that was consistent throughout rural America and is one of our most popular designs. It is shown over a chemise and one extra full petticoat and worn with an bib front apron.

Come take a stroll with us through Southern Tennessee as we gather walnuts mid 19th century style!

Thank you to the beautiful Jessica for modeling!

For more information about Maggie May Clothing and our historical clothing designs, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Rural 1830s era dress

This young lady’s 1830s era rural dress with removable sleeves is made from a reproduction cotton print authentic to the period. This fashionable Romantic Era dress is designed for a young lady between the ages of 12 and 18. The dress is shown over two petticoats and includes tucks at the hemline to accommodate a growing teen.

The lower portion of these sleeves are removable making this gown fashionable for both warm and cool weather.

The gown bodice is fully lined in cotton and buttons at the back. It is shown here with a simple but authentic pinner apron. This gown will be worn by the Junior Apprentices at Historic Exchange Place in Kingsport, Tennessee.

For more information about this 1830s era dress or any of our custom made historical clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

1840s-1850s era work dress

This 1840s-1850s era work dress is a custom made version of our American South dress with apron. It is headed to Historic Exchange Place in Kingsport, Tennessee to be worn by their Junior Apprentices.

Fore more information about our American South dress or any of our custom made garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Victorian corset for rural wear

This lovely Victorian era over bust corset is fashioned from pink and beige ticking with a full cotton lining. This summer weight corset will be worn while working on a living history farm and is designed for maximum comfort. This corset is easily laundered, is lightweight, yet durable enough for daily wear.

For more information about our over bust corsets or any of our custom made garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

WWI Hello Girl Summer uniform

This cotton sateen uniform is inspired by the summer uniforms worn by the Hello Girls during WWI.

(Ugh! Still working on that stand and fold collar! I am going to master it yet!)

For this uniform, I selected a cotton/poly blend (65/35) as 100% cotton sateen tends to lose its luster after a single washing. And because I wanted this uniform to retain as much luster as possible, I chose a blend over all natural. Sometimes you have to compromise! Plus, the weight of this cotton satin was absolutely ideal for this piece. (Modern all natural cotton sateen tends to be rather thin. Think sheets! Or lining in this case!) Amazingly this cotton satin has the feel of silk satin! It was really lovely to work with. (Note- cotton satin and cotton sateen are interchangeable terms).

The buttons are reproduction brass eagles and lack the years of bronzing their antique counterparts have. I like to leave the patina on antique brass so the brightness of these reproductions were the way to go on this uniform. The jacket is fully lined in a 100% cotton sateen.

Original WWI cotton sateen summer uniform (image courtesy Ebay)

The Hello Girl uniform was officially known as a US Signal Corp Uniform and was issued to women working overseas as bilingual translators on the European front. The Hello Girls were some of the first women to officially enter into military service and were issued 2 uniforms- 1 winter uniform of wool and 1 summer uniform of cotton sateen.

While issued uniforms by the US Army and commissioned to work on base, the Hello Girls were viewed as civilian contractors and were never offered a pension or any military benefits. It was not until the late 1970s that the US gov’t acknowledged these women’s service and contributions to our country during WWI.

Fore more information about our WWI era uniforms or any of our custom order garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

WWI Signal Corps Uniform- with follow up image!

This wool uniform is inspired by ones worn during WWI by the US Signal Corps Women- also known as the Hello Girls. This 100% worsted wool uniform features reproduction brass buttons and is fully lined in cotton sateen. This uniform was created to honor the first women to enter into service in the US Army and will be worn in NYC’s Veteran’s Day parade.

As I continue to research this uniform, I realized the jacket body is slightly more contoured than I originally thought. It has seams that run down the center front sides (see original image below) and so I adjusted my pattern to reflect this. The stand and fall collar however continues to perplex me and I need to spend more time tweaking and adjusting it to get it “just right.”

Side seams- Check! Stand and Fall collar that does not look/feel like a chiropractic device- still working on that….

Follow up: Here is an image from our fantastic client waring this Hello Girl Uniform! Her husband made the insignias. She is pictured with a group of French soldiers. How awesome to see the uniform in action! Thanks JB for the photo! And thank you for allowing us to make this for you!

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