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

Mid 19th century boy’s plaid suit

This boy’s shirt, trousers, and waistcoat is suitable for mid 19th century middle class attire. It is made of plaid cotton suiting and wooden buttons. The shirt is muslin with wooden buttons as well. This boy’s ensemble is headed to a museum group in Bergen, Norway.

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For more information about this suit or any of our historical children’s clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com or email us a info@maggiemayfashions.com

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

1880s shopkeeper’s dress

This 1880s era shop keeper’s dress is actually our Harvest Bustle gown made up in a gorgeous vibrant grape cotton print pulled from the textile collection at the V&A.

bustlegown1 bustlegown3 This bodice and skirt combination can be worn with or without a bustle (shown without). It is shown over our late Victorian petticoat only.

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Our Harvest bustle gown is based upon an original in my collection and is headed to a museum group in Bergen, Norway.

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

1830s era transitional gown

This custom made gown is our Charlotte gown made for a museum in Pennsylvania. It is shown over our corded petticoat and standard petticoat.

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Our Charlotte gown is a transitional gown- meaning it has characteristics of 1830s era gowns but has features found in the 1840s as well. This gown was chosen by the museum’s program director because they needed a versatile early mid 19th century interpretive piece.

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We will be finishing a corset, chemise, day cap, and chemisette in the near future to complete this gown in appropriate late 1830s era style.

For more information about this gown or any of our custom made garments, please visit our main website.

New fabric and new ideas

I found a flash sale on some fantastic fabrics. These will not be part of my online fabric collection but instead reserved for some new designs I have planned.

Here’s a sneak peek (along with my ideas for what to make with them.)

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Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 8.57.47 PMAprons, shirts, children’s clothing. What CAN’T you make with gingham?

And who doesn’t LOVE red?

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1880s bustle gown coupled with solid base fabric

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Boy’s trousers

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Regency gown