Mid 19th century children’s clothing/film commission

Maggie May’s Historic Clothing has been commissioned to create children’s clothing for the independent filmDreadful Sorrybeing filmed in South Carolina in March 2011. Here are a few quick snapshots of the first three garments just before they were packed for shipment.

girl's 1850s era dressgirl's 1860s era dressgirl's 1840s era dress
Girl’s mid 19th century day dress without period crinoline. The little decorative pearl buttons are vintage.

Dress for toddler with removable collar and Boy’s 1850s style trousers and waistcoat over a homespun shirt

1860s toddler dressboy's 1860s suit
This dress is only a size 3T, but is shown on a larger size form

Without giving too much away about the story line, the toddler girl’s dress and boy’s suit are going to be worn by “ghostly” apparitions- thus the pale blue and grey muted overtones. The pink dress is intended for an older surviving child and is meant to evoke sense of sweet innocence.

I am in the process of completing the last garment this week- an 1860s era zouave suit in muted purple and lavender. I will post images as soon as it is finished as well!

About Susan

Hi! My name is Susan and I am a historian, seamstress, teacher, mother, and wife. My passion for history has manifested itself in the art of recreating clothing from different periods of time. Growing up in the American South, I am heavily schooled in the art of recreating clothing from the 19th century. After nearly a decade of immersing myself primarily in the Victorian period, I found the need to branch out and explore other periods of time. However, it is my connection with the American South and the clothing of rural America that continues to be the driving force behind my designs.