Everything you need to know about Maggie May Clothing in 90 seconds or less

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Hi all! All of this info is posted on my website in varying locations, but I thought it might be nice to provide a quick, concise read for those of you not yet familiar with our company. You can always find this info in more detail around our website, but here goes:

  1. We are a clothing design company. We specialize in historical fashion for women and children only from the years 1790-1920. We do not make men’s clothing or offer fashions before 1790 or after 1920. Maggie May Clothing is a woman owned small business (that’s me- Susan Jarrett).
  2. We sell fabric. Our fabric collection is curated from various market sources and is assessed for use in making historical fashion (i.e. Is it appropriate for garments? Is the print authentic? Is it correct for the eras we specialize in? Is it high quality? etc.) We ADORE cotton, linen, and wool. And prints. We LOVE cotton prints! In the early years, our fabric collection was made available only for our custom design work with occasional yardage sales. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased our fabric sales to at home/DIY sewers. You stated a need and we listened. We are happy to share our fabrics with you!
  3. We work exclusively with nonprofits, other businesses, and government agencies. There is no tax assessed at checkout because we work exclusively with not for profit entities. All retail transactions should be conducted through our ETSY shop so appropriate taxes can be paid to your state.
  4. We have a team of seamstresses. We do NOT use overseas manufacturing nor do we import goods. Rather, everything is locally sourced and made. We have part time stitchers with varying skill levels who work from their homes. I design all our garments, create patterns for in house use, curate the fabric collection, and do all the writing for our blog.
  5. We base our designs on historical garments. This sounds like a no brainer, but it is important to clarify our garments are cut in period style based on extant garments. We are NOT using extant patterns or market patterns and we use modern construction techniques. Garments dating 1790-1855 use hand finishing techniques and machine finished hems. Garments dating 1856-1920 use all machine finishing. All buttonholes are machine made.
  6. I am a historical clothing specialist. Other terms used are dress historian and costume historian. I have University degrees in Western and American History with an emphasis in Textiles, a minor in Cultural Anthropology, and a Master’s Degree in Fine Art. I taught at University for 10 years and left when my program was disbanded due to funding. I now work full time as lead designer for Maggie May Clothing. However, I never claim to be an expert as this means one has nothing left to learn about his/her chosen field of study. I believe we ALWAYS have more to learn.
  7. I teach workshops. I spend June, July, and August teaching and learning techniques/skills and engage in sharing of knowledge through workshops and presentations. As a result, there is NO CUSTOM PRODUCTION during these months. If you place a custom order in June, July, or August, your order will NOT BEGIN PRODUCTION until September. Ready Made garments and fabric yardage ship year round.
  8. We are a slow fashion company. Seriously. Many of our clients wait up to 3 months for custom orders during our busy seasons. We found garments created in a rush are never up to our quality standards. Secondly, our fabric collection is pulled from market dead stock/end of the run and helps reduce textile industry waste while giving purpose to new fabrics that may or may not have been intended for the historical sewing market. (See #2 and #5 for why our fabrics are perfect for historical fashion.)
  9. We do not accept returns on custom made and custom order garments. Exchanges can be made for ready made and in stock items (including uncut fabric yardage) within 10 days of delivery. We do not accept exchanges or returns on millinery.
  10. We are always pivoting. A company that is not interested in improving business practice or listening to the feedback of its clientele is going to be short lived. Maggie May Clothing has been making historical fashion since 1994 and we are always watching the market, listening, and brainstorming new ideas for our business. For us, there is nothing more mundane than repetition.
  11. Social Media is our kryptonite. And we are getting more selective about the platforms we use. You can find us on Facebook and Instagram but we only use these outlets to entertain and share information. I keep inspiring images and project planning boards on Pinterest. If you really want to learn more about historical clothing and/or see images of our custom design projects- read our blog or join our collective. If you want to get in touch, email us!

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About Susan

My interest in historical costume began at a very early age. I knew by age 5 I wanted to be a designer. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to turn my passion into a full time business. You can find my costumes onstage in NYC, on the big screen, and in museums around the globe.