Historical Undergarments

No historical silhouette is complete without proper foundation garments. These foundation garments are collectively referred to as historical undergarments. Maggie May Clothing’s foundation garments/historical undergarments include but are not limited to shifts, chemises, chemisettes, petticoats, corsets, and bustles.

Now accepting custom orders for October 2021!


Our historical undergarments have been streamlined to fit a variety of silhouettes. For example, our extra full petticoat is best suited to time periods that have wide, full skirts. Whereas our ruffled hem petticoat is best suited to time periods with a slightly narrower silhouette such as the 1820s, 1870s, 1880s-1900. We have also streamlined our petticoats to fit most all sizing with most employing a drawstring waist closure. Our shifts and chemises are sold by BUST or HIP size depending on style. We use a standard 35? hem length for most all our ready made garments as this is the ideal hem length for the average female height we normally serve. Over the years we have offered a variety of corset styles but have found that our Over Bust corset pattern is the most versatile and best design to date. We recommend clients always use our custom order PDF when ordering corsets so we can ensure a proper and comfortable fit. Stock size corsets are best suited for museum display and/or interpretive pieces or when specific fit is not required. We recommend our Over bust corset for any client seeking an hourglass silhouette.

COVID SHIPPING NOTICE: We are accepting commissions and fulfilling orders as normal. Please be prepared for extended shipping times due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. International deliveries may be subject to delays.

UK BUYERS: Due to changing VAT and customs regulations, we are currently processing UK orders through our ETSY shop. This will ensure all appropriate fees are collected at the time of purchase. Please email us with the items you wish to purchase. We will set up a private listings for you on Etsy and email you a link to our ETSY shop where you may complete your transaction. Thank you for your patience as we work to update our POS compliance for the UK!

EU BUYERS: For packages with a value more than €150, VAT and customs will be collected on import from the buyer by the postal carrier.