Terry Dresbach

AN 18th CENTURY LIFE

The Garrison Commander

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I won’t spend much time on our regular cast since THEY ARE ALL WEARING THE SAME OLD THING, LOL. I do look forward to the complaints that everyone is bored and “where is the eye candy???”. No doubt they will come.

Anyway, Jamie, Claire and Dougal.

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I particularly like this last shot, as it shows you the construction of the waistcoat, and how Sam chooses to wear his kilt.

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Just a great shot. A nice example of the choice Ron made to have the Redcoats provide all the red in the show (except the occasional peek of Geillis’s shoes). Makes for a very dramatic visual.

New costumes-

Claire’s nightgown. It is just a lovely, lovely garment. We dyed that gorgeous silk this lush, peach color. I wanted to make something that was clean and sophisticated that would reflect who Claire is and what she would choose, and yet be devastatingly feminine and sexy. The high lace collar shows off her perfect neck. I also wanted it to to slide off in one movement, once you untie that string (originally scripted).

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Brian Fraser

Yes, that is him. I wanted him to have some amazing coat to help give him standing and authority as the Laird. Don’t remember if we see him in a wide shot, but the coat is knee length.

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Last, but certainly not the least, our Redcoat officers. I have been wanting to do an entire post about the fine, fine work of my assistant designers, Elle Wilson and Nadine Powell. They are both amazing designers. I cannot do everything on a show this size, so the extras (supporting artists), and most of the supporting cast is done by them, and then approved by me. Their work is so essential to the look of the show. They are the ones who add a lot in terms of texture and authenticity. You can get away with almost ANYTHING on extras, and a lot on the supporting cast. Which on a period show means that is where you can really go in depth, and get it right. No one is going to argue with an extra wearing a cap, or an enormous floppy stock tied into a bow, the way they will with the lead actress or actor.

I am going to do that big piece and then add a segment every episode, to showcase their excellent work.

The redcoat officers –

Remember that we had to make all of the Redcoat uniforms because SOMEONE had to have the perfect shade of red. That means that for a scene like this, you can’t go rent any of these uniforms. If you look carefully, you will notice that no two uniforms are alike. That is because it was not until later that the British Army finally ruled that uniform choices had to be approved. At this time, officers made their own, and some of these have green or blue waistcoats, cuffs, collars or lapels. Different deceptive bits, stocks, etc. Jack Randall wears blue.

Must have been one hell of a parade!

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72 thoughts on “The Garrison Commander

  1. outlanderbooklover

    Outlander, and the costumes in this show, have NEVER made me feel bored! I was a wee bit distracted by the intense scenes in the Garrison Commander, but I did take note of the Redcoats and noticed that they weren’t all the same. I especially took notice of BJR’s and the attention to detail that he was somewhat disheveled compared to the other officers. I really enjoyed watching the shots of the men around the table – the wigs, the stocks, the coats, it was all so beautifully done. Honestly, this show is not like anything I’ve ever seen in a “costume drama”. It’s like I’m right there, I’m that fly on the wall. Your work and the work of everyone involved in the costuming is just so wonderful – it’s a treat for the eyes and for this long time fan of the Outlander series.

    I really liked the choice of Claire’s gown – the English lady, the Sassenach, seeking assistance from her fellow Englishmen, immersed in a sea of red and gold braid, listening to the jingoistic rhetoric against the Scots, whilst she wore that tartan dress. It was daring and just perfect!

    The nightgown was exquisite – I know I was supposed to be watching the interaction between Claire and Frank, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off the delicacy of the lace, the colour of the gown, and yes, I took note of the tie and I thought, mmm, that could be slipped off quite easily. Note to self: must find something that delicious to surprise the significant other with.

    I have to admit, I took note of how Jamie wore his kilt in other episodes, but none so more than in the flogging scene. Maybe it was my way of coping with the horror of what was going on, but I focused on how he wore it and how it draped down the back. Thank you for your detail to the plaids, because if I hadn’t had that drape to focus on, I know I would have lost it.

    Which is why I didn’t see Brian until a subsequent viewing. Thank you for the stills of him. He does look like he’s of higher station than the others – on par with Dougal. His coat is wonderful.

    Ms. Dresbach, the whole bloody costuming is just fantastic in this show. Thank you!

  2. wanderingborderfly

    Terry,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to make these posts. Your work is just fascinating.

    Could you explain how Sam wears his plaid is so different from the others? Is there only one way to wear a plaid? I had thought it was a versatile piece to be worn many ways.

    Thanks so much.

    Sarah

      1. Ellen Calnan (@AgilityMontana)

        Thank you so much for sharing this level of detail! What a treat, and so generous of you.

        Re Jamie’s kilt — it may be too much to ask for a video of Sam donning the kilt, but how about a stand-in? I have watched a number of vids online to get a sense of the technique (involving the laying out, the pleating, the lying down and wrapping…), but Sam’s is unique to him (so far as I can tell), and I’m so curious to know the steps involved!

        Hey — occurs to me that we were treated to Claire being dressed from the skin out. Equal opportunity, here! 😉

  3. eeebailey

    The details in Jaime’s waistcoat are perfect, I never thought I’d find a picture of Sam/Jaime from behind (fully dressed ) so compelling!
    Can I safely assume that Brian’s coat is leather? It’s amazing.
    Darn that SOMEONE who had to have his own special color of red…LOL.
    Well, I could write on and on and on gushing about each and every detail that I love, I wont do that now though…I will just say think you and your work is fantastic and inspired.

      1. Lynn Mittmann (@LynnMittmann)

        it also takes so much more horsemanship to be riding a horse on a sidesaddle because you have to substitute one leg with a crop. As often described, Claire’s not really comfortable on a horse, I doubt she’d be able to ride at all were they to give her a sidesaddle. I also doubt they had those lying around waiting for the next English lady to show up! lol

  4. debbiedake

    Perfection. My favorites are the back of Jamie’s waistcoat and Claire’s nightgown. Everything looks perfectly worn and absolutely belonging to the characters.

    It’s such a treasure to be able to see this show with these details. I’ve never experienced anything like it and am very grateful. Many thanks.

    (Totally unrelated, Terry, but I wonder what your dress style is like? Do you prefer comfort over style? Or comfort AND style? Do you have a favorite look for yourself? What would be your favorite thing in the world to wear?)

  5. Stacy McGuire Colonna

    Terry – Can you tell us how Claire’s shawl in the above photos is fastened? Is it a pin, a button, etc.? I’d keep telling you what a gorgeous piece it is, and how all the clothing is gorgeous, but I know you’ve heard it all before. I rewatch the episodes just to appreciate the costumes!

  6. sandyknc

    I am so impressed with all the attention to costume detail, large and small. There is so much I never payed attention to or knew. I love the Red Coat uniforms and all their differences. Your costumes are fabulous! Please tell your staff that their hard work is greatly appreciated.

  7. Kerry Smith

    After all the earthy colors of the Highlanders, the reds of the British was a visual jolt. It really helped make the point of Claire’s shock and discomfort, while at the same time binding she and Dougal. Such an unlikely bonding it was.

  8. outlanderbooklover

    Just one more thing, and I’m not sure who in the show was responsible for or if it was by chance, or if you were responsible, a long time fan of the books?

    When Dougal and Claire go galloping off on their horses, in a long shot, you can see that Claire’s skirts are billowing out, as you can see quite a bit of white of the petticoat, as they are not tucked in because of their haste to leave. Just like in the book. It’s a wonderful detail and I was so happy to see it.

  9. Sarah Baker Phelps

    The clothes are an extreme treat to view each week; it’s like a step back in time to see a day in the life of a true Highlander in it’s authenticity. And in Claire’s wardrobe, it’s always apparent (at least to me) that the obvious heaviness of the layers and wool material show just what women had to endure in that time. One question, however, which I’m hoping you can answer. Is Tobias wearing a mouthpiece of teeth to make his own look crooked? I say he is, but it’s so subtle it’s hard to tell, especially since BJR doesn’t smile overmuch.

    1. Sarah Baker Phelps

      I pretty much came to that conclusion probably around my fifth viewing. God I love this show. Thanks, Terry! As an aside, if you think to say something, please tell Ron that my gore-loving husband even had to look away watching this last show, especially at the amputation, commenting on how that appeared TOO REAL to be comfortable. Never thought I’d see the day my beloved would be squeamish. 😉

  10. Lynn Mittmann (@LynnMittmann)

    I have to second ‘outlanderbooklover’ in all that she said, especially about the nightgown-I actually did wonder if Cait had it taped on so it didn’t give too much away – lol
    It is interesting that the other officers seem so much more lavishly dressed than BJR, you have decided to keep him more on the rough soldier takes action-side and it makes it so much more believable. I always had difficulties understanding how a soldier doing the ‘dirty work’ for whoever (spoiler) could be so caught up in his own appearance to be wearing lace and crème doeskins, but I realize it is our modern version of guy’s clothing that plays a huge role in that assumption. I just loved the whole . . . ‘save the claret’ . . bit and the way BJR didn’t even halfway stepout of the room to ‘dust off’ – just such a nice touch 🙂
    You mentioned above that Ron restricted the show’s red solely on the redcoats – is that the reason why the blood is so dark? Oftentimes it’s too red, so if anything, I’d rather have it that way, only real blood is a little redder.
    I also noticed the orderly way Sam’s plait is folded, as well as the lack of blood on it when he takes of his blood stained shirt – the way the ground was soaked in blood I would have thought it would’ve had to have been dark-black after the first flogging – sorry that kinda is my thing, I am covered in blood almost daily (equine vet), I do notice if s.o.-else isn’t – lol – but I guess that’s make-up and not costume design, so not really your department. I did – like so many other women, I’m sure – highly appreciate the display of Sam’s broad shoulders and slim waist, that your waistcoat beautifully highlighted – after the shocking flashback it was important to see him moving gracefully with his back healed if scarred.
    I did wonder how you punch a woman into the stomach that is wearing a corset – would the corset not shield the force of the blow? Your insights are greatly appreciated and I hope that you can live out some design dreams in the upcoming season – French court really really is sth else entirely!!!

    1. terrydresbach

      Thank you! I loved that BJR is not a dandy, and Ron wanted to make sure of that. He wanted him to be a real soldier. He takes his job seriously and is not play acting.
      Not sure about the blood. Could have been a director decision, I wasn’t on set that day. Things happen.

      A corset is maybe 1/4 of inch thick, maybe an 1/8th. Would not protect you from much. Maybe a knife cut crosswise, but not even sure about that.
      The French Court is every costume designers dream, or at least I THINK it is!

  11. Brenda Cunningham (@PunkiBrenda)

    Im still in awe of last nights episode…so much so I sat right there and watched back to back!!The richness of detail in clothing, story, shots, down to the food the little bits and pieces of each and every person Im just amazed!!Good Heavens the series and DG are my favorite and I am so beyond pleased with EVERYTHING!! That nightgown Claire had on was like warm dripping honey…..and had beauty and sexiness all in one! The English Uniforms each different one were just popping off the screen and that SOMEONE was so right on the color amazing and real..Dougal my hero for the night he just gained major points!…Claire my gosh her clothing just never stops amazing me in how it is just so her! Now Jamie oh did he not jump out in his fineness and yes the detail on the back popped he stands out always..NOW BJR what a terrific performance from Tobias…he and his clothing my gosh they make that dastardly man! His little extra quirks he gives along with it brushing off of Uniform the touching of teeth or clicks! I am so beyond words to say how very very pleased AND PROUD to see the love given the respect the research of times of old what was worn practiced said and done….Thank You and Terry to you and your crew Beyond a Gazillion gold stars!!!!!

  12. Brooke Humphrey-RyanBrooke Humphrey-Ryan

    All stunning, as usual. The uniforms are all exquisite! Please tell Gary how perfectly sublime the slate blue room was against the red coats. So serious and solemn, yet still showed every detail in the trim and paneling. The lighting and contrast in that room was divine. Also, there is something about Tobias’ costume that makes it seem like he’s not wearing it, but that it’s just naturally part of him. That is a great fit!

  13. Julie (@xfsista)

    It’s funny how sometimes, the little details in costumes often pop out to me. This week, I was really struck by the General’s oversized, lacy jabot (I think that’s the right term). It said so much about him. Lol.

    Also, as you mentioned, I loved that detail of the back of Jamie’s waistcoat. I’ve watched the episode a few times, and my eye is drawn to that each time.

    I always love Claire’s clothes in any era and Caitriona wears them so well. I can’t wait to see what you & your team pulled out of your hat for next week!

  14. Rhonnie Brinsdon (@BRhonnie)

    Hi Terry,
    I once again thought the costumes were amazing for ep 6 & note that you say each officer made their own (in real life 18th century), does that mean they got issued a length of military red fabric & the rest was up to them (made by tailors of course). I seem to remember from my Fashion History class that the gold froggings & buttons were personal to the soldier & he applied them to the jacket to suit his station & family ties. Having made British colonial officers uniforms for ‘River Queen’ with authentic patterning, I can remember how odd the cut was compared with today. The detailing your team does is exceptional, can’t repeat enough how trruly beatuiful the costumes are, even the grubby Highlanders are great1

  15. especiallyforewe

    The comments I had made previously on face book would apply here as well. Ron did such a good job showcasing the historical elements. The British seeing nothing but their own culture and language and how the language is spoken as the correct language and culture. No accepting or allowing for other differences. This has been and still is how various cultures have been changed and altered by those who supposedly try to make things better for people they feel are ignorant but are only trying to make everything on earth as they feel it should be.

  16. Sarah Baker Phelps

    In re-watching E102, I’ve finally remembered a question I’ve been meaning to ask for awhile. Regarding the dress Claire wears when meeting Colum for the first time, I’ve wondered about the sleeves where they meet the shoulder. Were they stiched that way in “the olden days” to be removable? I believe she wears another dress with that characteristic as well, if I’m not mistaken.

  17. boisebooks

    Terry, thanks for all the recent posts, pics, sketches. Did you get a day off or something?? Haha.
    We DO appreciate all the attention to detail, the exquisite design and construction… The massive amounts of work you and your staff have and will put in. It is incredible and I also love that set design and dec work so well with your costuming.
    Thank you to you and Ron. This is a phenomenon……
    Mj
    PS…also loved the wigs…the contrast with the highlanders is profound. More wigs to come…esp France!

  18. ⭐Pamela (@P_Umali)

    I went back to look at the red color of the Patriot movie to see the differences in color. Now, I can see why Ron wanted it the dark, blood red color. The other red does seem “costumey” kinda like a Ronald McDonald red… I’ve always like the blood red color over the candy red as to me it seems more rich…I don’t find it so cray cray to want that shade, but on your account…it’s a lot of work!

    I do love the Great Kilt and have noticed how the different actors wear them. I like the way Sam wears his–it must make it easy to pull that back side up on cold days.

    The coat of Jamie’s father does give him that feeling of authority and laird-ship. He does look regal.

    As far as Cait’s beautiful night gown–wow! I was also wondering if it was taped to avoid any peak a boos, lol! To me it is a very romantic piece as the two are spending their last nights together before Frank leaves for the war. It’s so gorgeous….it really does show Claire’s feminine side (I just wear a tshirt and pj bottoms to bed)…also of the time. I can’t help but think, “Is that how all wives would dress? In night gowns?” Or is it the fact that Frank and Claire are still new in their marriage and things are still “romantic”.

    I just read a review that mentioned how wonderful the costume’s were– not surprised!

  19. Andee (@AndeeKF)

    Thank you for all the extra detail and story behind all the amazing pieces. It adds so much depth to a story I already love. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better all the extra details to see and appreciate just makes it that much better!

  20. Kristin Milner (@WarriorInSoul)

    Terry, a heartfelt thank you for sharing the little details of all the costume decisions. Some things I noticed as I watched the second viewing specifically to look at the costuming: Claire’s dress. What a sumptuous choice. Was there a reason that you picked that color? It looks stunning on Cait, and looks incredible in both Scotland’s landscape, and in the dining room. LOVED her shawl/wrap. I wanted to reach out and feel the fabric with my fingers; feel the thickness of it. Her nightgown that she wore with Frank was striking. It suited her lovely skin tone, and I loved the separate “panel” that draped down her back. Was it difficult to dye the silk fabric? I so appreciate the fact that SOMEONE (big grin) insisted on the correct color for the redcoats. Although it’s a pain in the arse for you and your team, it adds that much more realism to the production. Once again, a giant thank you for all your hard work and dedication! I wish I could fully convey to you and your team how much it means to all the fans.

  21. sireesanwar

    People really take for granted the wardrobe and costumes in tv and movies but you can clearly see in Outlander the attention to detail and its enhancement to the overall story. You are all so brilliant.

    I didn’t even noticed the differences in the Red Coat uniforms and now have learned something new. Thank you!

  22. bonnydoones

    What more could I add to those who have posted…Breathtaking!

    I hold my breath as the show is on taking it all in and then later rewind over and over just to catch certain shots of the clothing and backgrounds. I love watching the ‘extra’s….what would we do without them? They add so much and the beauty of the re-wind is to study all of the details.

    Agree with all on Jamie’s plaid…love that he wears it ‘his way’ … makes so much sense to me now! I finally figured out he could wrap it around Claire when they were on horseback in the first episode.

    Gotta tell you…when Jamie walked away and we got the view of the back of him…the plaid, the waistcoat…that was eye candy for me!

    You are all simply amazing. Thank you.

  23. Lisa Skye

    Terry,

    The costumes are so amazing on this show. One thing that I love the most is that they are allowed to be exactly what they are without anyone making frivolous attempts to further flatter the body. What I mean is that what I find most appealing is that they are sometimes unflattering to the body. I’m not sure how to explain this properly without seeming offensive since I don’t know much about costume design, but I’ll try my best.

    A lot of times when we see centuries old dress on screen, it’s always perfectly fitted, perfectly pinned, perfectly proportioned to give this perfect silhouette. It often seems like it’s just there as widow dressing to flatter the actor and give an illusion of the time period. There’s just something there that reminds you that it’s all fake, just an act.

    I didn’t realize how important costume was on screen until we first got a view of Claire’s backside. It was so shocking that I gasped. That butt padding made me think “ok, we’re in this, this feels right, this feels real, and it’s so abnormal for ‘Hollywood’ that I’m nearly as disoriented as Claire.” I’m not trying to say that Caitriona’s ass is fat or that the dress makes her look fat. It’s that this isn’t one of those perfectly rounded, bell-shaped dresses we’re so used to seeing on screen to indicate this particular time period. It’s a bit awkward but I can look at it and know exactly why that butt padding was part of of the typical dress (a suggestion of generous fertility). Somehow it just makes me believe this character much more. I can look at her or other female characters on an average day and believe that they are wearing what they are meant to be wearing in the way it’s meant to be worn.

    I feel much the same about the men as well. Kilts are also often perfectly placed and pinned, serving to flatter and offer the allusion of a time period. I look at pictures of Mel Gibson’s “William Wallace” in a kilt and it’s just window dressing, just a kilt because we’ve all been told that’s what Scots wear and it doesn’t really matter why they wore it or even how that dress was useful. Then we see the male actors in their kilts in this show and they seem almost ridiculous on first glance. They’re big and bulky and we can’t properly see the lean lines of the body (our female gaze is demanind!) AND they look like a mullet! But as these actors move around during the scene, the nature of their dress tells a story that the dialogue can’t. These everyday kilts of the average person aren’t just pretty plaids. They are there for shelter and warmth, camouflage, ease of movement, and much more. I can literally see the secrets of the kilt in every scene. On the podcast, you gave credit to the actors for for tying up their kilts in their own way. I think you deserve just as much, if not more, credit because most costume designers would have decided they couldn’t live with a costume that didn’t first serve to look perfectly pretty or didn’t flatter in the best way possible.

    In short, your costume work tells a story that is almost breathtaking. These characters mean something to me and it’s truly heartwarming to know that they are being dressed by someone who cares about them enough to allow the clothing to tell an amazing story without having to prettify and perfect it in a way that makes them just look like window dressings. I don’t know anything about fashion beyond knowing that I need to put on clothes each day. I never knew that costume could make such a difference in the telling of a story. It does and I think you for what you’ve done with these characters that already meant so much to me.

  24. kiwiadrift

    Lovely costumes as usual, Terry! Thank you. 😀 Especially glad to see a still of the back of Jamie’s waistcoat — I had a question about it since early on!

    Wondering about the lacing — was the idea that it can help save fabric if you need to take the waistcoat in/let it out? (Like, no need to sew a completely new one just for loosening/tightening.)

    I’m having a hard time searching online for explanation since whenever I search “men’s waistcoats 18th century” or whatever, I mostly find fancy upperclass versions since that’s what exists as museum pieces and stuff. I did notice that the French TV character Nicolas le Floch (middle class, 1760s) also wears a laced-back waistcoat as well as a common “uniform” piece. Good times. 🙂

  25. Karen Charbonneau

    Funny what the brain records visually. If you had asked, “Have you seen any red costumes among the Scots, except the red shoes,” I’d have had to think about it, but then would have answered, “Well, no, no one at the gathering was wearing red.” So, thank you for telling us that only the English are wearing red. And it certainly is a visual jolt when they come upon the scene. Claire does not look fat! It’s obvious there’s a slim woman under all of that clothing. I’m so glad you stuck to the style. I’m just to glad and appreciative you and Ron have the responsibility for this wonderful series. I invited my two neighbor women (who don’t have STARZ) to watch the first two episodes last Friday after I made them read the novel. “It’s so beautiful!” they both exclaimed after watching.. And they’re coming tomorrow for the next two.

  26. Daphne Golanda

    Terry, I have been wanting to leave a comment to tell a huge thank you for all the incredible work done but never knew where to begin with. I just had to stop by and leave a comment about the Redcoats dye as my family’s history during the 18th century was directly connected to that red dye in Europe.

    My great, great, great (you get it) grandfather founded one of the worlds first cooperative in the village of Ambelakia, Greece and the place became famous for dyeing with the famous plant, Erythrodamon which produced the most magnificent, rich red. It became one of the most sought after dyes and red fabrics in Europe. So the village, on a picturesque place in the mountains near Mount Olympus, resembled a small Dutch town, with people becoming prosperous, having a great life producing the very sought after red that could not be found elsewhere in Europe. Grandad started financing against the Napoleonic Wars from Austria from the money made with the red dye. But as life has it, another dude showed up, with a better and cheaper dye and bust went the cooperative, the people and the financing against France. He died broke in a prison in Austria and the cool red dye was no more.

    Soooo, what I meant to say with this tiring story is the I get it. I Get Your Red. Totally. And I thank you for it ( and Ron of course ) . I have mentioned it on twitter more than once, but I am in awe with the aging on the costumes. I don’t mean the torching and cheese grating and burning although I am grateful for that. I mean the Age of the clothes as in showing their true time. I remember my mom showing me an 18th century Erythrodamon dyed fabric and thinking how so un-primary red it was, just like those Redcoats. The same with the colours and textures in all your costumes. Thank you, Terry, again! It is a real joy to see your work.

  27. Marian Knowles (@MarianKnowles)

    Terry,
    I can’t add more to the comments above, except to say THANK YOU! for being so generous with your time and talent in these descriptive posts. I also appreciate your POV when you do the podcasts with Ron – sorry you couldn’t be in the podcast for episode 6!

    Of course, I am dying to see the wedding dress and get your description of the decisions that went into the design. The Outlander production is so rich and layered and filled with talented team members, I’ve never experienced this level of engagement with a series. Kudos to you, your team and the powers that be for bringing the historical period to life in service of the story!
    Marian

  28. Theresa

    I’ve learned so much from you over reading your blog the past month or so — keep up the fantastic work, Terry.

    I would like to second the fan above who requested a video of someone donning their Great Kilt. (Preferably Sam, but I’m not picky!) I think it would be fantastic to see how it gets put on in different iterations.

    Jamie’s waistcoat is 100% phenomenal. I was drooling over the back a couple of episodes ago when he was rubbing down his horse, and the shot as he walked away from Claire — stunning construction. I’m also wondering about the lacing: is it to make it wearable by someone who’s broader/rounder than Jamie? Sort of an 18th-c. one-size-fits-all garmet?

    Thanks!

  29. Gràs Beathag (Mal) (@mostlyalurker)

    i love how you are so authentically depicting a culture that has been mythologized and stereotyped and jingoized beyond recognition. i find knowing such lush culture/tradition/richness was essentially destroyed after culloden.

    for me, the detail and incredible work of you and your crew are revealed in the waistcoat by the layers of sweat staining and creasing and such that make it look as it would have been — worn day after day after day because it’s the only one he has.

    i’ve reveled in your knowledge, work ethic, and the sharing of yourself and your determination with us since you popped onto the social media scene. your and your crew’s work has been one of the primary things that has had me looking forward to watching outlander on starz. somehow it makes it all real for me unlike any other period filmed work has.

  30. Adri Shelton

    Hi Terry, do you still need knitters? I’d love to make something for the show. Actually I spin and dye yarn as well. Need any hand-spinners for background. I know how to spin with a drop spindle, very common tool used when walking to and from gathering work, and how to spin with a single treadle saxony type wheel, which had been introduced to Scotland by the 1700s. I’m sure you have plenty of local spinners/dyers/knitters/crocheters to employ, but I can hope!
    I’m in California and when I was younger my parents made me a costume for the Celtic festivals. They sewed a gathered floor length skirt with a belted plaid (inauthentic tartan but nice heavy woven material) and a bodice. I loved wearing this costume. So sad to have outgrown it; I still think the belted plaid was a genius accent for daily wear- shawl, pocket, and potential blanket or pillow pinned over the shoulder. It was truly a labor of love on their part.
    I may leave this comment in a couple of posts because I’d really love to catch your attention. Your work is amazing, I’m very much a fan!

  31. Jenny Lynn

    I *LOVE* Claire’s plaid gown in this episode. It is gorgeous. I’m a trades interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg and I need to get to making a wool gown for the winter. This one has inspired me to get cracking! I work in a lot of harsh environments, in all sort of weather, and have done so, on a daily basis, in 17th & 18th century clothing for the past 7 years and I envy a lot of the garments I see come across the screen. I also love all of the jackets a lot of the working women are wearing, especially Claire’s that she wore in “Rent” when she was working wool with the women in the village. As someone who is incredibly picky about the portrayal of period clothing in film and television, I must say you have done a *FABULOUS* job. (Also, I really, really want Claire’s fur trimmed coat.)

    I hope you have seen Isabella Fraser’s gown in the Inverness Museum collection. It dates to 1785, and it is the most beautiful red tartan I have seen. The style and cut of the gown is quite typical of the 1770s-1780s, with a center front closing in the English nightgown style, but the fabric is stunning! I only wish I could get our costume approval board for the museum to approve it for me to wear. I hope we get to see Claire wear something similar in the near future. 😉
    http://www.scottishtartans.co.uk/Isabella_Fraser_-_Wedding_Dress_c1785.pdf

  32. Anne EpsteinAnne Epstein

    This observation concerns Tobias Menzies’ portrayal of Black Jack Randall in the episode “Garrison Commander.”
    I’ve watched this episode about 6 times this past week (isn’t that a bit much ~~gg~~) and notice the same thing each time. I ‘ve seen BJ occasionally pinch his nostrils and sniff repeatedly as if he had post nasal drip. Also he seemed to be shifting something in his jaw (a wad of chewing tobacco? snuff?) as he moved about the room in the scene. Would Tobias have used this “bit” as motivation to round out BJ’s character? I could not find a description of this affectation in descriptions of BJR in the book.
    Terry, do you know?

  33. Laura Bullins Lough

    I just realized why that peach nightgown looks so familiar– I have a very similar one that belonged to my grandmother from the early part of her marriage which was in the mid 40s. I have several, but one in particular is very similar in color- perhaps just a touch brighter.

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  35. velosewer

    Your costumes are awesome and they do tell the story. We get the episodes a week behind the US so I’m going to stick with following your blog because they add so much depth to the story.
    Claire’s lace nightgown is cleverly designed.
    Please keep posting your work. Please?

  36. Dorothy

    Great exposition of the officers’ clothing.

    My grandfather was a U S Navy veteran if WWI, and he had to supply his own uniforms. His mother, who was a tailor, made his uniforms for him.

    Likewise in the early days of the movie business men actors supplied their own costumes. I read once that, when Charles Laughton was cast as Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty, he went to Bligh’s tailors to have his costumes made. They still had William Bligh’s records, and we’re able to use the same materials and designs for Laughton’s costumes.

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