Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

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It really IS a good story. Ron and I are in Britex. This store is like a fabric mecca. I make a pilgrimage once or twice a year, because they are the absolute best. I have been in a LOT of great fabric stores, but nothing compares to them. Not only do they have the most incredible fabrics, but there is an entire floor of trim and buttons. The most exquisite lace. The place is to die for.

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This is Sharman, the queen of Britex. Her family has owned Britex for a few thousand years. This woman has the most incredible eye for amazing fabric.

Anyway, when I go there I plan on spending the entire day. On this particular day Ron went off to some bookstore, and came back in the middle of my button buying and surprised me with a little gift. He decided to stick around and watch the magic. I think I promised I’d be fast.

I went downstairs to the fabric floor and started digging around. I found some spectacular fabrics, and was chatting with my wonderful salesman. I asked him if there was anything really out of the ordinary they might have squirrelled away, and he zipped off to the magical basement and came back with THIS.

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What the hell was this?? What could I do with it. It was amazing, outrageous and so over the top, I wasn’t sure it could be a dress. It was an extraordinary woven fabric. But I was pretty sure I was going to buy it and figure out later what to do with it. But there was 12 yards, and we need 15.  I could pick up one of the colors and make a petticoat, but that still wasn’t quite enough. While it was spread across the table and I kept saying to Ron, “it’s incredible, right, is it too much??”, and the poor man has no way to answer, so he just agrees. A customer walks by and stops, “that is amazing fabric, have you ever seen a show called Outlander? That looks like a fabric they would use!” I said, “yes as a matter of fact, I’m the Costume Designer on Outlander.” She was somewhat flabbergasted, and then said, “Do you know the guys who runs it? He did my other favourite show, Battlestar Gallactica.” “You mean this guy?” I asked, pointing to Ron. It was too much, I thought she might faint (kidding).

I bought the fabric, obviously. I sat with it for a few weeks and finally decided that Claire would wear it. It felt like a 1940s chintz and fit into my overall scheme. Or it would be a riff on these fabrics from the mid 18th century.

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hmmmmmmmm.

We made the gown, piecing it together so exactly, it was painstaking work for us. When there isn’t enough fabric, you have to get very creative with pattern placement, and this fabric was even more difficult because you needed the repeat on the skirt. So the bodice gets made with leftovers. It was difficult, but we thought the result was spectacular. It was Cait’s favourite dress from S2.

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While this was going on, the whole pregnancy belly discussion was happening. I wasn’t sure where we would end up on that front, so I added in the side lacings so that it could get expanded if we needed. Thought it might be something Claire might decide to do. I needed her to think that way. That’s the way things work sometimes.

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we made a fabulous hat.

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We dyed the silk hat lining to match the dress.

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Made some butter yellow gloves and Voila, it was done!

I will do another post about the embroidery we had to add.

Oh, one little addition:

https://www.britexfabrics.com/blog/

 

45 thoughts on “

  1. Jenny JeffriesJenny Jeffries

    THAT is the BEST story. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall to have overheard it. And I think that is my favourite outfit for Season Two as well, and so good to hear how it came about.

  2. Avatarkukrae

    Hands down, this is the gown I could NOT step away from at Saks.
    How you pieced this together so damn perfectly I will never understand! I probably have 30 pics of this through the window just so I could piece it together perfectly into one photo when I finally have the time.
    The hat just frames the ensemble exquisitely and it’s the pleated (ruched?) lining that adds such a contrasting pattern.
    The colors are so darn common yet when together, what a spectacle it creates!! And considering it has to go against the gorgeously costumed King Louis, boy o’ boy, does it ever hold its own!!
    Terry…Outlander needs to offer a charity fundraiser that offers either 1) an afternoon of watching your team work (winner pays way to Scotland and back) or 2) a day of shopping with you/chatting all things fabric & costuming at Britex 🙂 I’d bid on both!!!
    I just spent a few hours 2 weeks ago at M&J Trimming in NYC while there for fun and I was totally overstimulated idea-wise. Thankfully, I knew what I was looking for and came home with an exquisite 18″ piece of beaded lace (:choke: $110/yard!!!) I will cut apart to use on the upcoming (wool arrives this week!) Phantom’s opera cloak I’m making for a friend. Never have worked with either the fabric of the beaded lace, but there’s a first time for everything, right?!!

    Any favorite Los Angeles hidden fabric gems you can recommend? 🙂
    Tamara

  3. Avatar1pens

    Terry..
    Is there any way to get a scrap of that fabric?
    I eagerly look forward to each of your posts when I’m checking my emails. Your work is incredibly lovely !
    What a wonderful job you have!
    Im sure there are many of us who would be your assistant for free just to be a part of such a design team and wonderful show ….
    Can’t wait your your next post:)
    Penny.

  4. Avatarhazel loftus

    Thank you for another fantastic post Terry. I had not heard of the fabric shop Britex !! and feel quite in awe of their array of choices of cloth and haberdashery, what a special place, I would spend hours in there.
    It’s so amazing that you have time to write these snippets and pics for fans which make us feel part of the whole experience of creating the Outlander world. All this on top of your sublime designs, we are so lucky. Big Thank You.
    Hazel

  5. AvatarAnne H.

    Wow, the skill it took to cut and piece the fabric so that the bodice can be so beautifully matched out of leftovers! Thank you so very much for these posts!

  6. AvatarMartina

    Spectacular doesn’t even begin to describe that dress…exquisite, magnificent. And fabulous! Britex is one of my favorite places in the world…when you walk in and just are bombarded with all the colors of the rainbow…it’s color overload, in the best way. It reminds me of coming down the escalator at Filene’s when I was 5 or so and seeing all the girl’s stretch pants hung up in a rainbow. I wanted one of each, and that’s the way I feel in Britex! (Well, most fabric stores, to be honest).

    Britex posted on their blog that they are getting more of that fabric in stock. $99 a panel, which is a little over a yard.

  7. Avatardebelene

    Love these posts—the work is mind boggling and such a feast for the eyes! The millinery is a subject in itself. I’m still not over Louise’s gown.

  8. Avatarchristine

    Dying with how much I love this dress. The floral design is simply gorgeous and looked stunning on Claire. And the hat? Sublime. Also loved Jamie’s costumes on Saturday’s episodes. The richness of the fabrics, the embroidery. I felt as if I could actually touch the materials, they were photographed so well.

  9. mwdesigns2014mwdesigns2014

    I can’t determine who’s the luckiest lady walking this planet, the talented creator of these unique costumes or the lady who gets to wear them!! It’s truly a delight reading about the adventures involved with the costumes . On another note, seriously, Caitriona is a rare beauty that glows in both warm and cool toned colors, what a treat for Terry and the team!!

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  11. Avatarellenchristine

    I have to turn the sound off to watch this gown. From the moment it appears and waltzes through the garden, near the fruit /food tents ( oh, God, that set!), and smack into the entire BJR confrontation…..sound off. Those flowers just breathe. This is one of the gowns we were lucky enough to have in the Saks windows here in NYC, and it’s a wonder. a wonder. the texture of the fabric is surprising in person, and makes it pop all the more, imho. And the pleating on the underside of the hat. OH, Lord, Terry…milliners around the world are bowing ……you’re helping the millinery industry in ways you will never fathom. Thank you for this, and for every single stitch of this show.
    Glorious Britex, may they live on and on and on……

  12. AvatarLaurapylatemalorzo

    That gown is by far my favorite one. I love this story. It brings back memories of my childhood. I would spend HOURS in fabric shops with my grandmother looking for the “right” fabrics. I so miss those days.

  13. AvatarGnome

    So happy to see details of, and read about, this dress! Ecstatic to see pics of Britex (weird, huh?). Reminds me of my visit to Mink’s in Montreal (not sure they still exist). Fabric, trimming, buttons — nirvana! Thank you for posting.

  14. AvatarLisaW

    This is by far my favorite dress that Claire has worn. I can see why it was Cait’s favorite, and made better because of how it came together. Bravo Madame Costume Designer!!

  15. AvatarCatStussi

    It is an amazing store. If you can’t find something in that store to get your creative juices flowing than somethings wrong. I do contemporary quilting and I’ve found some interesting fabrics and notions there. I’m do for another visit. I live locally so it’s easy to get there.

  16. Katie (@bunnums)Katie (@bunnums)

    This is one of those outfits that when it was released in the stills, I wasn’t sure about it. Obviously gorgeously made with such attention to detail, but it just felt “off” to me. But then. Then. Seeing it in episode 2.06, after watching the first five episodes of the season, with living and breathing characters and context and dialog… it just snapped right into place and feels so perfect and precise and exact. I love experiencing that transformation.

    Thank you.

    1. AvatarTerry Dresbach Post author

      and there you go Katie. Things work in context, in the flow of the story. I know I am a broken record on this front…

  17. Avatarmelaniedresbachwarman

    The fabric and dress caught my eye during the show on Saturday. I’m so glad that you blogged about it. Who else but Cait could wear that strange color so well? Is that fabric painted?

    Oooooh, the shots from the Britex Store made me drool. I dragged my husband around the garment district in NYC a few years ago, but did not visit this one. Definitely on my list for the next visit. Not that I am a seamstress, but I sew and I love textiles. It makes me happy just to look at them. I enjoy your posts almost as much as seeing your amazing work!

  18. mdudiakmdudiak

    I can’t click fast enough when I see a new “Terry” post. Not only are you an artist but a great storyteller. Loved…every…minute…of…this!!!

  19. Avatarjoanne1202

    terry i must give kudos to all the folks that work for you. they have to understand your visions as well! as claire was walking through the gardens, i noticed how the flowers in the background did not match but enhance the dress!! britex looks as though it’s your own personal candy store. no wonder they have been in business for years, they know customer service!

  20. Avatarjeancard

    To finally see this dress in the show was worth the wait. Claire is a vision and the attention to detail is amazing. Cait was make to wear that dress!

  21. Avatardreamylassie

    Britex is a wonderland that I could spend all day exploring! I miss it from my San Francisco days. I love the funny story, but guess it’s no surprise costume drama geeks would congragate in fabric and notions Mecca. What a stunning fabric, you and your team did an extraordinary job showcasing it with the design.

  22. Avatarhockeyirene

    Terry – I love that you didn’t know what you were going to do with it, but you “needed 15 yards”, not 12! Thanks for showing us non-costume sewers ignorant of 18thC. fabrics how similar they were to this outrageous (_your_ word!) (and agreed!) fabric, plus the dress (40’s?) with the self-belt and buckle. This was a most pleasant surprise for my birthday – thank you so much! Your genius is apparent, but sharing the process that you go through is above and beyond any call of duty, but we love it, as you can tell. Thanks for all that you do.

  23. AvatarMagsLang

    Heavenly shop!!
    I thought id struck lucky when i found a street of fabric shops in NY when i was over..but boy was i deluded !!
    Gorgeous gorgeous fabrics..and to think it was a lucky find too !!!
    Your costume department certainly do a fine bit of dressmaking n stitching..theres can be no better feeling, when you see your designs made up in such beautiful fabrics. X

  24. Avatarlacable

    What fun you must have had at Britex… all that gorgeous fabric. And I would SO have loved to be the fan you met, especially when you introduced her to Ron. Your work is just fabulous… you make Sam and Cait look so good… but then they’re just beautiful canvasses themselves! I look forward each week so see how you’ve dressed them.

  25. AvatarM&M

    I’ve been waiting for the post ever since I first read the story about the fabric. I just love that story! I thought this dress was a print, this is why I LOVE those huge pictures. It is even more spectacular now. I remember these really loud floral prints as curtains when I was growing up in the 60’s, not sure if they were left overs from the forties or what? *g* This is one of those stories that it happens for a reason, it was meant to be……..you know! Love it all!

  26. AvatarMartina

    Terry, you’ve told us you don’t sew…have you ever brought in a fabric that the drapers were confounded by? I know I’ve bought fabrics and then asked myself what was I thinking because they shred, or twist, or break needles, or shrink…all the things that fabric can do that makes sewing them tough!

    1. AvatarTerry Dresbach Post author

      No, I don’t sew but I know fabric, and I understand construction. A Costume Designer is like an architect. I don’t have to actually be able to BUILD a building, to design it. I have to understand how to build it.

      1. Terry Dresbach

        Terry Dresbach

        Outlander Costume Designer

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        It really IS a good story. Ron and I are in Britex. This store is like a fabric mecca. I make a pilgrimage once or twice a year, because they are the absolute best. I have been in a LOT of great fabric stores, but nothing compares to them. Not only do they have the most incredible fabrics, but there is an entire floor of trim and buttons. The most exquisite lace. The place is to die for.

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        This is Sharman, the queen of Britex. Her family has owned Britex for a few thousand years. This woman has the most incredible eye for amazing fabric.

        Anyway, when I go there I plan on spending the entire day. On this particular day Ron went off to some bookstore, and came back in the middle of my button buying and surprised me with a little gift. He decided to stick around and watch the magic. I think I promised I’d be fast.

        I went downstairs to the fabric floor and started digging around. I found some spectacular fabrics, and was chatting with my wonderful salesman. I asked him if there was anything really out of the ordinary they might have squirrelled away, and he zipped off to the magical basement and came back with THIS.

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        What the hell was this?? What could I do with it. It was amazing, outrageous and so over the top, I wasn’t sure it could be a dress. It was an extraordinary woven fabric. But I was pretty sure I was going to buy it and figure out later what to do with it. But there was 12 yards, and we need 15.  I could pick up one of the colors and make a petticoat, but that still wasn’t quite enough. While it was spread across the table and I kept saying to Ron, “it’s incredible, right, is it too much??”, and the poor man has no way to answer, so he just agrees. A customer walks by and stops, “that is amazing fabric, have you ever seen a show called Outlander? That looks like a fabric they would use!” I said, “yes as a matter of fact, I’m the Costume Designer on Outlander.” She was somewhat flabbergasted, and then said, “Do you know the guys who runs it? He did my other favourite show, Battlestar Gallactica.” “You mean this guy?” I asked, pointing to Ron. It was too much, I thought she might faint (kidding).

        I bought the fabric, obviously. I sat with it for a few weeks and finally decided that Claire would wear it. It felt like a 1940s chintz and fit into my overall scheme. Or it would be a riff on these fabrics from the mid 18th century.

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        hmmmmmmmm.

        We made the gown, piecing it together so exactly, it was painstaking work for us. When there isn’t enough fabric, you have to get very creative with pattern placement, and this fabric was even more difficult because you needed the repeat on the skirt. So the bodice gets made with leftovers. It was difficult, but we thought the result was spectacular. It was Cait’s favourite dress from S2.

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        While this was going on, the whole pregnancy belly discussion was happening. I wasn’t sure where we would end up on that front, so I added in the side lacings so that it could get expanded if we needed. Thought it might be something Claire might decide to do. I needed her to think that way. That’s the way things work sometimes.

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        we made a fabulous hat.

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        We dyed the silk hat lining to match the dress.

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        Made some butter yellow gloves and Voila, it was done!

        I will do another post about the embroidery we had to add.

        Oh, one little addition:

        https://www.britexfabrics.com/blog/

         

        45 thoughts on “

        1. Jenny JeffriesJenny Jeffries

          THAT is the BEST story. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall to have overheard it. And I think that is my favourite outfit for Season Two as well, and so good to hear how it came about.

        2. Avatarkukrae

          Hands down, this is the gown I could NOT step away from at Saks.
          How you pieced this together so damn perfectly I will never understand! I probably have 30 pics of this through the window just so I could piece it together perfectly into one photo when I finally have the time.
          The hat just frames the ensemble exquisitely and it’s the pleated (ruched?) lining that adds such a contrasting pattern.
          The colors are so darn common yet when together, what a spectacle it creates!! And considering it has to go against the gorgeously costumed King Louis, boy o’ boy, does it ever hold its own!!
          Terry…Outlander needs to offer a charity fundraiser that offers either 1) an afternoon of watching your team work (winner pays way to Scotland and back) or 2) a day of shopping with you/chatting all things fabric & costuming at Britex 🙂 I’d bid on both!!!
          I just spent a few hours 2 weeks ago at M&J Trimming in NYC while there for fun and I was totally overstimulated idea-wise. Thankfully, I knew what I was looking for and came home with an exquisite 18″ piece of beaded lace (:choke: $110/yard!!!) I will cut apart to use on the upcoming (wool arrives this week!) Phantom’s opera cloak I’m making for a friend. Never have worked with either the fabric of the beaded lace, but there’s a first time for everything, right?!!

          Any favorite Los Angeles hidden fabric gems you can recommend? 🙂
          Tamara

        3. Avatar1pens

          Terry..
          Is there any way to get a scrap of that fabric?
          I eagerly look forward to each of your posts when I’m checking my emails. Your work is incredibly lovely !
          What a wonderful job you have!
          Im sure there are many of us who would be your assistant for free just to be a part of such a design team and wonderful show ….
          Can’t wait your your next post:)
          Penny.

        4. Avatarhazel loftus

          Thank you for another fantastic post Terry. I had not heard of the fabric shop Britex !! and feel quite in awe of their array of choices of cloth and haberdashery, what a special place, I would spend hours in there.
          It’s so amazing that you have time to write these snippets and pics for fans which make us feel part of the whole experience of creating the Outlander world. All this on top of your sublime designs, we are so lucky. Big Thank You.
          Hazel

        5. AvatarAnne H.

          Wow, the skill it took to cut and piece the fabric so that the bodice can be so beautifully matched out of leftovers! Thank you so very much for these posts!

        6. AvatarMartina

          Spectacular doesn’t even begin to describe that dress…exquisite, magnificent. And fabulous! Britex is one of my favorite places in the world…when you walk in and just are bombarded with all the colors of the rainbow…it’s color overload, in the best way. It reminds me of coming down the escalator at Filene’s when I was 5 or so and seeing all the girl’s stretch pants hung up in a rainbow. I wanted one of each, and that’s the way I feel in Britex! (Well, most fabric stores, to be honest).

          Britex posted on their blog that they are getting more of that fabric in stock. $99 a panel, which is a little over a yard.

        7. Avatardebelene

          Love these posts—the work is mind boggling and such a feast for the eyes! The millinery is a subject in itself. I’m still not over Louise’s gown.

        8. Avatarchristine

          Dying with how much I love this dress. The floral design is simply gorgeous and looked stunning on Claire. And the hat? Sublime. Also loved Jamie’s costumes on Saturday’s episodes. The richness of the fabrics, the embroidery. I felt as if I could actually touch the materials, they were photographed so well.

        9. mwdesigns2014mwdesigns2014

          I can’t determine who’s the luckiest lady walking this planet, the talented creator of these unique costumes or the lady who gets to wear them!! It’s truly a delight reading about the adventures involved with the costumes . On another note, seriously, Caitriona is a rare beauty that glows in both warm and cool toned colors, what a treat for Terry and the team!!

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        11. Avatarellenchristine

          I have to turn the sound off to watch this gown. From the moment it appears and waltzes through the garden, near the fruit /food tents ( oh, God, that set!), and smack into the entire BJR confrontation…..sound off. Those flowers just breathe. This is one of the gowns we were lucky enough to have in the Saks windows here in NYC, and it’s a wonder. a wonder. the texture of the fabric is surprising in person, and makes it pop all the more, imho. And the pleating on the underside of the hat. OH, Lord, Terry…milliners around the world are bowing ……you’re helping the millinery industry in ways you will never fathom. Thank you for this, and for every single stitch of this show.
          Glorious Britex, may they live on and on and on……

        12. AvatarLaurapylatemalorzo

          That gown is by far my favorite one. I love this story. It brings back memories of my childhood. I would spend HOURS in fabric shops with my grandmother looking for the “right” fabrics. I so miss those days.

        13. AvatarGnome

          So happy to see details of, and read about, this dress! Ecstatic to see pics of Britex (weird, huh?). Reminds me of my visit to Mink’s in Montreal (not sure they still exist). Fabric, trimming, buttons — nirvana! Thank you for posting.

        14. AvatarLisaW

          This is by far my favorite dress that Claire has worn. I can see why it was Cait’s favorite, and made better because of how it came together. Bravo Madame Costume Designer!!

        15. AvatarCatStussi

          It is an amazing store. If you can’t find something in that store to get your creative juices flowing than somethings wrong. I do contemporary quilting and I’ve found some interesting fabrics and notions there. I’m do for another visit. I live locally so it’s easy to get there.

        16. Katie (@bunnums)Katie (@bunnums)

          This is one of those outfits that when it was released in the stills, I wasn’t sure about it. Obviously gorgeously made with such attention to detail, but it just felt “off” to me. But then. Then. Seeing it in episode 2.06, after watching the first five episodes of the season, with living and breathing characters and context and dialog… it just snapped right into place and feels so perfect and precise and exact. I love experiencing that transformation.

          Thank you.

          1. AvatarTerry Dresbach Post author

            and there you go Katie. Things work in context, in the flow of the story. I know I am a broken record on this front…

        17. Avatarmelaniedresbachwarman

          The fabric and dress caught my eye during the show on Saturday. I’m so glad that you blogged about it. Who else but Cait could wear that strange color so well? Is that fabric painted?

          Oooooh, the shots from the Britex Store made me drool. I dragged my husband around the garment district in NYC a few years ago, but did not visit this one. Definitely on my list for the next visit. Not that I am a seamstress, but I sew and I love textiles. It makes me happy just to look at them. I enjoy your posts almost as much as seeing your amazing work!

        18. mdudiakmdudiak

          I can’t click fast enough when I see a new “Terry” post. Not only are you an artist but a great storyteller. Loved…every…minute…of…this!!!

        19. Avatarjoanne1202

          terry i must give kudos to all the folks that work for you. they have to understand your visions as well! as claire was walking through the gardens, i noticed how the flowers in the background did not match but enhance the dress!! britex looks as though it’s your own personal candy store. no wonder they have been in business for years, they know customer service!

        20. Avatarjeancard

          To finally see this dress in the show was worth the wait. Claire is a vision and the attention to detail is amazing. Cait was make to wear that dress!

        21. Avatardreamylassie

          Britex is a wonderland that I could spend all day exploring! I miss it from my San Francisco days. I love the funny story, but guess it’s no surprise costume drama geeks would congragate in fabric and notions Mecca. What a stunning fabric, you and your team did an extraordinary job showcasing it with the design.

        22. Avatarhockeyirene

          Terry – I love that you didn’t know what you were going to do with it, but you “needed 15 yards”, not 12! Thanks for showing us non-costume sewers ignorant of 18thC. fabrics how similar they were to this outrageous (_your_ word!) (and agreed!) fabric, plus the dress (40’s?) with the self-belt and buckle. This was a most pleasant surprise for my birthday – thank you so much! Your genius is apparent, but sharing the process that you go through is above and beyond any call of duty, but we love it, as you can tell. Thanks for all that you do.

        23. AvatarMagsLang

          Heavenly shop!!
          I thought id struck lucky when i found a street of fabric shops in NY when i was over..but boy was i deluded !!
          Gorgeous gorgeous fabrics..and to think it was a lucky find too !!!
          Your costume department certainly do a fine bit of dressmaking n stitching..theres can be no better feeling, when you see your designs made up in such beautiful fabrics. X

        24. Avatarlacable

          What fun you must have had at Britex… all that gorgeous fabric. And I would SO have loved to be the fan you met, especially when you introduced her to Ron. Your work is just fabulous… you make Sam and Cait look so good… but then they’re just beautiful canvasses themselves! I look forward each week so see how you’ve dressed them.

        25. AvatarM&M

          I’ve been waiting for the post ever since I first read the story about the fabric. I just love that story! I thought this dress was a print, this is why I LOVE those huge pictures. It is even more spectacular now. I remember these really loud floral prints as curtains when I was growing up in the 60’s, not sure if they were left overs from the forties or what? *g* This is one of those stories that it happens for a reason, it was meant to be……..you know! Love it all!

        26. AvatarMartina

          Terry, you’ve told us you don’t sew…have you ever brought in a fabric that the drapers were confounded by? I know I’ve bought fabrics and then asked myself what was I thinking because they shred, or twist, or break needles, or shrink…all the things that fabric can do that makes sewing them tough!

          1. AvatarTerry Dresbach Post author

            No, I don’t sew but I know fabric, and I understand construction. A Costume Designer is like an architect. I don’t have to actually be able to BUILD a building, to design it. I have to understand how to build it.

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