Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer


I am Terry Dresbach. About me? Hmmm. Artist, Costume Designer, adventurer and general bomb thrower. Married to Ronald D. Moore.
On this blog I will share my current adventure, living a sort of 18th century life in Scotland while designing costumes for Outlander.

These are all pictures of me. This is me from age two to now. No I am not telling how old I am, I cannot believe that someone actually took the time to do a google search on that one! Seriously?

Anyway, there should me no confusion about who I am…



…Except for this picture, which persists on the internet. This IS NOT ME! For some reason people think this is. It’s not. I don’t dress up in costumes for one thing. Not sure who this is, but the poor woman’s identity is being stolen. Now there are some other pictures out there that I wish I could substitute with this one (horrible CDG awards), and if anyone has any idea how to do it, I would be happy to replace THOSE with this woman.

But in truth, she is not me.




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  2. Avatarstephaniekhill

    You sure were and still are a beauty! Inside and out! I’ve seen the pic that said it was you, but I knew it wasn’t. Thank you for these..just makes you more real!

  3. Avatarvicki lynn (@vickibethlynn)


    I would like to get in touch with you concerning jewelry for film and TV (www.etsshopping.com) and a period designer who works with me(http://www.pinterest.com/jen_parrish/parrish-relics-jewelry/) WE LOVE YOUR WORK!! Your drive the show.I lived in Ireland for many years and would love to connect with you. Please advise how to reach you.


    Vicki Lynn
    (Vicki I have copied your personal contact information out and will forward it. It is not safe to have it in the comments.)

  4. Avatarthehulamonkey

    W have become fascinated with costume design and just finished an interview with Phobe De Gaye (BBC Musketeer) and we’d love to interview you for a feature article on http://www.booktib.com . Longtime lovers of Outlander – you have had such a key role in bringing our beloved characters to life. Pls contact me: (forwarded the contact to Terry)

  5. Avatarswinka

    Re: Wedding Ring forged from the Lallybroch Key

    Dear Terry,
    I’ve been a fan of yours for a while. I just finish working on a TV pilot [I designed the heroine’s jewelry] and ran home in time to watch the wedding. Such a wonderful treat in every way. Anyway, a lot of Outlander fans really, really, really would like the wedding ring. And, I was wondering if I could have the permission to make it. And, if you would consider it, would it be possible to use the original key? I would like to scan it or mold it if possible.

    Thank you for your consideration. I know it’s a long shot, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

    Good luck for the rest of the season and of course, season 2 – which will I know will be incredible project to design.

    Best wishes,
    Janet Cadsawan

  6. AvatarCarolCoyle

    Hi Terry – This is the first time I have signed up to participate in a blog (luddite that I am). I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your website, and how gorgeous the wedding dress and highland groom’s outfit are for the Outlander Series – the perfect blend of rustic and elegant. I also enjoy all the history and tidbits and music you pour into your blog. I loved the “getting dressed” post – I feel a bit lazy pulling on pants in the morning now. I can’t wait to watch the series. (as I don’t have TV), but I have watched all the clips online. All of the costumes are gorgeous – the green tartan gown-wow-!-and the knit wear! I stumbled across the Outlander books and series only recently when I was looking up something about Culloden. I spent the month of June hiking in Scotland from Glascow to Inverness and doing some touring as well. I never wanted to leave! The books, series clips, your blog and costumes have let me linger in Scotland in my imagination…..the colors and textures are gorgeous and remind me of my hike through the highlands. Thank you. Carol Coyle, Douglas, Alaska

  7. Avatar@punkiBrenda

    You failed to mention a very giving person….One that took on tons of questions and was kind enough to answer us for that Thank You…. you Terry are a brilliant designer..one with a true gift of creation. Have learned so much that I never knew about what goes on in the making and creating part you and your team just went up and beyond…The fact you kept it so real and natural is very appreciated such fantastic work!

  8. AvatarDorothy

    Terry, I hope you can stand yet another love-you-love-your-work post.

    I’ve been trying to get my sister-in-law, who has some experience with period costumes, to start watching Outlander. When I found your blog yesterday, I knew I had the hook I needed to get her into it. When I told her about your blog and your work she couldn’t wait to dive in.

    I’m impressed by both the authenticity of the costumes and the way they integrate so very organically into the shows. I remember watching the movie Belle and thinking, Oh, the costumes are lovely, wonderful, blah, blah. And they are — almost too much so. The costumes in Outlander don’t obtrude; they support the characters and the other visual elements of the stories so well.

    I can tell this is a labor of love for you, but I know — since I sew professionally; I’m a quilter — that it’s also sheer, hard labor, too. Thank you and all your crew — and everyone involved in Outlander — for bringing this story to wonderful, believable life.

    Incidentally, I have every intention of winning the STARZ Watch and Win sweepstakes. I can’t wait to see what sort of nun’s habit/cook’s outfit/shopkeeper’s dress you design for a dowdy, middle-aged woman — me! 😎

  9. AvatarMarie

    Hello Terry, from Barcelona
    We absolutely adore your work and love Outlander too. We are also costume designers, specialized in the Swing era. We’ve just started although we have previous experience in Theatre & Dance spectacles. Would you take a couple of minutes to visit our website (http://www.lavieenswing.com/) and if you like what we do, maybe could you contact us? We’d like to propose you a possible collaboration if you’d consider it.
    Thanks for your time.

  10. Koko PipkinKoko Pipkin

    Hello Terry!

    I’m in Seattle and one of our local groups is having a one-year anniversary retreat. We aren’t sure how many members it will be as it’s in its infancy of planning stages. We would like to know if you are available to do a class (maybe 3 hours or so) on a clothing topic, maybe “Women’s Clothing 15th – 18th Century”, “Aristocratic Style in a Common World”, “Costuming 101”, just to name a few. I myself am enthralled by the changes in clothing styles over the centuries, having been intrigued by designs since I was a child (I have zero creativity myself, but show me a pattern and I can make it!). We would love it for you to come (back) to the PNW for a wee visit and cover your travel.

    Thank you for your consideration,


  11. AvatarKilwarren

    Well I just signed up and I don’t know if anyone has asked the question… who did all the wonderful knitting for Claire’s costumes?

    I love the series, the costumes and especially the colours.



  12. Avataracapsimalis

    Hi Terry,

    I’m so tickled to have met you and Ron this holiday season in SF. Thanks again for being so gracious and for fitting in a quick chat when our paths crossed while fabric shopping. While my professional life is rooted in high tech and software, my personal interests and hobbies take me in a very different direction – sewing, stitching, needlepoint, mosaics, creating things, indoors and out. Finding your blog is another joyful source of inspiration that makes me smile inside and out. Thank you and thanks for making time to share with us here. I can hardly wait to see what magic you bring to that fabric!

    Very best,

  13. jaymesagejaymesage

    Hi Terry, I feel a bit odd doing this but I’m a member of Sam’s My Peak Challenge Team Peak Warriors. There are 782 of us. We have lost a over 11,000# collectively since Sam started the program in January. We bought him a flask & had it engraved with “MPC Peak Warrior” as a thank you for inspiring and support us. We would truly like to get it into his hands personally instead of sending it off to an agent who may just add it to the pile of gifts I’m sure he receives. Here is the link to our post on his page & over 100 comments from members of the team thanking him: https://t.co/XGtaiKUagF . I am hoping that you would be able to tell me the best way to get the flask & the post plus comments to him directly. We’d really like him to know how much he’s impacted so many of our lives in a positive way. You can reach me of twitter @sagehillfarms (I’m Alpaca Whisperer) by DM if you wish or you can email me at . You can see a pic of the flask, post & comments if you click on the FB link I provided. Sorry I couldn’t send this to you more privately. I will understand if you are unable to help us out. I just had to give it a try 🙂


    Jayme L. Hettinger
    http://www.sagehillfarmsalpacas.com or http://www.shfpacas.com

  14. jaymesagejaymesage

    You can also check out the Outlander Personal Peak Challenge Support Group on Facebook to learn more about our team. It is a fabulous group of women supporting and lifting each other up. It’s been a live changer for me to have a community of like minded women to look to for ideas and help when I need it. It’s very empowering.

    Thanks again,



    Two questions on Claire’s wedding dress – !) what is the “real” color of the skirt? Depending on the lighting it looks taupe, warm beige, pale blue, gray-blue, soft green, or soft gray. 2) what was the total yardage of fabric for the skirt? Having made southern belle gowns before and know how quickly 20-30 yards end up in one layer of skirting, I am curious as to how much fabric was weighing down on Cait’s slim hips for this gown.

  16. Avatarelissa

    Hi Terry,
    I am a huge admirer of the costumes you and your team have designed and created for the outlander series. As a one time designer and now teacher of textiles and design, I am in awe of the magnificent level of detail that has gone into each and every costume it appears. I would revel in the opportunity to see a team like yours at work. Does the Outlander costume studio ever open its doors to outside volunteer help? I come from Australia but would jump at the chance to contribute in any small way to the work you do.
    Many thanks Elissa

  17. Avatarsouthernlassie

    Since I can’t figure out how to post a “like” to the recent re-post from Beth regarding her love of of everything to do with the show in addition to the fabulous costumes, I will say it here and hope you check this site occasionally.

    I’m not a television watcher, usually. Then I read all 8 books of the Outlander series. I did not want to see the television version– nothing could possibly be as good as my imagination of the characters. Then my curiosity got the best of me since there were no more books in the series, although I did read the outlandish companion & the novella about the lady (young lady) who goes to France for her chosen career., enough said, don’t want this to be a spoiler in case anyone might read this wordy posting.
    So, back to the television production. I have seriously fallen in love with the entire production and could talk anyone’s head off about “Outlander” that I could get to listen. I hope no one is offended by my next statement, my apology, in advance, but I’m entitled to my opinion and here it is:I’m so very very glad this was not done in Hollywood, with Hollywood actors. Please please, don’t ever go there! The authenticity would be lost–and I’m certain that is why Ron chose the fabulous location and the very talented, but not flashy Hollywood type actors. Yes, a sweeping generalization on my part, but I think you might understand what I mean . If Tom Cruise had been chosen for “Jamie,” I would have turned it off in 2 seconds flat! Thank you Ron & casting crew! That’s all. Had to put in my two cents. I’m looking forward to the release of the DVD for season 2! Ciao for now, Southern lass

  18. AvatarDeb Weigel

    Hello, Terry, This is my first attempt at something like this. I know you probably hear how amazing you are from a lot of people. But my 11 yr old granddaughter is in awe of you., as I am. She asked me all sort of questions: why did she do this that way, “How many skirts”. What she zeroed in on was the button holes! They’re so big, they did all that by hand back then, what are the buttons made of? What no panties!! How do you pleat all that material- meaning the wedding dress. She wore her nitie during the day too.!! Being tall & thin she defiantly noticed when she ties her stocking on. ” those would slide right off me gramie.”Being too young to watch the show I have showed her your designs off the net. As I said she’s 11, going into 6 grade. She’s been in 4-H going on her 2nd year. She has started to sew and has made the statement that she wants to go into fashion & design. Last year at the county fair – being her first year- she won grand on sewing & Grand on design. Being
    only 10 at the time she was not allowed to go to State level. I will admit had I judged it she would not have gotten grand on her sewing. Due to the layers & layers she was working with she did do an awesome job. I know I sound like the gloating Grandmother & to some degree I am. This year she’s just doing the fashion- also has a horse she’s showing. Yes I’ve sewn since jr high. Her mother, if she has to. Taylor loves color, she loves texture, she love music. On a cloudy day Taylor is the sun shine. I just wanted to Thank you for showing a little girl yes her ideas can come true and yes it takes a lot of work. I’m trying to find the video of your ?work acreage. Thank you again.

  19. Avataroutlandergermany

    Dear Terry,

    we’re Outlander Germany, the largest Outlander Fangroup in Germany.
    In consideration of our members – includes more than 5000 people – we want to make it possible for them to understand and read your blogposts.
    So we wanted to ask your permission to translate your articles about Outlander and to upload them to our Homepage.
    We link back to you of course, the original source will remain.

    Our email:

    You can find us on Twitter: @OutlandrGermany
    And our Homepage: http://www.outlander-germany.com/

    Riet, Tina, Nadine and Eveline

  20. AvatarMalcolms in Africa

    Hi Terry,
    It appears I’m about a year too late to comment on many of your posts, but the time has come to say thank you. I’ve been following you on twitter for a while by virtue of my Outlander obsession, with a particular fascination for your role, since I’m a long-time hobby seamstress. In fact, I’ve been known to open your links while standing at the sink brushing my teeth, just because I can’t wait to see your sneak peek of the newest costume.

    I just stumbled on your post about leaving Scotland, written a year ago, and just loved reading your thoughts and seeing your lovely photos.

    Thanks for taking the time to blog. I occasionally wonder if in some alternate universe, what life would have been like if I had taken the “hobby” part of “hobby seamstress” and turned it into professional. Your stories and photos let me glimpse what that might have been like. Maybe someday I’ll tackle something historical just for the fun of it. If it turns out beautiful, I’ll credit you as my inspiration. If I do a really bad job of it (which is entirely possible) I promise that’s all on me.

    Then again, maybe I’ll just stick to admiring your work and keep making my own superhero quilts and tote bags. (And hopefully soon, an Outlander tartan quilt.)

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  22. ks21ks21

    This is completely out there, but please hear me out. I am a very non-traditional girl, and when I get married I don’t want to wear a white dress. Ever since I read the scene about Aunt Jocasta giving Brianna a wool dress for her wedding present/dress, I have been dreaming of getting married in a beautiful, simple, gray or green wool dress that can be worn for many occasions. I can’t trust just anyone to replicate this dress. It is such a huge dream of mine to ask you, Terry, to design it and bring it to life, but this is obviously crazy because you must be completely swamped with making Outlander costumes. In the back of my mind, I am hoping that you will see this, and that you can magically find the time or want to create my dress. But incase you don’t, do you have any suggestions about designers you know who would like this project? I would only trust you, or someone you recommend. Thanks for humoring this dreaming girl!

  23. maariatreimamaariatreima

    Dear Mrs. Terry Dresbach,

    In awe of your work on the Outlander series, I would like to ask, if it is possible to join your amazing studio for a month of practical work in May 2016. I study tailoring in Estonia and I am passionate about costume design and menswear, especially. This school year finishes off with a month long period of practical work, we choose a studio to join and if we are accepted, we hope to get apprenticeship for that period.
    My portfolio is of my work as a painter, but I will add a link in hope of it showing my character, skill and dedication.


    I wish you strength and many blessings for your inspiring work. I really look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!

    Maaria Treima

  24. AvatarReina

    Dear Terry

    I’m a Fashion Design student on Tenerife (Canry Islands, Spain), and I’m a so big fan of your work in Outlander.
    My highest dream is to be a Costume Designer in movies or TV shows, especially in the historical side, and do awesome things as you do.
    so, could yo give me some advice?

    thank you so much, and sorry if my english is not right.

  25. lisatooeslisatooes

    Hello, I am quite simply writing this on an impulse and to be honest not sure why. Your work has captivated something in my long dormant imagination about passion for doing what you love. I know what you do is so special and unique and that you have an incredible team of folks working with you to create the costumes for the Outlander series that I’m afraid no words can do justice to their perfection. Your talent and hard work – I know it is that – leave me speechless. From the incredible 1940’s styles to the beautiful gowns from season 2 we have only seen snippets of (and I’m glad of that to be honest – I love the teasers without having to see it all right now), to the men in their glory and gore, kilts, swords and all, the beautiful Highland plaids, tweeds and knits and the tiniest details of Hugh Monro. I love it all. So, I guess then just thank you. And I look forward to what’s coming next and hope this unfolds more and more in the years to come. (Hopefully) I would so very much love to visit you work space – the place where the costumes are actually put together and fitted on the actors. To see how it all comes together. It is a dream of mine. When I was a young girl and even into my20’s I wanted to have a career like yours. Something happened along the way and I never got there. I still sew a little but mostly costumes for my 7 grandkids! Or repairs and alterations for friends. Not so creative! I figure it’s too late to start again now (just turned 60), but to experience the space and energy of this process while it is happening would be something I would give much for. Again, just a big THANK YOU! You truly are an amazing, gifted woman.

  26. Avatarmona_elysa

    Hello, and first off I would like to say that I am completely in love with all your work from Outlander, and I shall never forget Claire’s wedding dress. As a former student of history, I truly admire all the detail and construction. Now while I’m sure that this is beyond a longshot, I hope there’s no harm in asking…would you accept a commission for a wedding dress? If no, do you have any recommendations of other designers who work with historical costuming? Thank you, and best wishes for all your future work!

  27. Avatarcatladyml2

    I have decided to post this in a “what the heck” do it thought that comes to mind. Nothing Ventured nothing gained,. I have seen that many Fashion design students have posted her looking for work or internship, I am not a student in fact I am a retired woman of 58. But I have sewn all my life and made many costumes for different periods, and I adore cartridge pleating. Besides being a fan of the books I knew I needed to own the DVD’s just so I could stop frames and look at the details of the clothing and the underpinnings. I have stitched clothing for Renaissance Faires, Gettysburg reinactment, Victorian bustle era, Louis of France 3 piece salmon silk suite with tricorn hat. I won a contest recreating a gown to match a painting of Mary Stuart, and the usual family costumes, prom gowns, Kilts as my family is Maxwell, and even a brother & sister in laws Renaissance wedding, I have loved all the fancy details of these things all my life and have many reference books. But I am a hometown girl, with no resume, I have pictures I have never even thought of stitching garb for a TV show, but as I said nothing ventured nothing gained. The closest I ever came was making the dancing dress for Mrs. Anna in the King and I play at the Dutch Apple Theater in Lancaster Pennsylvania. But I had to make the dress overnight as they had waited until too late to pull the one out of storage and it was chewed up by mice. My dress is used on the poster whenever they do that play at the theater. So would you ever consider hiring or offering an intern position to someone like me. I will be glad to show you pictures of my work, and as one good stitcher knows I will show the inside of my pieces too. If you are interested in seeing my work and you will give me a place to send the info to as I know it is not wise to post private info on a blog like this. Ok now I have taken a breath and I think I sound corny but I am going to send it anyway, These books inspire people to do a lot of things they would not normally do. Thank you ML

    1. AvatarTerry Dresbach Post author

      Thank you for writing. I adore cartridge pleating too. Here is the deal…it is incredibly complicated and I tend to stay out of it, as one of a scattering of Americans allowed on the show. This is a government thing having to do will all sorts of international rules. How many foreign nationals can be hired on a production, what skill set do they have? do they have work visas etc…
      In the US, the answer would be that you would need to show me pictures of your work. But in the UK it is very, very complicated.

      1. Avatarcatladyml2

        Thank you for responding, you made my day. I certainly understand that working out of the country has a lot more hoops to get through. Perhaps if you work here in the US you might keep me in mind.

  28. Avatarmurielanyc

    Dear Terry,

    I was at your fabulous event this week at Skirball and I was so inspired. I have been a costume designer here in New York for the last 30+ years but rarely managed to do the kind of projects that I would have liked. So I quit and have learned how to write and pitch, which is much harder than I thought. I always strived to do period costume projects but you probably remember the days when very few were done because of the cost. I am thrilled to see that they are back and in extraordinary glory. I hope you win all the awards for your work. It is gorgeous and I love the Outlander series that you all as a team have produced. You are so true to the source material.
    I want to tell you that I am developing a project of a similar scope that is based on a compilation of books. It is historical fiction as well and is very original and compelling but I am struggling to find a way to get it in front of the right eyes. We need a super strong company that knows how to sell and make this kind of work, I would love to talk to you about it even though I can see that you all will be very busy for years now on Outlander is it possible that your company is considering other spectaculars? I know this is an irregular route and I should be working through our agents but as one costume designer to another, I hope we can talk. You can see my work at http://www.murielstockdale.com and at http://www.epluribus.us.

  29. AvatarLindainutopia

    Dear Terry. I am a Textiledesigner and Film-Fan from Germany. And of course I am one of many Outlander Fans. I read the books many years ago and I am so, so happy that finally a team of obviously hard-working and gifted people is turning this into a wonderful moving picture! Sometimes I think, this must be a dream, actually. But then I watch an episode again and realize, this is quite whats happening! Well, of course as a Textile person, I focus on costumes in films a lot an yours are just so incredible, I am more than impressed. And the knitwear in season 1! wow! Anyway, I am at a point in my life, where I am constantly thinking of change. Through my boyfriend, a Camera guy, I kind of started working on small student projects, doing the costumes, but of course not in a professional way like you would. I built a hudge rabbite costume once and knitted a lot of bits and pieces. I always try to do my best and I discouvered, how much fun this is, how much I liked this kind of work! Taking my Textiles knwoledge and bring it into a film, creating characteres, give them a texture, I am very happy every time. Still, there is so much to learn, (specially from a big production dep.) , so much to see, so much to gather. I am wondering, if it is possible, to do some kind of internship or mini job on set? I can sew, I can knit, I can draw, paint, I can do some grafic design, I know how to do research, I can offer you passion and organized working, I am pretty good in sewing on buttons! Is there any way to apply for any kind of position? (I can send everything needed, also a portfolio) Any Possibility you need more hands for next season? I would really love to learn from someone like you, with all my heart. It is so hard in germany, that an application will be even concidered, without having a costume based background. I believe, my talents should matter, not only every detail of my CV… I would be happy to hear anything back! (my contact: , http://www.linda-wagner.com) But of course I understand, that you are a busy woman these days. I wish you all the best anyhow, hope you win at least a dozen awards for Outlander! A very much inspired, Linda

  30. AvatarEdera Jewelry

    Hello Terry,
    I wanted to start off by saying that I’m such a fan of your work on Outlander! I’m a lacemaker and jewelry/accessories designer based in the US. My designs feature handcrafted lace motifs made with real metal threads and draw inspiration from the needlework of the 15th-18th centuries in particular. I’ve been lucky enough to have quite a few of my designs featured on the television series Reign, (as well as a forthcoming period series on ABC), and would love to speak to you about the possibility of creating some pieces for Outlander. My work can be viewed at: http://www.ederajewelry.com/portfolio-costuming/ and there is a contact form on the site should you like to speak further!
    Thank you for you time,
    Ivy Long

  31. robinhoodrobinhood

    Wow what a roller coaster ride I have had in last couple of weeks after watching 1st season of Outlander. I landed on your page today as Ive been besotted with the entire 1800’s, and creation of the set of Outlander. I am an artist drawing fine detailed flora & fauna along with huge portraiture both humans and animals. We live on an 1860’s settlement in Tasmania with many features intact and in use. So you can see the whole of outlander from start to finish (not seen season 2….yet!) has resonated with me in everyway.
    Terry, you are a wonderful talent of inspiration and please express my amazement to your talented husband too.
    If you are ever in Australia, Tasmania, please visit our territory 🙂 google Robin Hoods Well
    Stacey Rocca

  32. AvatarViviSMiller

    Dear Terry,
    I’ve looked to see if there was a better place to post this message, and there doesn’t seem to be.

    In scanning the comments, I believe there are a few people wondering about some sort of work. In my case, I’m wondering if there are opportunities for teenaged internships (for my high school daughter)- either during the summer between her Jr. & Sr. year or anytime during the year after she graduates, as I’m hoping she’ll take a “gap” year.

    So, what I was wondering… Instead of replying to each of us, would it be possible for you to set up a tab with FAQs? In there, you could answer all the commonly asked questions… Including if it’s possible, and how to apply for internships or employment.

    Most gratefully… and I REALLY do love your designs, but even more, the research into making them historically correct (I’ve got a BS in Fine Arts/Art History, so truly appreciate the science behind all this).

    Thank you,


  33. AvatarDragonsus

    Dear Ms. Dresbach –

    Thank you for so concisely defining the difference between a costume designer and a fashion designer. I am a theatre costume designer in the US and I frequently have to explain why what I do is not fashion, it’s part of the world of the play. I am not a fan of Outlander at all (and in fact loathe the books with a passion), but I am a HUGE fan of your work and the storytelling you do through fabric and clothing. It is a privilege to get so much of your insight into the process of building these exquisite works of costuming art.

    Thank you for your continued interaction with fans of the show so that us non-fans can continue to see more!!


  34. AvatarBrittvA

    Dear Terry,

    I haven’t been watching Outlander for very long yet, but I’ve been watching it a lot! Currently almost caught up.
    I have never really sewn anything before. However, Outlander made me really want to make a dress myself. I’d like to recreate a dress Claire wears in Schotland, with the brown skirt and a dark blue top (the sleeves are only connected with the top through some pieces of fabric, you can see the shift under it. However, I can find many plans and explanations on many of her dresses but not on that one. So I was wondering if this dress is much different from the others she wears in Schotland pattern wise?
    Also, I want to make it as historically accurate as I can, so I also want to make the shift and everything (gonna start on that since that is slightly easier than the dress itself haha). So, if I’m correct I need to make the following things:
    A shift, an underskirt, a petticoat, an over skirt, a corset (and the sleeves), and a stomacher. Oh, and the hip thing of which I always forget the name! Is that correct or am I missing things?

    Thanks a lot for reading this and I hope to get an answer :D. If you do manage to find time to respond, perhaps I can give you my mail address or something if you would want to give me some instructions?

    Thanks again and I really really love your work on the costumes in the show. You make it all come alive!

    1. AvatarBrittvA

      I’d mostly like to know the fabrics you used for that dress haha, that’d already come a long way. Like I said, this will be my first real costume project and the right fabrics come a long way!

  35. AvatarCorrinda

    Photo compression suggestions to improve viewing on a mobile device – because the pictures are so fantastic but crash mobile browsers.

    The picture are sooooo wonderful and your website adds so much to the experience of watching (fan of the books since Outlander came out in paperback) and you’re right you don’t necessarily get to appreciate the full magnificence of the work you do on T.V. and the pictures add so much.

    First this is not a solicitation to help you with your website, I am just a fan who happens to be a webmaster and WordPress specialist who would like to give back and selfishly wants to see the site on my tablet. 🙂

    As you probably know the use of mobile devices has and will continue to increase.

    But on a mobile device (in this case Samsung Galaxy 5 phone and Galaxy Tab3 tablet) the site crashes both Chrome and Mozilla browsers.

    Why does the website crash mobile browsers?

    Without a comprehensive analysis it looks like it’s the photos. After looking at pictures the from a webmaster view they are pretty big.

    The picture named “16” is 1864 kb 1371 x 2048 px and “15” is 3009 kb 1607 x 2400 px.

    The easiest fix – compress the images without losing the fantastic details.

    Here are two free options:

    https://compressor.io/compress (pick lossy option) – compressed size of “16” 577kb
    http://compressjpeg.com/ (chose the correct file type on the tabs on the right) compressed size of “16” 721kb

    You simply upload the images to the compression tool prior to posting and download them in the compressed version and upload the compressed images to the site.

    For a small investment of time, you get a lot of improvement in the performance and it should help with if not correct the mobile issue, with no sacrifice to quality.

    If you have questions I am happy to answer them. You can DM me at @Corrindac on Twitter or find me through the Denver WordPress Meetup where I am lead organizer.

    Thank you for sharing you and your team’s amazing work.


    P.S. If you wanted to really take it to the next level you can edit the picture widths, but I’ll leave that for another time if you’re interested.

    1. Candace - AdminCandace - Admin

      Dear Corrinda,
      Thanks for the feedback. We are running Smush photo compression to keep memory use down (they are being compressed on upload), but Terry does prefer to load the full size for the fan base – wanting them to be able to zoom in on things like embroidery. I have gone back and run the compression on previously uploaded images. If she and I were in the same locale, I could work with her on sizing issues and have recently sent her a cheat sheet on posting the other images sizes that WordPress creates, but since we are not, she has to do what she is comfortable with – which is creating a post, uploading the image and posting immediately (which usually ends up posting an almost raw full-size). Bottom line, the site is not really meant for small mobile devices. The detail is the key to what she wants to share. I really appreciate you reaching out. If I continue to see this type of feedback, I will bring it up with her during a lull in season work.
      Best Regards,
      Candy (@icandyapple on twitter)

    2. Candace - AdminCandace - Admin

      Also, if you message me on Twitter, I’ll send you my email. I’d like your crash screenshots. When I test console Galaxy S5, at 360×740 90% etc. I am not seeing the same crash issues.

  36. AvatarElizabethJohnstone

    Hello, My name is Elizabeth Im currently studying historical costume for stage and screen in Scarborough. For my final year project I challenged myself into recreating Clare’s wedding dress, could I ask where the silver fabric came from? I have looked into it but there seem to be several different sources.
    Thank you for taking time to read this, Love your work.

  37. Avatareliotrose

    Hey Terry,
    I am a costume designer myself and getting through my education. I’m looking for university to go my Masters in….any recommendations?

  38. AvatarRose

    Hello Terry,
    Here goes my long shot.
    We the students and faculty of Michael Graves College of Architecture and Design at Kean University in New Jersey invite you to give a presentation and workshop and exhibit at Kean. We are very close (25 minutes) to New York and would expect that you would stay in NY and we would transport you to our lovely campus, pay your fee ( we are a public U so it can’t be more than tuition costs ) and hotel and transport, etc.
    Why? …we adore your work, we are all design crazed, we love theatre and films beyond normal enjoyment (we are crazed fans), we think you are a stitch! Also –
    On our campus is a rare (for US) 18th century homestead and home of General William Livingston who served under General Washington. The Livingston / Kean family has owned the home since it was built in 1772. The general, his wife, their progeny through the centuries saved EVERYTHING – including clothing.
    We could potentially exhibit some of your designs in the 18th century home or in our campus gallery or rent a space that would be as wonderful as the Paley Center in CA. And we could arrange to have you see first hand the entire collection of clothing in the Livingston collection. Not that you would need too given the historic archives you must be able to access in Great Britain…
    Or, if an entire exhibit is a stretch – then how about two costumes – one from the characters of Jaime and Claire ( naturally) during their time in Scotland (as I am fairly sure Claire’s Dior would be a small fortune to insure). If there is a ghost of interest …who would I contact to discuss further? A wisp of a ghost of interest? Thank you sincerely, Rose G. Associate Dean, School of Design …Kean.

  39. AvatarIsabelle P

    Dear Terry,

    I am very interested in your work and would like to know if you are looking for any assistants on your next project. I love your work as I am very interested in period costume. Your designs are beautifully thought out and put together with such beautiful detail.

    I am a recent graduate of Brooklyn College in New York, where I received an Master of Fine Arts degree in Technical Design and Theatre. I have a double Bachelor Degree in Film Studies, and Media and Communication. I have the ability to work in the UK, because I am an EU citizen, in addition to being an American citizen. I have moved to London in search of work because of my love of historical costume and because I am very interested in working on British film and tv dramas.

    Most recently, my work has been design based, where I design costumes for productions ranging from a cast of two, to a cast of thirty. My design knowledge also includes assisting on a show with a cast of 200 actors at The Public theatre in New York and assisting and designing short independent films. I am a costume designer by profession with a wide knowledge of sets and lights in addition to my expertise in costumes.

    I consider myself a costume designer, however, my experience has been based around everything to do with costumes. I have a good knowledge of fabrics, periods, sewing (both hand and machine), fabric dyeing, distressing and fabric painting, swatching, shopping, working with actors, the creative teams and technical teams, and taking part in fittings. I am a quick thinker, a creative problem solver, a quick and efficient worker, and work well under pressure.

    As my background is in theatre and film, my goal is to continue my work in the arts and to be part of a dynamic production team. If you are by chance looking for an assistant, I would love to send you my resume. Most of my work is based in NY, but I am recommended by Sally Greene in London.

    Thank you kindly for your time. My apologies if this is not the best place to reach you. I was unable to find any other contact information.

    Kind regards,


  40. AvatarMartine

    Hi Terry, My name is Martine and i live in Scotland. This year im taking my highers and im so inspired by you to follow the path of costume design when i get out of school and was wondering what the steps were that you took to get to where you are now as i have no idea where to start when it comes to courses and college or university and so i would really appreciate it if you would lead me in the right direction and tell me what you did. it would be great to hear from you. Martine.

  41. Avatar

    Hello Terry,
    I’m with the Saint Andrew’s Society of Los Angeles. and would like to discuss something with you if possible. Could you please contact me directly to my email above?
    I appreciate your attention.
    Kind regards,
    K.B. Bradford
    Film Chair
    Saint Andrew’s Society, Los Angeles

  42. Avatarrutasoie

    Dear Terry,
    I am joining the many voices that are singing your praises. I have been working in the theatrical costume business for several (unspecified number) of years now. I also am a student of ethnic costumes and have designed at least 3 plays with Scottish costumes. So, I know very well how true to period your work s while showing such expressive individual character nuances. I am anxiously awaiting season 3.

  43. Avatarrfj

    Hi, Terry,

    I wanted to add my compliments to the many you receive.

    I just finished listening the blogs contained on the DVD’s of Season 1 and 2. I so enjoyed the commentaries you did with Ron, for a couple of reasons.

    First, I’m a recently retired theater and film teacher at a large public high school. I have directed and produced community and high school theater here for 30+ years. I’ve worked with lots of costumers, both professional and amateur. I’ve costumed shows myself, some for fun and some for pay. In fact, while I was listening to the blogs last week, I was in the midst of directing a show that closed this past Saturday night.

    I love the history of textiles and clothing. My entire understanding of the chronology of western civilization is based solely on what people were wearing and when. So, I have huge regard for your work on Outlander. How could I not? Your attention to detail, the fine handwork, the time and care you and your crew took with the costumes are all clearly evident to me and appreciated by me more than I can express.

    Second, having worked with many costumers over the years, I am so tickled to learn that the conversations between producer and designer are the same whether the budget is millions of dollars (yours) or thousands (mine). As the head of production staffs of generally 9-15 people, which is a very large number for a high school but minuscule for your world, I learned how to listen and talk to the artists I collaborated with. Sound guys are always the same, lighting guys are a certain type, set designers are another type. Costumers are the ones who always have to acquiesce, I think because at least out here in my world they get paid the least. I made sure that the costumers I worked with were paid just as much as the set designers. And that the costume budget was just as high as the set budget. A big deal in high school theater.

    My point here is that it was a pleasure to hear in your voice the respect you garnered and, at the same time, the occasional lack of understanding even Ron has as to what’s involved in your work. The moment when he was surprised you thought about some plot issue as being important in the design of the costume and you said something to the effect that “you don’t even know what I do!” I am sorry, but I laughed out loud. The number of designers, almost all men, who have no idea what’s involved in costuming continually astounds me. They can be clueless.

    Which brings me to my third point. I absolutely admire your relationship with Ron, which the blogs make abundantly clear. He speaks with great respect for you, both as a woman and a colleague, even in the blogs you are not in. Honestly, the conversations between you and Ron are a compendium of how people who love each other manage to work together. Occasionally I felt like I was eavesdropping on private conversations. It was awesome.

    (BTW, I admire your husband too. I swear, as the boss in my little world, it was extremely validating to find I could finish his sentences before he did. I told the producer of the show I just closed, and he was intrigued to hear that so many of the issues are the same for both worlds.)

    So there you are. My compliments. Thank you for all your work. Some of us out here are exceedingly grateful to you.


  44. AvatarKLH

    I just absolutely love the costumes in this show. Just gorgeous.
    In some of the scenes in Series 2 Claire wears a crop jersey (I recall one of the scenes where she comes out of the guest house after seeing Captain Randall’s brother who is dying). I would love to get the pattern for that, if that is at all possible. Or if somebody could make me one, I would be over the moon. Odd request, I know. Thank you in advance. Keep up the brilliant work 🙂

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  46. AvatarCelesteAmbre

    Hi Terry!
    I’ve been a huge fan of the Outlander series ever since the first episode came out, I recommended it to everyone I knew, and started to read all of the books. The attention to details, both in costumes, set and camera work still astonishes me, this is how it should be done!
    I am currently in my third year of Production Design studies in Amsterdam. I’m trying to find an internship (it has to be sometime between May and August this year) and it would be a dream come true to work with you! I don’t have a lot of experience but I can sew (I made a corset this summer and a 1960s dress just last week), I have an attention to details and I wouldn’t mind any type of work as long as I can tag along! I’m eager to help where I can.
    To see some of my work, you’re welcome to visit my website: http://celesteambrecoupez.portfoliobox.net. One of the most remarkable work I made was on My Pleasure, a short film that was made in 48hours and which got shown in Cannes this year (here is the link to watch it: https://vimeo.com/170163748). It still is far from the quality of Outlander of course, but in our defense, it was made in a lot less time, with a lot less money and crew.
    I know this is a long shot but I figured if I didn’t at least try I would regret it forever. If you don’t have any work for me but do know someone who could use the help around that time of year, I’d be happy to hear it.
    Keep inspiring all of us with your work!

  47. AvatarTracy S.

    Hi Terry, Sorry to post this here. I couldn’t find the article I wanted. Anyway, I’m totally obsessed over the Juggler costume. I was curios about the aging process. I saw the vest before and after and wondered what you used to do that. Also on Jamie’s black coat (S3) the shoulder has a patchwork something applied. What did you use for that? Thank You!! Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the costumes on the show. You and your team are amazing!! Can’t wait to see what’s coming next season.

  48. AvatarFlorenciaCC

    Hi Terry,
    Your work is fantastic. I have recently watched the 3 seasons of Outlander and the knits caught my attention so I searched a bit and discovered who you were and your amazing work dressing up each character.
    I got so inspired that I designed an small collection of capelets to be made in small weaving looms (design is what I do too): Epica, Bella and Lady. Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/580082476/3-capelets-triangle-weaving-loom-pdf?ref=listings_manager_grid
    If you like them, I`ll be honoured to send you the patterns as a gift 🙂
    All the best,

  49. AvatarDianaisnotBetty

    Hey Terry, I totally Love everything you have done on Outlander! Nothing short of Awesome! …And as a Actor, I just want to tell you I know how much your Costume Designs mean to all the axtors. When I put on a costume and look in the mirror, It is like magic, I can see that person, I become that charter. You are so talented, and I can see the Love that you put into each costume. I so hope to work with you very soon. Much Love- Diana

  50. AvatarHannah_Durowse

    Hi Terry,

    I have found your work so inspiring and have started to look in to costume design for my degree mainly looking in to period costume. Your work on Outlander is incredible and the fact you have had to create your own fabrics, as well as so many different costumes is amazing. I was wondering if you ever take on interns or give out work experience and if so where to go to find out?

    Kind Regards
    Hannah Durowse

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