Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Almost a year ago…

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ClaireAlmost a year ago, our family embarked on a new adventure. My husband Ronald D. Mooore, was going to be bringing Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander to the television screen, filming in Scotland.
I, Terry Dresbach Moore was going to design the costumes.

Outlander is a book about a modern woman of the 1940’s who travels back in time to the 18th century. What’s not to love. I read the book almost twenty years ago, and all of the rest of the series, many, many times. I loved the idea of going back in time, especially to the 18th century, my absolute favorite period.

Okay, so I figured I’d go to Scotland go for a few months and get the costumes up and running, then I’d travel back occasionally, when really needed.
We came over in July, and I have been back once, for Christmas. I have left my life, my family, my friends, my pets, behind, and it looks like I am going to be here for two years (if all goes well).

SO, here I am living in Scotland, doing a show about a woman who time travels to the 18th century, what to do next? See how much of that I can experience (within reason).

47 thoughts on “Almost a year ago…

  1. sandyknc

    Very happy that you went on your Outlander journey for all of us fans. I have wanted this series to come to life for a long time. It is really exciting! Many thanks to you to you, Ron, and everyone else involved!

  2. emac37

    I can well understand your feelings of uprooting Terry. You have gained many friends here in this foreign land. Scotland is beautiful and the people are amazing! I am totally biased of course being a Scot. Life down in Sassenach land is totally different. I miss Scotland as down here I feel different and I speak different of course as the language while the same is not. As I cross the border I feel the stirring in my blood and I am home. I love all those little Scottish noises and phrases my Outlander family worldwide come out with as it’s like time travelling into the past but it’s my present and future too.

  3. emac37

    I can well understand your feelings of uprooting Terry. You have gained many friends here in this foreign land. Scotland is beautiful and the people are amazing! I am totally biased of course being a Scot. Life down in Sassenach land is totally different. I miss Scotland as down here I feel different and I speak different of course as the language while the same is not. As I cross the border I feel the stirring in my blood and I am home. I love all those little Scottish noises and phrases my Outlander family worldwide come out with as it’s like time travelling into the past but it’s my present and future too.

      1. emac37

        Maybe leaving it for a bit and coming back to it will help…sometime things just suddenly click with a fresh mind. It won’t allow me to change my profile pic on here as using iPad so need to boot up PC to do that. luanne uses this a lot for her blogs with pictures so might be able to help.

  4. fawnakadamhnait

    It’s hard to believe that it has been almost a year! I hope you know as a fan of Outlander (or any other book/show) that yours and the whole production’s sacrifice from home and loved ones is very much appreciated. Lifting a glass to you (and all) hoping that although you have left much behind while working on this, that you gain so much more on your way back up from that rabbit hole. Sláinte!

  5. xpreadmywings

    I think you shld feel like Claire – she changed times, you changed places … From what I can see of your tweets, you’re doing just as well as Claire. You found yourself a beautiful place and a lovely pet.
    *winks* Best regards fr Brazil.

    1. terrydresbach

      It’s hard!!!!!! But they are thriving. Our son is in his first year at an arts boarding school (his choice), studying film. And our daughter is 13, and spending incredible time with Dad, that wouldn’t happen if I was there. They are throwing dinner parties together!
      They say that the most important relationship for a teen girl is the one with her father. I am trusting that.

      Plus she sees me doing something for myself, and not just them, which is a role model I want to provide.

      Both kids will be here soon for two weeks, and then for the summer. Another amazing opportunity.

      It’s all about trust, I suppose

  6. ellenspins

    Love the blog and the thoughts so far. I only have one tiny thing to ask. Would it be possible to make the print a little bit darker? I’m having a tough time with the light print on the light background. Can’t wait to read more of your thoughts on living in Scotland, living at your own Lallybroch, and your life.

  7. jamielynnhunkins

    Terry, I think this blog is a great medium for you to share your thoughts. Your adventure in Scotland reminds me of mine on a Maine homestead. Love your photo choices and subject matter. I am learning how to leave comments as I type.

    1. terrydresbach

      Not small at all. I left our daughter, our collie, 4 cats and 10 chickens. Our daughter is thriving, spending astonishingly good time with Dad, but the animals are missing me, and I them. I will go home for a month at the end of spring. Can’t wait. I Skype with them!

      1. blackbirdmarsh

        My cows, chickens and dogs are what keep me from doing only day trips for the last decade. I feel for you..
        Thank you for this blog. It prompted me to revisit my abandon WordPress from 3 yrs ago. I’m struggling to update. I’ll work it out and do a better job, hopefully..

  8. Debra E. Marvin

    Oh yes, this is much nicer than 140 characters…

    Thanks for allowing us along. I love the idea of your new home. Such an adventure. Despite being parted from your family, pets and home- life, it sounds like a most amazing opportunity.

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