Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Amazing video from 1941


There appears to be a glitch with this video. I am looking into it, come back and take a look later. Thanks – T.

18 thoughts on “Amazing video from 1941

  1. Avatartaterbug160

    What an incredible find! Would love to see what the “modern day” video of this kind would look like. Are girls still “getting paid for quality as well as quantity”?

    Lovely works of art and craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing Terry!

  2. AvatarSusan Powers

    As I was laying in bed in the SF Bay area, completely enthralled by this video that you posted from 1941, I couldn’t help but think how amazing technology has become. The more interesting thing is that the process for making these beautiful fabrics hasn’t change that much since then! Yes, some is done by machines but a visit to a woolen mill will show that many of the processes have not changed at all.

    Thank you so much for this! As a spinner, it is so fun to see.

  3. AvatarGeorgeanna Tryban

    Thank you, Terry for finding and posting this engrossing video! As a sociology professor, I often lecture about the Industrial Revolution but really I am only talking about it in the abstract…how it caused migrations from rural to urban areas, etc. But this video shows what actually happens INSIDE the transformation of society. It is SO RICH to be able to see exactly how they went from sheep to fabric that it gave a whole new dimension to my understanding. I love getting the opportunity to see how things ‘really work’! Thank you so much!

    I also got quite a giggle from contrasting the way they sought to mend ‘flaws’ in fabric compared to today’s approach of putting a tag on the clothing that tells you that flaws are ‘natural’ and your assurance of the ‘authenticity’ of the fabric. Very skillful job of reframing!

    1. Avatarterrydresbach

      Oh I wanted to be a sociologist!!!!! And the transformation the Industrial Revolution had on the world, is one of my absolute favorite topics!!!! So many unclear ramifications. Good for workers, bad for the world? Chicken, egg??? I maintain that women have plastic surgery as a result of the Industrial Revolution, LOL.
      It will come up in discussion on this blog, I guarantee!

  4. AvatarMartha Vincellette Joynt

    This video was fascinating to me. My grandfather and my father had a factory in Massachusetts the ’20s, ’30s & ’40s that made bobbins for the textile mills in New England. I have never seen bobbins used for their true purpose before. I have frequently seen them as candle sticks or pens! Thanks for sharing this wonderful video! And I am enjoying the glimpses you provide into your professional world of design on Outlander!

  5. AvatarJo Ann

    What a fascinating video. My home in New Hampshire was built in 1860. There’s a small river on our property with a waterfall that powered a bobbin mill located in what is now a field on the property. The mill also made shuttles, looms, spools and other wood products. Logging, paper mills, and wood crafts are still the main industries where I live in northern NH.

    Watching that video I was saddened to realize how the charm of large scale weaving has all but disappeared. it’s a computerized world now except for niche weavers and hobbyists.


  6. Avataramorley552014

    That was fascinating! Music in film clearly did not change for a couple of decades!!! You can tell where some things like quality control have slipped in modern day. Do they still use older methods in making kilts and have that lovely quality control? Because as you mentioned faster is not always better. Just because you can make more does not mean you are doing a better job.

  7. Avatarmjeangardiner

    I listened to the film from my cubicle in Washington DC while working at my keyboard. I’m preparing work that I can do tomorrow for telework. At times it seems like the Industrial Revolution has pushed us so far, that we’re pushed right on back into the home.

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