Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Coming Soon, Watch This Space, Next!!!!



Dear Diary,

Things are getting a tad intense at the Factory. Every day is crammed to bursting. All I want is one night that I an mot dreaming costume detail/fixes/resolutions, all night long. The bed looks like a war zone when I get up in the morning.

Where is that damned Calgon?

But, this is all to be expected, we are a few weeks away from shooting, and getting down to the wire. You have to push past all the anxiety, the idea that you have completely lost all mojo/what the hell what are you thinking/what is up with artists, why do we do this to ourselves, kinds of thought, and get on with it.

It will all be fine, we are going to kick ass!!!!


Somehow doing this blog adds an amazing dimension. VERY cathartic. So I will try to keep posting. My next post will be about this dress we saw on Claire in 110.

Got AMAZING news yesterday from Starz publicity, and will soon be able to post the most glorious of pictures. Β Very exciting. A very special thank you!!



38 thoughts on “Coming Soon, Watch This Space, Next!!!!

  1. Avatarangelasassoinlondon

    and I can say is Wow and keep it coming. We’re here and waiting for when you post.
    So glad you find this cathartic and not Extra Pressure to do this blog.

    1. Avatarannalapping

      OMG! All those tiny pleats and every one so perfect! Beautiful work as usual. Can’t wait to see the whole dress. You’re doing great work, and we all appreciate it.

  2. AvatarJamie Lynn Hunkins

    I’m amazed at your descriptions of how much work you and your team have to pull-off for DIA. I’m glad this blog gives you a place to decompress a bit and let the brain cells stop racing.

    Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.

  3. SolitaireSolitaire

    Your team is just amazing. I love the way the print matches up in the seams, and the perfection of the cartridge pleating is awe inspiring. Can’t wait to see the photos!

  4. AvatarJo Ann Platt

    OMG! How gorgeous is that! Can’t wait to see the enire dress.

    We LOVE your blog and are so glad you view it as cathartic and not a chore. What Jamie Lynn said is spot on: Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.

  5. AvatarSusanne Armborst

    Hi Terry,
    what a wonderful job.
    I am very excited about the new pictures.
    You and your team is doing indescribable, never before seen such a great Job.

  6. AvatarAnne H.

    Of _course_it will be fine, if you all can make such wonderful things out of scraps on the floor, whatever you are making now with all of that wonderful fabric will definitely kick ass and you Will get it done in time… deep breath and move forward… Love all of the amazing things you make!

  7. Avataracbmjones

    I am very much enjoying hearing from you in this blog! How very exciting it must be to be a part of Outlander! And Bravo on your work, beautiful and breathtaking, just like Scotland scenery itself! Can’t wait for more!

  8. Avatardancerdf

    Your work is wonderful. If tossing and turning results in these gorgeous costumes, then thank you for your restless nights! Every picture you post is more beautiful than the last. I vicariously play dress up with your amazing creations. Really enjoy this blog.

  9. Avatarleslie

    Your team is amazing. I love the wonderful work done on Season 1 and each week I am impressed a little more. Your attention to detail is fantastic. I love the fabric in the pic above and I must confess 18th Century France is one of my favorite fashions. Season 2 will be amazing and I can’t wait to see what you have come up with. All good wishes to you and your team.

  10. AvatarLisaW

    How exciting! Can’t wait to hear what the news is. And keep going Terry, I can tell you, that you have not disappointed me ever in your work. It is Fantastic!!!

  11. peggyvanslppeggyvanslp

    If I could, I would send you a case of Calgon to take you away!!! Luckily, you are a risk-reward type of person, it would seem, and be assured that your risks are rewarding to everyone who wears, admires, and enjoys your work (and that of your wonderful team). Thanks for taking the risks!

  12. AvatarRebecca Hoffman

    Stunning…amazing…breathtaking….there just aren’t enough adjectives! Terry, you and your crew are absolutely extraordinary. We love your work. Thank you so much for giving us all the glimpses and insights. Wow….just, wow. Oh, and forget Calgon. I think it’s time to request a personal massage therapist! There’s got to be something in the budget for that, right? πŸ˜‰

  13. marthatrulockmarthatrulock

    I do so enjoy your blog Terry and thank you for being so kind as to think total strangers might be interested and then to publish this for us considering your heavy work schedule. Getting a behind the scene’s look at what it takes to costume the Stars as well as the Extra’s has been fascinating. It certainly lets me feel as if I am a part of this wonderful endeavor at least vicariously. Hang in there. The stress and anxiety that goes along with the push to start filming in a few weeks will soon let up a tad. So glad that you are doing what you and your husband are doing. You are both so talented and gifted and just plain considerate which is a gift in and of itself. Hugs x

  14. Avatarwoolfarmgal

    What a wonderful gift you provide all of us…your view of what production is like on this amazing show. Especially one about history…where costuming provides such a rich experience for the viewer. My son is an extra in the historical drama TURN and in the past production of John Adams (we live in Virginia where lots of historical films are produced) and have seen the scramble on set…but I feel so blessed to see your work in action, up because what you do transcends just costume…what you do is high art.

  15. AvatarDrruth1951

    Another amazing glimpse. I can’t wait to see the whole dress. Beautiful fabric as always. You and your team have an amazing ability to pick the perfect fabric or create the perfect piece as in the coat that Gellis wore or Claire;s most recent collar. Adding Jamie’s clan broach was genius. Thank you for sharing with us.

  16. Avatardelft727

    Brenda Shaw

    You are an amazing, talented, and generous woman! Self-talk, of the positive kind, is one of the secrets to success. Thankfully its not a secret to you! I like, “it is what it is,” and “whatever it takes.” Happy to read your enthusiasm re: exciting news from STARZ. Wishing for all things that make YOU happy. Loved the green dress with fur neck piece and cuffs that Cait wore during the dinner in ep. 110. Standing next to Jamie in his plaid with the muted colors…weren’t they a gorgeous couple? Exquisite!

  17. sanshaw2sanshaw2

    Gorgeous fabric. Smiling at your mention of Calgon. I have been saying, “Calgon, take me away”, every night (for the past 24 years) as I settle in to read a few more pages of Outlander, et al., totally confidant that Diana’s words will calm my mind. You are going to kick it! NO doubt!

  18. Katiscotch22Katiscotch22

    You live a crazy life Terry I’m constantly jealous by your energy and enthusiasm. I look forward to reading your blogs and love that in your busy schedule you have time to do that too – you amaze me woman!!!

  19. AvatarConnie Sandlin

    I’m all stirred up now, watching this space to see what wonderfulness we will hear about! Best wishes for every possible good thing to come into your life!

  20. KnitzyBlondeKnitzyBlonde

    Those are some very pretty pleats there, Terry! That’s quite a tease. πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to see what StarzPR has in store. It’s always fun when they get involved. I know you are harried and have lots of last minute details to keep you busy beyond belief, but we’re all sending you good vibes for a fabulous season 2! It’s going to be amazing!! ~ Sandie

  21. AvatarMarshagillett

    You have such wonderful insight and vision. I am absolutely sure that you are in over-drive right now, trying to have everything detailed and ready. Anyway, I wanted to quickly say that I am a deeply obsessed Outlander fan, and am very sorry that it took me so long to join your site and tell you what an amazing job you and your team are doing. You are incredible!

    Bless You,


  22. Avatargrahamlass

    The carriage pleats return!
    You and your couture team bring me endless visual and tactile-by-proxy delight. Your posts are like a distance-learning course. I dash (to the library) or click (on Wikipedia) for more information about clothing construction and historic details.

    Your posts about the daily, and evening, angst of making decisions and meeting deadlines reinforces for me your contribution to the quality of this production. But don’t take my word for it, find reassurance at home in the adoring dark eyes of your dear Cuilean.

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  23. AvatarTarasque

    Coming late for the show, but I keep going back to this picture (and others of this dress) and drooling. Wow, just WOW. I keep telling myself that I’ll be sad when Outlander leaves Scotland and that I don’t have the same interest for 18th c. Paris than for 18th c. Scotland (I’m French! Paris lacks exotism πŸ˜‰ ), but if we get to ogle such garments I’m in!
    So : wow, the peats! This is cartridge plaiting, isn’t it? And I love the fabric, and have a ton of questions about where you found it, what materials it is made of, how it relates to historical sources (and I won’t care if it’s not exactly historical, I love how your inventions and creations or even departures from what is historically attested are grounded in the story).

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