Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Reply To: HIATUS – WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?

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Terry Dresbach
Keymaster

[quote quote=4741]Hi Terry,

You’d mentioned in the Q&A that you have staff that create the patterns for the costumes. I’m curious because I know of local theatre costume shop that makes their mock-ups in muslin first before ever cutting into the actual fabric.

~Are the patterns done in cloth and sewn together as mock-ups to see if they’ll fit the actors or their dress form first?

You’ve also mentioned using using old techniques in making the wedding dress that haven’t been used in a while.

~Are all the costumes made on modern machines? Or has the staff found that some older machines or sewing tools work for the period styles that you need to achieve?
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The patterns are made first in paper, based on the designs. (We keep a library of patterns)
Then a muslin or a calico (UK) is made and fit on the actor. From there we make it in final cloth.

We have a hodge lodge of machines. A few banks of commercial modern machines, but then there are all manner and assortment of odd ancient machinery about our shop.