Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Reply To: Upcycling : From curtain to robe de l'anglaise


I originally started making costume reproductions such as Harry Potter uniforms. Then I did a very medieval pieces and Victorian and now 18th century. I drape my own patterns according to underpinnings and historical elements and fabric.
The embroidery the started as something to do on an evening. I started embroidering bible verses and then moved on to images. I think machine embroidery looks very complicated, but so so pretty.

Oh medieval embroidery is beautiful. I was lucky enough to see the Bayeux Tapestry many years ago and i’m still in awe of it and anyone who attempts such fine stitches.
As for the gown pattern, i didn’t have one. It was all draped on to a body form wearing hoops and stays. I used Janet Arnold’s book for flounces, pleats and bodice to stomacher shaping. All just pictures and reproductions.

I’m currently quilting 18th Century jumps. What are you ladies working on?