Simplicity releases official “Outlander” Red Dress Pattern, Costume Designer Reacts

Outlander has been a bone for the STARZ Network, bringing to the party the scores of fans from all over the world.  The historical-science-fiction-fantasy-romance series is based on a series of books by author Diana Gabaldon, and developed for television by Ron D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica).

To cash in on the popularity of the series, pattern giant Simplicity partnered with small business American Duchess, who actually produces the amazing period accurate footwear the show used during season 2.  This partnership included specialty patterns based on historical garments from the show by series designer Terry Dresbach.

The first release of Outlandish patterns was Claire’s undergarments consisting of chemise, corset, and bum roll. The second, based on her Scottish dress from midway through season 1. And today they launched the newest entry, based on Claire’s scandalous French red dress from season 2.  You can read about American Duchess Lauren’s process of creating the pattern prototype here on her blog.

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Actress Caitriona Balfe who plays Claire on "Outlander" in the SCANDALOUS red dress from the show

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Things just heated up over on twitter between the brain behind American Duchess and the Outlander costume designer Dresbach, due in part to the lack of credit to Terry and her team on the part of Simplicity. (Completely understandable.)

The dress, which book readers and show watchers know doesn’t *really* resemble any known historical bodice shape/neck line from the time period is designed by the character of Claire, reflecting her 1940s design sensibilities.  Of course this meant garment aficionados were pretty torn on the resulting dress in the show, forgetting that key point of the time travel influence.

Actress Caitriona Balfe as Claire in the scandalous red dress from the show
Actress Caitriona Balfe as Claire in the scandalous red dress from the show

It is not unknown for the Outlander fan community to be….passionate?  Strongly opinionated?  Unfortunately, the nuances of speech are oftentimes lost when communicating through 140 characters, and perhaps this feud (which ended with Terry wishing Lauren the best, we must add) wasn’t as bad as it appeared?

Outlander is gearing up for it’s 3rd season set to release sometime in the fall of 2017 (we get a brand new trailer sometime tomorrow, check back for that!), and fans are acutely feeling the effects of ‘Droughtlander’.

Update:Terry is now stating she will no longer be sharing her BTS images of her designs.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 



Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 



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