My second and third character sketches go hand in hand as both come from the television period drama Outlander. This show has raced it’s way to the top of my list of favourite shows where I think it will stay for a very very long time.

The series is based on the historical “time travel” series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. It stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, who play Claire and Jamie Fraser. Claire was a nurse in 1945 until she finds herself transported back to 18th century Scotland, 1743 to be exact, where she encounters Jamie, the bold Highland warrior involved in the Jacobite risings.

Apart from the brilliant plot of the story, obviously the costumes are a huge hit. I can’t get enough of the kilts, corsets, and heavy fabrics made for utility and work, very different to a lot of pretty period dramas. The palette is more muted but still rich with earthy colours. Nature is a huge theme, sometimes hinted in in the embroidery.

Obviously, I had to sketch the gorgeous Jamie in his kilt and sword. I sketched Claire in two of her day dresses. I love the historical accuracy of this show and there is so much I can learn from it, such as the bum roll or pannier. This crescent shaped pad is tied around the hips to accentuate the lady’s hips and to make the waist look smaller. This is obviously an important factor in dressing a woman of that time. Being aware of these things is something I need to keep in mind.

Terry Dresbach is the costume designer for Outlander and I thinks she captures the character’s perfectly. The obvious time and effort put into the details in the costumes are so beautiful that it seems such a shame the episodes aren’t longer so we can appreciate/drool over them for hours one end!

If you haven’t watched the show and you’re interested in historical costume, or even just hot Scottish men in kilts, then I advise you give it a try. You have until January before season 2 comes out!

Ciara x


One thought on “Character Sketch #2 – Jamie and Claire Fraser

  1. Hi Ciara! I feel like you would be a fan of Downton Abbey. I absolutely love the 1912-1925 costumes in that show, and the contrast between the villagers and the high society of the Crawley family. And the episodes go for ages, so all the more time to love the outfits!

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