Part of the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Project is to make costumes for the actors to wear while performing scenes telling the story of 1697. These costumes are designed by our costumer designer Ann McConway, a professional seamstress with over 20 years experience making costumes. She has endless knowledge about the subject and is always keen to get more people involved with the project and share her skills.
If you would like to get involved with this then please drop into our Heritage & Creative Hub in the Paisley Shopping Centre, 23 High Street, Paisley or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Here is a picture of how a 17th Century peasant woman would be dressed. This costume was made for a few pounds from charity shop finds. Ordinary people would be wearing natural colours such as black, brown, gray, dark green, cream, white, dark wine or dull checks. There would be no vibrant modern colours or patterns. Their clothes would be made from materials such as wool, cotton, linen and leather.
Below are listed some items that can be bought from charity shops that can be used to get the 17th Century look.
- White and cream table and bedlinen (lace edged or plain)
- Velvet, brocade curtains or bedspreads,
- Curtain linings.
- Lace trims including lace or crocheted doileys
- Leather items, jackets, belts, hats
- Hats particularly men’s and felt, but straw hats would be useful too.
- Items of clothing, blouses, scarves, shirts, trousers, long and full skirts, dark woollen cardigans and jumpers.
- Leather boots and shoes.
- Self coloured blankets, but not in modern colours.
Make your own costume:
Please click on the links below to get instructions on how to make the items and take a look at the films made by Fablevision starring our very own costume designer, Ann McConway.
Below is a video tutorial on how to make a collar recorded by our Costume Designer Ann McConway. It gives simple instructions on how to turn a a piece of material into a collar. This is a simple item that can be made by someone with little or no sewing skills by following the tutorial.
This video tutorial on how to make an Bonnet (hat) was recorded by our Costume Designer Ann McConway. It gives simple instructions on how to turn a piece of material (a cut up pillow case could be used) into a bonnet. This is a simple item that can be made by someone with little or no sewing skills by following the tutorial.
Apron Costume Tutorial
This Costume Tutorial film on how to make an apron was recorded by our costume designer Ann McConway. It gives simple instructions on how to turn a a piece of material (a cut up pillow case could be used) into an apron. This is a simple item that can be made by someone with little or no sewing skills by following the tutorial.