How to make a Greek goddess costume

Updated April 17, 2017

A Greek goddess is an icon of beauty and grace, which makes a goddess costume ideal for many costume parties. Making a Greek goddess costume is a simple project that anyone can do. You don't even need to know how to sew. Not only are you creating a costume that is customised just for you, but also you are saving money buy not buying a ready-made outfit. With a little time, a few supplies, and very little money, you can become an eye-catching goddess.

Measure the distance from your shoulder to your ankle. Hold your arms outstretched to the sides, and measure the distance from one hand to the other. Cut the fabric into a rectangle so the length is equal to your height measurement plus 300 mm (12 inches) and the width is equal to your hand-to-hand measurement.

Finish the edges of your fabric. Either fold the edges over 6 mm (1/4 inch) twice and sew them on a sewing machine, or use seam sealant on the raw edges to prevent them from fraying.

Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Pin the open side closed with the safety pins, starting 500 mm (20 inches) from the top edge and ending 500 mm (20 inches) from the bottom edge.

Fold the top edge down 300 mm (12 inches). Place a pin about 225 mm (9 inches) from the open side, connecting the top front edge to the top back edge. Place another pin 225 mm (9 inches) in from the other side. These are the shoulders of the dress.

Put the dress on over your head. Your head goes between the two top pins. One arm goes between the top pin and the first side pin. The other arm goes between the top pin and the other. Adjust or add pins as needed.

Wrap a gold or silver cord around your waist and tie it.

Pull your hair up in a loose chignon. Wrap more gold or silver cord around your head. Put on sandals and jewellery to complete the look.


The dress will look the best if you choose a light, flowing fabric. Pin the safety pins from inside so they don't show. The dress can be shorted if you want to be a sexier goddess.


If you're a child, this may have to be modified. Don't make this costume without an adult!

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or seam sealant
  • Safety pins
  • Gold or silver cord
  • Sandals
  • Jewellery
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About the Author

Nicolle Gunay worked in the fashion industry for several years before becoming a teacher. She has an Associate of Science in fashion design and a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Florida Atlantic University.