How to make your own greek goddess costume for a child

Written by kathy bellamy
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How to make your own greek goddess costume for a child
A classical greek statue. (Getty Thinkstock)

The ancient Greeks had great respect for beauty and style, and one of the many ways they showed it was by wearing graceful and uncomplicated clothing. Making a Greek Goddess costume is simple and inexpensive--with some soft, flowing fabric and a little trim work, this costume will surely bring out the divine in your little one.

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Things you need

  • Sheet or piece of soft white cloth
  • 3 metres (3 yards) of gold or purple trim
  • 1.5 metre (1 1/2 yard) of gold ribbon
  • Gold or purple sash
  • Gold sandals
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Measure child from elbow to elbow. Double the total. This will be the width of the costume. Measure child from shoulder to top of foot. Add a third. This will be the length of your costume.

  2. 2

    Cut sheet or cloth to the measurements. Be sure to add an extra 2.5 cm (1 inch) for any edge that needs to be hemmed.

  3. 3

    2.5 cm (1 inch) from the top edge, sew or fabric-glue the trim. Flip cloth over and attach trim 2.5 cm (1 inch) from bottom edge. The top trim and the bottom trim will be on opposite sides of the cloth.

  4. 4

    Lay cloth down with bottom trim up. Fold top third over. Temporarily pin into place. Both top and bottom trim will now be on the same side.

  5. 5

    Wrap cloth, fold up and trim out, under child's arms from left to right. Pin front to back over each shoulder with decorative pin. Belt with a gold or purple sash. Remove temporary pins.

  6. 6

    Tie gold ribbon around head and tie in the back. Make a loose ponytail with the ends of ribbon.

  7. 7

    Add gold sandals.

  8. 8

    Props and accessories will depend on which Greek goddess your child wants to be. If she wants to be Athena, for example, she will need a sword and shield; Artemis, a bow and arrow; Hera, a crown.

Tips and warnings

  • Look for trim with a Greek key pattern or use a simple solid metallic colour.

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