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How to make easy Roman costumes for women

Updated April 17, 2017

Ancient Roman costumes are appropriate for many occasions, including costume parties, plays and even as school projects. While they can look beautifully elaborate, these costumes are actually simple to make. With a lot of fabric and a few common sewing supplies, any amateur seamstress can make her own. Best of all, making a Roman costume at home allows you to make it one of a kind.

Cut out two pieces of fabric that are each 80 cm (32 inches) wide and long enough to reach from your shoulders to your ankles.

Lay the fabric pieces directly on top of each other, right sides together. Sew together one of the shorter edges of the fabric pieces, leaving 30 cm (12 inches) open in the middle for a neck hole.

Sew up each of the long sides of the fabric, leaving 30 cm (12 inches) open at the top (where you have connected the shorter edge) for the arm holes.

Fold over the raw edges of the fabric on the collar, arm holes and bottom of the tunic 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) and sew the folds in place to create a finished edge.

Cut a piece of gold rope trim, which can be purchased by the yard at any sewing supply shop, that is 150 cm (60 inches) long. With the tunic on, wrap and tie this around the waist. Tie the rope tightly so as to cinch the waistline.

Cut out a piece of fabric that is 60 cm (24 inches) wide and 3 metres (3 yards) long. Wrap this fabric piece around the body over the left shoulder outside of the belt.

Pair the costume with gold sandals; there are gladiator styles that would be perfect, or wear simple ones. Pin up your hair at the crown, allowing loose curls to fall around the face.

Things You'll Need

  • White linen fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Gold rope or trim
  • Gold sandals
  • Hair clips
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About the Author

Courtney Clark studied English, creative writing, film and history at Southern Virginia University from 2005 through 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society and the university's film club.