How to Make an Athena Costume

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How to Make an Athena Costume
Dress up a regular toga costume with Athena, goddess of wisdom and war, accessories. (Athéna, déesse de la guerre. image by Bruno Bernier from

Toga are as simple to make as knotting a white sheet over one shoulder, but dressing as a particular Greek goddess demands a classier costume. Create an Athena costume by featuring several of the subjects the goddess is associated with, such as wisdom, arts and crafts and chariots or war. Challenge other guests to guess your goddess based on the props you carry.

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Things you need

  • 2 to 3 yards of white fabric
  • 1 cloth tape measure
  • 1 toga pattern
  • 1 box of straight pins
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 spool of white thread
  • 1 sewing machine
  • 1 gold belt
  • 1 gold headband
  • 1 pair of gladiator sandals
  • 5 to 7 jewelled hair clips
  • 1 plastic sword
  • 1 thick leather bound book

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  1. 1

    Measure your waist, bosom, hips and arms with the cloth tape measure according to the instructions on the toga pattern. Cut out the paper toga pattern that corresponds with your measurements with the scissors, according to the pattern instructions.

  2. 2

    Pin the pattern to the 2 to 3 yards of white fabric with the straight pins. Cut the white fabric around the edges of the pattern with the scissors. Pin the white fabric pattern pieces together according to the pattern instructions.

  3. 3

    Sew the pieces together per the pattern instructions, using the spool of white thread loaded into the sewing machine. Trim any loose threads with the scissors.

  4. 4

    Cut out five small squares from the leftover white fabric scraps that are just over twice the width of the belt. Fold the squares in half and seam together the two loose ends, creating a small tube of fabric. Turn the tube inside out so the seam is on the inside.

  5. 5

    Fashion small belt loops by folding the fabric tubes in half to create a circle. Sew the two loose ends of each belt loop to the toga, spacing them evenly around the waist in the same places you'd find on a pair of trousers.

  6. 6

    Fashion an additional, larger loop that is wide enough to fit both the belt and the plastic sword through comfortably. Use the leftover white fabric scraps and sew a seam between the belt and the sword, creating two connected loops.

  7. 7

    Slide the connected loop onto the gold belt, leaving the loop for the sword hanging free. Insert the gold belt through the belt loops on the toga as an extra anchor to hold the toga in place.

  8. 8

    Slip the plastic sword into the loop hanging from the belt. Insert the jewelled hair clips into your hair. Put on the gold headband and gladiator sandals. Carry the leather-bound book as a prop signifying wisdom.

Tips and warnings

  • Substitute a gladiator shield for the book and a gladiator helmet for the headband and hair clips to go specifically as Athena, goddess of war.

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