How to Make a Roman Costume for a Woman

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How to Make a Roman Costume for a Woman
Loosely draped fabric creates an instant Roman look. (roman statue image by FotoWorx from

Roman costumes are classic looks easy to create. Because the key to the Roman look is draping fabric around your body, you can create a simple Roman costume without even picking up a needle and thread. Roman women often wore long tunics underneath Pallas, pieces of fabric that were draped over one shoulder and around their bodies. Since a lot of fabric is needed for the tunic and Palla, check the sale bin of your fabric store to keep this costume inexpensive.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 3 to 4 yards of 32- to 36-inch wide white fabric
  • 3 yards of 24- to 32-inch wide fabric in red, yellow or purple
  • 1 yard gold braided roping
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • White tank top
  • White shorts or skirt
  • Sandals
  • Earrings and rings (optional)
  • Gold headband (optional)

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  1. 1

    Measure the length from your shoulders to your ankles. Cut the white fabric to twice this length.

  2. 2

    Fold the white fabric in half lengthwise and cut an oval shape at the centre of the folded edge that is big enough for your head to go through.

  3. 3

    Put on a white tank top and white skirt or shorts, and then place your head through the oval shape of the white fabric so it rests on your shoulders and covers your front and back from shoulders to ankles.

  4. 4

    Tie the gold roping in a knot around your waist to belt the white fabric and create a basic tunic look.

  5. 5

    Hold your left arm straight out to your side and drape the remaining piece of fabric over your arm so that approximately 2 feet of fabric hang in front of the arm.

  6. 6

    Wrap the fabric that is behind your arm around your body from back to front, and throw it over your left shoulder to create the Palla.

  7. 7

    Add accessories like gladiator sandals, a gold headband, large rings on each finger, and antique-looking earrings to complete the Roman woman look.

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