Women and girls in ancient Greece and Rome wore clothing that covered them from head to toe. This outfit, called a toga or chiton, can be modernised so it is easier and less restrictive to wear while still maintaining modesty. Sewing knowledge is not required for this project, although the costume can be sewn, if desired. This Greek costume for girls can be made in less than a day, a solution for the last-minute costume problem.
Cut fabric so it is the same length as the height of the girl who is going to wear it. For instance, if she is 5ft. tall, you would need a 60-inch length of fabric. The width of the fabric should be the same as the arm span of the girl.
Spread the fabric out on a work surface, right side up. Fold the top edge of the fabric down 12 inches. Keeping the fold in place as well as possible, wrap it loosely around the girl, under her arms. Have her hold it in place for you so you can pin it.
Lift the front and back edges up to meet on each shoulder. Pin into place. Adjust the pins so the draping is even all sides. The side is still open at this point, making adjustments easier to accomplish.
Overlap the fabric on the open side. Use the gold cord to cinch the waist and keep the costume closed. Clothing may be worn under this costume if desired.
Use fabric glue to attach additional trim around the bottom edge of the costume. Fabric paints can be used to decorate the outfit. Use gold bangles for jewellery and wear hair in a loose updo with flowing ribbons to complete the look.
Tips and warnings
- Use fabric glue to attach additional trim around the bottom edge of the costume.
- Fabric paints can be used to decorate the outfit.
- Use gold bangles for jewellery and wear hair in a loose updo with flowing ribbons to complete the look.