Homemade Greek Costume for a Man

Written by brenda priddy
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Greek costumes for men are some of the easiest costumes to make. They are often seen at spontaneous costume parties because they are so easy to put together. Making a homemade Greek costume takes a large piece of cloth and some other materials commonly found in most households.

Styles

Contrary to popular belief, the toga style of costume is not a traditional Greek costume. The ancient Greeks wore a clothing style known as a chiton. Both men and women wore this style, but men had more options than the ladies. Ancient Greek males could wear their chiton from the shoulders, loose on one shoulder or even knee-length rather than floor length. The chitons could be made from a variety of fabrics and were often made of muslin and wool, depending on the season. Usually a belt or rope of some kind tied the outfit together at the waist. To make a Greek chiton at home almost any materials can be used.

Materials

Making a Greek chiton for a man's costume is easy. You will need a large rectangle of cloth large enough to fit around the body of the man who will wear the costume. A bed sheet works fine, but this will produce the long, floor-length chiton. For a shorter version a piece of cloth from any craft store will work. The colour of the cloth does not matter, although white is a traditional colour. You will also need safety pins, a belt or rope and, of course, sandals to tie the whole outfit together. If you are using a piece of cloth rather than a sheet, scissors will also be needed.

Process

Take the sheet or the piece of cloth and measure where the bottom of it hits on the man's body. You want it to hit anywhere between ankle and knee level. Cut away the excess fabric, but allow an extra 12 inches to accommodate the next part of construction. If you do not want to cut the fabric you can use pins to pin up the extra fabric. Fold over about 12 inches of fabric from the top of the fabric towards the outside. Wrap the fabric around the man's body using the folded-over edge as the top. Pin the fabric together over both or just one of the shoulders. If you pin both shoulders you will need to cut out an arm hole on the folded side of the fabric. Pin the fabric together at the waist and use a few extra pins along the open seam for modesty. Tie with a belt.

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