How to Make Ancient Greek Clothing for Kids

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Children should wear leather sandals with their costumes.
Children should wear leather sandals with their costumes. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Look to ancient Greek statues when making ancient Greek clothing for kids. According to Kidipede, most children in ancient Greece wore a simple cloth wrapped around their waists like shorts. However, if your child needs a Greek costume for Halloween or a school pay, dress them up as you would an ancient Greek adult. Men wore knee-length tunics, which is a slip-on garment like a shirt, while women wore long pieces of linen or wool wrapped around them to form ankle-length dresses.

Things You'll Need

  • XL adult white T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • 2 cotton fabric belt
  • Leather sandals for boy
  • Long white nightgown
  • White twin sheet
  • Leather sandals for girl

Cut off the sleeves from an adult XL white T-shirt using a pair of scissors. Dress your boy in this T-shirt to form a man's tunic.

Wrap a cotton fabric belt around his waist. Tie it in a double knot in the front to secure. The tunic should sit about knee level. Dress the boy in leather sandals.

Dress your girl in a long white nightgown to create her Greek costume. Fold a white twin bed sheet in half so that the two long sides meet. Fold in half this way again.

Drape the sheet over one shoulder so that half of it hangs in the front of her body and half hangs at the back.

Wrap a cotton belt around the girl's waist to secure the costume. Dress her in leather sandals.

Tips & Warnings

  • Boys can wear shorts under their tunics if they feel uncomfortable wearing only the T-shirt.
  • Dress a boy in white or brown thermal underwear for cold weather.
  • Girls can wear an ankle-length skirt and white T-shirt instead of a nightgown.

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