Nothing symbolizes a party quite as much as a toga does, and you can make a very cute toga out of a sheet. No sewing is required, and for the most part, a basic toga is gender neutral. If you want to be a toga girl for Halloween, you can do a few things to add a feminine touch. It can be cute, demure, sexy or all-out wild and crazy.
How to Make a Cute Toga
Although Romans wore togas in ancient times, they soon abandoned them for clothing that was more practical. The Romans were known for their decadent lifestyle, and the flowy togas associated with all that were further popularized in National Lampoon's "Animal House" movie. Now, you are likely to see at least one toga-wearing attendee at every Halloween party you attend.
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So, are you wondering how to make a toga out of a sheet? First, choose whatever color or pattern you like. White is definitely the most popular, though. It is recommended to use at least a queen-size sheet since twin sheets can be too small. First, fold the sheet lengthwise. If you want it to drape down farther, fold it not quite halfway.
Allow the material to reach to your waist and let the rest of it drape around your back. Hold the material on your shoulder and use your other hand to pull the back part around to the front of your torso. Wrap it around several times and bring the corner up to the part that you are holding on your shoulder. Tie a knot or attach the two parts with a safety pin and adjust the toga as needed. You should wear undergarments with this. Traditional male togas are shirtless.
What Does a Toga Girl Wear?
Toga girls have to wear tops, but their outfits can be a lot more creative. There are many cute toga ideas, including white sheets tied into bandeau skirts and matching white bikini tops. To make the DIY toga skirt, first decide how long you want it to be; an average length is 10 inches. You must measure from the waist down and add 2 inches for wrapping.
To determine the width, wrap the material around the back and overlap it in the front. Cut as desired using the finished edge on the bottom as the hem and leave a long, narrow length of material at the top to create a tie. Cut a slit on the other side for the tie to fit through. To put on the skirt, pull the tie through the slit and tie a good, snug knot on the end. You can also leave two long lengths of material at the top and tie them together instead. The bottom can be fringed for a more feminine look.
To make a simple toga dress, use 6 yards of fabric for a size 6 to 8 dress plus additional long fabric for a belt. You can wrap the fabric twice around your body like a towel, folding it 2 inches over beneath your arms. Then, wrap the separate long piece around your waist once or twice and extend it up around your neck. Wrap your fabric "rope" beneath the part that goes across your chest. Pull this up and wind it around the part at your chest. Then, tie it in the middle and you are done!
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Once you have your basic sheet toga down, you can make it more appealing with some well-chosen accessories. The color gold is associated with ancient Rome and looks great with a crisp white toga. A belt is always a good idea because it draws in the waist. You can also see if you can find a pair of gladiator sandals or a sexy pair of gold-heeled sandals to match. Other toga accessories that look good include wrist cuffs, swords, a laurel wreath headpiece and heavy gold jewelry.
If you want a really unique and cute toga, use a patterned sheet instead of a solid white one. Cut out a simple bandeau top and matching skirt and get coordinating accessories. In a sea of togas, this kind of outfit is sure to draw attention. These kinds of toga ensembles can also be especially cute on young girls and can be worn over T-shirts as well.