A toga is essential wear for anyone regularly attending college fraternity or sorority parties in the US. It doesn’t only have to be for College students to wear it can be fun for anyone when an occasion like Halloween or a costume party comes up and you do not have a costume to wear. Although a bed sheet is not something you would think of for a costume it does come in handy for making a fashionable toga. So next time you say that you do not have a costume, stop and think I do have a bed sheet and I can make something with that. So never be caught off guard again and be resourceful with what you have on hand.
Here are three different styles of togas with step by step pictures and directions:
Method 1of 3:
Take the corner of a top sheet in one hand.
Leave about 6-8″ (15 – 20 cm) to spare.
Hold in front of the top of one of your shoulders.
Drape the sheet snugly across your chest.
Tuck it under the opposite (right) arm.
Shorten if necessary.
If the toga is too long for you, fold one edge over by six inches (15 cm) or so, and try again.
Keep adjusting until you get the right length, which is at the knee.
Wrap the toga around your back.
Tuck it under the left arm and once more around the front of your chest.
Bring up the second corner.
After bringing it across your chest, under your right arm the second time and around your back, bring the second corner up over your back.
Secure the layers tightly. Use a couple of hidden safety pins inside the toga.
Try to make sure they aren’t in an uncomfortable position.
Head to the party to show off that nice toga!
Method 2 of 3: (uses pins)
Hold the corner of the sheet hip level at your left side.
It should be covering the front of your body, and not the back.
Wrap the fabric around your back to form a skirt.
Wrap until it overlaps the first corner by a few inches.
Pin it in place. It should fit securely, forming a waist band.
Throw the remainder of the sheet over your right shoulder.
Method 3 of 3: (uses pins)
Decide the length of your toga. It is recommended to use a twin sheet, though a full sheet can work (especially if you are taller). Fold the sheet lengthwise until it is the desired length of the final dress. For a short toga, fold the sheet in half. For a longer toga, fold down only the top 6 to 12 inches.
Fold the sheet in half again. This should be done such that one half covers the back of your body and the other half covers the front. The folded down section should be at the top and outside of the rest of the material.
Pin the shoulders. Use a single pin for each shoulder or a number of pins. Pin the front section of sheet to the back section of sheet where your clavicle meets with your shoulder. You can buy fancy pins for the occasion or you can use 2” or similar round button (like political buttons).
Place your arm through the hole. A hole should have been formed by the pinning on the side where the front of the sheet meets the back. Place your arm through this hole.
Tie the waist. Use string, a ribbon, or a tight fitting belt to tie the waist. You will probably need to overlap the open sides a bit before you secure the waist, to ensure that your skin is not exposed.
Enjoy your toga! Have fun telling people that this is a historically accurate Greek dress…if you’re into that kind of thing.
If you are going out in public, be sure to pin it. You don’t want it falling
- Use a white twin sheet if possible. This gives the cleanest and most toga-like effect.
- If you are left handed, you might want to wrap the edge of the bed sheet on your right shoulder because it might look better for you.