How to Make a Toga

A toga is considered to be one of the outfits that the ancient Romans wore. A toga was worn like a sash wrapped around the body. It was used only by men in the past. Nowadays, togas are used for costume parties or for occasions that call for a classic Romanesque theme. Both men and women can wear them.

Required Tools and Materials for Making a Toga

  • 5 to 6 yards of fabric (this is applicable to people with average height; if you are petite, then a 4 yard fabric will do, and if you are tall, you might need about 6 to 7 yards of fabric)
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing machine/ needle and thread
  • Rope or any cloth to tie around the waist

Steps in Making your Toga

  1. Fold the fabric over at the seams and then sew the folded cloth with a sewing machine or by hand. This step is very important to avoid fraying.
  2. Before fitting the toga, remove all your clothing except your underwear. You need to do this to end up having a beautiful and well-fitted toga.
  3. Starting from your back, wrap your chosen toga fabric around your body and under your arms. Wrap the fabric about 1 to ½ times around your body until your arms are bare and the material reaches your knees.
  4. Place the rest of the hanging cloth over one of your shoulders and secure it by pinning the back of the fabric to the spot where you started wrapping.
  5. Drape the fabric in front in such a way that it would look fashionable and attractive. Togas do not have to look smooth and wrinkle-free.
  6. Secure the toga around your waist using a rope, belt, or a piece of cloth. Choose colors that go well together.
  7. To complete your outfit, make sure that you don’t wear the wrong kind of footwear because it will just break your look. Togas look good with open-toed sandals or gladiator sandals. You can simply go barefoot.
  8. Accessorize: Wearing tiaras or a wreath of flowers is highly suggested for women, while men can wear gold necklaces or bracelets to heighten their godly look.