Sunday, 23 October 2011

How To Make A Toga - Part 2

OK this is now the most difficult part but try to stick with it. If you follow these instructions you will end up with a great looking toga. Yes you can cut corners, and I will in another post, show you how to make a quick and easy toga, but believe me it won’t look as good.

In part 1, we went through dimensions identifying that the longest part of the material had to be 3 to 4 times your height and the width your height.

Mark out the midpoint of your material using tailors chalk. To re-iterate, this midpoint should be as wide as you are tall. Then, with your
tailors chalk
, try and mark out a rough semi-circle. Cut this shape out using scissors then hem the fabric.

To hem the fabric, turn the raw edges over about 1cm so that they rest on what is to be the inside of the toga and pin in place with dress maker pins. Iron along the fold. Repeat this process again, folding another 1 cm of fabric, so that you can no longer see the raw edge. Sew the hem using matching thread, either by hand (the 's' word again, a nightmare!) or using a sewing machine. Alternatively, and this is my cheats no-sew way, you can use some no sew hemming tape This is fabulous stuff, a total god-send, especially if you hate sewing like me! You should should end up with something that looks like this (but probably better, my drawing isn't all it should be!)

It is entirely up to you what you wear underneath your toga. The Romans opted for a tunic as bare shoulders were not considered appropriate, but a t-shirt underneath should suffice, or for the very brave, nothing! Well commando style is sure to liven any party up a bit!

Now move on to How To Make A Toga - Part 3

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