Video:How to Make a Toga Out of a Sheetwith Jonathon Stewart
Whether you're hosting a sophisticated soiree or a raging bash, toga-themed costume parties add an amusing element to the event. See how to make your own toga out of a bed sheet, and you'll be kicking it Roman-style in no time.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Make a Toga Out of a SheetWhether you're heading to a costume gala, an Animal House reunion festival, or a raging kegger on campus, this easy and fun party attire is as simple as it gets. Even if you're just hanging out at home, kickin' it Roman-style. Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com. Whatever you're doing, if you need to be wearing a toga and you're short on time and materials, then you need to be watching this. Check it out.
Choose a Sheet for the TogaWhile the authentic togas of Rome were made from semi-circle-shaped pieces of fabric, today we'll be using the fabric you most likely already have lying around your house, or quad: the bed sheet.
Let me start by giving you one warning - if the toga party you're hitting is as bacchanalian as it should be, you might want to think about leaving those thousand thread count Egyptian sheets on the bed where they belong. Go for cheap and potentially disposable, and if you've got time to run to a fabric store, you might even be able to undercut even the least expensive sheets.
Size-wise, remember bigger is better. Even if you're a really small person, you can fold the sheet to fit just right.
Fold the Sheet Into a TogaStart by making a lengthwise fold so that the width of the sheet is covering the part of your body you want covered. For guys, this is generally from your waistline to around you knees, and (although Roman women technically never wore togas), from your neckline to mid-calf for gals. You should also consider what you'll be wearing underneath your toga at this point, which can be anything from shorts to t-shirts to tights to nothing - just remember that as clothing goes, the bed sheet toga is not exactly the most dependable when it comes to providing enduring coverage for parts of you that you might want covered.
Leaving a foot or two of extra material on the left side of your body, wrap the folded sheet around your entire waist or torso once, then bring it around your back and over your shoulder on the next pass. Next, take the first corner and meet the second over your left shoulder, and tie them in a knot. If you've got a few lying around, safety pins can also help secure your toga from parting ways with your body later on.
Finish Your Toga EnsembleYou might also try simply wrapping your sheet around you once, pinning it, then throwing the remaining drapery over your shoulder and letting it hang behind you. Throw on some sandals or flip flops, and you're good to go. If you're feeling adventurous, a coat hanger, some leaves and tape can provide the basis of an authentic toga party headdress.
Have fun and just remember: fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life. Thanks for watching! To learn more, visit us on the Web at style.about.com.