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Easy, quick steps for making no sew Halloween toga costumes for a bunch of girls! With a little ingenuity and creativity. We did not need to sew any of these pieces shown. We turned them around with some sheets, ribbon, scissors, some safety pins, and some vision. A stylish take on the classic toga. These Halloween Toga costumes feature a two piece look. I was pleasantly surprised to see their guy friends show up already in their Toga costumes on the night of their party. Guy Togas are a lot less creative. (I think their moms helped them with this!)
My daughter, Emma asked me to design these no sew halloween costumes for all her friends. I was not about to break out the sewing machine, this would have taken way too long for so many girls. Being a Children’s wear designer, you can read about that here. I took my talent and skill and figured out a method to do these relatively easy and quick. Making halloween toga costumes is a perfect example on how to design apparel without having to use a sewing machine. These girls were transformed into greek goddesses. In the end it was a big success!
Each girl had their own style that they wanted for their no sew halloween toga costumes. We decided that even though each girl wanted a two piece set, we would construct all the skirts the same using a variety of skirt lengths. Then did a variation for each top. But ultimately they would would make cute no sew halloween toga costumes for them all! We had originally done these costumes for a summer Toga party that they had gone to. We were able to repurpose these for a Halloween party.
Creating cute toga skirts
I used a 10″ length for most of the girls (most wanted short skirts). I determined this by taking a measuring tape from waist to length they wanted (remember to add around 2 extra inches because when you wrap the skirt it will gather at top and naturally become shorter) you can always change this measurement depending on height of the individual.
- Determine length of skirt.
- Wrap 10″ length around back and overlap slightly in front of persons waist to determine width, then cut desired overall width.
- Make sure you used finished edge of piece for the “hem” of your skirt of you have this available.
- Before cutting the width, leave extra at the top to form “ties” (see diagrams below)
- Make a slit on either side to thread the ties through and pull for a snug half knot, once snug finish knot in front.
- On edge of skirt you can fringe for an extra detail.
You can achieve a perfect wrap skirt every time with a cute side knot. You can then fringe, add trim, add ribbon, etc. This stayed very secure on all the girls using this method. It was tested out with all the dancing that they did.These costumes, even thought they were no sew had a nice finished look. For extra modesty you can add a bike short or bikini bottom underneath.
Straight Bandeau top with fringe
- Cut a piece of sheet full length. We made the height 12″ with a 2 1/2″ fold over.
- Press with a hot iron at the fold over to create a crisp crease. you can also add a few small safety pins if you want.
- Cut vertical strips around 1″ each to create fringe with the fold over.
- Make a slit on either side at back to thread the ties through then pull snugly at half knot, then finish knot in in back to secure. Same concept as skirt
- We used the same detail from the skirt by leaving extra length and fringed the bottom with 1″ vertical cuts on her skirt for a complete fringed look!
Work on a flat surface to spread your sheet out. Use a tape measure and ruler to mark off desired measurements. Important to use a sharp fabric scissor so that you can cut clean crisp pieces and strips from your sheet. If you do not have a sharp scissor, one scissor sharpening hack is to take a piece of Aluminum foil fold a few times into a square. Cut this with your scissors repeatedly to help sharpen the blade. I used this method when I cut the yarn for my pom poms, read about that here, when I made a pom pom mobile. This helped in sharpening my scissors.
Cinched bandeau top with straps.
- Cut a straight piece and double it, cinched center with a ribbon (you can also use a strip of a finished edge of a sheet).
- We looped the ribbon (or you can use a strip of finished edge of the sheet) around the center, made a knot at center to cinch front
- Bring straps up over the shoulders and tied it securely to the back strap. (important! do not tie around neck this will not keep top secure)
- We used the same method from skirt. Made two slits at back of band and threaded ends through, pulled snugly at half knot and then finished knot securely at back.
- You can take three strips of sheet and braid a length. this can be used for straps, or pinned at edge of top for a braided detailed look.
Add gold accessories to complete the look! Accessories can really finish off any outfit. Below are some great options. One of the best accessory was the gold temporary tattoos (Shown on one of Emma’s friends, second to right in photo)
- gold hoop earrings
- Decorative arm cuffs
- Leaf headband
- gold cinch belt (for a one piece look)
- gold coin necklace
- chunky statement necklace
- gold metallic temporary tattoos
We achieved no sew halloween toga costumes for all the girls. We did this all in one afternoon! All the girls came supplied with an inexpensive pair of full size sheets that they bought. I supplied a fun lunch and we all supplied the laughs and ideas. In some cases I was able to cut three or more pieces from one single flat sheet. I have left over pillowcases in white that are perfect to use as extras on any bed. So much fun seeing their visions come to life!