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Make a Roman Costume

The traditional respectable male costume was a tunic and toga, a bit like wearing a suit today.
 

To make a tunic take a rectangular piece of material and fold it in half. Sew down one edge. About 10 -15 cm from one end cut arm holes. The tunic should go down to your knees. Congratulations – you have made a tunic. They were normally worn with a belt.

 
A toga is just one large piece of material cut into a semi circle. The length was normally about twice the height of the wearer and it width about three times the width of the wearer.
 
Military dress was a basic tunic with armour worn over this. There were three types of body armour:
  • Mail – tiny links of metal joined together
  • Scale – small plates of armour shaped like fish scales and joined together
  • Segmented – Longer lengths of armour joined together.
Female
Woman normally wore a tunic over which she wore another dress, a stoa, which would go down to her feet.
 
To make a woman’s tunic take a rectangle of material and fold in half. Sew up one side until about 15-20cm till the end. On the opposite side to the one you are sewing put one cut down the material 15-20cm down, to match the other side. These are your armholes. The flaps of material are joined on the shoulder by pins (use safety pins).

To make a stoa follow the directions for making a tunic. This time leave/ cut c30 - 40 cm at one end. Gather the material up with one pin on each shoulder. Wear over the tunic with a belt. You should be able to see the tunic under the stoa.


Both sexes also wore cloaks. Today we use lots of forms of fasteners to help secure our clothes: zips, buttons and velcro. None of these had been invented in Roman times. Instead they use pins and brooches. You can see pictures of these on the Portable Antiquities Scheme Website (link to PAS at the bottom of this page plus links to other useful sites).

 
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme to record archeological objects found by members of the public. Every year many thousands of objects are discovered, many of these by metal-detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past. If you find something that you think is old, then you can report it to the scheme. Finds Liaison Officers will identify it for you. The PAS website includes a database of thousands of objects found in Britain. You can do searches relating to Roman Britain. There are many images of the sort of brooches that were worn by the Romans to help keep their clothes in place.



 
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