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DIY Costume Tutorial: No-Sew Draped Goddess Gown

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Diy costume draped gown

If you’re anything like me, you wait until the very last minute to put-together a Halloween costume. The easiest costume that I have stumbled across is the Grecian/Roman “goddess” draped dress, which I decided to DIY and interpret for myself.

Read on to learn how to create your own draped gown – it’s the perfect last-minute costume for Halloween night!

Materials

Materials DIY Goddess Costume

  • About one yard of stretch fabric (Try and aim for a bold, bright color, since the “white” fabric that most people use is actually a misconception; the fabrics in antiquity actually came in quite dazzling, brilliant colors!) 
  • Curtain panel (sheer, in a coordinating color)
  • Dress form and/or your body
  • Gold chain
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Gold jewelry closure
  • Pearls
  • Safety pins
  • Optional: Needle and thread 

All the materials needed for this costume can easily be found at a craft store, save for the curtain panel. However, you can find relatively inexpensive curtains at places like Walmart or Target. (Or you can just use a sheer curtain you already have at home!)

Step One: The Base

Step 1.1 DIY Goddess Costume

First, we’re going to drape the dress underneath. If you aren’t too confident in your draping skills, you could also skip this step and wear a simple dress underneath your costume as a base.

With the fabric length-wise, hold one corner up onto the shoulder. Wrap the fabric around the body, as shown above. Strategically pin the corner to the now “back” panel (pin the “wrong” sides of the fabric together so the safety pin is hidden). If you want, you could sew down this portion instead of using a safety pin.

Step 1.2 DIY Goddess Costume

There should be some drape on the fabric left. Pin (or sew) the “wrong” sides of the fabric together, so that the pins are hidden, as shown in the above photo.

Step Two: The Sheer Panel

Step 2 DIY Goddess Costume

Holding the curtain panel length-wise, meet and tie the upper corners together. This will sit on the shoulder and drape down like so.

Step Three: The Belt

Step 3.1 DIY Goddess Costume

This pretty belt will really tie the costume together. Using jewelry pliers, attach the pearls to the ends of the gold chain with jump rings.

Step 3.2 DIY Goddess Costume

Wrap this around the waist – if you have a longer chain, you may be able to wrap it around several times. Make sure to leave some of the ends draped down.

Holding the portion where you want to connect the belt, attach on the closures using jewelry pliers and jump rings. This will ensure that the belt stays put all night.

Finale:

Finale DIY Goddess Costume

Feedback, please!

What are you going to be for Halloween? Would you do this DIY/want to see more draped/no sew DIYs? Are there any other DIYs you would like to see the tutorial for? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on October 30, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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7 Responses to “DIY Costume Tutorial: No-Sew Draped Goddess Gown”

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    October 31st, 2013 at 1:25 am

    this is great… nice easy tutorial. i like that you mentioned the bright colors thing, because i’ve always found that fact hilarious and awesome.
    also i love your hair. so.

  2. 2
    October 31st, 2013 at 7:06 am

    White was frequently worn, are part of the tunica and the toga pura, certain colors were reserved for different levels of society. But I suppose it doesn’t matter because prostitutes were the only women allowed to wear a toga, which was primarily reserved for men, although small children wore it until puberty. Even then everyone wore a t-shirt like shift called a tunica underneath their toga or as a proper woman underneath the stola.

  3. 3
    October 31st, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    @lily: Thank you for your lovely comment! The model in the pic isn’t actually me, but I’ll let her know about your compliment!

    @Cat: You must be an expert in costumes in antiquity! Thank you for your comment, but I just like to mention that this costume wasn’t really meant to be 100% historically accurate, as it is just my fashion-interpretation of a classic, easy to do costume. Are you referring to Greek costume or Roman costume? Also, I find it most amusing that what was considering beautiful (at least in Ancient Greece) is the naked form (most men went naked) and the only goddess to be given that honor of being portrayed naked was Aphrodite (also considering that this gown is a “goddess” gown I thought color was appropriate!)

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    October 31st, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    @ Gloria No not and expert I’ve just studied Latin for three years in high school, my husband is more of an expert than I he’s pursuing a doctorate in Ancient History, I”m more interested in law. I’m going with Roman costuming because that is what I am more familiar with.

  5. 5
    November 11th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    @Cat
    Ahhh, I see. That’s really cool :) I’m leaning more towards Greek Costuming (obsessed with Greek myth in middle school, took Humanities in high school, and then took Greek mythology sophomore year of college). Still, even if this wasn’t a costume, it would still make for a killer last-minute party dress ;D

  6. 6
    October 2nd, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Hey lovebug!!!
    This idea rocks SOOOOOOO hard.Thank you for posting, and for being such an effin’ lady!!!

    I’m plus sized, so I’m excited to see how I can make this work for Halloween.

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