Thursday, 12 September 2019

All Greek To Me [Not Exactly A Toga Tutorial]

Ferndown Middle School is having a "Greek Day" today. Pupils are expected to go in costume. Could I help my friend with a toga? Well yes- but actually togas are difficult to manage all day in school, and women often wore a garment called a chiton anyway. That is pronounced Kye-ton. You thought it was sheet-on didn't you? So did I, till Bob [who knows all about Greek] enlightened me. I think sheet-on is a good name, because that it what it is.
This easy chart shows how to make one out of a sheet.
It didn't take long to produce one on Sunday afternoon. 
Although Greek girls left one side open, I stitched up the side seam. I am concerned for my young friend's modesty [it also means she can wear leggings underneath if the weather is cold!
The fold-over top is called the apoptygma and the girdle is called the zoster. I had some silk ivy leaves in the Great Stash, so wound some onto florist's wire to make a garland. 

Sorted! or should I say Eureka?
Trivial fact - Ole Kirk Christiansen called his plastic bricks Lego because that is Danish for "play well" 
But in New Testament Greek lego means "I say"
Does this mean many Greek jokes begin "Lego, lego, lego..." ?


  1. I love Greek costumery!! We performed The Boys from Syracuse at my music camp and I played one of the heroines and so I did something similar but with a coral piece of material with an elasticated belt which worked well. Your costume looks super!!x

  2. You did a very good job with the costume! Nice ivy leaf garland, too. :)


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