Costumes

Here are some ideas for making children's Roman costumes.

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Roman Legionary Soldier

They would wear armour, a helmet, a shield and a sword, with a tunic underneath the armour.

Slave

They would wear a tunic fastened at the waist with a belt.

Roman woman

They would wear a tunic covered by a stola (a floor length robe) with colourful sandals and sometimes a shawl, lots of jewellery and elaborate hairstyles.

Roman man

They would wear a Toga over a tunic. The toga was usually white and had a decorated hemline when the person was of importance.

Normally men wore tunics under warm woollen cloaks with hoods.

Suggestions for making your own costumes

Roman Legionary Soldier

For armour and helmet see templates provided.
For tunic: use rectangular sheet of material, cut a hole in the middle for the head and fasten at waist using a belt.

Slave

Tunic fastened at the waist with a belt.

Roman woman

Tunic, a floor length dress, a shawl (which could be fastened with a brooch).

Roman man

Toga made using a semi circular piece of white material draped over both shoulders and then thrown over the one shoulder.

How to make a Roman breastplate

Shoulder straps
Shoulder plates
Split pins
Front and back plate

Materials

Paint, paper fasteners (split pins), scissors, templates.

Instructions

  1. Draw out templates armour pieces. For the best results use stiff card.
  2. Attach shoulder plates to front breast plate using split pins (see diagram).
  3. Attach shoulder straps to front breast plate using split pins (see diagram).
  4. Lastly, attach both breast plates, bend the shoulder straps and connect them with split pins to the back plate (see diagram).

Diagrams

Diagram 1

Diagram 1 - How to make a Roman Helmet

Diagram 2

Diagram 2 - How to make a Roman Helmet

How to make a Roman Helmet

Helmet band
Top of helmet
Ear guard
Neck guard

Materials

Paint, paper fasteners (split pins) scissors, templates, stapler.

Instructions

  1. Draw out templates.
  2. Take piece A and bend to form a circle to fit around a child's head. This is the helmet rim. Staple the ends together (see diagram)
  3. Place piece B over piece C to form a cross. Attach each end of the cross to the inside of the helmet rim (see diagram).
  4. Now the neck plate has to be attached to the helmet. Take piece F and fold the tabs, these tabs have to be attached to the inside of the helmet rim (see diagram)
  5. Fix pieces D and E to each side of the helmet using split pins, making sure that they are in line with the top straps (see diagram).

Diagrams

Diagram 1
Diagram 1 - How to make a Roman breastplate
Diagram 2
Diagram 1 - How to make a Roman breastplate