Draping Period Costumes
This method may have worked fine for the early Greeks, but on stage an actor needs to be able to move freely without worrying if his costume is draped correctly and securely. Solutions to this problem include: • stitching the shoulders together (using buttons or pieces of jewelry for decorative purposes only), • permanently gathering the waist onto a cloth tape and using snaps or hooks and eyes at the waist for access, • stitching the side a few inches above and below the waistline and adding a casing with ﬂat elastic inside.
These methods will give you a Doric Chiton, which looks very close to the real thing; however, the designer may want less fullness in the garment, especially if the fabric used isn’t as lightweight and finely woven as that used by the Greeks. In that case, you can cut the Chiton in two separate pieces (front and back) and curve it in slightly at the waist.