How to Sew an Egyptian Costume

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How to Sew an Egyptian Costume
Dress up as an ancient Egyptian for Halloween. (Egyptian Girl / Egyptienne (graffiti) image by Uolir from Fotolia.com)

Create your own costume when you want to dress up as an ancient Egyptian for Halloween, a costume party or even a play. Use your sewing machine or a needle and thread to make a simple Egyptian costume. Once you put the basic tunic together, you can use lots of accessories to complete your outfit.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • White fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • 2 hook and eye closures
  • Gold cord
  • Metallic fabric
  • Fabric glue
  • Embellishments
  • Black wig
  • Black eyeliner or kohl
  • Flashy jewellery
  • Sandals

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure your body from your shoulders to just above your knee. Take another measurement from halfway between the shoulder and elbow on one arm to the other arm.

  2. 2

    Take your white fabric and fold it in half. Cut a piece that is as long as the measurement you took down your body and as wide as the measurement you took across your body. You should have two pieces of fabric that are the same size.

  3. 3

    Fold the fabric in half lengthwise to find the centre. Cut a half circle for a neck hole that is large enough for your head to fit through.

  4. 4

    Unfold the fabric and cut a 4-inch slit down the back so that you can fit into the costume.

  5. 5

    Use your sewing machine to sew the sides of the fabric across the shoulders and down the sides, leaving armholes on each side. Leave the bottom open and leave slits on each side of the costume.

  6. 6

    Sew a hook and eye to the back of the costume at the top of the slit so you can close it once you are wearing the costume.

  7. 7

    Use a piece of metallic fabric to create a collar for the tunic. Cut a circle large enough to go from one shoulder to the other, then cut a hole in the centre for your head. Cut straight down from the neck hole to the end of the collar.

  8. 8

    Sew a hook and eye onto the collar to fasten it once you are wearing it.

  9. 9

    Tie a gold cord around the waist of the tunic to give it some shape.

  10. 10

    Use fabric glue to attach rhinestones and crystals in a pattern all over the tunic and the collar.

  11. 11

    Wear a black wig that falls straight to the shoulders and has a fringe. Line your eyes heavily with black eyeliner or kohl.

  12. 12

    Wear long, flashy earrings and large bangle bracelets on both arms to complete the look.

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