How to Make an Egyptian Costume Drape

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How to Make an Egyptian Costume Drape
The simplicity of Egyptian clothing lasted through centuries of the Ancient Kingdoms. (Egyptian slave image by jimcox40 from

An authentic-looking Ancient Egyptian costume drape can be achieved by some artistic draping of a single piece of measured fabric. The finest Egyptian draperies tend to arise from one central point: the knot. You'll find that this style of drapery can look very similar to Indian sari styles of today. Shopping for an Ancient Egyptian costume can be expensive, so making your own Egyptian drape can be a real money-saver.

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Things you need

  • Large white sheet
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing scissors

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  1. 1

    Measure and cut the large white sheet 162 inches long and 45 inches wide. If you are taller than 5 feet, 6 inches, cut the sheet to a width of 54 inches.

  2. 2

    Hold the left side corner of the sheet on the right side of the waist at the front of the body.

  3. 3

    Pass the sheet clockwise around the back, under the left armpit and to the front of the body again.

  4. 4

    Catch up all the fabric and throw the whole length of the sheet over the right shoulder.

  5. 5

    Pass the upper edge of the sheet around the back of the neck so that it falls over the left shoulder.

  6. 6

    Arrange the sheet so that it lays across the right side of the chest. Tie the two lengthways corners together in the centre of the waist. One corner should be hanging down the back in a point.

Tips and warnings

  • Use pins to secure the drapery in place.
  • The length and width measurements may need to be varied depending on the height and shape of the body.

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