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Ancient Egyptian Warrior King Fancy Dress Patterns

Ancient Egyptian Costume
Part 4 - Warrior King Costumes

By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

 

Ancient Costume - Egyptian Dress Costume Plates
Part 4 - Warrior King Costumes

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Warrior King Egyptian CostumeWarrior King Egyptian Costume

Egyptian cloak of the sixth century B.C.Right - A male costume which is easy to make.

This site concentrates on female dress, but for Egyptian fancy dress purposes I have included these few extra male styles from the book that I researched.

As well as noting that most Egyptian costumes were worn by both men and women, you may have noticed on a previous page the simple robe pattern for the God Osiris, and also the garment a scribe like Ani would have worn.

Model Y) is of a cloak of the sixth century B.C. The fabric is simply arranged as shown on the model Y to the right.

Do remember that men wore a version of the petticoat wrap and tied skirt as shown here.

Briefer male 'active' costumes include W and X below. I think these Egyptian costumes very much reflect our concept of an Egyptian man, of young and powerful physique.

Egyptian Warrior King 1200 B.C.,

Egyptian warrior king costume pattern for torso wrap.The Warrior King model W of 1200 B.C. below, wears an interesting cross-over garment that sheathes the upper body. On the pattern left you can see a fold. The fold in the pattern is where the shoulder line of the sleeve forms, and which should be stitched at the underarm.Egyptian Warrior King 1200 B.C. Free Fancy dress costume pattern

Leather or quilted linen would probably have been the ancient Egyptian material of choice. 

On the lower body half, the warrior W also wears a simple wrap fabric skirt tucked into the waistline at the centre front.  A short length of fabric would be all you need for this part of the costume.  Wear it in the manner of a bath wrap after exiting a bath.

The figure Y also wears one of the decorative belts to which long appendages were attached.  You can see appendage designs on the Egyptian Collar page.

The pattern for the waist belt is shown in the lower part of the grid image above.  For fancy dress this can be easily decorated with rows of purchased braid.  I think Model Y has a real Egyptian look to it.

Egyptian model X of 1300 B.C. wears a stiff midriff corselet made of leather or quilted linen. You can just see the fastenings at the side midriff area.

Finally, whichever idea you intend to base your Egyptian costume, remember to be flexible and adaptable in your drapery.  Egyptians of ancient Egypt were just like us - all different shapes and sizes.  The imagery that exists for us today is based on tomb drawings and carvings almost always of the most perfect examples of the era.  No doubt there were far more body shapes then just as now.

Capture the essence of Egypt by adhering to typical ancient Egyptian colours. Add a great collar and fantastical head dress; lather on a bottle of fake tan to get a golden glow and and you'll walk away with first prize!

Read more about Egyptian Ornament - You can see some decorative elements for Egyptian collars on the next page.

N.B. If you prefer to work in metric measurements then substitute 10 cm squares for the 4inch squares.

Source

This page contains some costume plates sourced from the book Ancient Egyptian, Assyrian and Persian Costumes & Decorations by Mary G. Houston and Florence S. Hornblower. The book was published by A & C. Black of London in 1920.  F. S. Hornblower coloured both the figures and Decorative Ornament plates where colour was needed. 

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