The Tutankhamen Tomb Poncho was possibly the most dramatic costume that I made throughout my year-long challenge. So for my second How To, I thought I’d take you through it. You’ll be surprised to learn that while simple, it is quite time-consuming due to the intricate hieroglyphic patterns.
What you’ll need
Your height in gold material (from your neck to your feet)
Sewing thread and needle (or sewing machine)
Fold your material in half lengthways so that you have the height you need to cover your body
Cut the material so that you now have two long pieces
Taking one length of the material, cut this in half lengthways, you should now have 3 pieces of material in your height
Pin these 3 pieces of material together so that they sit on top of each other
Sew across the top of the connection so that you have the front full width half and then two back flaps of material – this is the shell of your poncho
Now using your fabric markers decorate the double width piece of material that you will wear on the front of your body with Egyptian hieroglyphics, this is the step that will take the longest as you will need to cover it entirely (Note: make sure to have a piece of material underneath the front fabric so that your marker does not effect the back two piece of material)
March 4 is Catherine O’Hara’s birthday. Catherine would be best known for her role as the mother in Home Alone, but I thought it would be funnier/more dramatic to dress as Sally, which she voiced, from A Nightmare Before Christmas.
Photo credit: Billy Rubin
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