Egyptian Capsule wardrobe

My newest Egyptian costume - an orange loose sheath dress with 'sleeves' and a v-neck with a teal 'coat'.

Orange loose sheath dress with ‘sleeves’ and a v-neck with a teal ‘coat’.

The next “Capsule Costume Collection” .. well.. isn’t. I have one outfit. However, I really liked making it, and found it fun to wear, so I can foresee making other items to go with it. I think with the simplicity of the items, and how interchangeable the layers are, it would be a great candidate for a capsule wardrobe.

Current inventory

What I have

What I’d like to make

  • Different fit of the under dress in pleated linen

Colour stories

Direct link from souce

Inspiration palette #1: 
This scheme includes the orange and teal (though neither quite as bright as what I already have), but adds in a darker blue, light peach, and dark red which I like. I feel like this colour scheme looks quite rich and luxurious. I don’t really think I’d end up using the light peach mind you – but then again, I didn’t think I’d be interested in bright orange either!

Existing palette:

Photo of my Egyptian costume (with my Anubis mask) and a generated colour palette.

Photo of my Egyptian costume (with my Anubis mask) and a generated colour palette.

This palette is from https://coolors.co/, and is based off one of the photos of me in my costume. The only challenge, this one doesn’t really give me anywhere to GO with the wardrobe.

(Also, the orange in this photo is no where near as vibrant as the orange actually is in person.)

I know that I want to add white to the palette, just because it’s such a typical “Egyptian” vision. I also saw a costumer who did an Egyptian costume in red, which I loved, so I went looking for a different inspiration photo.

Inspiration palette #2

https://colorpalettes.net/ palette with teal, orange, red, tan, and brown

colorpalettes.net palette with teal, orange, red, tan, and brown

This one is from https://colorpalettes.net/, and includes the teal, orange, dark red, and then also a pale grey, and a tan. I like the overall aesthetic of this, though since I’ll likely only wear two items together at a time (plus jewelry) it would also mean that two colours would need to go together, rather than relying on the entire palette being seen at once.

To figure out what I like the look of together, I did a quick chart in Paint (since I haven’t loaded Illustrator on my new laptop yet!). I hoped that this would inform for me what I’d like to make.

I didn’t include an orange robe here, since I don’t really want that much orange – I don’t find it a flattering colour.

I started off with just the five dress and four robe colours proposed by the colour story – and then in the second image crossed out matching combinations (same colour robe and dress). It’s unlikely that I’d used the exact same fabric for both layers, so a monochromatic combination might still look ok… but visually I don’t love it here.

I also crossed out (in green) any colour combinations that don’t really appeal to me. This made it immediately clear that I don’t want to make a tan robe.

What I’d like to make

From the charts above, I think I would like to make:

  • Teal dress
  • Red dress
  • White dress
  • Maybe a tan dress
  • Red robe
  • White robe
Egyptian palette of colours

Egyptian palette of colours

Since I’m not super keen on the tan,  I made up this palette of colours using https://spark.adobe.com/. After struggling to find a good way of making up palettes, I kept looking and finally found it – which works much better.  For this palette I’ve included gold – largely for jewelry, but also in case there are any small accessories like belts, etc.

Final thoughts

I know that I have some linen fabrics in some of these colours, though I think I may need to do some dyeing to get the right shade of teal/blue, since right now I don’t want to buy any NEW fabrics – since I have so much fabric already, and so little money to spend on costumes at the moment…

While I do have these fabrics (well, tan and teal) in wool- I mostly want to keep this linen I think, because I see these as summertime costumes

If you’re interested to see what other costume wardrobes I’ve looked at to incorporate the “Capsule Costume Collection” idea – click the tag.

You can also follow my page on Facebook, where I’ll share updates from this project, as well as interesting stories I find online around costuming, sewing, and crafting!

2 comments on “Egyptian Capsule wardrobe

  1. […] boy.  I almost never wear orange… I decided not to make any more orange items for my Egyptian capsule wardrobe, and while orange is a colour in my  Ottoman wardrobe, it’s not part of my plan to make […]

  2. […] boy.  I almost never wear orange… I decided not to make any more orange items for my Egyptian capsule wardrobe, and while orange is a colour in my  Ottoman wardrobe, it’s not part of my plan to make […]

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