Katniss

It’s been a loong time since I’ve posted anything costume-related, hasn’t it?

Well, here you are then: a costume replica!ย Katniss Reaping dress

I read Hunger Games a few months ago and pretty much fell in love. I knew the film version wasn’t going to be as good as the books so I made Boyfriend read the book before we went to go see it. I still think the book was tons better but I have to admit they did a pretty decent job with the movie version!

That said, I wasn’t a huge fan of a lot of the costumes, especially the ones of the other tributes during the parade. A lot of them seemed too much like elementary school play costumes.

Katniss Reaping dress

Anyways, the point is, I absolutely adore the dress Katniss wears to the Reaping. I thought it was very true to the way it was described in the book and even as I sat in the theatre I had a sinking feeling that I was going to be on a rabid hunt for light blue linen.

And then one day I was wandering around the fabric store looking for floral cotton when I happened to walk by the linen section where they had the exact shade of blue I needed in a linen/rayon blend, which is exactly what I’d wanted to use!

I had a vague idea of how I wanted to make it but I wasn’t entirely sure it would work. For the bodice I used the Darling Ranges bodice (haha, totally shocking right?) but made widened the shoulder parts to about 8.5″ for the gathering. I also raised the neckline on the back bodice piece a bit and widened the shoulder a bit.

The skirt was drafted by tracing the skirt of an existing dress, nothing fascinating. And since there are no buttons on the skirt, I added a side zip.

Katniss Reaping dress

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out! Boyfriend even recognized where it was from so that’s a good sign.

(Although to be fair his first guess was “that one movie with the famous kiss scene.”)

(On the other hand, he is a boy and that dress is also blue.)

(I’m talking about The Notebook in case anyone is lost.)

26 thoughts on “Katniss”

    1. Oh it took me a few tries to get into it. It starts off kind of slowly. The only reason I kept at it was because I had papers to write and was looking for any excuse to procrastinate ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Oh it took me a few tries to get into it. It starts off kind of slowly. The only reason I kept at it was because I had papers to write and was looking for any excuse to procrastinate ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Just found your dress via Megan Nielsen’s blog and love it!!
    I had the Hunger Games as an audio book and listened to it while cutting and sewing parts of my first big quilting project – perfect combo, if you ask me ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Happy Sewing (and reading)
    Constance

    1. That sounds absolutely heavenly. I listened to all seven Harry Potter books (the Jim Dale version) while knitting a Hermione sweater. It was the best three weeks of my life, minus the barely sleeping part hehe.

  2. Just found your dress via Megan Nielsen’s blog and love it!!
    I had the Hunger Games as an audio book and listened to it while cutting and sewing parts of my first big quilting project – perfect combo, if you ask me ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Happy Sewing (and reading)
    Constance

    1. That sounds absolutely heavenly. I listened to all seven Harry Potter books (the Jim Dale version) while knitting a Hermione sweater. It was the best three weeks of my life, minus the barely sleeping part hehe.

  3. I found your blog through Megan Nielson and I love it! Finding another seamstress to follow is like finding a prize in a cereal box ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the good work!

  4. I found your blog through Megan Nielson and I love it! Finding another seamstress to follow is like finding a prize in a cereal box ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you, I totally agree! Lamenting about misshapen zipper installment or the evils of sewing chiffon are just not the same with non-sewing friends!

      PS I absolutely adore your blog. Especially the wedding dress cleaning post hehe. Thanks for visiting!

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