(The photo above on the left is Anneliese
in her Katniss Reaping Dress from the Hunger Games that she made by
re-designing a commercial sewing pattern. The photo to the right courtesy
of www.hungergames.com is
actress Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games Movie.)
I love it when I have the opportunity
to brag about one of my student's great accomplishments! Anneliese has
only been sewing with us for one year and when she approached me to ask if
she could make a Hungry Games themed line for her very first fashion show,
I was thrilled! I loved the book series and the movie and I am really
looking forward to seeing the last two movies. This was a pretty big task
to take on even for an experienced sewer as we had to make several changes
to an existing pattern to make it look like Katniss's reaping dress.
First, the pattern
she used called for a regular set-in-sleeve, so we had to make adjustments
on the sleeve pattern to make it a "puffed" or "full sleeve" with gathers
at the top of the sleeve where it is attached at the shoulder.
learn how to make adjustments on a sleeve pattern to make a wider sleeve
pattern called for a collar, however Katniss's reaping dress did not have
a collar. So we had to eliminate the collar and put in a self-front facing
on the dress so we could add the buttons. Here is how to put a self-front
facing in a top or dress.
Anneliese is a very patient sewer and her
hard work and patients paid off. I am really looking forward to her next
look in her collection, as the students need a three-piece collection for
the runway, Katniss's Fire Dress! Now if I could just get Anneliese to
stop smiling, she might look a little more like Katniss in that reaping
dress she made. That's going to be hard to do because Anneliese is a
happy, sweet, girl and we adore having her as one of our students, and are
very proud of her.