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Sew Proud! Inspired by The Hunger Games, here is Anneliese's version of Katniss's Reaping Dress

 

Judi Montgomery Harris director and owner of Love to Sew Studio.

 

Here is a sewn version of Katniss Everdeen's blue reaping dress from the Hunger Games.

Katniss Everdeen blue reaping dress from the Hunger Games.

(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. You can learn how to make adjustments on a sleeve pattern to make a wider sleeve here.

Here is Katniss Everdeen's reaping dress from the Hunger Games sewn by 12 year old Anneliese.

How to adjust a sewing pattern from a regular sleeve to a full or gathered sleeve.

     Second, the 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.

Here is Katniss Everdeen's reaping dress from the Hunger Games sewn by 12 year old Anneliese.

Here is Katniss Everdeen's reaping dress from the Hunger Games sewn by 12 year old Anneliese.

 

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.

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