Well, after much deliberation and backing and forthing, I chose my rough draft fabric: a pretty 1940s reproduction print on some cheap quilting cotton. I happily reached for the pattern that I had mentioned I was planning to use, but then I stopped. The dress just wasn't quite right. It wasn't supposed to blouse at the waist, the shoulders would be dropping off my shoulders, and I didn't want that collar. I realized that the only design element that I wanted was the gathered shoulders. I realized that the reaping dress that Katniss wears is a 1940s inspired dress, not late 70s, and that was why the dress pattern looked so wrong. So I went back to google and searched '1940s dresses, ruched shoulders" and came up with tons of dress patterns that looked just like the Katniss reaping dress. I ran up to the sewing room and did a lot of digging through patterns and came up with two patterns that I decided to combine to make one very Katniss-ey looking dress.
And here are the results! The fabric I did my practice run in is a floral print, so the shoulder gathers and the way the waist is fitted don't show up very well, but they will in the real fabric, which is solid blue. It's also quilting cotton, which tends to be stiffer, so it isn't quite as swishy as it will be in the final dress.
|I used this bodice and front tie, minus the scalloped edge. I just drew|
a curved line around the scallops on the pattern.
|I used this skirt and sleeves.|
*Thanks to Aden for the pictures of the dress!*