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Katniss Everdeen: 75th Tribute Parade Back by Verdaera Katniss Everdeen: 75th Tribute Parade Back by Verdaera
Back view of my Katniss Parade gown from the Catching Fire movie.

Katniss Everdeen: 75th Tribute Parade by Verdaera

I managed to find laser cut leather with the pattern used in the movie. I constructed a base dress (drafted my own pattern) out of twill with a bright gold layer of fabric flat-lined to it. Then I mounted the leather to the base dress. To deal with the weight, I had to spray-adhere it to the base dress and hand-stitch within some of the motifs to hold it to the dress, then when the leather had to join together,  I had to trim along the motifs and hand-stitch that down to hide the seam lines as best as I could. I painted bias trim out of microsuede to finish off the neck, and lined the inside skirt with a dark gold. The bracelet is made from aluminum and leather (can be seen in further detail in my gallery). The headpiece is made from buckram, pellon and hat wire. I couldn't find a lace I liked, so I embroidered some netting on my embroidery machine and hand-sequined it. I covered the headband in silk dupioni and the lace I made. Then I shaped gold wires for the top which are wrapped in fake hair. The make-up is my first ever attempt at doing anything remotely dramatic or crazy, so I'm quite proud of how it came out!

Photo by Bryan Humphrey

***PLEASE NOTE: My work is not 'cosplay', it is costuming. Costuming is the art of creating costumes and designing a character look. 'Cosplay' is the activity of role playing while in costume, which not an activity I participate in, and is often confused for costuming.. Please only refer to my work as Costuming. Thank you for your understanding.***
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AngelValiant Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
Do you have a pattern for this dress? I've been DYING to create it for ages and yours is PERFECTION!! But I'll understand if you want to keep it a trade secret ;)
Fantastic job!!
Verdaera Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!

I don't really post up the patterns per se, but I do have info in my blog about it, where I took a picture of the pattern shapes I came up with and how I built it, if that'll help! Here's my blog posts on the dress:…

Also, I run a Facebook group called "Girl On Fire" if you're interested where we share info on making the costumes, if you are interested in joining :)…
Klau0521 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
Awesome cosplay!: ) Where did you find that fabric? I want to make this dress, but I can't find fabric like this anywhere. :S
Verdaera Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, but I really prefer my work to be called a 'costume', please! I don't do cosplay, I do costuming.

The fabric is a laser-cut leather I found at a leather store that's located in Iowa, I think it's called Danton leather.
keelo15 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Wow for the photography. Loving the outfit too.
Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)

The picture was by Bryan Humphrey, he's awesome!
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September 16, 2014
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Aug 31, 2014, 9:55:31 PM
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