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CraftingCon: Modern Handmade

Today’s guest is April from Modern Handmade. I just adore April’s style. She makes gorgeous clothing for herself, and everything she makes for her daughter is darling. And her boy style! I love everything she makes for her little boy! Today she is sharing something she made for herself inspired by Effie Trinket.

A few years ago, my book club chose to read The Hunger Games. I was hooked after the first page and couldn’t put it down. I read the Catching Fire after it’s release and then took a bit of a break and just recently finished Mockingjay. And I can’t wait to go see the movie, its going to be good.

My look is based off the most recent movie (to be released this month!!). I was truly inspired by so many looks from the first two movies and I spent forever trying to decide the look I wanted to make. So many of the outfits Effie Trinket wore in the first two movies were amazing and over the top. And I’ve seen some people who have replicated these and I’m so impressed. 

http://entertainthis.usatoday.com/2014/08/07/hunger-games-district-13-posters-movie-mockingjay/
 I was searching again recently and found the posters the prominent members of District 13. And then I saw Effie’s dress and I knew immediately that I had found my look. Simple, basic, easy to dress up and gray (my favorite color). The important thing for me when sewing anything is that it will be worn more than once. So I was happy to find an outfit that can easily be worn every day. I also wanted to use everything from my stash and I’m happy to say it was a success! I didn’t have to go to the store for anything. The fabric // Gray cotton
I think Effie’s dress is probably made from a gray denim or twill. But I have a whole bolt of this blue-gray fabric and thought it would be perfect for this dress. It’s has a little sheen on one side and is flat on the other. I’m not used to sewing with solid colors so it was a nice change. 
The pattern //McCalls 6702
A combo of styles was used to achieve this dress. I used the collar from view B, the sleeves and bodice from view D with 4″ added to the length. This took me much longer than expected and I guessed on a quite a few things. Sometimes the McCalls pattern instructions leave a lot to the imagination! The placket and collar aren’t perfect but I learned a lot and it will be better next time I make it. I love the gathered back yoke as well as the gathered shoulders. It adds a little unique touch to an otherwise very basic dress. 
The accessories // Gray, tan and a little flair
Effie wears a gray bandana on her head and I found this gray knit head scarf in my closet. I made it two years ago when I had more time to knit. In addition to the head scarf I paired the dress with gray tights, tan booties and a few bracelets to give a nod to the Capitol flair. 


I had fun researching and having an excuse to watch the movies over and over again. And I love having a new tunic dress to wear. I can’t wait to see all the other amazing Hunger Games inspired looks this month!

Don’t forget to link your Hunger Games creations!


4 Responses to “CraftingCon: Modern Handmade”

  1. Renee Hartley says:

    oh, I love the look – definitely gives off a district 13 yet glamour vibe. Did you use a pattern for the head scarf btw? I’d love to knit something like that!

  2. Renee Hartley says:

    oh, I love the look – definitely gives off a district 13 yet glamour vibe. Did you use a pattern for the head scarf btw? I’d love to knit something like that!

  3. emily says:

    love it!! The shape and color look great on you!!!

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