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Girl on Fire Dress from the Hunger Games

Added Mar 21, 2012

by CationDesigns

Los Angeles, Cal...






I made my own interpretation of Katniss’ interview dress for a recent collaboration with photographer friends of mine. We both loved the books, and so she wanted to do a just-for-fun shoot of some scenes from the book. She asked me to make a “girl on fire” dress and I was only too happy to have an excuse to make something totally impractical for everyday wear. I wasn’t too pleased with the dress she actually wears in the movie, so I tried to make mine the way I imagined it should be: really light and floaty and with lots of movement. Chiffon was the only obvious fabric choice; it was my first time working with it, and let me tell you, it was both everything I was afraid of and just as awesome as it promised to be. All in all, I spent about twenty hours on this dress (I’m pretty sure at least four hours was hemming!) and am so pleased with the final piece! It is twirly and fun and best of all, cost less than $30! Technically speaking, it’s not a complicated design at all; it’s just my “Easiest Maxi Dress Ever” with some modifications. I’ve included my design sketch so that you can see that it really is the same dress. Which is awesome, because that means it is totally adjustable in size (this dress fits XS-M) depending on how gathered the neck/shoulder is and how tight the belt is. I’ve included pictures of both the model and myself wearing it.

More details and photos here.

To see the pictures from the actual shoot (which I styled!), see Orange Turtle’s blog.

Material Notes

polyester chiffon




Garment Type

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    Mar 4, 2013, 03.15 AMby zoezilla

    Omg I love it :D

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    Mar 24, 2012, 10.09 AMby Emma-loves-sewing


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    Mar 23, 2012, 04.29 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    It looks awesomely gorgeous. I’m not familiar with your reference point, but to me it reminds me of this season’s Prada flames! I love the movement in it, and congrats on conquering chiffon! :)

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    Mar 21, 2012, 10.32 PMby Liora Litman-Cohen

    very impressive and feminine on the right body.

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    Mar 21, 2012, 08.25 PMby asperge11


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    Mar 21, 2012, 08.18 PMby madebymeg

    gorgeous! such great movement

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    Mar 21, 2012, 06.36 PMby mokosha

    i love it.. i would totally wear it (i might make similar one for myself, for the next summer)

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