I’m a little bit obsessed with the Hunger Games these days. I mentioned in passing that I went to see Catching Fire last weekend, and lamented not having the time to create a Katniss-inspired outfit for K. It so happens, as I worked on my own dress, I realized that it sports a rather District 12 vibe. The more I think about it, the more I’m certain I belong in that fictional dystopian world — at least sartorially. Give me some drab, downtrodden colors and I’m in my element.
I made a knit dress that’s pretty much an elongated long-sleeved tee. It’s awesome. The fit is very good (size 12) though it’s a bit snug in the bust area — not too noticeable, I hope, and my fault for accidentally cutting the fabric cross-grain, so the navy portion isn’t stretching as much. This is a Cynthia Rowley pattern (Simplicity 2054). Instead of the elbow cut-outs, I color-blocked using navy and brown ponte (?) knit. The color-blocking was out of necessity since I didn’t have enough of either color and oh, I LOVE this dress.
Maybe it’s all in my head, but I think it’s a flattering cut, and the navy/brown combo gives it an oxymoronic retro and futuristic feel. In keeping with the color palette and stylistic theme of District 12, I serged the sleeves and hem to give it a subtle “edge” and un-doneness (okay, I was too lazy to hem it properly). And talk about comfort! Yes, I contemplated wearing some spanx for the photoshoot, but really, the thicker knit doesn’t cling too much and all I had to do was delete the photos that highlighted some unsightly rolls.
And for days that require some midriff coverage, I can always throw on a short-sleeved sweater that is vaguely reminiscent of the cowl/shrug from the movie I’ve been blathering on about to anyone who’ll listen.
I’m sure you’re appreciating the extra effort I went through to sort of braid my hair a la Katniss, and had I been able to find a bow and arrow, you better believe I would have used them as props. Above, I’m sucking in my stomach as though my life depended upon it.
The more I sew for myself, the more I understand that what I truly love are simple clothes. No bells or whistles, perhaps an interesting detail or two, but wholly uncomplicated. Comfort is crucial. This pattern and dress fulfill all of that for me and this pattern will get used a lot.