On the Hunt

One Tuesday I was rather bored and it was a beautiful day. I was on Facebook when my friend Sarah of Starrfall Photography commented on how gorgeous the day was and how she wanted to go out shooting photos. Since I am the most local of all her models, I quickly styled my Katniss wig and threw on my hunting outfit and off we went. We lacked a bow and accessories, and I discovered that my head is too small for lace front wigs but the photos turned out gorgeous (like always).

imageThe day was warm but cool enough that I wasn’t dying in my faux leather jacket and cowl.

imageThe above shoot took make in a bog, which smelled awful. We also happened across a deceased possum, which was a bit of a kill joy but we pressed on.

imageThe best part about Katniss’ outfit is that it makes it easier to tromp through greenery. I didn’t have to worry about snagging flowing dresses on sticks, or tripping over roots in heels. I could also get down and dirty on the ground then come home and toss everything in the wash.

The only downside to it all was the lack of snow. Sarah and I commented frequently on how we wished it would snow so we could take pictures that simulated the opening sequence of the movie. Until it actually does snow (which does not happen often in NC), Sarah photoshopped a bit in.

imageI plan on wearing this outfit again in a few weeks to Ichiban Con (first con of the season!). I am in the process of making it complete and better with another cowl, a different wig, and all the necessary accessories.

And since it is December 24th, Happy Christmas and Holidays! ūüėÄ

Catching Fire Katniss Training Outfit

Catching Fire has so many awesome outfits for Katniss. There are so many I want to make. But sometimes it’s just easier to buy the outfit or the pieces.

Case in point, the training outfit.

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I have the Neca replica of the training shirt from the first movie; it was only natural that I would get the outfit from the second movie. The original outfit designer, Lucas Hugh, made the entire outfit (jacket, capri, shirt, and bra) available for purchase. However, even as a set the outfit was priced at 550 pounds (roughly the equivalent of $900).

No. Way.

Luckily NECA came out with their replicas. Hot Topic didn’t have them available but I managed to find NECA’s eBay page. I was able to get the jacket and the capris for 1/10th the cost of Hugh’s set. Alas, I don’t have the shirt and bra but they are not necessary components if you are wearing the jacket. ¬†I plan to wear a plain black tank underneath; if I can find some silver reflective fabric, I’ll add the accents later.

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The jacket…omg I love the jacket. ¬†The outer fabric feels sturdier and different from the capris, but the colors compliment each other well. ¬†It has a felt lining which allows it to be worn in the cooler temps of spring and fall. ¬†The slight peplum bottom hides my larger hips and gives a very streamlined appearance. I have a smaller chest to the top was a tad boxy on me but I can live with that.

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The capris are made of breathable stretch lycra that doubles as an actual pair of work out pants. There’s a good amount of stretch in them to fit most body types, but I think the sizing is a little on the large side (I bought a small and it fits perfectly to my pear shaped body). ¬†Ladies, beware; the side paneling is mesh so if you’re like me and can’t go commando, think about your options.

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I need to find some black sneakers to wear with these.  I am eyeing a pair of Skeckers that are low cut on the ankle and are not too expensive but we shall see.

I think I’m next going to attempt her chariot parade dress. ¬†I love that dress and I’ve made similar before. ¬†Finding fabric is going to be a pain though. ¬†=/

P.S. I have no idea why my pictures are tilted.  I was standing perfectly straight when taking them.  Guess I need a little more practice.

Catching Fire Katniss Hunting Outfit

When I first saw the promo shots for Catching Fire, I totally fell in love with Katniss’ hunting outfit. It’s her same outfit from Hunger Games, but I LOVED the cowl addition to it.

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The cowl is really what made me want to do this outfit. I searched everywhere for a pattern for something similar. I didn’t want to buy a handmade piece since I am a knitter and can make it myself. It took a while but a free pattern popped up on Ravelry that I snapped up. ¬†It was a great opportunity to use some leftover gray yarn from my Hermione sweater, plus find an excuse to purchase some alpaca yarn from my local yarn store. ¬†The yarns I used was Takhi Jackson in gray (3 skeins), Berroco Ultra Alpaca in charcoal gray (2 skeins), Knit Picks Swish in marble heather (3 skeins), and Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool in oatmeal (1 skein).

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The lovely Katharina Schnorr is the creator of this cowl and it is a beauty.  So easy to knit up, and so quick to.  I love the colors and it is so warm.  I wore it when I went to see the Catching Fire movie in theaters and when I went to pick up my brother from the airport at Thanksgiving.  I am in love with this piece and need to find more excuses to wear it.

Once the cowl was in the works, I set out to find the other pieces. It was tough going at first since the hunting jacket has a specific look. Mostly what I was looking for was a hip length brown leather jacket with bottom pockets that had flaps. ¬†I wanted it to be a little boxy but slim fitting (oxymoron, I know) since Katniss wears her father’s jacket. ¬†Most searches for “women’s brown leather jacket” turned up very fitted jackets. I eventually found from at Kohl’s that I liked, and it was on sale for half off (bonus!). ¬†It isn’t an exact match and is a tad shorter and more fitted than I expected. ¬†But it’s a beautiful jacket nonetheless.

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Boots came from Modcloth and were a bit pricey, but they have great stuff Рplus I was looking for tall brown boots to wear in the winter.  The boots had to be brown leather and lace up.  Modcloth had plenty of those but many pairs also have buckles and funny other things.

With my wide hips bootcuts or trouser cuts are best, but they weren’t going to work being stuffed into the boots with my already wide calves. ¬†Skinny pants tend to make my hips look wider and give me a camel toe effect. ¬†I was originally going to make the pants so I could avoid the camel toe effect so many other skinny jeans give me…until Eddie Bauer had a skinny version of their curvy jeans. They fit well, avoid the camel toe, and are the perfect gray color. Bonus!

I anticipate wearing this for Ichiban Con 2014 as well as for Halloween when it comes around again.  It works nicely for a cooler weather outfit with the jacket and the cowl.

Note: After I posted my cowl to Ravelry, I had a giant pouring in of requests to knit this cowl for other people. After a lot of debate and discussion with my mother and knitting group, I decided that I would be willing to knit this for others…under a few conditions.

First, payment for a cowl is $200 + shipping. Payment is due upfront, in full, and via PayPal only. This cowl is hand knit, stitch by stitch, and takes approximately 15 hours to complete. The yarn is high quality wool and alpaca. Nothing is done by machine. Shipping is dependent on weight, shipping speed, distance, and any confirmation. This is a fairly heavy cowl and I personally don’t like to ship anything slower or less secure than USPS Priority.

Second, turn around time is approximately 2 weeks. This takes into account any other projects I am working on, my career (most important), and shipping time. The cowl is not difficult but it takes time, and I have other things on my plate.

If you are still interested, you can leave a comment with your contact info so we can message the details.