Tess, a.k.a. cupcake-rufflebutt on DeviantArt, could join the crowds in the Capitol of Panem in this Effie Trinket ensemble. She replicated the character’s butterfly covered dress from The Hunger Games movies — it’s from Catching Fire, specifically. I see the dress cosplayed often and I’ve featured a couple takes on this costume already, but I find it interesting to see how different makers approach projects. Tess says:
I started with a mock turtleneck dress pattern, which I altered to include the extra-wide hips. I was initially a little paranoid that the hips wouldn’t maintain their shape, but between the crisp suiting fabric and the adhesive from the butterflies, the dress turned out solid as a rock. (Fun Fact: The dress can actually stand up on its own; it’s that stiff.) Since I fly to most conventions, the collar piece is detachable so that I can more easily transport the dimensional butterflies. Speaking of butterflies, over 300 artificial butterflies were dissected for the dress alone, giving it the definitive title of “Most Expensive and Just Plain Ridiculous Garment I’ve Ever Made.” The butterfly design was initially daunting, but once I started gluing, I couldn’t stop.
Photo by Vicky Bartolo
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