Pattern Drafting Students Create Hunger Games inspired Costumes

Designing sustainable dresses fit for a movie


Using her mom’s old dress, senior Alexandra Ferran finishes a seam. Their completed designs must be done before November 4. “I recently had to change the direction I was going in, but luckily I found this fabric in some old stuff my mom had so I think I’ll finish in time,” Ferran said.

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of “The Hunger Games” movie, Cityneon is partnering with CCSD schools for a dystopian-themed art contest. To enter, students are tasked with creating an art piece, display or costume that aligns with the theme, “Stand with the Mockingjay.”

“I absolutely love ‘The Hunger Games’ so this whole project has been really fun,” senior Alexandra Ferran said. “I am making my costume specifically for Katniss after the rebellion, so I am using a lot of dark colors and silhouettes.”   

All artwork submitted must be made with recycled or sustainable materials found in their homes or school. Some students have chosen to work with soda cans, plastic bags and even loofahs.

“I am making my dress with paper towels and tissues so it will turn out really delicate and soft looking,” senior Janelle Castillo said. “Working with them has been sort of hard though, the paper keeps ripping and the glue is showing through the tissues. It has been a lot of trial and error, but I think I have finally figured it out.”

Pattern Drafting students are using the skills they have learned over the past quarter to create their own unique sewing patterns. 

“We just learned the techniques we are using for our dresses,” senior April Reyes said. “We are pretty much all adding fullness to our designs. I chose uneven fullness, so it will flare out more towards the bottom than the top. But everyone’s designs are turning out really unique, and seeing them go from illustrations to actual pieces.”

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000, a prize pack and a celebratory field trip for their entire class to “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” at MGM Grand. The teacher/sponsor of the winner will also receive $1,000 for their classroom. Finalists will be selected on November 6. 

“I have high hopes that several of our students will be selected as finalists in this art competition,” Fashion Design teacher Levi Harbeson said. “Many of the students have created incredible, detailed, and professional designs that I believe have the potential to wow the judges. If we win I think I would throw a pizza party and buy some new storage solutions for the fashion studio. We may also use some of it to upgrade the existing equipment used to facilitate the senior runway show.”