Katniss Everdeen (Arena) - The Hunger Games


Kitacon 2015




I absolutely love Katniss Everdeen and I couldn't put the books down the first time I read them. I kinda wanted to hold off from cosplaying her for a bit until the hype died down a little bit - but after seeing Mockingjay back in November, I couldn't wait any longer :P This will also be reworn at Kitacon with Crazedteensie as Effie Trinket :)

I bought the NECA replica arena jacket and good God, I wish I'd read up some reviews on it first! It's really not something for every day wear, like seriously - it's about the thickness and material of a bin bag :S Thankfully after wearing this costume out once though, I've discovered that it's actually perfect thickness with the fleece underneath!

The majority of the outfit was pretty easy to put together, as it was just a case of sourcing the clothing and buying most of it! Bought the t-shirt, pants, two belts and boots off eBay. My sister modified the fleece under the jacket, cutting off the sleeves so I didn't overheat and then adding the orange strips.

The bow was something that was a major turning point for finally doing this costume. When I first decided I wanted to cosplay Katniss, I knew I wouldn't be doing it until I could find a decent silver bow. I didn't want to settle for any old archery bow, and after a chance browse through eBay, I actually found a seller who made custom bows. I snapped it up straight away and I couldn't be happier with my find :D I borrowed the quiver and arrows from TheStarlightFairy as she's previously done a costume that required some archery elements <3 She also bought me a Mockingjay pin years ago so that's the whole thing sorted!


TheStarlightFairy posted on 23 March, 2012 - 22:46
Yessss you'll really suit her :)

DarkShine Cosplay posted on 19 April, 2012 - 02:03
Thank you for your comment on my Katniss x I look forward to seeing yours, which ever you choose :D

MadameLapin posted on 23 April, 2012 - 12:54
Awwwww yeah, you will look awesome in this!

ThisIsLisaB posted on 30 April, 2012 - 01:30
Looking forward to seeing this if you get it done for Collectormania! I'll be cosplaying Arena Clove! :D

Yasmia posted on 12 August, 2012 - 15:30
I think you will do this wonderfully. Cant wait to see it finished :)

FlyingMammal posted on 5 September, 2012 - 09:40
*thumbs up*

HarryKurt posted on 17 January, 2013 - 19:37
This looks great! You make a really good Katniss.

rosieroo posted on 27 August, 2014 - 13:51
wicked job on ur cosplay . hugs

cheerDaniel17 posted on 21 August, 2015 - 09:53
You have a real talent for hair styling, I couldn't create such a braid.

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Progress Journal

12th March 2015

Progress photos

Photos from when this was a WIP :)

8th February 2015

Previous closet version

As I've finally completed this costume, I just wanted to keep the closet cosplay I did of this a few years ago in the journal to remind myself of where it began :)

18th January 2015

Pants Bought

I've spent so long umming and ahhing over the colour of her pants - in some photos it's green and then in others it's a mix of brown-green. In the end I just decided to go with green even though it may be a bit dark. That's everything bought for this costume now. Just need to wait for it all to turn up!

11th January 2015


Took a chance on this wig on eBay as I was having a bit of wig drama about not really knowing what to do :') I know the braid actually goes around the wrong side, but I'm hoping to restyle it to the correct side when it arrives.

11th January 2015

Bow acquired

I had a big search across the internet for a bow when I first started planning this costume, but unfortunately could never find anything that looks remotely similar to the one Katniss uses in the arena. I just recently found a custom bow that someone in the US made, which was a steal at £60 (including postage!).

So that's the bulk of the costume ordered and completed - just need to track down some pants, shoes and a wig, as well as customising the jacket underneath and this costume is complete!

11th January 2015


Not 100% accurate but I've been trawling eBay for so long over these shoes that I'm at the point now where I'm happy just to find something similar. Quite happy with these as they were cheap at £13.49 (inc. postage) and it saves me having to put the straps onto some boots myself :)

9th January 2015

Jacket bought

I've been umming and ahhing for literally years about buying the replica jacket for The Hunger Games. Unfortunately I can't find the deluxe version any more, but I was quite happy treating myself to the standard one :)

Also bought a plain black v neck top.

11th August 2012

Early stages

Going to be doing a makeshift version of this for a shoot on Tuesday :) I've just been watching The Hunger Games so I desperately want to cosplay Katniss now :P It'll be purely made up of things out of my wardrobe so it'll be in no way perfect haha

3rd July 2012


I was going to buy a Mockingjay pin for myself (and I will get around to it eventually), but Lou said that I could borrow her pin to save me a bit of cash so I can get this done quicker :)

I also bought some green pants at work and realised that I could use them for Katniss when I got home! Bargain at £7 and they're so comfy! So happy with them :)