Category Archives: Sewing Inspiration

Venetian Carnival in the French Alps


If you love costume design, feast your eyes this! Today my tiny town in the French alps, Annecy, held its 20th annual Venetian Carnival along Lake Annecy. Hosted by the Association Rencontres Italie-annecy, which seeks to promote cultural exchanges between French and Italians and has created a twin city relationship between Annecy and Vincenza, as Annecy is known as the Venice of the Alps.

All around town and along the lakeside parade route, there were masked people in marvelously detailed costumes posing for photographs. They reminded me of Japanese girls in Tokyo the way they pose in character.

There was also baroque music playing and a few children dressed up with masks and excitedly pointing out the actors as they spotted each one. Many visitors had come from Italy to see the event.

I found them oddly unsettling (especially the creepy little rabbit), but also a source of fascination from a costume design perspective.   Each costume used beautiful fabrics and must have taken hours to make!

If you’re in the alps this weekend, the festival is still going on Sunday, so check it out ! There is not much snow for skiing anyway. 🙂




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Sewing, Oscar Style!

Inspired by the fashion posts in my Facebook feed from the Oscars this week, and by the Make This Look series via the Sew Weekly, I decided to create my own version of Make This Look– Oscar Style!

I’ve checked out some of the most popular Oscar dresses, perused several patterns, and come up with some ideas on how you can steal the stars’ style and sew your own red carpet-worthy dress.  If you decide to make one of these, I would LOVE to see how it turned out!

Here they are:





Lupita’s gown was a personal favorite for me, not only was the color gorgeous on her, but there was so much elegance in the simplicity of the dress!  I love the way she described the dress color as reminding her of the Nairobi sky, so romantic!


And just because I love vintage fashion, here is a classic from the 1954 Oscars:


Now, tell me readers, did you watch the Oscars? Who do you think was best-dressed at the Oscars? Who was your least favorite? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear what you think!

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