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Sew Inspired: Populaire

I’ve been meaning to share some screenshots of this movie ever since I first found it on Netflix. It’s called Populaire and it’s the most adorable romantic comedy that takes place in late 1950s France. It’s about a small town girl who gets a job as a secretary and her boss quickly realizes she has the potential to become the next speed-typing champion of the world. …with a lot of training. The costumes in this film are AMAZING and I couldn’t help but push pause several times to try and capture a few of my favorite looks.


Rose, the main character, obviously gets the most spotlight as far as wardrobe goes, but all the extras in the film have excellent outfits as well!



I love the square neckline and the little bow detail on the back of this dress…


…and the shoulder buttons on this shirt!




The halter/off shoulder/sweetheart neckline combo on this dress is so, so beautiful! I mean seriously…



I saw these glasses and now I want the Victory Optical Tang frames in brown!


More awesome eyewear!


I’m not sure if the curtains below are original Lucienne Day designs or not but they sure look like it! What a find!


Aside from all the great sewing inspiration, Populaire is a really super cute movie and I highly recommend it if you need a feel-good romantic comedy to watch. It’s in French with subtitles, but I’m secretly 90 years old and watch everything (seriously, everything) with subtitles anyway so that never bothers me. It’s one of my new favorite films!

Have you seen it? What did you think?


  • Gwen Gyldenege

    OMG Finally someone else who’s seen this. I loved Populaire! J’adore! If you liked that, you’ll love “Romantics Anonymous” ( I wish that Netflix would add more French films like that. So much fun. And it’s great to learn more French.

  • CherryPulp

    I really loved the movie but sadly didn’t see it in a cinema. It’s very funny, creative…and romantic ! I just loved when all the girls coloured their nails like Rose… I wish I could see more good french comedies…but in France we are really…darker and more (too) serious ! 😉

  • I have bought this in iTunes and it’s been sitting there for couple of years now. It was in cinema when I moved to France, but I just never have gotten around to it. Thanks for reminding me, I need to get to it! And it will be good for my French too 🙂

  • I’ve heard about this film before but have yet to watch it. The costume and styling looks absolutely stunning. Love the big collar on that plaid dress (3rd photo) and the square neckline with the tiny bow is swoonworthy. Ahhhhh *want* !!

  • I really can’t believe that I haven’t seen this movie yet. Every single image I’ve seen from it has left my 1950s fashion loving heart fluttering up a storm. I’m going to make watching it a goal for 2015! Thank you for the lovely reminder.

    Huge hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* We watch a lot of stuff with subtitles, too. It’s handy as the day is long, especially for Tony as English is his second language (though, he does have an incredibly mastery of English, don’t get me wrong).

  • Alexandra Mayhew

    Just added it to my Lovefilm list 🙂 Looks right up my street! X

  • J’adooorre! My favorite was her dress in the final competition. Another blogger (can’t remember who) shared this film a while back, and I loved it!

    • That doesn’t surprise me one bit! I’m sure a ton of people had the same reaction and felt a serious need to share photos from the film 🙂 I also love her pink dress! Such a perfect shade of pink.

  • Going to watch it RIGHT NOW! I love finding new fun movies on Netflix BEFORE my hubs does – lol 😉

    • Hehe! Me too. So what did you think?! Adorable, right? 🙂

  • Jean Confetti

    Just saw it! Loved it! The wardrobe is just worth drooling over! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • You’re welcome! I’m glad I’m not the only one drooling all over the place 😉

  • These costumes look amazing! So much pretty inspiration!

  • Heather Dewar

    I am going home to find this on Netflix and watch it! As a medical secretary/typist it sounds like it will be right up my alley!

    • Oh yes I bet you’d love it on a whole different level! I wish I could type impressively fast lol

  • Wow, that blue halter/sweetheart dress IS incredible!!! It’s so flattering!

    • I know! I’d love to try and recreate it someday…

  • Thanks for introducing this movie, I’ll watch it soon. The outfits are really adorable!

  • Elena Knits

    I love movies for vintage inspiration. I understand French, so I’ll try this one. Thanks!

    • I don’t know a ton of French, but I did recognize a few times when the English subtitles didn’t match exactly what the actors were saying. I bet the dialog is even better when you don’t need the subtitles! 🙂

  • I wanna see it! The name rings a bell, but deffo haven’t watched it before! xoxo

  • Anna

    The curtains are Sanderson’s mobiles, it’s beautiful, and it is in production! I will have to see that movie, thanks!

    • Ah! Brilliant!! Thank you so much. I’m off to find that fabric now!

  • Sara

    looks cute! I’ll have to watch it

  • Kate Carvalho

    Oh my. This film is so worth watching for the costumes alone. I think there’s enough sewing inspiration for one year in those shots you shared! I think I’d start with the shoulder buttons blouse

  • Oooo….I love these screen shots! You’ve definitely inspired me to watch this movie. Although my husband occasionally hates watching movies with me because I’m always pausing them to sketch a dress I like or a cardigan I want to find a pattern for! I think I’m going to try and incorporate that square neckline with the bow on a summer sundress this year it is simply divine! Thanks for sharing this movie inspiration.

    • Hahaha! That sounds like me, taking screen shots and rewinding things all the time. I love that square neckline with the bow, too!

  • Allie Massey

    I loved this film although I must admit I’m a little shaky on the plot–I spent the whole time staring at the dresses, not absorbing any of the things going on!

    • Haha! That’s why I had to watch it ten times 😉 🙂

  • Evie

    Loved this movie!! Have you ever seen Romantics Anonymous? It’s another really darling little French film, perfect for when you need a pick-me-up.

    • No I haven’t but I’ll look it up! Sounds cute.

  • I do love this film but every time I watch it I have an urge to buy a vintage type writer and I can’t fit any more stuff in my cupboards. Very original and quirky film indeed!

    • I may or may not have saved a few vintage typewriters on Etsy after watching haha! No surprise there lol. The urge is real!

  • Debra Ward

    I’ll shall keep my eyes open for this one. Canadian Netflix is always a little different.

    • Aww bummer! I hope they add it soon so you can see it 🙂

  • I’m definitely
    going to see that movie, I love the dresses!

    • I hope you get to watch it soon and love it as much as I do! 🙂

  • I always rush to see anything with my French boyfriend Romain Duris! This film is very delightful!

    • I should have guessed you’d love this movie too! I does seem to have all your favorite things in it 🙂 🙂

  • Ooo, so much sewing inspiration! I had to pin the top with the button shoulders! Lynne

  • Hélène

    Yes, I’ve seen it. Very pleasant, indeed. I love Romain Duris who plays the main male character in “Populaire”. A feel-good French movie I can recommend with this handsome guy is “L’arnacoeur” co-starring Vanessa Paradis. Her wardrobe is fantastic in this film. Just like you, I can’t see a movie without scrutinizing costumes.

    • I’ll have to look up L’arnacoeur – thanks for the recommendation!

    • Ola Russek

      I’ve watched both of the movies and recommend them! “L’arnaceur” is also very funny 🙂

  • Olivia

    Thanks for the recommendation and the inspiration! I love everything you’ve shown here.

    • You’re welcome! I hope you get to watch it soon 🙂

  • The McCall Pattern Company

    Thank you for reminding me I wanted to see this movie! —Meg

    • You’d love it, Meg! I’m pretty sure I spotted the classic Walk-Away Dress in one of the scenes 😉 …endless sewing inspiration!

  • It looks so pretty, like it’d be fun to watch even without a storyline.