Sewing: Gertie Rita Blouse

Monday, 11 June 2018

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My first version of the Charm Patterns Rita Blouse by Gretchen Hirsch. I LOVE this sewing pattern!

Photos by Mum

Blouse Details

Sewing Pattern - Rita Blouse by Charm Patterns purchased from Bobbin and Ink
Fabric - Stripe Cotton Fabric, $10 on clearance from Hobbysew

Other Outfit Details 

Jeans - Bernie Dexter
Sunglasses - Pared Eyewear
Shoes - Sportsgirl

After making up this blouse for the first time my instant impression was WOW because the pattern was very easy to follow and I found the sizing to be perfect, I didn't need to make any changes. 

This fabric is quite nice but the reason I bought it was because it was on clearance and I just bought enough to test this pattern out so I wasn't too fussed on matching the stripes (though they don't look too bad). I actually really love this fabric for this blouse and it's good quality cotton so it turned being a very wearable garment in the end, I have worn it three or four times already. 

I cut size 4 as it was closest to my measurements and I can't get over how tailored it looks, it fits me so well and I think it's quite a flattering fit for me. I used about a metre or so of fabric, enough elastic for the neckline + arms and an invisible zip. I have put a lot of zips into dresses over the years but not specifically an invisible zip like this, especially a side zip on a blouse like this one. It went in really well and looked pretty good to me. 

I had no issues at all with this pattern and can only say good things about it, I love it so much that I already have bought more fabric to make multiple versions of it. I have also seen some ladies online making long sleeve versions so that is on my list of  Rita Blouses to sew. I also like that you can wear the sleeves up, push them down on your shoulders or even leave out the elastic in the arms for an almost flutter sleeve look.

I'm a big fan of Gretchen Hirsch sewing books and Butterick patterns so I am very pleased and excited about her own line of patterns, Charm Patterns. I have her Lamour Dress pattern too, I am currently working on this dress for my friend and then finally I will make one for myself. 

I admit that I gave myself a pat on the back for this project, I'm so happy with it and it's always a good sign that you've made something well if you find yourself getting lots of wear out it.

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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Winter Outfit Dreams and Autumn Leaves in Alannah Hill

Tuesday, 5 June 2018


The most dreamy lace dress and a gorgeous fluffy pink coat, what's not to love about this outfit?!

Photos by Mum

Outfit Details

Stockings - Myer
Shoes - I Love Billy

It has been pouring rain all day and will keep raining for most of the week, when we were on our way to the park this morning it was still raining but I had my fingers crossed that it would stop for a while, luckily it did stop for about 10 or 15 minutes so we were able to take these photos. This is my first time trying Aussie label Alannah Hill, I have always admired the brand but feel very thankful to finally have the chance to try some of their designs!

This dress really sets the mood for this cold, dark winter weather and I am so in love with this dress. It's such an elegant design but with the dark tones combined with the lace it gives a more gothic feel and I love to wear an outfit like this that is completely different to my light summer tones. 

This dress features a separate slip which has adjustable straps, beautiful buttons on the bodice, a pleated skirt and the most gorgeous sleeves. I am wearing size 8, it's a gorgeous but comfortable fit with a little extra room in waist. I think if I were in a size 6 I may have felt a bit restricted in the shoulder area - this is a great fit for me. What's not to love about this dress?! I am crazy about it!

I'm a lover of hats a berets so I could not resist this gorgeous beret with gold heart embellishments. This one holds it shape and sits so nicely, it doesn't fall flat and keeps that nice structured look all on it's own. A black beret is a wardrobe staple but add the gold embellishments and Alannah Hill has made something extra special for winter. I chose it specifically to match the dress and I think they are the perfect match, don't you think?!

And last but not least, check out this AMAZING faux fur coat! It's pink, it's fluffy, it's warm and it's so beautiful! All of my fluffy pink coat dreams have come true. I like the way this pink coat contrasts with such a dark outfit, it really stands out. You will see it on the blog again soon as I have another look in mind for this fluffy coat goodness. I usually always mention in blog posts that I like to size up when it comes to coats so I went for size 10 and I'm glad that I did because it means I still have enough room to layer without that squished up feeling. 

This beautiful coat has lovely lining, a gorgeous structured collar, two dome buttons and really generous pockets. I also love that this is a coat I can dress up and down, it looks great over dresses but will look awesome with jeans too.

These pieces have me very impressed and a little obsessed with Alannah Hill now!

This location at a local park, the outfit and the weather lately is a perfect example of that transition of Autumn to Winter, I'm also enjoying the last of the beautiful Autumn leaves.

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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Sewing: Floaty Florals Butterick b6323

Saturday, 2 June 2018


Another me made dress on the blog, a perfect summer style and pretty floral fabric!

Photos by me

Outfit Details

Dress - Made by me with Butterick b6323 sewing pattern
Fabric - Bought on clearance at Spotlight approx $7 a metre
Belt - c/o Voodoo Vixen
Petticoat - eBay
Shoes - Payless

I made this dress a few months ago but sadly have to pack it away because the weather is so cold now! I love how colourful this fabric is and thought that it would go perfectly with this Butterick dress pattern.

I can't recall how long this dress took to make as it was broken up over a few weekends, probably 6 hours? It was quite an easy pattern to make, although I think I may put the zip in again as I think it could have gone in better. I love the details on the shoulder and the fullness of the skirt. It's a really feminine dress with a gorgeous silhouette. 

Overall, I am happy with my first attempt at this dress, it was quite a simple dress to make and I will definitely end up wearing it during summer. I would love to make it again too.

A few more patterns made their way to my PO box this week which I am excited about and I am currently working on a 1950s style square neckline dress with beautiful rose border print fabric.

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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Sewing: Decades of Style Boardwalk Duet

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


I made this outfit a while ago and I finally got to take some photos of it last week!

I love playsuits, matching sets, resort wear and anything beach related so I was pretty keen to get stuck into this Decades of Style sewing pattern a while ago. I was wearing a light dress over top on my way to the beach and failed to notice my strap twisted in the first section of the pics and one corner of the back of the top in the corner section tucked in but that's okay (it's just a lil bit annoying haha). 

This was a particularly warm Autumn day at the beach and I was not cold at all, yay! This top and shorts will be perfect paired with other pieces in my wardrobe too, love that! See below for more pics of this little me made outfit.

Photos by Mum

Outfit Details

Playsuit Set - Made by me using the 1940s Boardwalk Duet Pattern c/o Decades of Style
Fabric - Spotlight
Hat - Target
Jelly Sandals - c/o Sun Jellies

There wasn't much needed to alter this pattern but I did make just a few small changes, I didn't add the pocket and I made the shorts slightly shorter as they looked a bit busy with a longer length combined with the cactus print. I probably should have lowered the neckline by altering wear my strap length was sitting but it still sits in a nice position. 

The pattern was rather simple to work my way through, the top was quick to make though I took a little longer with the shorts. I usually make shorts that have back zip so this required a little more work and patience but the end result looks really nice, it's always good to set new challenges. I had a few issues just with the side opening placement in order for them to sit neat and just getting them in position but I think that was due to it being my first go making a pair of shorts like these, in the end they turned out to be quite cute, not perfect but I'm happy with them. 

Now that I have a better sewing machine that actually allows me to create button holes much easier this was a good project to put that to work and teach myself some more new skills. The button holes did not turn out to be the neatest but they still looked okay and are functional so I was pleased with that. 

The fabric I used is this super gorgeous cactus print drill fabric from spotlight which cost me $8 or $10 a metre, it's beautiful breathable fabric that is quite sturdy too, ideal for shorts. I want to make many more things out of it, I think I have enough to make some sort of top so that will have to do.

If you're not familiar with Decades of Style patterns check out their full range of vintage inspired sewing patterns via their website. I also blogged another of their patterns last year, check it out here!

All in all I am really happy with how this set turned out for my first go and I'm sure that it will be even better next time.

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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Nautical Stripes

Saturday, 26 May 2018

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Another new season nautical outfit from Voodoo Vixen on the blog today!

Photos by Mum

Outfit Details

Haili Nautical Stripe TopPolly Navy Swing Shorts and Sunglasses  - c/o Voodoo Vixen
Corey the Macaw Brooch - c/o Erstwilder
Shoes - Target

I'm not going to lie, it was pretty cold when we took these pics but I couldn't help but feature one more nautical look by Voodoo Vixen. Cute shorts and singlets are a great Aussie essential when summer is in full swing here. 

The top is going to be vital next summer as it's nice breathable material, perfect for hot weather and it's a classic piece that will always look great even when you feel like you a melting. I love that these shorts are swing style - they are light, airy and are a super cute design... These two pieces make the perfect nautical combo too. 
The top is a great comfy fit and looks super cute. The shorts are a little big on me in the waist which isn't a big deal when you think about wanting to be extra comfy on really hot days but I may take them in slightly for a more tailored look.
Both pieces are gorgeous though and perfect for summer when you just don't know what to wear because the heat is insane but you would still like to look somewhat put together, they become some of the most important items in your wardrobe during summer. It will be a perfect outfit for walks on the beach too, also important!

Voodoo Vixen has a lot of great offerings as usual, they have lots of pretty prints and colours but of course I found myself loving the new nautical designs haha. 

I'm going to edit some more blog posts and to think about my next sewing projects!

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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Voodoo Vixen Kayla Dress

Monday, 21 May 2018

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One of my favourite pin-up brands named a dress after me and I still can't believe it! 

Photos by Mum

Outfit Details

Cardigan - c/o Collectif (past season)
Hat - eBay
Shoes - I Love Billy

I have to start this post by saying it is an honour when one of your favourite brands names a dress after you and not only that, they know your style so well that it is in fact a nautical themed dress. 

On a cool Autumn morning last week I made my way to the waterfront for a walk and some blog photos, luckily the sunshine was warm but the breeze was pretty chilly so I did have my cardigan and a light coat for the walk. 

A great nautical summer dress is always a must and a stripe nautical dress is always timeless. This particular style of dress is perfect for warm weather, I love having an open back, thin straps and a large swing skirt for a relaxed but put together summer outfit. The dress has adjustable straps, pockets, a back zip and cute button detail on the must. I took size small, it is a good fit with a little extra room, I brought in my waist with a red belt by Voodoo Vixen and finished the look with more red accessories including these sunglasses also by Voodoo Vixen.

If you're looking for a classic stripe dress that is perfectly nautical and pin-up than this one if for you! Thank you to the wonderful team at Voodoo Vixen for this beautiful and unexpected surprise.

Most of my spare time these days is consumed by sewing lately and I love it, it feels so good to finally give myself so much more time to do what I love and to improve my skills. I think a good portion of what I blog these days will be me made, well I hope so because I have a lot of things I want to create!

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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