Down Memory Lane with Erstwilder

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

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Erstwilder has a very sweet range of brooches for this collection, many which I can remember from my childhood.

Sugar Plum Fairy

She was in my jewellery box, I listened to the pretty tune that she twirled to and once she stopped I would wind her back up just to see and hear it all again, even if it was just in the background whilst I played with my dolls. These are the memories that I get when I look at this brooch. The colours and design are absolutely stunning and she looks so pretty with this dress. I love the different shades of pink, the music notes, her pirouette pose and her ballerina bun.

Wind-up Whimsy

A very cute wind up toy that I remember playing with, Erstwilder has turned this childhood memory into an elegant brooch with a gorgeous colour scheme... One that I seem to be embracing for this blog post (have I ever mentioned my pink phase as a child on the blog? All I would wear is pink). The textures, shades of pink and gold glitter is just so gorgeous!

Fairy Bread

I am so happy that Erstwilder has brought back the Fairy Bread design, I missed out last time and I know many other Erstwilder fans have been wanting this for so long. Fairy Bread was the ultimate party food at kids parties (I hope it still is), I haven't had it in so long but it really was (and still is) the best thing ever... So good that it even looks good in jewellery form. I decided to go for the earrings because they look sooo cute, though I might try and get my hands on the brooch too and there is even a necklace version too. Plenty of options for Fairy Bread lovers this time round, yay!

Photos by Me

Outfit Details

Earrings and Brooches - c/o Erstwilder
Dress and Top - Made by me
Gloves - Vintage
Hat - Big W

This has been a nice little walk down memory lane with Erstwilder and I had a lot of fun styling these pieces with some of my me made clothes. I am also thankful that I had some beautiful sunny winter weather to play with to get the lighting I wanted for these designs!

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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Friday, 6 July 2018


I recently featured this Alannah Hill coat on the blog, I've styled it with more of a 60's look, Fifi approves of this snuggly coat too!

Photos by Mum

Outfit Details

Fairy Tale Endings Coat - c/o Alannah Hill
Hair Bow - Also Alannah Hill (I bought it in Melbourne earlier this year)
Blouse - Bardot
Jeans - Bernie Dexter
Shoes - I Love Billy

Some snaps of an outfit from a couple of weeks ago, last time I wore this coat with a gorgeous lace dress also by Alannah Hill (see here) but I really pictured this coat with a cute 1960s look too so had to throw together this look. 

I thought the verdict was going to be pretty obvious and yes it was, the coat looks awesome with jeans and I keep on falling in love with this coat more and more. Before I got the coat I was worried that it might look a little over the top for everyday wear but I have found it to be very wearable especially when worn with jeans or a simple dress. 

I already raved about my love for this coat and the quality of previously, it will be a piece that I will wear for many years and I'm sure that you'll see it here on the blog again. My fluffy girl Fifi had to be included in some of the photos, she steals the show for sure because she's just so gorgeous.

I haven't been blogging as much lately, life has been busy and I have been putting most of my free time into sewing. I am currently sewing a dress for my best friend and am attempting to use steel boning for the first time, wish me luck! I'm hoping to have a bunch of summer dresses sewn up for when the hot weather returns and then to blog about too. My fabric stash keeps growing, I must stop myself for a few months and work my way through it all!

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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Sewing: Pink Roses

Saturday, 30 June 2018


My latest make, I'm loving this border print and can't resist a square neckline!

Photos by Mum

Sewing Details -

Pattern B6556 (used for the bodice without split) and B6453 (for gathered skirt) - Butterick: Patterns by Gertie

Other Outfit Details -

Beret - c/o Alannah Hill
Earrings - c/o Erstwilder
Cardigan - Dangerfield
Stockings - Myer
Shoes - Miss L Fire

After seeing Gertie's dress a while back I had been planning to make myself one! Luckily I have access to the Gertie fabric range here in Australia at our Spotlight stores, this is also dangerous though. 

I have accumulated a lot of Gertie fabric but have been holding out to use it because it's my "good fabric" so of course I must test patterns until I am certain that I will be happy with the end result and then I allow myself to use the good stuff. Although I have spent a small fortune on my good fabric I have managed to buy a lot of it on sale and on clearance but that doesn't mean that I'll waste it on any old project.

I used a mash up of patterns and made a change to the bodice of the pattern which wasn't that major, I just ignored the split in the bodice so I could have a straight square neckline. Square necklines are probably my most favourite neckline, I also think they are quite flattering on me but I really just love them. I am probably just going to end up making a lot of square neckline dresses for myself over time haha!

This dress was a pretty simple make, the most time consuming was gathering that skirt and the cotton sateen fabric is quite thick so it was the part that required the most patience! Good thing I don't mind gathering, most of my makes involve it. I'm still not sure if I'm 100% happy with my bodice fabric print placement but nonetheless I still love this dress. 

I lined the bodice with a light black fabric which looks nice on the inside (sorry I haven't taken photos of the inside)! One little that I really love is that I made the pockets with tiny roses from this fabric which looks so sweet when I pop something in them (a little design detail that I'll only notice when I wear it but sometimes they are the best details). This is really great fabric as it has different size roses so you can be as creative as you want with it, I also bought it in white ha! I also ordered myself some garment tags to attach inside my garments when I finish them, oh my does that feel satisfying when I complete a project!

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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January Jumpsuit

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Melbourne VIC, Australia

I'm throwing it back to my January trip in Melbourne and the day I wore this awesome jumpsuit (and when it was much warmer)! 

Photos by Mum

Outfit Details -

Jumpsuit - Petal and Pup (out of stock)
Brooch and Earrings - c/o Erstwilder
Sunglasses - Pared Eyewear
Hat - Rivers
Shoes - c/o Charlie Stone Shoes

A jumpsuit with a cropped length is always a winner for me, perfect for summer and practical too. I was so excited to wear this jumpsuit when mum and I went to Melbourne for a fun filled trip and now I'm excited to wear it again after looking at these photos... But not until summer! 

I was drawn to the gorgeous orange colour, the eyelet fabric and of course the fun cut-out. The store I bought it from doesn't stock it anymore, perhaps it will return at one stage but I'm glad that I snagged one for myself. I also wore this hat with most outfits on the trip and as you probably know it's one I wear constantly with outfits so it's now my trusty boater hat that's for sure.

I have another outfit or two that I didn't share from this trip so I might blog them at some stage. It has been raining most days I have for taking blog pics and I've been extra busy but this has been a good opportunity to dig up some outfit photos that I have not shared yet!

More sewing patterns have been added to my collection lately and more plans for a bigger me made project have been planned. I'm really happy with how much sewing I have done this year and I'm glad that I have made time for myself to do it because I really love it!

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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Written in the Stars

Thursday, 21 June 2018


A gorgeous collection by Erstwilder featuring absolutely stunning zodiac brooches. Check out my beautiful Sagittarius and Fire Sign brooch!

Photos by Mum

Outfit Details

Sagittarius the Searcher and Felicity of the Fire Brooch - c/o Erstwilder
Coat and Dress - Collectif
Beret - c/o Alannah Hill
Shoes - I Love Billy

It has been another rainy week which has been inconvenient for blog photos and hanging my washing out on the line. Whenever we driven to the park for the last couple of photos sets it has been absolutely pouring but for some strange reason the rain clears for 15-30 minutes so we can get photos and then as soon as I get home and close my door the rain continues to pour down, I feel pretty lucky when that happens!

This Erstwilder collection is totally different and absolutely stunning, I must admit that it has tempted me to purchase star signs other than mine and I think a lot of Erstwilder fans feel the same. 

I do think that the Sagittarius has been captured perfectly from her fiery hair and Sagittarius symbols, the colours are absolutely gorgeous too. The fire sign brooch is so cute and I think she has a bit of a cheeky look on her face and is still perfectly pin-up. I love the flames and that her body sits in a flame like position to symbolise us fire signs! I have always loved zodiac signs and how different artists represent them so it is a real treat to see Erstwilder's take on this.

Be sure to check out the full range on the Erstwilder website, they are all so beautiful and a great take on zodiac signs!

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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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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