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Sewing: Decades of Style Boardwalk Duet

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

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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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South American Socialites with Erstwilder

Thursday, 17 May 2018

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The South American Socialites collection is the latest release by Erstwilder, check out three of my favourites!



Look, if there's one thing I really love, it has to be Sloths... This mini sloth brooch set has to be one of the cutest Erstwilder designs that I now own and they're a really great size too - not to small or to big. They fit really nicely on this collar without being too heavy which means they will be included with lots of my outfits, so adorable!




I also love a good flamingo accessory and this brooch is so elegant! Francie is royal with her crown and the pink tones are just so pretty, she's a little bit dainty and full of gorgeous detail. I'm just thinking of all the beautiful dresses and cardigans that I can pin beautiful piece this to!




Macaws are absolutely beautiful birds aren't they?! But how cool is Corey with his high-top sneakers and hat! This is brooch is slightly larger than some of my other Erstwilder bird brooches and I think that replicates the stature of these birds in a way... Well in brooch form that is. I love the vibrant yellow and blue that make this gorgeous design really stand out!

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Brooches - c/o Erstwilder

I'm loving this whole quirky collection but the sloth set has to be my most favourite because how can you not love sloths and a matching brooch set that sits so perfectly on your collar?! I feel like the sloth set will be a go to accessory to pin on lots of my collars and chunky jumpers this season, too cute! Be sure to check out the full range here!

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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Sea Mist and the Navy Dress

Saturday, 12 May 2018

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I say 'the navy dress' in the title because I'm certain this is now one of the best ones I own, because I love everything about it and has such a beautiful fit. I've already worn in a handful of times!

Photos by Mum

Outfit Details

1940s Navy Holt Swing Dress - c/o Unique Vintage
La Concorde Pirate Ship Brooch - c/o Erstwilder
Madeline Shoes - c/o Shoe Fun

About a month ago when I was in Newcastle I wore this beautiful dress out for the day. It was a cold and rainy day which was perfect for a dress like this, the navy colour was fitting for the seaside visit too. 

This would have to be my favourite Unique Vintage dress, it's a beautiful design with an amazing fit and I have worn it a good few times since it arrived it, this is an Autumn/Winter staple already. I really love the front zip and hook at the front of the bodice for getting in and out of it, it's a subtle design detail and I think it also add to the beautiful fit of the dress. 
The skirt is very full and as you probably already know I don't wear petticoats very often, rarely even and it has beautiful volume on it's own. The sleeves are another great feature and elegant length with plenty of room for comfort and movement. I am wearing size small and the fit is just gorgeous, as you can tell I am pretty much in love with this dress, it made me feel great all day even if the rain and sea mist made my hair wild.

This weekend has been really cold, I spent the day catching up on the second season of The Handmaid's Tale and watching Netflix snuggled up in a blanket with a bit of sewing in between. I'm off to have some of the leftover stew I made last night with sweet potato mash.

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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Chasing the Autumn Leaves

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

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Review Australia has released some of the most beautiful pieces for Autumn, I'm featuring this amazing red dress and beautiful grey coat which work so well together!

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Outfit Details

Lady in Red Dress and Tawny Coat - c/o Review Australia
Beret and Stockings - Myer
Shoes - I Love Billy

I was determined to find some beautiful golden Autumn leaves for photos with this outfit and I was so happy when I did come across some that weren't on a busy road or somewhere inconvenient. 

This dress is hands down one of the most gorgeous dresses and oh my gosh it's so comfy! There is no zip, just a button at the back of the neck, it's made of stretch material which also creates a gorgeous fit. It's so simple yet so chic and this dress just ticks all of the boxes. I styled it with black tights and a beret and I think that really shows off the vibrant red colour even more. I'm also in love with the embroidered collar, this is also detachable but I love it on. I'm a sucker for little embroidered details like this!
I am wearing size 6 as advised by Review and I couldn't be more happy with the fit of this one, it fits me so well but I am not restricted at all.  I can be a bit fussy with full sleeve dresses, this one is the best I have come across and something I can see myself wearing regularly... It's also very warm too.

Now onto the coat which is also amazing, it's so super luxurious. It's fully lined, has beautiful buttons, pockets, gorgeous lining and it has a detachable collar. I have always wanted a grey coat and am wondering why it took me so long to take the plunge. Grey clothing is one of my favourites (not that I wear a lot of it) and I adore this beautiful coat, it's such a lovely shade of grey too, the lighter grey contrasts so nicely with the bright red of the dress. I was so warm and snuggly shooting these images, I didn't want to take it off to shoot the dress haha. I always size up for coats and so I went for size 10 which is a great fit and just how I like my coats, I never like feeling restricted in my arms and shoulders and it's also nice to have room to layer. 

Thank you Review Australia for keeping me warm and stylish for the cooler weather!

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo

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