Jazz Age Style at the Crane Estate Roaring Twenties Lawn Party

Roaring 20s lawn party outfit

Yes, it’s happened again,  my favorite event of the year, the 1920s Lawn Party at the magnificent Crane Estate in Ipswich, Mass.

This year I decided to make my own dress using this pattern from EvaDress. The fabric is a nice soft cotton voile from the Fleet and Flourish line designed by Maureen Cracknell.  I just added lace trim at the neckline and waist seam, along with a couple of little flower appliques.

I wore the same hat that I wore to the Newport picnic in May and I just added different flowers and had the brim turned up in front instead of the side. The ivory T-straps from Naturalizer are my go to for these types of events because they are super comfy for wearing all day. The bag was thrifted for $2.99 and the kimono and parasol I’ve had for ages. Don’t even remember where I got them!

Outfit 1920s Lawn Party Crane Estate

This year,  since the weather wasn’t too hot, I was able to wear a wig, then added round framed sunnies and did my best to channel my fav show character, Phyrne Fisher of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.  My, do I ever love that woman’s wardrobe!  And I so hope Essie Davis comes back to do another season. Please, Essie, please, please, please!

Roaring 20s Lawn Party Outfits

Here I am with my friend Liza who had someone custom make her this cute rose print dropped waist dress.

Picnic table and chairs-Roaring 20s Lawn Party

At one of my many trips to Todd Farm Flea Market this summer I found a vintage folding table and chairs, all for under $50!  Perfect for my picnic.  Previous years I’ve sat on a blanket. But with my deteriorating knees, it is getting painful to hoist myself up off the ground.  The saying “Getting old is not for sissies” keeps popping into my head a lot lately!

Picnic table Roaring Twenties Lawn Party

The grounds of this estate seem to go on forever. Every year I discover new places I have not visited before, like the Italian Garden. The Trustees of Reservations, who now own the property,  have been working on the restoration of this garden.  They actually acquired documentation from the original landscape architects in order to recreate the original design from back in 1912.

Crane Estate Italian Garden

Butterfly in Crane Estate Garden

A peaceful seating area that overlooks the garden, with planters full of gorgeous pink hydrangeas beneath a wooden pergola.

Italian Garden Crane Estate

Magnificent wrought iron gate.

Wrought Iron Gate Crane Estate

Planter at Crane Estate Garden

Walkway to the rose garden
Walkway to Crane Estate Rose Garden

Of course, there is the 59 room mansion, ever so grand.

Crane Estate Ipwich Ma

These folks picked a great spot for their picnic. What a view!

Roaring 20s Lawn Party Picnic

Dapper gents and their blue ribbon picnic setup!

Dapper gents at Roaring 20s Lawn Party

And here are some more photos from the day, including some of  the fabulous outfits.



Till next time…..



This weeks linkups
Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday
Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb for #IwillwearwhatIlike

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  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you, Kate, for dropping by and commenting 🙂 This is one of my fav yearly events. I have never seen Poirot, but now that I know it has amazing vintage fashion in it I am now adding that to my “have to watch” list.

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    Kate's kitsch August 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Wow what an amazing outfit and the event it’s like a Poirot episode

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 17, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Hi Debra. Thanks for the compliments and also for stopping by and commenting. Nice to meet another Phyrne fan. I’m sure you hope for another season as much as I do. I hear they’re also trying to make a movie. Keep fingers crossed 🙂


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    Debra Barretta August 16, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Hello! What a magnificent ensemble. I definately could envision Phryne (also a fan!) wearing this. The backdrop was also beautiful. I will have to start following you to see all your amazing fashions. I just popped over from the Turning Heads Tuesday link up. So glkad I did. Cheers!

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 15, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Thank you for your kind words!

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    Mauricia August 15, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Amazing outfit! Wonderful event and lovely place! You are stunning!

  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks Suzanne. Probably not as jealous as I am about missing out on all those blogger/thrifting visits of yours I’ve missed out on! The invitation is always open for you to join us for one of these lawn parties. I actually like to sew and was too busy for a long time to do much of it. But I’ve been sewing a lot more lately, including making my own samples for the small dress line I sell on my site.

  8. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 14, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Thank you Vix! I had a lot of fun sewing up that dress. It was a pretty easy pattern actually. Can’t wait to make some more in other fabrics. I do love my little folding tables and chairs. They work out perfectly for these types of events. I’m sure I’ll get plenty of use out of them. And my knees will thank me 🙂

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    Suzanne August 14, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Oh wow! I’m so jealous! I’ve always wanted to go to one of these.

    You look spectacular! Truly channeling Miss Fisher. I’m very impressed you made your dress!

    Wonderful photos too.


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    Vix August 14, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Oh Teresa, you look utterly fabulous! the dress is a triumph and I adore the bobbed hair!
    That picnicing set was a real find, my creaking joints mean that my days of sitting on the grass are numbered! xxx

  11. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 14, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Thank you so much, Patti. That’s so cool you’ve been to Heidi’s, especially on one of your first dates with your husband! I would like to go there someday. A band I’ve seen in Stuart a couple of times play there a lot and I love them. Sybil Gage and her Catahoulas. Great New Orleans style jazz and blues. Unfortunately she doesn’t play down my way very often, so I may need to take a trip to Cocoa someday to see her. And maybe get meet you in to person too!

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    Patti August 14, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Your dress is nothing less than fabulous, Teresa! And of course I love this setting.Yes, I have been to Heidi’s –
    AndI think it was one of my first dates with my now-husband. So some great memories there.Thanks for your kind words on my blog, XO


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