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!
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!
Here I am with my friend Liza who had someone custom make her this cute rose print dropped waist dress.
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!
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.
A peaceful seating area that overlooks the garden, with planters full of gorgeous pink hydrangeas beneath a wooden pergola.
Magnificent wrought iron gate.
Of course, there is the 59 room mansion, ever so grand.
These folks picked a great spot for their picnic. What a view!
Dapper gents and their blue ribbon picnic setup!
And here are some more photos from the day, including some of the fabulous outfits.
Till next time…..