My Vintage Inspired Beach Pajamas and the 2018 Roaring 20s Lawn Party

Beach Pajamas outfit for Roaring 20s Lawn Party

Time for another yearly post about the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party held at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Ma.  This is one of my favorite vintage themed events that I attend. It’s a weekend affair with tons of activities,  beach parties, great bands playing jazz era music, dancing, charleston lessons, picnics, vendors selling all kinds of vintage goodies, lawn games, antique car rides and tours of the magnificent estate.

For my outfit his year I sewed up cotton print beach pajamas using a McCall’s jumpsuit pattern. I did alter the pattern so that the back and front bodice were the same wrap style and added contrast bias tape to trim out the armholes and neckline. The pattern also calls for an elastic waist band, which I left off, making the jumpsuit an easy step in style. I then added a sash belt to cinch it in.

Beach pyjamas outfit for 1920s lawn party

Topped it with a yellow vintage rayon kimono jacket.  The yellow and ivory T strap spectator pumps are from Chelsea Crew. (older pair) I cut some matching fabric to make a hat band for the straw cloche. And as a nod to one of my fashion idols, Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher, I donned a black wig and round sunglasses

I went on Sunday, as Saturday turned out to be rainy a good part of the day.  And even though it had cleared up by Sunday, it was uncomfortably hot. If you want to stake out a good spot on the lawn you have to arrive early.  That means more hours of baking in the sun. I did have a parasol and a lawn chair with an awning over it, but for such a long hot day that didn’t really cut it. So I vow next year to have a pop up tent for shade.  I’m already fantasizing how I can glam it up. Something like this.

boho tent

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Beach Pajamas outfit 1920s Lawn Party

The gentlemen below, who looks like an adventurer from the Jazz Age,  was kind enough to let me sit behind the wheel of his 1929 Roosevelt so my friend could take my picture.

Gentleman at Roaring 20s Lawn Party

Roaring 20s Lawn Party Outfit

The grounds and gardens at the Crane Estate are beautiful. Luckily there were some shady spots I could escape to, even though they were a distance from the festivities.

beach pyjamas outfit

Walking in all that grass creeped me out though.  Deer ticks are rampant in New England and I had already been bitten once before and had to do three weeks of doxycycline for Lyme disease.  Very unpleasant side effects. So I kept checking my legs all day to make sure none of those nasty critters crawled on me!

1920s lawn party outfits

Me, Cynthia Liska and Patti Sinclair attempting to look cool.

This young couple set up right next to us. They were so adorable and friendly.  I couldn’t resist taking this picture of them relaxing.  The guy had brought three shirt changes and because of the heat had gone through all of them, opting finally for just wearing his vest.

At sundown it got a bit cooler and I was able to get some garden photos.


The rest of my pix I had to put in a gallery or you’d have to scroll forever! You can also click to enlarge them and view as a slide show if you wish.


Till next time……




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By | 2018-08-14T09:27:19-04:00 August 8th, 2018|Events, My Vintage Style|14 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I know how much you love kimonos from reading your blog. Thank you for the kind words and the feature! That is so sweet.

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    Shelbee on the Edge August 21, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Theresa, you know I am dying over this pajama outfit and kimono. Absolutely brilliant! And what an amazing weekend lawn party to attend. Thanks so much for sharing at my #SpreadTheKindness Link Up. This post will be featured on today’s link up.


  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 15, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Thank you for the kind compliments Jess. I’ll have to take a look for your post of you with the vintage car. I missed that one! I do love vintage cars as much as I love vintage clothes!

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    Jessica A Jannenga August 15, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Do I LOVE the vintage fashion you shared here and the event sounds so fun and up my alley! I love it! Your jumpsuit looks wonderful on you, I love the soft baby blue print with yellow. I am always impressed by ladies who can sew! So talented! Your whole esemble is perfect for the event and you can wear that hairstyle very well.
    Love the picture with the car too, we both have had our luck with taking pictures with vintage cars as of late.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 15, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Thank you Vix!

  6. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 15, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Thanks Maureen. It was lots of fun, but definitely would have been even more fun it was a bit cooler!

  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 15, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Thank you so much!

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    Vix August 15, 2018 at 2:46 am

    What an event, you look magnificent! Your outfit is utter perfection. xxx

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    Maureen August 14, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Amazing outfit! Love everything about it! Sounds like a fun event even though of the heat. You took some fantastic photos!

    Maureen |

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    Edwige August 14, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Such a glorious look! You look great!

    Edwige |

  11. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 8, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Suzanne, I know you would have a great time at one of these parties. And I’m positive you’d come up with a spectacular outfit for it. And, yes, the wig did make things a bit toastier for sure!

  12. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 8, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you Ann. I do love Phryne and her fabulous wardrobe I so wish the series was still on.

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    Suzanne August 8, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    I really want to make it to one of these parties! They seem like such fun.

    You took some brilliant photos. I’m always delighted when people really dress up.

    Your sewing skills are ace too. The outfit you created was stellar. Bravo for going all the way with the wig too, I’m sure that added to the heat. You really do look like Miss Fisher in that car!

    This was such a great post Theresa. I really enjoyed it.


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    Ann August 8, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    What an amazing event, and you are looking a vision in your beach pajamas topped with that vintage kimono jacket. Such amazing colours, too. I must say I had to blink and look again before I realized it was you. That wig is very Phryne Fisher! xxx

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