Well, another year has rolled around, which means another Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Ma. The time flew by so fast I feel like I was just there!
This year I opted for a pastel floral cotton voile dropped waist 1920s dress. Voile is a great airy/floaty fabric, perfect if you have to be outside on a hot summer day.
Wore my trusty ivory T straps by Aerosoles. They are so comfy when you’re on your feet a lot. The embroidered thigh hi stockings are from Gabriella, a European hosiery brand.
One of my favorite things about the dress is the scalloped dropped waistline with green contrast piping. Such a cute design detail. And there are two slits below the V neckline where you can thread a scarf or ribbon through, which is a nice option.
Seems every year the weather has been hotter than the previous one. Because I set up around 1pm, when the gates open, then stay till sunset, there are many hours of sitting in the hot sun. This year I finally broke down and bought one of those portable pop up canopies. One of the best things I ever did!
But I needed something to spruce it up a bit and give it a vintage vibe. Luckily I scored several white lace curtain panels at a thrift store for $2.50 each, tea dyed them, attached ribbons to each corner and tied them to the frame holding up the canopy. Worked like a charm and provided some added shade.
The only worry was heavy thunderstorms were predicted for late afternoon. When one of the men working the event came by to warn me about the possible inclement weather, he suggested I might want to hold onto the canopy poles during the storm so it wouldn’t fly away. I told him I didn’t think holding a metal pole during a thunderstorm was the most brilliant idea and would probably opt for breaking the whole thing down rather than risk getting struck by lightening!
Luckily the storm ended up missing us and I was spared the hassle of having to take down the canopy and cover everything with plastic.
As usual, at this event, there are some amazing outfits. I’m posting some of my favs.
Above is Katie Hogan O’Connor. She actually made this spectacular 1920s style dress. So talented!
This was the lovely Maryann and Rachael’s first time at the event.
They did a fantastic job of looking cool and elegant despite the heat.
Check out this adorable couple
Fashion historian, Raisa Bretana, is wearing a fabulous reproduction beach pajama outfit that she had made for her
from authentic 1930s feedsack fabric.
I nearly fainted when I spotted Michelle Coursey in these authentic vintage nautical style beach pajamas. And she accessorized it perfectly! If you know anything about vintage clothing, you know authentic beach pajamas like these are extremely rare. To a vintage fashion lover, finding them is like hitting the lottery!
Michelle is a makeup artist who specializes in vintage looks. You should check out her inspiring instagram feed, full of the most amazing vintage outfits.
Here is Dr. Colleen Darnell, vintage Egyptologist and Heidi Rosenau (right), who works in public relations for the Frick Collection in New York. Both women have amazing vintage clothing collections and are wearing stunning authentic 1920s dresses and hats.
Me with Cynthia Liska, who always looks fabulous at every vintage event I see her at. She’s been a great customer of mine over the years and has also become a fellow vintage loving friend!
And here a few more photos from the event.
Till next time…..
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