Friday, July 26, 2013

Roaring 20s Lawn Party

Warning, this post has lots of pictures! :)

On Sunday Cori and I attended the Roaring 20s Lawn Party at Castle Hill in Ipswich, Mass. My goodness, what an event! Live music, dancing, classic cars, vintage clothing vendors, and the most amazing grounds you can imagine. The event was organized by Boston Swing Central and the Trustees of the Crane Estate. (Be sure to look at their site for more images of the house and grounds.) I really hope this becomes an annual event.

Music for the event was provided by Baby Soda, a traditional jazz band from Brooklyn. The vintage clothing vendors included; Artifaktori Vintage, Bobby From Boston, Curio Vintage, Morning Glorious Vintage, Tangerine Boutique, Salmagundi a full service hat and accessories shop, Joanne Klein Vintage, and Wish List Consignment. Did we go shopping? You bet! I picked up a pair of blue and white 1940s shoes and a purse from Curio and a 1940s felt hat from Wish List. Cori struck gold with a beautiful pinstriped suit from Morning Glorious Vintage. It really needs its own post.

The classic cars of course offered many picture opportunities. My dress was quickly thrown together in the days leading up to the event. I used this pattern but shortened it significantly, left off the collar, and added a large box pleat to each side. The belt and sash were a last minute add which I finished sewing on during the drive down on Sunday. I completed the look with a vintage buckle and 1920s straw hat. I used my vintage wave clips to wave my hair, which didn't turn out as nicely as I had hoped so I kept my hat on all day. That's was hats are really for, right? :)

I didn't realize I was showing so much leg until I saw this picture! I should have worn a pair of stockings rolled down to my knees to really complete the flapper look. Ah well....

 We both wished we could have gone for a ride in this little car!

This is one of my favorites of Cori. He looks like a vintage used car salesman. He wore all vintage except for his shirt. The 1920s straw boater arrived in the mail just in time. The owners of Salmagundi were kind enough to take a look at it and give us a little more information about it. They said it was nicely made and believe it dates to the late 1920s or early 1930s. I think it's a great look for Cori. More guys should wear cool hats these days.

We met some wonderful new people!

The grounds were stunning. During the afternoon we walked down the Grand Alee, a 1/2 mile stretch of rolling lawn that leads down to the ocean. This first picture shows the view looking back towards the house.

The view of the ocean and salt marsh was beautiful.

Cori looking handsome in his new straw boater.

Guests dancing into the evening.

More pictures of this event are posted here as well as on my Facebook.


  1. How fun! The lawn party in NYC is ridiculously crowded - it may be worth a drive because yours looks way nicer! Love the outfits as well! :-)

  2. Stunning venue and beautiful photos! No wonder you had such a fabulous time.

  3. Looks like a lot fun! You two look fantastic, and I love the car shots. I definitely need to get myself up there one of these days.

    And I totally agree - guys today totally need to go back to the three-piece suit and nifty hat look. ;-)

  4. What super fun! Have never been in that region, and had no idea such gorgeous houses were near the ocean. Looks like attendance was really good. Bet you they make it annual...has to be a good fundraiser. Thanks for sharing!

    Very best,


  5. Thanks ladies! This event was so much fun.

  6. My dear, you look so, so tremendously lovely! I adore the eye-catching, elegant hits of burgundy (my second favourite colour) in this this timelessly beautiful outfit.

    Thank you for taking us along with you - I adored this lovely post!

    ♥ Jessica

  7. Oh wow! What a tremendously fun event! Your dress is so lovely and I can't wait to see your new finds. Gosh, I bet the day just flew by listening to grand music and engaging in the festivities! What a great event!

  8. I had seen flyers for this event and wondered if it was any good. . . Looks like great fun!

    Hi, by the way! Fellow New Englander and vintage/historic costume lover here. If you're ever looking to do historic dress up in Mass, a few costuming friends and myself try to do a few events here. We do a Regency picnic every year, as well as a holiday tea, and a sporadic random era event as well (like one year we did a bustled stroll in Newport, for example). I made us a web site but it is bad need of an update!
    Anyhow. . . Just thought I'd tell you about it, since there don't seem to be an awful lot of historic costuming nuts here in the Massachusetts area! ;)

  9. Hi Emily,

    I haven't come across your blog before, but I'll be sure to follow it now! I was at the Crane Estate with friends from the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, but I don't remember seeing you! Your dress is super cute, so of course, had I seen it, I would have noticed! ;) Anyway, if you're looking for more historic dancing related events, the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers participate/host events generally around the Boston area (our website is I am also part of the Massachusetts Costumers, with Jenni, who commented on this post as well. If you're interested you should let us know! I'll be poking around your past posts over the next few days. I'm looking forward to it!


  10. Oh, also, I'm so glad you liked the slide photo! :) And, Cori looked quite dashing in the Crane Event photos as well. I like the suspender pull with the cars in the background. :)

    Best again,


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