DARQ: Hi, Catherine. As much as I wish you a Happy Easter, it isn’t the best of Easters with your world suffering the COVID-19 virus, but do enjoy your Easter Day.
CATHERINE: Thanks, Darq. I see the wreath and the three black, Wysotti funerary flowers . . .
DARQ: The virus took the life of a few of the MIB security detail that escort me. [Darq pats the head of the pink rabbit.] RR was fond of rabbits . . .
CATHERINE: He the one with the white hair and mustache?
DARQ nods: I also have to tell you— I am being recalled to my homeworld.
CATHERINE: What! Why?
DARQ somberly says: I got the virus and—
CATHERINE: You got the virus?
DARQ: Calm down. I got a very mild case—
CATHERINE: But you never said —
DARQ: Couldn’t. You know how the MIB [Men in Black] are. Security and all that. I was quarantined, got better, stayed healthy. As of yesterday, the doctors and all the tests cleared me to return home.
CATHERINE: So you’re coming back to the farm to get your things?
DARQ (shaking her head sadly): No. Sorry. I’m returning to my homeworld tomorrow.
DARQ nods: Just hang onto my trunk of clothes and stuff for the time being. And, Catherine — it’s not certain when I will return to your planet. All depends on the course of the coronavirus and how quickly things for you and your people return to normal. So—
CATHERINE: We play it by ear?
DARQ smiles and nods: Hope to see you come October. Stay safe and healthy.
A NOTE TO SEWERS: I had planned to make Darq a yellow Easter gown for a Spring Tea, but the coronavirus has forced cancellation of group events, travel, self-quarantining, etc. And, in light of the ever-mounting death toll from the virus, it seemed best that Darq wear something more somber for Easter. Her gray tunic is a wool-suiting blend. Her slacks are black linen-rayon. No bling on the shoes. As a matter of fact, those black leather shoes she’s wearing are from a previous outfit.
It is my sincere hope that fall will see things return to normal and that Darq will return to blog anew.
Wishing you sunshine and the joy of spring flowers in bloom this Easter day.
CATHERINE: I received this photo from Darq. Her message was brief. Seems she got all dressed up for a dinner-fund-raiser and at the very last minute, the event was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Her security detail, the MIBs (the Men In Black), whisked her off to a safe site where she’ll be under quarantine.
Her outfit consists of two pieces. The top is gold lame, the skirt is lace underlined with crepe satin. As to her shoes . . .
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day may be low-key this year because of the CDC and government recommendations about “hunkering down,” staying home with family, limiting group gatherings to 10 people, practicing good hygiene habits, etc. Still, Darq and I wish all who celebrate it a —
Darq’s dress is crepe-backed satin with a lace “cape” which is fastened to the dress with old earring pieces I found in my “Junk Jar.” Darq’s shoes are glitter foam. I stuck the self-adhesive foam to the lining fabric, which is a scrap of the dress satin. Darq’s earrings spell out “LOVE.”
CATHERINE: Who’s hiding behind that feathery cape?
DARQ: Why me, of course!
DARQ: As you can see, they revised the photo opportunity corner of the ballroom at this mountain lodge to reflect the theme of “A Starry Night.”
CATHERINE: Yes, I see all those “stars” on the wall. By the way, you look stunning!
DARQ: Thank you! And, Catherine, you did a fantastic job recreating this ensemble for me from the pictures I brought back from my homeworld. Thanks to your sewing talents, I’ve received almost non-stop compliments.
CATHERINE: That’s great! So — take the cloak off and reveal the dress.
DARQ removes her cloak —
DARQ: This dress is simple, yet very elegant. And I love the way the fabric swirls around me. The train hem floats across the fake snow. Oh, and just look at my shoes —
CATHERINE mutters, “Always the shoes.” then says: Certainly more bling than your Christmas shoes had!
DARQ chuckles, then says: But of course — Oh, my! I have to go. They’ve announced the a buffet breakfast-brunch is now being served!
**************CATHERINE and DARQ: To all who stop by, we wish you a
Darq’s cloak is a woven metallic gabardine that’s trimmed with feathers. The feather trim is topped with a metallic ribbon. The “embroidery” is actually an iron-on decal (like for T-shirts). The dress is light blue satin.
The original picture I used for the dress design was from a 1920’s cut-out-doll’s dress. Unfortunately I drew the sleeve upside-down on my pattern and didn’t figure that mistake out until I had the dress on Darq. Fortunately, the satin fabric allowed the sleeves to fold naturally to what you see. I tacked the folds down with the satin flowers.
DARQ: Despite the weather (way too much snow!), the MIBs (Men in Black) got me to my mountain destination. The week-long holiday event’s theme is Christmas Wonderland. The following picture of my gown was taken at the “Photo Op Corner” of the ballroom—
And, of course, my outfit isn’t complete without a look at my bejeweled and snowflaked shoes —
By the way, Catherine is down on the farm having a quiet Christmas and New Years, but for me, I’ll be waltzing a dance floor, dining on fine food, and enjoying days of winter sports like learning to shred the gnar (snowboarding). I loved the sleigh ride yesterday and even got to do some skiing. This holiday event will end with another charity ball on New Year’s Eve. Stop back then to see my New Year’s ball gown.
Wishing you a peaceful, joyful, and happy Christmas!
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Darq’s gown is satin. Rabbit-fur like feather trims the sleeve caps. A bit of the trim-fluff was incorporated into her hairpiece. The feather trim is also used on the top of the hem’s satin fringe. Hand stitching that trim was difficult because the thread kept getting snarled by the soft strands of feather-fluff. Darq holds a rabbit-fur muff in her right hand (way easier to sew!). The idea for this gown came from a coloring book.
I wish you all the best this Christmas Day! — Catherine
DARQ: Hello! I am grateful for all who follow this blog and extend to you a heartfelt wish for a Happy Thanksgiving!
CATHERINE: I’ll second that – Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And, Darq, how do you like the 1920’s style gown I made for you?
DARQ: I love it! Especially because everyone can see the shiny bling on my shoes — — —
CATHERINE mutters: You and your shoes.
DARQ: What did you say?
CATHERINE: Enjoy the ball and Thanksgiving . See you when you get back to the farm.
NOTE TO SEWERS:
Here’s the inspiration for Darq’s gown —
This came from a cut-out book of 1920’s paper dolls. The gown is brown satin with metallic confetti. The contrasting tabs are synthetic suede lined with the same satin as the dress. Sewing all those point on the hem of the dress and sleeves was a challenge. I ended up using tulle for a facing because lining the dress would have made things far too bulky.
What will Darq wear for a “Winter Wonderland” gown for the Christmas charity ball she’ll attend next month? Follow this blog and find out!