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October 1, 2019 – Darq Returns!

CATHERINE: Welcome back to the farm Darq! My but you look like a weary traveler.

DARQ: I am a weary traveler, mostly because of the stormy weather delaying air flights to Pennsylvania — and spending way too many hours in waiting areas. I’m feeling as rumpled as my traveling vest!

CATHERINE: Such a pretty vest with all that embroidered applique work.

DARQ: It’s a Wysotti design vest I bought on my homeworld. There’s a bigger applique on the back. Take a look—

CATHERINE: Wow, that’s gorgeous. So is your hairpiece.

DARQ: The hair decoration was a gift from both my sisters. Such medallions worn in the hair are the current fad on my homeworld.

CATHERINE: And speaking of fancy, turn around and show me your shoes.

DARQ turns around —

CATHERINE: Definitely bling-worthy!

DARQ: By the way Catherine, the flowers are for you. I know how much you love wild flowers, so I brought you some from my homeworld.

CATHERINE: Aren’t there laws against bringing real flowers and plants to Earth? Didn’t the MIB [Men in Black] tell you that?

DARQ (chuckles): Even though these flowers are an accurate depiction of the flowers of my homeworld, they are fakes. Synthetic materials. No pollen, no scent, no bees, no seeds.

CATHERINE (sighs with relief): Thank you for the flowers! Now, what’s on your schedule of appearances while you’re here on planet Earth?

DARQ: First up will be a Halloween Party at the end of the month.

CATHERINE: And the party’s theme?

DARQ: A Sock Hop.

CATHERINE: Oh, what fun. Rock-n-Roll, Poodle Skirts —

DARQ: I’m to wear a skirt made from a dog’s hide?

CATHERINE (laughs): No! Poodle skirts are made of felt. The skirt has an applique of a Poodle dog on it. (Catherine smirks.) And, oh, my dear, just wait until you find out what you have to wear under that skirt.

DARQ: What?

CATHERINE: I’m not going to tell. You and this blog’s readers will just have to stop back on Halloween to find out what your Poodle Skirt looks like and what’s under it!

DARQ: Sounds like a plan.

~~~~~~Note to Sewers~~~~~ I hand embroidered the symbols on Darq’s vest and then machine appliqued them to the fabric. I used my sewing machine’s stitch features to put the feather/leaves onto the garment. The vest fabric is corduroy with a neon blue metallic lame lining. The rest of her outfit is a polyester blouse over linen slacks. Comfy clothes for traveling!

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Stop back on Halloween to see the Sock Hop reveal of Darq’s Poodle Skirt and accessories !

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Posted by on October 1, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Heading Home . . .

DARQ: Well, Catherine, and all you have dropped by this past year and in previous years, it is once again time for me to go home to my husband and children. As the sign indicates, I’ll be back October 1 to resume diplomatic relations with Planet Earth. Of course, the running joke with this blog is that I’m a shoe-aholic and love bling. The above photo is misleading. There’s plenty of bling on my shoes. Let me just lift my pant legs a bit —

So I’ll see you all come fall! Have a great summer, Catherine.

CATHERINE: Have a safe journey home!

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NOTE TO SEWERS: The fabric is faux-suede. The “flower sprays” are iron-ons. The larger daisies are sewn down. The blouse is a cotton print. Nothing fancy, but all of it is comfortable wear — and very travel worthy!

Stop back October 1 and greet Darq when she returns for another season of fashionable outfits and gala events!

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Posted by on May 1, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Easter 2019

DARQ: I’m running a bit late due to rainy weather, but I am posting this quick –

Happy Easter !

CATHERINE: And the same to you, Darq, and all who drop by this Easter Sunday.

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Of course the running joke with this blog is that Darq is a shoe-aholic and loves bling, so here’s a look at her Easter Shoes –

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NOTE TO SEWERS – the jacket is a circle folded back and has arm holes. The flowery trim is a self-adhesive I found in a bargain bin – and I used all three yards on the spool because the trim went on the inside and outside of the jacket. The pants are linen. The purse opens and is actually a charm that could have gone on a bracelet.

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Darq will be returning to her homeworld on May 1, so drop by to wish her a safe journey home. She’ll return come fall.

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Posted by on April 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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St. Patrick’s Day 2019

DARQ: Top o’ the morning to ye and —

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

CATHERINE: And the same to you, Darq. Oh, my, I know where you are in the world!

DARQ (with a puzzle frown gracing her brow): You can’t possibly know where.

CATHERINE: Okay, I can’t precisely know where you’re at, but I know it’s got something to do with the tropics.

DARQ: How can you tell?

CATHERINE: First, your sign has palm fronds on it. Secondly, you’re not wearing “winter-wear.” Third — the water in the frog pond isn’t frozen, and there’s a giant frog sitting on the edge of the pond. Man, that’s some frog!

DARQ chuckles, then says: You missed the leprechaun behind the hat.

CATHERINE: Did not. And just why does he have his hands behind his back?

DARQ: Magic! All this is his magic to put me ankle deep in shamrocks and greenery so I would have a sensational picture to send to you. Just look down —

CATHERINE mutters something about blinged out shoes covered in bling before saying: You’re in such good spirits. Any chance you’re tipsy on green beer?

DARQ stifles the urge to laugh: Not yet, but the party’s only just beginning. I have to go. Have a great St. Pat’s Day!

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NOTE TO SEWERS: Darq’s pants and the darker green trim on her top are corduroy. The green top has a V-yoke with a 4-leaf clover decal. Nothing fancy but Darq is a-wearing GREEN!

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Darq will be off somewhere in the world for Easter. Stop back and see what she’s wearing .

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Posted by on March 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Valentine’s Day 2019

CATHERINE: Now just who’s behind that little ol’ hat?

Why it’s — Darq!

DARQ: Hi, Catherine, and yes, it is me. Don’t you just love the hat?

CATHERINE: Being a Red Hatter, of course I love a blinged out hat!

DARQ: Can’t stay to chat, the tea’s being served out on the lawn. Some lawn! It’s as big as your front corn field. They’ve got long rows of tables filled with cleverly crafted and brightly colored mignardises (which they tell me is another name for petit fours) and a whole bunch of tiny sandwiches on six-tiered platter towers. Gotta go!

CATHERINE: What? Go? Without showing off your shoes?

DARQ: Oh, right. They’re not too fancy, but they are comfortable and practical for traipsing on grass. (Darq lifts the hem of her dress to reveal — )

DARQ: Now, I really must go! (And she dodges the hearts strewn about the walkway to the gates and onto the lawn.)

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Stop back on Saint Patrick’s Day to find out where in the world Darq is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and what she’ll be a’wearin’!

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NOTE TO SEWERS: Sometimes the simplest gown can be remarkably pretty. This is a white on white cotton fabric with pink trim. The print on the fabric is a heart made of hearts and love birds.

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Posted by on February 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

2019 – Happy New Year

DARQ: Happy New Year 2019! As you can see, the midnight hour was a gay one and this mansion’s filled with streamers and confetti!

CATHERINE: What’s that horn-like thing against the wall?

DARQ: It’s not a horn but a cannon, well sort of a cannon. (Darq chuckles.)

CATHERINE: What do you mean by sort of a cannon?

DARQ (who stifles her chuckles): It was filled with streamers and confetti. When they hit the blast button, it went off with a POOF, not a BANG. Most of the streamers just plopped out. So funny! Oh, and I have been getting awesome compliments on my outfit! The fabric is so fluid and drapes like a dream. Thank you for making it for me.

CATHERINE: You’re very welcome, Darq. So tell me, did anyone remark on your shoes?

DARQ: I doubt anyone even noticed them, but that was the point, wasn’t it?
— not to have my shoes distract from the impact of the outfit?

CATHERINE: Oh, definitely! So, go, enjoy the party —

DARQ: And breakfast and the New Year’s Day Parade?

CATHERINE: Exactly. See you when you get back to the farm.

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Note to Sewers: This is another Erte-inspired outfit for Darq. It’s also the easiest one I’ve ever created. Here’s the original sketch—

The fabric is gold crepe satin, underlined with tulle (which made making the hems look nicer without creating bulk that would keep the crepe from draping well. The actual Erte design was for a 2-piece pajama outfit, with the jacket having the sleeves laced to the jacket. Since I didn’t have such small grommets available, I sewed the sleeve in, then laced gold cord over the seam and topped the jacket side with gold beads (mimicking the grommets). As to the culottes— Darq got pants because the original culottes had slippers incorporated. Yeah, slippers, and those slippers had soles of multi-colored woven straw! That’s way beyond my couture abilities. Also, I didn’t include initials on the jacket nor put in a pocket on Darq’s pants. For the curious, the jacket pattern is just two big rectangles with a back seam and the front opening. The sleeves go in along the top edge (shoulder seam). I truly enjoyed making this project (but I certainly did not enjoy tying those itty-bitty front ties!).

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Stop back Valentine’s Day to see what Darq’s doing and wearing!

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Christmas 2018

Happy Holidays to All !

DARQ: I’m enjoying a winter wonderland Christmas. Best gift I got from Catherine is my newest blinged out shoes!

CATHERINE: Be sure to stop back on New Year’s Day to see the new Erte-inspired gown Darq will be wearing.

***NOTE TO SEWERS from Catherine: I was inspired to make Darq’s tunic from a picture of a sweatshirt that had such a ribbon-bow configuration. The striped tunic Darq wears is a cotton stripe. The pants are sparkly white denim (the photo doesn’t do the sparkles justice).

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Posted by on December 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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