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