DARQ: Above is me in my Erte-inspired suede hat and coat. As promised, Catherine added matching boots — with bling! And here’s me taking the “Erte Pose” —
CATHERINE: Sorry, Darq, the black and white sketch was so fine a print that I had a difficult time scanning it to get it to post here.
CATHERINE: Pity the pockets didn’t turn out like the sketch, but working with the suede at that small a scale was impossible, so I ended up using felt.
DARQ: Sheesh, Catherine, I LOVE the pockets–they are bling of a different color! (Darq grins.)
CATHERINE, smiling: You and your bling. Okay, so I figured you’d like the orange and purple.
DARQ: That’s the colors the illustration said, wasn’t it?
CATHERINE: Not exactly. The illustration said the brown suede coat was TRIMMED in orange and purple. I suspect the triangle trim on the pockets was dense embroidery, which I couldn’t duplicate. But I did top-stitch everything in purple and orange like the illustration showed.
DARQ: So what do you like best about my Easter outfit?
CATHERINE: The hat. It was a simple rectangle with fabric cut out to form the front, but the veil, now that was Erte genius!
DARQ: Yeah, who would have guessed the veil keeps the hat in place.
CATHERINE: Right and that’s because the veil is under the hat, attached along the sides. The tail of the two veils comes out the back opening. But, Darq, my dear, Erte placed the veil over the model’s face, the edge coming under her nose.
DARQ: And I told you no way was I going to have that edge under my nose smothering me.
CATHERINE: You can’t smother–it’s a chiffon veil, a loose weave! And, hey, you’re a starfighter pilot who, when flying, goes around with all kinds of gizmos covering your face.
DARQ: That’s different.
CATHERINE: Yeah, right . . . Anyway, I’ve got a ham to bake so wish everyone a Happy Easter, and don’t pig out on your Easter basket of chocolates.
DARQ (grabbing a chocolate Easter egg from the basket): HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
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Note: Erte is the Father of Art Deco
A NOTE FROM CATHERINE TO SEWERS: I think Erte used wood beads for the “belt,” but I used metal jewelry findings and glass beads–because its hard to find the right size/color of tiny wood beads! And, well, Darq does love bling. I also have to say that backward engineering any fashion design is always challenging. I also believe that if I didn’t have the years of sewing and projects from undergarments to tailored Hunt Seat and Saddle Seat riding attire behind me, I would not have been able to figure out how he did what he did.
And I wish you all a very Happy Easter!
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