DARQ: I wish all who stop by a Happy Valentine’s Day – mine is going to be sensational because Catherine sewed another Erte-inspired gown for me so I could look fabulous at the dinner party I’m attending tonight in – oops, can’t divulge the location, national security and all that. Here’s the sneak peek at the gown–
There is nothing like velvet on my planet, Wysa, but I am totally in love with this fabric, and the satin lining. And the color. And, yes, peeping out from the front hem is a pair of velvet and satin shoes!
I couldn’t believe how sumptuous this gown turned out to be. I love it, love it, love it!
And here’s the Erte illustration I picked out for Catherine to work from:
Oh, so you want to see the back of the gown? Well, here ‘tiz–
The “train” is attached to the back of the skirt, which is pleated. Catherine says the pleats allow the train to be wider than the regular skirt would have been. The train folds up and is draped over my shoulders.
Since the dress is fully lined, Catherine did something interesting to the velvet side of the train–she twisted the fabric around to showcase the satin. . .
And then she had a brilliant idea to flip to the velvet side, which she decorated with a butterfly–
So, one outfit, many ways to wear it!
As to the clasp, it flips so it works for either the satin or velvet side.
What’s the gown look like with the train is down? Why–
Notice the V-neckline of the front and that the back one is decadently deeper.
CATHERINE: Your husband will appreciate that.
DARQ chuckles, then says: He’ll appreciate more undressing me after he discovers that plunging back V.
CATHERINE: I thought you had a limit on things you can transport when you ship back home.
DARQ: This is a must-have item. I love this gown more than the white and silver Erte outfit you made me for New Year’s Eve, 2013.
CATHERINE: Wow, and double wow.
DARQ: Besides, Catherine, this gown makes me feel and look ultra-classy. So, what’s the plan for St. Patrick’s Day?
CATHERINE, shocked expression on her face: You need another gown?
DARQ: No. I thought maybe I’d take you and your hubby out to dinner, someplace local. So, I guess all I need is regular wear.
CATHERINE: As in a uniform?
DARQ: No silly, civilian wear will do.
CATHERINE: What’s Wysotti civilian wear like?
CATHERINE: I mean, how different from Earth fashions is your civilian Wysotti clothing. Can you show me a picture or two of what you normally wear?
DARQ: You know, it would be nice to wear fashions from my homeworld . . . When I check in next week with fleet HQ, I’ll see about downloading pictures of current fashions so you can work from them. How’s that?
CATHERINE: Sounds good to me.
*** Stop back on St. Patrick’s Day to see Darq’s civilian Wysotti-wear. In green, of course, because St. Patrick’s Day is for the wearing of the green!
NOTE TO SEWERS: Darq’s Valentine’s gown is rayon velvet. I bought the fabric more than 10 years ago for the bib and sleeve cuffs of a dress I made for my local Morgan Horse association’s awards banquet. There was a lot of fabric left over. I used some a couple of Christmases ago, when I made my daughter an “old fashioned” Christmas Stocking. Still there was an L-shaped piece left, and that’s what I used for Darq’s gown. I used all of it. No scraps left.
Interestingly enough, the longest side of that L-piece of velvet remnant was just long enough to make the train–from shoulder seam to tip of the train is 40″. The gown is fully lined with metallic, stretch satin. The hardest part about sewing the gown was hand sewing the hem and attaching the lining to the sleeves at the cuffs. I must have tried six different hand-sewing needles before I found one that would pierce the tough rayon, slinky satin, and the metallic threads in the satin.
Now my only problem is how to preserve the gown without crushing the velvet. So if you have any ideas, please let me know.