A minute before midnight, Darq though she found a quiet corner just beyond the ballroom at the hacienda and Skyped a message to Catherine without the MIB (Men In Black) noticing. Barely had Catherine and Darq exchanged greetings when the countdown to midnight began and…
the confetti and streamers were released …
which became a deluge!
In the aftermath, Darq looks at the pool of streamers at her feet–
Over the joyful cacophony of party-goers voices singing Auld Lang Syne, DARQ says: Happy New Year, Catherine!
CATHERINE, who stifles a yawn: And the same to you my friend.
DARQ: This celebration is muy grande despite all the champagne toasts.
CATHERINE: Enjoying yourself, are you?
DARQ: Indeed. And the envy of more than a few senoritas.
CATHERINE: Please tell me you’re not flirting with their husbands.
DARQ: I’m not. But a few of the men have turned on the charm. After all, there’s nothing like one of your Erte-inspired gowns to turn heads and catch a half-dozen or so gentleman’s eyes.
CATHERINE: Oh, dear. I knew that neckline revealed too much cleavage!
DARQ chuckles, then says: Nothing’s spilling out. Oh– Gotta go. El Presidente is headed this way. See you in a couple weeks. Enjoy your New Year’s day! (The connection ends).
**NOTE TO SEWERS:
This is the Erte illustration that was the source of inspiration for Darq’s New Year’s gown–
The original Erte gown was a summer dress made of white lawn with blue embroidery trim. Both the skirt and sleeves are “handkerchief hemmed” and fall in draping points. The girdle’s sash was blue with a rose at the end of the long tie-end. Since Darq needed a winter gown, I used a lightweight, crushed panne (velvet). The white contrast of the bodice and girdle are metallic grosgrain ribbon. It took 5 yards of trim for the outfit–and I can’t imagine how many yards an adult-sized dress would have needed! Here’s a look at the flower trim belt-end and, of course, the shoes that match the outfit–
** Darq will be back with a Valentine’s outfit
so stop by this blog February 14th. **