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A Rockin’ Halloween 2019

From and undisclosed residence, Darq video chats with author Catherine E. McLean . . .

DARQ: Hello! I’m having a Rock-n-Roll time at this year’s Halloween Party where the theme is a “Sock Hop.”

CATHERINE: I love the Halloween decor – and you fit right in with your 1950’s Poodle Skirt!

DARQ: I actually stand out in my outfit – very retro as they say, and to satisfy the curious who read last month’s post about what’s under my poodle skirt –

CATHERINE chuckles, then says: A nylon net petticoat – how quaint! And itchy.

DARQ: Not so itchy. That’s because the layers of net are attached to my taffeta underpants, I mean pettipants.

CATHERINE: Okay, put the skirt down. I also see you’re wearing plain old saddle shoes. Considering how much you love bling on your shoes –

DARQ: Oh, ho – not so plain. The black is all glittery. The picture probably doesn’t show that very well. So my track record with blinged-out shoes still stands.

CATHERINE (mutters): except for the one time . . .

DARQ: Hey, Catherine, you won’t believe the party’s food – it’s retro-retro.


DARQ: Really-really. You should see the jello. Every color of the rainbow. Some dishes have three layers of color, others have veggies or fruits mixed in – one platter has mini watermelon-looking wedges –

Jello with veggies
Jello wedges

And then there is this –

An elaborately molded Jello.

But my favorite is this one infused with vodka!

CATHERINE: 1950’s food . . . Do they have any celery and cheese whiz? Spam on skewers?

DARQ (chuckles): Yes, those are on the buffet tables. They even have an old-fashioned Ice Cream Soda Fountain set up opposite the bar that offers 1950’s delights like Manhattans, Screwdrivers, and something I’ve yet to try – a Singapore Sling.

CATHERINE: Careful you don’t get tipsy.

DARQ: No chance with the rock-and-roll dances. I’ve already jived to Rock Around the Clock, and done The Twist, flubbed at the Hula Hoop Contest, and I’m on my way to the DJ with this album from the Rolling Stones.

CATHERINE: What’s the tune you’re going to have the DJ play?

DARQ: Heart of Stone.

CATHERINE: Rather a mild rock and roll tune.

DARQ: You think so?

CATHERINE shrugs, then says: I was never a music lover.

DARQ: Pity. I rather like this party’s rock-n-roll tunes. And speaking of parties, I finally have my itinerary of events for the coming months.

CATHERINE (groans): What costumes do you need?

DARQ (flashing a grin): No costume-costume. I need ball gowns.

CATHERINE: Ball gowns? Surly not for every occasion. How many of the events are themed affairs?

DARQ shakes her head: None are themed. I take that back. Maybe the overall theme is simple elegance.

CATHERINE: Elegance? As in, Erte and haute coutour fashions?

DARQ: Well, maybe one or two can be Erte-esque. As always, I’ll leave the designs to you. Just make me look sophisticated and lovely as always.

A voice booms out over the loudspeaker: Number 52 – Bring your song!

DARQ: That’s my number. I have to go. See you when I get back to the farm! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


Where will Darq be for Thanksgiving?

What kind of ball gown will she wear?

Stop back on Thanksgiving Day and see!



Making the poodle skirt brought back memories of the 1950’s and wearing one!

The skirt is felt (as was the original Poodle Skirt).

The poodle on the skirt is a purchased applique, but I embroidered the leash using crewel cotton, then laced the leash with metallic silver embroidery floss.

The saddle shoes are white felt with adhesive backed black glitter art foam. The laces are pearl cotton. (It wasn’t easy to tie those little bows!)

I sewed layers of orange, black, and green netting onto Darq’s taffeta pettipants.

I was going to add a belt, which was usually part of the costume, but the felt proved too bulky to be cinched in, so no belt.

SPECIAL NOTE – I took the inspiration for this costume and diorama from reading Liz’s post at the blog Vintage Inn . You might want to indulge in a bit of nostalgia there –

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Posted by on October 31, 2019 in Uncategorized


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!


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