Honestly - I have been sewing. My huge, long to do list is completely overwhelming me and I sit in the living room after work and knit - which is fine because I still have a bunch of that to get done before the holidays as well.
In late October - I tested Violet for Abby of Blue Ginger Doll. Some changes were made during the testing process and I can't actually tell you if my dress is similar to the pattern or just a complete departure.
Color blocking is a very new thing for me and I'm not sure how or where or how much color blocking to add. The main fabric is a chocolate brown knit with ivory and blue polka dots. The fabric was purchased from Fabric.Com and is lovely. It's swishy and has a great hand. I bought a thin blue knit and used it for the yoke as well as the pockets (not in the original pattern, but since sewing Odette, I find I need pockets in everything!) - so I drafted some and added them.
While making this dress, I really, really, really tried to make friends with the coverstitch setting on my new to me serger. I did not win. In fact - my machine is still at the doctor, should be coming home next week.
Anyway - I highlighted all the yoke seams with blue double needle stitching. Because I believe accents should be done in threes - I bound the sleeve hems and neckline edges with the blue knit as well.
I chose the full skirted, short sleeved options. Short sleeves are my default these days.
This dress goes together quickly and easily. I'd like to try the pencil skirt version - not sure it's gonna happen in 2014 - but I will get to it. You know, as long as I'm not distracted by the new shiny pattern.