I bought a faux tree and put it up. It needed a lot of fluffing, but now I have Christmas weeks earlier than before. I don't know how I feel about it yet. It looks fine, but faux. Decorating to follow soon. I do have an asthmatic cat. She hasn't sniffed it at all, so I assume it will be easier on her.
Yesterday I worked on a Little Black Dress with a group of like minded women. Mine is blue and yellow. It was most pleasant. At our first meeting we went through much fitting of patterns and muslins. This time we were working with the final fabric but still fitting and fitting again. What a difference it makes! People were really looking quite spectacular! The extra time is worth it. It's also wonderful to get feedback and help as you sew. We are all pretty experienced and just hummed along. I have a ridiculous number of seams and a very flexible silky jacquard fabric, so I seem to be fitting a moving target. But it's coming along and as I rarely make anything with a defined waist, I'm interested to see how it turns out. I have fabric planned for a little shrug like jacket to go over it, so I can cover up anything that is iffy, right?