I’m getting closer on Madeleine’s pattern. It took four tries to get her body the size I wanted. The first was a little too thin, so I added 1/4 inch all the way around on the pattern pieces. That was way too fat, so I cut back to 1/8 inch all the way around, which was better, but still too large front to back. The winner had 1/8 inch added on each of the original side seams for a total of 1/2 inch overall. Here’s a picture with the original body.
I didn’t take pictures of attempts 2 and 3, so I can’t show you rotund Madeleine. I realize that the difference between the original and the final version is subtle, so here’s a side by side comparison.
Here’s the three attempts at her arm. The first draft is on the left. I decided I didn’t like the position of the curve so I drafted the other two. The one in the center is the version pinned to Madeleine in her pictures. I decided the one on the right was too long, but I’m going to try a slightly shorter version before I make my final choice.
Madeleine is currently 14 inches tall head to toe, so I will size her up to both 16 and 18 inches and make test bears before I finalize the pattern. But first, ears!