I always start by laying out fabrics to play with color and contrast. The pattern has her nekkid-ish, so I revamped it a little and added a clamshell (that was seriously a lot of work - if I do add these as bookends on something I'm doing, I'll plan to give her a washed out green textured skin and call it a day)
3 1/2 hours of work later - and I finally got her put back together. I always have this angst about remembering to give myself the 1/4 inch seam allowance so I can sew it back together! but it worked.
Isn't she lovely? She measures out about 7.5 inches tall, which made putting her in to a block with some of our fun gift quilt mail pretty easy! :)