Thought this might be interesting to post, the evolution of my plushie doll body pattern over the last month or so, starting from the first attempt in the top-left to the most recent attempt in the bottom-right.
1st attempt (Top-Left) - Starting out by using the proportions of the designs I’d sketched initially as a base. Happy with the chest shape, but arms (which were sewn onto the body separately) were too short and too thin, and the legs too far apart, looks a little ungainly XP;. Had trouble with the feet too, and has two different feet that I tested different patterns with, neither of which worked out too well.
2nd Attempt (Top-Right) - Adjusted the legs so they were closer together, made the body a bit longer and also made the arms a bit longer and wider. Made several more attempts at feet, but none of the tests worked out. Used this version of the pattern for my Vixen Plush, and worked around the foot problem by making boot-shaped feet.
3rd Attempt (bottom-left) - Tried something different with the arms, but they ended up just looking like fat sausages XP. Feet getting better, but the dart in the toe is too long making the feet look flat.
Final Attempt (bottom-right) - Took a simpler approach and added the arms directly onto the body pattern, with the hands separate so the thumbs face forward. Turns out simple is best, as it looks a lot better, and saves some sewing time XD! Slightly altered the legs so they’re not so far apart, and after a bit more faffing with feet finally got a foot shape I’m happy with!
There’s always room for tweaking of course, and the current pattern will no doubt change over time, but for now I’m happy to use it for my next plush so expect that in the coming weeks =3.