Try increasing the olive oil. I actually put 10-20mL worth of straight olive oil with a few drops of EO added on each leg after I shower. I leave it on while I do my hair and makeup stuff, then rub the legs lightly with a towel. The oil often entirely soaks in. It's the only thing that will keep my legs from looking and feeling like tree bark a few months a year. The bonus to using an oil is that they will act a bit like a moisture barrier against the chlorine.
I think it's definitely a cowl-neck like Eliea posted... probably the neckline was too flimsy to hold her mic so they clipped the mic to her shirt and bra-strap. That's what it looks like. To duplicate the asymetrical neck, just gather a bit and pleat it similarly and stitch it. I think it would also be a cute spot to sew on an accessory like a neat button or a farbric flower made of the part trimmed from the shirt.
With unstuffed dotees- they could be moderately embellished as long as there is no huge hair or large beads. I think the thickness would have to be under 1cm for the package (1/3 inch or so) Maybe the sender could include a couple feet of the thread they use to make the dotee as well to sew up the gap.
Or.. just a thought... we could send dotees unstuffed in a regular legal size envelope and include a question on the form "Would you mind stuffing the dotee you receive yourself?" for people outside the US. I know I wouldn't mind, personally. They could likely be shipped for regular letter costs that way.
I finished up my swap items last night... the final item sure did a number on my hands. My fingers are pretty stiff today... and I spend a good 6 hours a day working on excel spreadsheets I just need to pack things up and write a note I wanted to keep every single thing I made... I hope crescentfresh likes them. It's good to be done.
I would love to participate in another dotee swap... but unfortunately the shipping for each little doll from canada to the US was $5.30.. and I can't afford to pay that x4 or x5... times are tough right know and all. That was for the cheapest shipping option. Anyone Canadian have any tips for shiping cheaper? I suppose the dotees could be shipped just in a legal envelope... I put mine in a sheet of tissue and in a small bubble mailer. Im not sure if that would save much though.