(i think my poppet already has her own personality, i can already hear her talking to me )
Oh they do. It's hard sometimes with the first one but sometimes it's like they are just shouting at you! She'll tell you what she wants for hair and eyes.
It's nice to know that I'm not the only schizo in the thread! Bronwen was very quiet and unopinionated, and the puppy was just eager to be made, but my 3rd has been chatting her little soul out since I started cutting her pieces out. She even told me her name already!
I still haven't closed up her appendages, torso or head, but last night I added eyes and eyelids and eyelashes. I would say it was a stupendous failure, the eyelashes in particular. UGH. I used tinselly looking costume eyelashes from Target, positioned, repositioned, repositioned, repositioned, finally committed and glued... then trimmed.... and OMG they look like a preschooler took her scissors to her eyelashes. BAD. Chopped and uneven, even to each other. If they weren't glued down with the safety eye and felt "whites" and eyelids I would just trash the eyes and try again, but everything is pretty well permanent on that head. I'm considering starting another head.
Stitch - Many, many people have made the dress, so you will certainly hear some useful advice. I haven't made it, because I had the same questions that you do. And I noticed that all of Bronwen's shirts and dresses don't really fit under her arms, but I don't think that her arms are too low. I'm interested to hear how everyone else's poppets fare with this issue...