After what can only be described as excessive over-thinking of various details, the cat is finished at last. In truth, he's been sitting on my work table, fully stuffed with limbs attached and all, for at least the last month. I was having a hard time deciding about such important inclusions as tails, whiskers and bow ties and the result of all this was that I didn't get much of anything done at all. This is totally my way. I finally decided to just go ahead and finish him, figuring that I could always go back and redo anything that I wasn't happy with. This guy will be staying in-house since Mariam generally insists that prototype animals go straight to her room once photographed. There have been occasional exceptions (can you spot the original Ms. Rabbit now living here?), but Mariam had staked her claim on this fellow before I even started drawing the pattern pieces.
Now comes the part where I have to decide what changes I want to make before I start writing the pattern in earnest. A tail, first of all, is definitely something that I want to be part of the final version. This guy actually does have a tail, but I'm kind of keeping it to myself at the moment because I can't decide if it's a keeper. Oh, and also because a mini-storm rolled in as I was taking pictures this afternoon and the whole house got all dark and shadowy, effectively obliterating any chance of a decent picture of said tail. I also need to work a bit more on the bow tie. I like this one fine, but I think that I need to come up with a more child friendly (read: harder to untie) version. Maybe involving some velcro? Hmm... Also, Dan seems to think that Mr. Cat's ears are a bit too fox-like. I'm on the fence on this one and and am happily gathering opinions on the matter, if you happen to have one.
Oh! And I'm also still musing over a proper name for my cat. I'll keep thinking on it, but don't worry, you'll be the first to know when I've got something good.