I've been developing a soft doll mermaid pattern and these are my test dollies. When coming up with a new design, it always amazes me how much time and effort goes into creating a consistent product. Even with handmade items, if it's for resale and I want to make more than one, I spend a lot of time refining and reworking until I get what I want. I realize that Handmade means things should look individual and not 'cookie cutter' (at least that's my definition)- but I like to refine my design so it becomes easier on me. I can make each item more quickly and easily and that translates to more inventory (and more money).
Do you spend much time developing your work? Are you a fanatic at keeping records of your progress or do you just "wing it"? I'm in the wing-it category, myself.
Look for these dolls and patterns to be listed in my Etsy shop in the next week or so.