I learned a very valuable lesson last week -- people LOVE these toddler paper dolls! As much as I love creating paper dolls in a variety of techniques and styles, these are by far the most popular of my paper dolls.
Recently, I bought a pack of hand-drawn icons for a different project. It's a great set, and I thought it would make a cute back-to-school pattern. So I colored the icons & created a pattern specifically for this doll. It isn't a secret that I don't create every single pattern. I try to find balance between being an artist (create everything from scratch! It's the only "authentic" way!!) and being a designer (assemble assets in an awesome way). I also try to be as transparent as possible about what I create and what I borrow. It really just comes down to this: some people are better at created certain things than I am and I'm ok with that.
This is also the first toddler paper doll that isn't based on a previous doll! I really wanted to create a back-to-school themed doll before the end of September. My son is in school and loving it, thankfully! I wanted to give her a name that meant wisdom and I went with Karasi. In my search, this popped up as an African name meaning wisdom. "African" as a language seems kinda dubious to me. It's not like the entire continent had a unified language anymore than any other continent would. But I liked the name and went with it.
The pattern is the real centerpiece of this set and I hope you like it as much as I do! Have fun!