Who doesn't love a hippo in a bikini, right? there was a good deal of trial and error to get the parts to look and fit right. it was easiest to work them up flat using a circular. I could slide the work to the middle of the needle and 'try it on' to see if I was on track for size. once the pieces fit, i just sewed them in place...front and back with matching yarn and a couple of stitches.