beginning of 'deconstruction'
begin to shape what I will cut out as actual pattern pieces
A lot gets worked out in the paper - but still things go through several stages. Sewing up a prototype pattern (a muslin, if it was a garment) isn't always as easy or as smooth as you thought it would be. Things get ripped out - pieces saved and others recut etc. etc... and hopefully by the end of the day (or two) you have a brand new, designed-by-you toy pattern with most of the major kinks worked out.
Hopefully you'll meet a cloth version of this lion soon!