I'm still not entirely sure the stuffing is adequate, but I didn't think it a idea to keep redoing it indefinately. By the way, after cutting the taped dress off, I also put tape on the inside to stabilize it. I only closed it after that.
Mary is covered in grey-brown cotton jersey. I simply cut four pieces roughly to size (front and back bottom, front and back top), taped the first edges on and than overlapped the next piece, pinned it down and handstitched.
A little bit of 'plastic surgery' was needed at her breasts. The tape was rather wobbly there (probably from the t-shirt 'shrinking' back into shape after I took it off) so I put some small jersey scraps under the cover, to even out the offending bits.
What do you think? Does she look like me?