I made the doll as written, except to make the head separate from the torso and give her a move-able head with a neck stub (you can find how I do this in several posts on this blog). The pattern is exceptionally well written, with lots of construction photo's and detailed information. Particularly nice is the detail given to making her full and lovely head of hair.
My Ebony Jane is crocheted with sportweight wool yarn and a size 1 steel hook. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes sport in Chestnut, Blossom Heather, and Peapod. Her hair is a combination of three yarns: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in Fairytale, Plymouth Yarns Alpaca Boucle and Classic Elite Yarn Pirouette, a lace weight mohair. It took about 120 16 inch strands to cover her head.
Ebony Jane is 9 1/4 inches tall before being wigged. Her arm articulation is accomplished with twisted pipe cleaners. I am looking forward to many enjoyable hours making her a wardrobe, and some sista's :-)