After almost completing Gilbert the giraffe, I started stuffing him (using Poly-fil - 100% premium polyester), it was evident that something had gone slightly wrong in the - ahem - let's say leg area (ok it was the crotch, it was the crotch)...by that I mean he really did look like he'd had some sort of tragic accident out on the Savannah plains (?) which left him slightly puckered.
It was time to get professional help, so I emailed Louise Papas (creator of pattern) for a bit of guidance. She got back to me within the day and cleared up a couple of things but there is still something incorrect in my construction with the legs so I'll have another go. You can see from the pattern photo that the seam goes straight across rather than to a point like mine does.
I will update this post with some construction photos when I do the second giraffe - but for now, here is the finished product - just be polite and don't look where you know you shouldn't!