This is a good outfit for Nellie or #17 to wear as well. The blue can really bring out their eyes.
The pinafore can be worn with nearly any Samantha outfit except the bridesmaid dress, which is too poufy and weird to work with it. A versatile piece, it can make the outfit look a lot less formal.
The dress was one I first saw with Sam standing by a tree in a 1999/1998/1997 catalog. Since then, I have loved it and I'm glad I have it. The pattern is woven into the fabric, not printed, and like Felicity's work dress, it is elegant without being annoyingly frilly, and one of Sam's few casual things.
The socks are the same as her tea dress socks, and the hairbow is good quality and the same woven fabric as the dress.