I really like this dress, and I agree that it's better than Nellie's Spring party dress. I got it the day it came out at AGPC (December 26, 2004) and have had no trouble with discoloration as others have. I must admit I've never put it on my Samantha. I have other dolls that wear it. I put it on #6 and was very impressed with the dress on her! Her green eyes really bring out the rosebud stems.
This just seems like a classic doll dress to me, and any doll looks cute in it.