This dress is beautiful in its simplicity. While I liked Sam's stories as a kid, I always thought her collection was a bit too frou-frou. This dress is an exception. It's very versatile and totally appropriate for a little girl of the time period. It's just as believable for Nellie to wear it as it is for Samantha.
I happen to think this dress looks better on redheaded dolls than Samantha. Mia is wearing it now and she looks absolutely adorable!