When I was designing my Izannah Walker doll pattern, I chose to make a dress style like the original Izannah Walker doll wears below.
Sept/October 1993 issue of Antique Doll World
I liked the simplicity of the dress, and I was trying to design a dress pattern that could work for people who were new to doll making and dressmaking. Linda "Suzanne" Fletcher, a member in the present Izannah Walker Workshop, made the following doll and wardrobe for her doll. This goes to show that a simple design can be "fleshed out" in a variety of way with trim, different colors, a slight gathering of the sleeves, etc.
Linda isn't the only one to have taken this simple dress pattern and made it shine. There is a slide show on the front page of the workshop showing how different fabrics really make a difference.