Well, just when I thought there was nothing new on the horizon... today I learnt about Madame Alexander 14" Girl dolls and the passionate following they have.
In my search for patterns I found the book "Madame Alexander 14" Girl Victorian Doll Patterns" by Martha Campbell Pullen.
I had never heard of Madame Alexander dolls but a quick internet search revealed my ignorance. These dolls have a long history and devoted followers.
This book is a delight - frilly, lacey, be-ribboned dresses for dolls. All instructions and patterns included. Also very importantly the author is a friend and supporter of machine sewing and serging/overlocking.