If there's anyone out there like me, who has yet to graduate from using packs and kits, you might like this site. You might remember it from 20-odd years ago!
I had one of their dolls - Polly - when I was little and she now belongs to my 2 year old.
I bought one for my son that is nearly finished - still have to make most of the clothes.
I'm quite chuffed, considering I haven't sewn on more than a button before! Loads of mistakes - looks very "homemade" (check the legs!) but I'll get better :)