The instructions are intended for the beginner who has never attempted a bishop, which explains why there are plenty of illustrations and not an overwhelming amount of variations. I learned myself that once you master the basics, then it is easier to get a little more creative. Besides, what is prettier than a basic bishop on a little girl?
View A is designed to open down the back with a continuous placket, tiny buttons and loops. While View B, has a simple placket that buttons all the way down the front.
This is one of those timeless patterns that you will use many times over the years. I started making bishops about 21 years ago when our daughter was born. I loved how easy they were to make and how comfortable she was in them. After she outgrew the style, I was then making them for our niece, baby gifts, and for our local heirloom store. Now I am looking forward to making them for grandchildren in a few years!