Melody Valerie Now on Etsy!

Here we come, world! Please check out our Etsy shop, where you can purchase either the Joie de Vivre dress or the Coppery Delights dress, www.MelodyValerie.etsy.com. And keep checking back — we hope to have the next two dresses up for sale soon!

Melody

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The Bow


In case you hadn’t noticed, bows are pretty common with us. In fact, you’ll find one on each of our dresses! That’s because it’s our way of saying each dress is a Melody Valerie Couture original. And because our dresses are often quite different from each other, their bows will be different too. So enjoy looking for the bows on all of our creations, and seeing how each reflects the character of its dress!

Melody

An inspiration

Just yesterday as I was sewing in the studio, I was listening to the radio and they were playing this piece of music.  It was an arrangement for brass of Arthur Sullivan’s The Lost Chord. I didn’t know a thing about the piece, but it gave me an idea. What if we made a ‘Cathedral dress’? The music sounded fitting for a holy place, its high ceilings flooded with bright, white light. It had a great peace and stillness about it, as well as a sort of majesty. So the dress to go with this music would be white, or maybe (perhaps) pale yellow; long, flowing, with a sense of upward motion. Maybe it would be simple. But it would definitely look like a moment of calmness and purity seized and then materialized in fabric. The note I scribbled to myself next to the rough sketch was, “all about light and up,” which sums it up pretty well.

Later I went and looked up the piece. Arthur Sullivan, as it turns out, is the Sullivan of ‘Gilbert and Sullivan’ fame, and The Lost Chord is a commmemoration of his brother’s death. (That would explain the calmness, splendor and majesty!) The Cathedral dress won’t have anything to do with the sorrow of the piece, but the stillness was certainly a very interesting beginning to an idea.

–Melinda

First Fall/Winter 2008 dresses available!

Joie de Vivre

We are pleased to announce that the first two dresses in our Fall/Winter 2008 Line are now available online!

Check out the cute and understated Joie de Vivre  dress. Whether your doll has professional responsibilities or just loves to show off her sense of style in a more low-key way, this will definitely fill a need in her wardrobe.

We are also offering the Coppery Delights dress, a symphony in elegance and class. If you have any occasions to be out this coming holiday season, this dress is your ticket to enjoying those parties and nights out in perfect style!

We’re so excited to be introducing these two new dresses and look forward to sharing the rest of our fabulous new designs with you soon!

Coppery Delights

~Melody, for Melody Valerie Couture

Announcing Melody Valerie Couture!

Hello World!

In case you didn’t know, Melody Valerie Couture is a small business dedicated to providing beautiful, high quality dresses for American Girl dolls. We’re immensely pleased (actually, we’re bursting with excitement) to be starting our very own blog! Here we’ll list all the dresses we make, along with lots of fabulous photos and links to the Etsy listings, so that if you find you really can’t live without a certain dress, you’ll have the opportunity to get it.

As the days go by, we hope to add more pictures, sketches, and descriptions of whatever new ideas are coming out our ears. We hope you’ll stop by often and see what we’re up to–we’re out to change the world into a more beautiful place, one American Girl doll dress at a time! 

–Melody, for Melody Valerie Couture