Spring is here!

And it’s full of bright, beautiful color! We have four new models, in pinks, greens, blues and yellows. Check them out at our Etsy shop (www.melodyvalerie.etsy.com) or click on the links in the widget at the right.

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The Precocious Party Dress is available in two colors, for extra fun! Choose Candy Pink or Apple Green, depending on your doll’s fancy, and then party all night!

 

 

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 The Summer Breezes dress is great for that elegant summertime outing; it evokes hot summer days with the slightest hint of a cool breeze. Rich, clear blue with solid white accents, finished with a bold, distinctive Melody Valerie bow.

 

 

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Dainty white polka dots adorn this soft yellow cotton; gentle ruffles and a tiny, delicate silk ribbon bow add softness and femininity to a dress that evokes the first tender buds of springtime.  It will also serve as a sundress during the warmer days of summer, especially for dolls with more delicate coloring.

 

 

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Alice in Candyland: the brightness and cheer of a pink plaid, with a cute ruffled skirt and pleated shoulder straps. Great for adventuring, whether it be tromping around the backyard, climbing trees, splashing through streams, or just reading a good work of fiction.

 

 

We hope you enjoy our spring and summer offerings! And be sure to check back next week (April 3) for a special surprise…

Melody, Melinda, Kirsten, Samantha and Lisette

The Countdown Has Begun!

That’s right, only one week left until the Launch! I’m sorry I haven’t posted more lately, but as you can imagine getting an entire line ready is not a small task. Here’s an update on what we’ve all been doing:

I’ve been busy running all over creation, getting the last bits of fabric and trim and thread and the countless other little things that we need. Melinda has been sewing, sewing, sewing (threads are starting to come out her ears!) and Samantha is up to her elbows in computer files. I’m very bad at organizing them, so they were getting very cluttery and awkward to use. She jumped right in and is now fully embroiled in reorganizing them so that we can find them easily later.  Lisette hasn’t got an official job description yet, other than ‘model’, but she’s started work on writing the ads, and they look really good so far. And our cousin Kirsten is visiting! She came in on the train about a week ago, and after a few hours of fun and games, we went right back to work…and got her to help too! She’s really good at handwork and loves putting in zippers.

In a couple of days we’ll start boxing up dresses (that’s always exciting) and then next week sometime we’ll have a Grand Photoshoot. I was really hoping to have it outdoors, but it’s been raining all this week, and unless it starts drying out really soon, it will be too muddy. So we may have to have a Grand Indoor Photoshoot (which would be disappointing—but still fun.)

And that’s about what’s going on these days! I’ve got to run—there’s still lots and lots to do! But I’m getting very, very excited to show you what we’ve been doing all winter

Love,
Melody

The Sew Expo Report

I (Melinda) went a week ago Saturday (sorry it took me so long to tell you about its wonders)! I spent the whole day shopping, looking at all the wonderful booths and dreaming of new projects. I did find some fabric for the spring line–it was almost the first thing I found when I walked in the fair! A friend of mine pointed me towards this booth where they had a lot of wonderful fabric on rolls, just begging for new homes. And they had exactly the color of chiffon I was looking for!  Needless to say, I snapped it up.

I spent the rest of the day exploring the expo. One booth had all kinds of fabulous stuffs— exotic, amazing and truly gorgeous! Wool from Italy, linen from Ireland; and one bolt of wool (it was a lovely light blue color) was softer than butter. I hadn’t planned to shop for the fall line at the Expo, so I didn’t buy anything, but next year you can count on seeing some of these amazing fibers featured in the new designs! There were all kinds of booths, carrying quilting fabrics, embroidery and smocking supplies, sewing machines, apparel fabrics, outdoor fabrics, antiques, embellishments, and oh! one of my favorite places was a little booth packed with cotton lace. It had all been made in France, and it was exquisite. I bought some because it was all too beautiful not to. (Look out for some amazing lace coming up someday, too!) Anyway it was a wonderful day, with inspiration and gorgeous fabric galore!

I’m definitely going again next year. If you’re around, you should come too!

Melinda