a quick update

Just to give you another taste of this custom order! It’s a bit further along now (actually looks like a dress, instead of two pieces) but I had to share the lace deliciousness…

–Melindalace dress in progress


our latest custom project: lace!

For this custom order, our task was simple.


Really, who wouldn’t want to take on such an amazingly open-ended commission? The only additional constrait was that it be a day dress, rather than a gown.

After some research I was clearly leaning towards a design somewhere in the 1870s to 1910s window; many dresses from those periods feature lace, and for other inexplicable reasons (including the abundance of muted pinks and beiges) it just felt Right.

This dress from the House of Worth (1902) uses lace and cutwork simultaneously, to scrumptious effect…

…whereas this dress (Callot Soeurs, 1915-16) is all about Drama! Imagine the tulle billowing behind the wearer as she walked into the room, coupled with the beadwork and metallic accents. But incredible evening gowns will have to wait for some other day.

For the task at hand, this one (1879) takes the cake. Simple, clean lines; day-dress length; and of course, lace! I loved the interplay of the satin petals with the rows and rows of open texture, and the off-handed luxury of it all. The sketch I came up with is below:  

And here’s a shot of the fabrics and laces we’ll use:

Until next time,


 —> inspiration images are from the Met Museum, www.metmuseum.org ; click on the individual photos to visit each dress’s page.

thank you everyone!

Launch was a smashing success, and we are extremely grateful to all our amazing customers who made it possible!

It’s been a little crazy around here — between getting launch all tied up prettily, and releasing our first pattern, the dust is just beginning to settle. Thankfully there are no shortage of wonderful things to do next. 😀 There are more patterns waiting in the wings, and we’ve already got a whole list of lovely custom orders slated that we can’t wait to share with you!

–Melinda and Melody

Announcing the first ever Melody Valerie sewing pattern!

Remember this dress?

This is the SchoolGirl dress, which appeared in our Fall/Winter collection three years ago, in 2009.  It’s one of our all-time favorite designs. And, through our new parternship with Liberty Jane Clothing (www.libertyjanepatterns.com) it’s now available for purchase as a downloadable, PDF sewing pattern!


If you’ve ever wanted a peek inside a Melody Valerie dress, but haven’t been able to, this is your chance! This pattern is fully illustrated with beautiful, step-by-step instructions, and will teach you how to (among other things) install an invisible zipper — one of the hallmarks of a real Melody Valerie.

We’re very excited for this new pattern partnership — head on over to Liberty Jane (http://www.libertyjanepatterns.com/2012/11/schoolgirl-dress-doll-clothes-pattern.html) to see it for yourself!

–Melinda and Melody