Our latest pattern!

Guess what? After a lot of hard work, “Betsy” is now available as a PDF sewing pattern (and just in time for the new year, too!)

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This is a simple, clean-lined dress, and one of our first forays into knitwear. Probably its most distinctive feature is the crossed shoulder straps, which flow seamlessly into the skirt. But the softly ruched bodice is pretty fabulous too… And, using knit fabric means there are no closures — simple, step-into/pull-off construction makes dressing your doll super easy! No fighting with buttons, snaps, zippers or Velcro.

Make it in the long version from a metallic knit for a fabulous party gown, or pick the short skirt option for a fun sundress. The long version also features an optional ruffled petticoat — and both dresses feature a front yoke that’s the perfect spot to add embroidery or other embellishments.

Click the picture to go to the PixieFaire listing, or visit www.pixiefaire.com and find “Melody Valerie Couture” under the “Designers” tab.

Let us know in the comments if you make this….we’d love to hear about it!

Melinda and Melody

Thank you!

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A huge thanks to everybody who made our Flash Sale such a big success! It was a lovely time — and lots and lots of dresses are about to find their way to new homes. 😀 Now, to take that lovely stack of boxes to the Post Office tomorrow!

With sincerest gratitude,

Melinda and Melody

Flash Sale Items are here!

Good morning, and welcome to our Flash Sale! Have fun perusing our shop — here’s hoping you can find something you like for that special doll (or girl, or woman!) in your life.

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Just a reminder, all orders will ship on either Monday or Tuesday, via USPS Priority Mail, for delivery within the week!

Cheers,

Melinda and Melody

A word from Melody

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And there you have it!

We’ve been working away busily, getting everything ready for the sale; packaging, looking items over, making draft listings, and oh yes, taking pictures. Most of the items are things we’ve already photographed — but Melody insisted on getting at least one picture of her wearing everything. (It is HER secret closet sale, after all…)

I think the selection is shaping up to be quite nice — fancy dresses, day dresses, a few hats, even a jacket — you’ll have to come to see it all! Also, we’ve packaged everything to fit inside small Priority Mail boxes. Less shipping costs for you without compromising on super fast delivery; what could be better?

In any case, please do join us on Saturday in our Etsy shop! We’ll be posting items starting at 9am PST. It’s going to be great!

Melinda and Melody

Melody’s Secret Closet: Flash Sale!

That’s right — for the first time ever, we are having a sale!

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Over the last year, we’ve made lots of beautiful Melody Valerie pieces that we haven’t managed to sell. Some are pattern proofs, some have contrasting zippers, some just slipped through the cracks — but in any case, each one is a real Melody Valerie with the kind of craftsmanship you’ve come to expect from us.

All items will be priced to sell, and with your order shipped lickety-split via USPS Priority Mail, you’ll have your fabulous frocks just in time for holiday gift-giving!

We’ll start listing items in our Etsy shop this coming Saturday about 9 am PST — the fun will last as long as the items do!

Feel free to leave us a comment or drop us an email (melodyvalerie [at] live [dot] com) with any questions…and get ready for some serious sale action!

Hope to see you in our Etsy shop next weekend!

Melody and Melinda

“Gather ye rosebuds”

Hello all, and here’s hoping your December is off to a fabulous start 😀

We’re posting today to show you our most recent custom, which we just finished (and very cute it is, we think).

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This dress began with — believe it or not — tiny antique buttons. Aren’t they delicious?

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And here are some more detail and glamour shots:

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It was fun to make this little peek-a-boo back yoke (we used silk chiffon, so yummy….) 2013-12-07 10.42.59And a close-up of the four layers of ruffles, which involve plenty of French lace!

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New look for the blog!

That’s right — we’ve updated the blog’s appearance a bit. We think this new design is cleaner & more streamlined — and it devotes more screen space to pictures of the dresses! Because really, who doesn’t love a larger-than-life glamour shot of a beautiful dress? 😀

Cheers,
Melinda and Melody

 

PS: the fall line patterns are well underway and cranking through the pattern machinery — and we have a couple of our other designs lined up next!

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