On Friday (October 7, 2016) we'll have one of the following patterns available for free from Melinda Schlimmer-Reed.
More About Melinda and Melody Valerie Couture: Melinda is an accomplished craftswoman and pattern designer. She spent her childhood making anything and everything, but began to specialize in sewing and patternmaking in high school. During her university studies, she cultivated her gifts for design, presentation, and garment construction. In 2008, she founded Melody Valerie Couture, which provides limited edition, couture-quality dresses to 18″ dolls.
Help us decide which one of these fun patterns should be free by voting below. Then come back to aleksandrajones on Friday to see which pattern won and get the free download.
Here is more information about each pattern:
The Check Dress For 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl: She was all set to leave for the day - but I made her run through the list one last time anyway. Wallet - check. Phone - check. Library books - check. Good attitude - check. Fabulously smashing frock -check? - check! Yes, that was the works. Beaming a smile, she turned and skipped out the door, into the noise of the city. Treat your 18” doll to this girly, yet elegant, frock - perfect for running errands around town or studying at the library. The unique design lines and extreme dropped waist combine beautifully with the short skirt, and tiny pleats in the sleeve cap add a vintage touch. The “Check” PDF Pattern works best when made from lightweight cotton shirting, chambray, or lawn; the Fall 2012 collection original was made from silk dupioni. For lining, any lightweight cotton or poly lining will work nicely - or turn up the glamour and use silk!
The Monday Morning Dress For 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl: The Melody Valerie Couture Monday Morning PDF Dress Pattern is a study in classic elegance, with a twist. It’s familiar, A-line silhouette and pleated skirt are standbys in traditional dress design. But the asymmetrical detailing (like the contrasting shoulder panel and the oversized Melody Valerie bow) keeps it fresh well-known yet new, just like so many Mondays.
The New Girl Dress For 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl®: The Melody Valerie Couture new girl dress PDF pattern is our take on the quandary of the new girl. It’s demure, a little old-fashioned – but it offers fabulous design possibilities, like the flame appliques on the skirt, the three small mismatched buttons marching down the front, and the little bits of topstitching that waltz across the dress. This lined dress has darted raglan sleeves, dramatic appliques on the skirt, just the right amount of contrast on the fully lined bodice. It closes up the back with invisible zipper nad features bias facings on the sleeves. It is designed to be made from rayon, wool flannel, lightweight suiting material, or lightweight sateen fabrics. Standard poly or rayon blend lining; sheer or lightweight accents.
The Wildside Dress For 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl®: From the back, the only noticeable feature about her was that she wore a dress, in the crowd of friends wearing shorts and tanks. But when she turned, laughing in delight at some inside joke, I couldn’t help noticing the parade of ruffles and metal studs down the front. What a clever combination of confidence and charm! Now they were walking towards me. Ruffled girl dropped her sunglasses, bent to pick them up, eyes locked with mine. I smiled nervously and looked away, not wanting to admit that I had been staring at her dress. “The Wild Side” features a princess-seamed bodice, front dropped-shoulder seam, numerous topstitched details, and of course rows of ruffles and studded tabs down the front! Box pleats march nicely around the skirt for a fun, military-inspired finish. This dress works great with a variety of fabrics; corduroy, lightweight wools, mid-weight cotton, or a nice lightweight rayon would all give great results.
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