On Friday (February 6th, 2015) we'll have one of the following four patterns available for free from Melinda Schlimmer the creative artist behind the Melody Valerie Couture brand.
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. In 2012 she joined Liberty Jane Clothing and is a vital part of our design work, courses, and educational content.
Here is more information about each pattern:
Check Dress: 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!
School Girl: The Melody Valerie Couture Schoolgirl Dress combines practicality, style, and luxury and will keep your 18 inch doll looking fabulous, whether she’s on time or perpetually late! This PDF pattern features a fully lined dress that has a princess seamed midriff, yoke, and a dropwaist with gathered skirt. The elbow length sleeves and folded ribbon bow complete the look. An invisible zipper closes up the back smoothly. It is designed to be made from corduroy, velveteen, lightweight wool, or cotton fabrics.
Lily Of The Valley: The Lily of the Valley PDF Dress Pattern was engineered for the cleanest, smoothest finish possible — despite the six sloping pleats, which begin lower in front than in back for the most flattering line, the skirt has a minimum of seams. A partial lining floats down from the neckline to just below the waist, while strips of self-fabric bind the armholes. The dress closes up the back with an invisible zipper. This dress works well in a fine-wale corduroy, but you could also use a lightweight wool or a fun printed cotton. We suggest a lightweight polyester, rayon, or cotton muslin for the lining.
Yacht Club: This dress features flat-felled seams (a traditional technique used in fine shirtmaking), which provides a clean interior finish without requiring a lining. Add snappy, streamlined styling and six stylish buttons to close down the front, and you have a light, sturdy, and unencumbered dress -- perfect for an afternoon on the yacht! This dress PDF pattern will work well in cotton seersucker, lightweight sateen, or cotton lawn; or, for a fun Americana look, try a lightweight, non-stretch denim-look fabric.
Take a Look At Each Pattern:
We'd love to hear your opinion - which one of these fun patterns should be free? Leave a comment below with your opinion!
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Thank you for all the free patterns. I will have to dust off my sewing machine for this one. It looks like a great one.
I love all of these! What a hard decision! I going with the Lily of the Valley. Thanks for all the free patterns.
This is the first item by this designer and in my cheeky opinion….Just lovely! Thank you truly
I love this site, and all of the great patterns
Thank you fot the pattern, it is soooo cute
je vote pour ! Lily de la vallée une robe originale
So hard to choose, but I love School Girl !!
I vote for the yacht dress
My choice would be the Yacht Club dress. Thanks
I love School Girl’s fitted bodice. I suspect this pattern could become many different looks with just slight alterations in length.
These are all fantastic but I’m in love the Lily of the Valley! It’s a stunning pattern. Just shared on FB! :>
Yacht Club gets mine!
Lilly of the Valley gets my vote!
I just bought the Yacht Club recently and have the School Dress and Checks..so my choice is Lily of the Valley. Thanks for offering these great patterns Melinda!
Love them all and especially the Yacht Club dress
Very hard decision this week. I would love to have them all. Lily of the Valley wins.
This is a difficult decision this week! Lily of the valley wins.
This really was a hard decision as they are all so cute, but I went with Lily of the valley, I really like the cut of the dress. Thank you so much for all the wonderful patterns you given us a chance to own.
Hard choice to make but I finally chose the Lily of the Valley dress. I loved the pleats in the skirt and have nothing else with this feature. Thanks for the opportunity and your generosity.
This was a tough decision! I finally narrowed it down to Lily of the valley and Yacht , so l flipped a coin, LILY WON MY VOTE! They are all beautiful! Thank you for offering such beautiful premium patterns.
This was a tough decision but my daughters and I finally decided on the Yacht Club Dress. Such a beautiful selection! Thank you!
OOPS! NOW I see the vote button at the top of the page .. DUH on me!
But the “Thanks” part is right!
YACHT as a first choice, Lily as 2nd .. but so so close …. THANKS!
Wow! Who can choose? They are all great.
I love them all , my pick will be Yacht Club …thank you so much
Thank you for your generosity! Love this designer and the patterns she has created. I agree that this was a hard choice! My vote was for the Lily of the Valley. Any choice is wonderful, i
t just means I will have to buy the rest!
Yacht club seems so versatile…love the bodice!
I love all the choices so will be happy with any of them. This was a hard decision but I chose the “check” dress.
Would love any of them!!!! But if I have to vote than ir would be Lily of the Valley
Thanks for the offer
What a wonderful offer! Select hard! I will be glad to any dress!
Oh how beautiful they all are. So difficult to choose but I guess Lily of the Valley is my choice. It is my mothers favourite flower. Thank you so much for your generosity Melinda. I look forward to learning some couture steps from any of your patterns.
My birthday flower is the Lily of the Valey. The dress are so gorgeous I love it not that the others are not beautiful but I think the pleats is a nice challenge.It is so flattering.
They are all gorgeous, so I will take whatever comes…
I agree ! Tough choice with NO losers. Either Lily or Yacht are my 1st choices. Thank you for this wonderful collection to choose from Melinda and Pixie Faire. I love Fridays !
Melinda Thank you so very much for your pattern selection this time. They are all so very pretty it is very hard to choose. I voted for the Yacht Club Dress. I made my selection and then read some of the other comments. I didn’t want to be influenced by everyone else. Thank you again for which ever pattern wins on Friday.
Hope we will get a chance at all of these. So great for the immediate level and so hard to decide !
Let’s start with the “School Girl”, the “Yacht Club”, “Check” and last but not least “Lily of the Valley”. Thanks.
I like the school girl dress!
Such beautiful designs, I love them all, but lily of the valley wins my vote. I can hardly wait for which ever one wins. Thank you so much.
gotta go with the Yacht Club!
I love them all but if I have to choose it would be lily of the valley
All 4 patterns are adorable. But I have decided to vote for the school girl. I will consider myself a winner regardless of the winning choice!
I love all of these! What a hard decision. but going with the Yacht Club. Thanks for all the free patterns.
Tough decision , I will go for the Yacht Club Dress. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.
i vote for Yacht Club. Thanks for all the free patterns
Wow! What great choices. A very hard decision!
I vote for the Yacht dress. Thank you again for your
generosity, all your patterns are great and I love
This has not been an easy decision because I really like all four. Finally I have made my decision…..drum roll please……the yacht club gets my vote.
I have made 2 dresses from Lily of the Valley and I love that pattern.
Lily of the Valley is absolutely adorable!
My daughters would like to see the Yacht Club Dress, as she wants to make it for their dolls
They are all so beautiful. Thank you for this generous offer.
I have voted for the Check Dress -
I love them all
Love Melody Valerie Couture designs. Already have her Lily of the Valley, so Yacht Club dress wins with me! Many thanks to Melinda, I really appreciate this.
i really like Lily of the Valley but the ZyCht will probably win out
I’d be happy with any of them but I think I will choose the Yacht Club. Thanks!
Definitely a difficult decision…..I think Lily of the Valley for me.
Definitely the Yacht Club for me! Love these patterns.
OMG! This has to be the most difficult choice I’ve made for a Friday Freebie! Thank you for sharing your incredible patterns with us. I voted for Lily of the Valley, but like all the others before me, I love all your patterns!
They’re all beautiful, I’ve voted for Yacht Club but difficult decision. Thank you for your generosity Melinda!
Almost everyone seems to be over the moon about “Yacht Club”…….
I’m voting for Lily of the Valley, even though the School girl is a close second. I’m trying to widen the range of ways I construct skirts, so the pleats should be an interesting experiment.
Your patterns are all beautiful Melody. I voted for Yacht Club; but would feel very blessed with any of them. Thank you in advance for sharing with us.
Wow, they are all GREAT patterns, but I think I’ll go with Yacht club. :-)
Lilly of the Valley!
Tough choice, Melinda! You are so talented, I would love to add any of these to my pattern collection.
All of the patterns are adorable -- difficult for a decision, but I will go with School Girl
I’m with everyone else…how do you choose one when all are so lovelt. But thinking of my granddaughter’s taste, then it has to be “Yacht Club” however I will be over the moon on Friday with any of these adorable designs. A very talented stylist and generous designer, thank you ;o)
I vote for Yacht Club dress because of the seams.
I have only 2 of your patterns,I feel privileged that you are giving one away! You have great taste and clear reading. Thanks Melinda!
god bless you in all you do.
These are beyond adorable!! This is the most challenging “Freebie Friday” ever!! And Melinda…you look so young!! Congrats for designing such a wonderful line of clothes for our adored AG and other 18" dolls!! Voting for Yacht Dress!
This was a hard one to pick from. But, I liked Lily of the Valley the best and Yacht Club next. All were great picks.
I like all the dress but voted for Lilly of the Valley
I’’m going to vote for Yacht Club. Thank you for offering free patterns on Fridays.
I like Lily of the Valley but…it looks like yacht club will win!
Melody is one of my favourite designers.All of her patterns are fabulous,but I have to chose the Yacht Club Dress-spring is coming.
Yacht Club got my vote, though I LOVE them ALL — such gorgeous designs! Thrilled with any of these, but have purchased (though not yet sewn) Lily of the Valley. Thank you, Cinnamon & Melinda, for this FABULOUS Freebie Friday & for making my week even lovelier! ’)
Oooh, tough choice, but once I saw “Yacht Club”, it was all over for my vote. What can I say, I love shirtwaist dresses, and this one looks adorable – and lots of fun to customize ! Here’s hoping – and thanks for making Fridays extra fun, Pixie Faire ! Bonus thanks to Melinda – no matter which pattern gets the votes, we all win !
I like all of them but the Yacht Club Dress is my #1 pick. Adorable!
Wow – this is such a hard choice because they are all amazing!
I also love the Yacht Club Dress and it looks like it may be the winner. Keeping my fingers crossed!
lLove them all! So hard to decide!
I voted for schoolgirl dress. I will widen the sleeves to make the dress more modest as my granddollies and granddaughters dress modestly according to their religious beliefs. I make two way stretch long sleeved tops in many colours to fit under their dresses to keep that modest look. I use flesh coloured two way stretch knit and it fits well under melody’s dresses. I bind neckline with black knit to act like a necklace and add an unusual button so my modest granddollies can wear these great dresses.
thank you for offering such lovely dresses. I can hardly wait to make a couple.
So excited to get a chance at one of Melody’s designs!! Thank you!!
Yacht club — love it, thanks!
I love Yacht Club!
Lilly of the Valley please
My daughter’s vote is yacht club dress.
I love them all, but if I had to choose, it would be…Yacht Club!
Oh, you make it so hard to choose! I already have Yacht Club, and I have all of the other 3 on my wish list! So, eeny, meeny, miny, mo…I’ll choose Lily of the Valley.
Like many of you, I’m really having a hard time deciding. So that means I’ll be happy with any of these adorable dresses!
What a difficult decision…I voted for..Che k because we have so much snow now that I can’t even think iof sleeveless dresses. They are all gorgeous and I do not have any of them.
i love Yacht Club!
yacht club dress too.. darling dress thanks so much for doing this
It was a really hard choice! And to make it worse, I don’t have any of them already! So I voted for Yacht Club. But any of them will be awesome!
I love the Lily of the Valley dress! So Irish looking to me
This is an impossilbe choice. I love them but voted for lily of the valley my favorite flower.
Wow, they are all awesome! I think my favorite is Lily of the Valley, but I love them all!
February 16, 2015