On Friday (July 31st, 2015) we'll have one of the following patterns available for free from Melinda Schlimmer. Voting is over and the Bluebelle pattern won. Download it for free on Friday, July 31st.
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.
Help us decide which one of these fun patterns should be free by voting below. Then come back to Pixie Faire 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!
Lily Of The Valley Dress For 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl: Treat your doll to this unique blend of corners and curves — from the box pleats to the sinuous yoke sections, Lily of the Valley is a frock for the doll who likes a bit of spice in her wardrobe. It’s hard to beat a classic ribbon bow, though; and when you pair it with some fabulous buttons, chances are you’ve got a dress your doll will turn to time and again. 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.
The Bluebelle Dress For 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl: Bluebelle is a beautiful dress with elements that hearken back to the flower it was named for. The scalloped hem, the curved multi-piece collar, the petal sleeves, and the tiny mother-of-pearl buttons all echo the bluebell's distinctive swoops and curves. The Melody Valerie bow graces the back of the dress -- a mark of our approval! Inside, the dress doesn't disappoint. The bodice is fully lined, the armhole seams are neatly bound with self-fabric, and, to avoid velcro damage to either your doll or the dress, it fastens smartly with snaps. This PDF dress pattern works well with two similar-weight fabrics in harmonizing colors. This example uses cotton shirting, but any lightweight cotton or linen would also work well.
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.
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!
I like Monday Morning. It looks good enough to wear to my own job!
I love Lily of the Valley.
What a difficult choice! My vote is for Bluebell but would be happy with any of them.
I have always loved the bluebell dress – such pretty details.
Lily of the Valley is a beautiful and unique design.
Lily of the Valley is my pick, love the Princess lines and the pleats. Nice clean lines with pleats.
Monday Morning is my pick
They all are adorable but especially loved the fun, clean and simplictic look of Monday dress.
I really like the Lily of The Valley dress.
Lily of the valley gets my vote
It’s so hard to decide but I vote for Blue Belle this time.
My vote goes to Lily of the Valley because its so pretty and looks the easiest. thanks.
Lily of the Valley!!
It is not easy to choose one pattern from the group of those chosen, but my favorite is Monday Morning.
Bluebell is my favorite. Thanks for a great giveaway.
Monday Morning!!!!! They are all cute but Monday Morning screams make me, make me.
I voted for lily of the valley – my late grandmother’s birth flower.
Thanks so much for offering these Freebie Fridays! All these dresses are adorable – but the pleats are what I love the most. And my vote has to go to the Lily of the Valley – I think the only AG patterns I have w/out a waist seam are tops and a nightgown!
I vote for Monday Morning very striking.
They are all sooo cute! I hope the Blue bell or Lilly of the Valley wins. But I will be happy with any of them.:)
Monday Morning has ourvoote
No question, the Monday Morning dress. So striking. I love it…
Almost school time so I voted for the Check! dress.
I chose the Lily of the Valley only because I have the Bluebell Dress pattern and have made it with wonderful results. The Lily of the Valley looks like another well fitting dress which could be very versatile. Love your patterns!!
I’m voting for Lily of the Valley dress, but I really like them all.
I already bought Lily of the Valley and Bluebell dresses, so the Monday Morning dress gets my vote! Thank you so much for the free Friday patterns!
We selected Bluebell, she looks so cute in it!
Hard to choose… going with Bluebell.. but love Monday Morning too. Decisions, decisions!
I love Bluebell,
Bluebelle gets my vote! But Lily of the Valley is an adorable dress, also.
They’re all lovely so it’s REALLY difficult to chose only one. Bluebells whispers ‘Make Me’ a bit more than the other three. ;P
I like them all, but am voting for BlueBelle because I really like the scalloped collar and hem.
Voting for Monday Morning. They are all very nice.
I like bluebell and lily of the valley, but bluebell gets my vote
They are all so cute! I voted for the Check dress, though, because that dropped waist and skirt look fun. Thank you!
This was a very difficult decision! I will be most happy with any of them. I did vote Lily of the Valley
I vote for Bluebelle, although, …. They are all fantastic! Thanks for being so generous.
All of them are lovely, but the lily of the valley dress has a special vintage appeal to me, and a cute fit.
i love the bow on Monday morning, i love the sleeves and collar on bluebell and i think lily of the valley is just too sweet with the 2 shades of green ack! i can’t pick. eene meenie miney moo………………..oh! i’ll go with lily of the valley. man that was hard
All lovely! I have 2 of the Melody Valerie Couture patterns but none of these. Hard to pick just one but Lily of the Valley it is.
Love the collar and sleeves on the Bluebelle but all are very lovely.
Lily of the Valley get my vote. It was difficult to choose one.
Lily of the Valley has a summer appeal and a simple “lets have a picnic” style.
They are all cute. I vote for the Bluebell dress. I love the style, especially the collar and sleeves and hem.
I like all of them, but I keep coming back to the Bluebell dress. They are all beautiful and would be happy with any of the patterns. Thank you for Freebie Friday’s.
Monday Morning for sure…so many possibilities.
These dresses are all so pretty , but I voted for Monday morning, as I love the bow! I love looking forward to what patterns we will have to vote for.All the patterns are made so well and are easy to follow! Thanks again for giving us a free pattern each week!!!
I vote Lily of the Valley
Wow! What a difficult choice. Love them all and am having a difficult time making a choice between Bluebell and Lily of the Valley!! Guess I would chose Bluebell as number one!!
I like Monday morning. I like the colors it go good the doll
Lily of the valley is one of my favorite flowers and so is this dress. They are all lovely and we thank you for your generous spirit.
They are all gorgeous but I have fallen in love with the Monday Morning dress! This would brighten any Monday up!!
My daughter picks Monday morning so Monday morning it is?
I vote for the Lily of the Valley. The green just pops out to me.
I pick bluebell, love the collar on it
Lily of the Valley. All are great but that one is stands out.
I love the Bluebell or Lilly of the Valley, in that order. It was hard to decide, I believe I could learn new sewing steps in each one, It looks like buttons on the Bluebell which is something I need to practice, and the zipper and pleats on the Lilly of the Valley.
Voted for Lily of the Valley. I have the Check dress, Bluebelle is similar to Yacht dress which I also have. Lilty of the Valley is similar to Monday Morning but more tailored. Thanks Melinda your patterns are over the top!
WOW! All great choices again :o) My vote goes to the Lily of the Valley dress. When this one came up before it caught my eye so having a chance to be able I am happy to vote for this one. Thank you for letting us voice our opinions. As I have said before Wednesday & Fridays are fun to look forward to! Mary Margaret
Thank you Melinda for offering these, they are all beautiful. I choose Bluebelle.
LOVE the Bluebelle Dress! Monday Morning was a very close 2nd! Thank you for the excellent patterns and wonderful dresses.
I vote for the Monday Morning dress!
All wonderful dresses and lucky me, I don’t own any of them yet. I voted for Monday Morning although I am not sure why – I just had the strongest reaction to that one. Anyway, thank you for your generosity with Friday Freebies.
Real tough choice this week.
Melinda Schlimmer is SO talented. All her patterns are so cute but still so detailed. Love them all.
Thank you so much, Melinda!
All pretty, but like the Check design best.
Bluebell for me. Classic little girl dress. Perfect for grandaughter’s doll.
Bluebell dress is the one for me.
Wow — I like them all! Lilly of the Valley by a nose.
These dresses are all so beautiful! I would love any of them. Voting for bluebell
LOVE them all! But voting for Bluebell and Monday Morning second! I already purchased Lily of the Valley or I’d be voting for that one! ;) Thanks so much!
Lily of the Valley is my favourite.
I love them all, but picked the Bluebell dress!
i just love the Monday Morning dress, they’re all beautiful, very hard to choose
They are all lovely so it was difficult to choose. I pick Bluebell because I love the sleeve and hem.
Bluebell……or maybe Lily of the Valley…….or maybe Monday morning………..this is just too hard!
What fabulous choices! I don’t have any of these and would love to have any one of these lovely dress patterns. My favorite is the Lily of the Valley by a very small margine. Thanks for all the great designs. It’s like Christmas every week. On Wednesday we write our wish letters to “Santa” and on Friday we receive our present.
Lily of the valley – adorable.
I love them all, very unique dresses. I ended up voting for Lily of the Valley, but will be very happy with whichever one wins. Hurry up Friday!
It’s so hard to pick they are all beautiful, but I really love Bluebell.
lily of the valley! lovely!
Bluebell is SOO pretty!!
My vote goes to Bluebell. I love the scalloped hem and the unique collor treatment. Thank you for Friday Freebie.
All are beautiful dresses, was hard to choose. Lily of the Valley was a narrow winner with me.
Can I vote for all of the above!? They’re all absolutely adorable. :)
I love them all! But my favorite one is Bluebell. Thanks for the Freebie Fridays!
I like the Lily of the valley pattern
I really love Monday Morning and Lilly of the Valley.
They are all exquisite, but I do love the lily of the valley dress!
Wow! You are really make it difficult to vote this week they are all so Awesome!!
Thanks so much for the Freebie Friday’s this week its eeny meeny miney moe!
Difficult decision! I LOVE THEM ALL! Wonderful designs and such attention to detail. Still trying to decide which one is my favorite.
Monday morning. Like all. Thank you for free Fridays.
July 29, 2015
Monday morning is has such a freshness about it. No matter if she is going to work, afternoon tea, nice evening dinner or visiting a friend, this dress just fits it all.