The View from the Man Cave

17 Dec

The View From The Man Cave - Cherry Velvet

There is a lot of talk about what women want. I sometimes wonder, “What do men want?” I braved the man cave to conduct a not-so-random survey. I wanted to find out what men find so darn exciting about retro dresses.

1) Not yoga pants.

Yoga pants do magical things with very little effort. The hardest part is shimmying into them after a shower. Some days they scream “I woke up like this!” Some days it’s true, let’s be honest. Men want to feel like you spent time primping because you think he is worth it and you have been eagerly anticipating his company. If he rolled up for your date in a pair of tear-away pants that were just oh-so-convenient, holding some wilted gas station flowers, you probably wouldn’t be all that impressed. Retro dresses say “I tried! But doesn’t it look effortless?”

2) Feminine.

Feminine sets the tone for a date night. This isn’t pizza and beers with the boys. Hello- there is a lady present – and she looks fantastic. Retro dresses are cut in such a way that they celebrate all the great things about being a woman. The fabrics, the prints, the colours, the way they hang on any body type will have him saying “What a lady, what a night!”

A Cherry Velvet Girl Stands Out !

3) Sexy.

What better way to test his ability to resist the woman he adores than a fashion treasure that moves and sways in a way that demands his attention. Retro dresses make his attention span your hostage. They are kind of like bubble wrap because it’s hard to keep your hands off the luxurious fabric. They are a snow cone in the Sahara – probably won’t last long. Many feature zippers so they are as easy to get off as they are to get on.

4) Nostalgic.

Retro dresses are part of a comforting historical landscape. They conjure memories of the very best pieces of the past; from June Cleaver to Betty Page, from Norman Rockwell to Gil Elvgren. They are a slice of apple pie and a milk shake at the local diner, with great tunes playing on the juke box. Retro dresses are classics, like the beauty who wears them.

It’s always enlightening to explore the man cave and get the male perspective. I know why I love them, but it was fun to find out why men do. It’s the little things that are so important. Now I know he wants feminine, sexy, nostalgic “not yoga pants”, and he knows I just want him to put the seat down.


XOX Cherry Velvet

Guest Blogger Alison Tedford from “Sparkly Shoes and Sweatdrops”

Twelve Dresses of Christmas!

12 Dec

Well Dolls, Christmas is just around the corner! Everyone here at Cherry Velvet is getting super excited for the holidays and our Christmas plans. With just 2 weeks to go, everyone is busy as bees doing the decorating, buying fancy dresses, baking, shopping, and wrapping. We hope you’re able to set aside time during this busy season to have a glass of egg nog, relax by the fire, and enjoy all your hard work.

In order to help you countdown the days, we’re presenting:

The Twelve Dresses of Christmas sale!

Each day, we will put ONE dress on sale for 40% off. 24 hours only, 9am-9am Pacific Standard Time. Each new dress each day will be a surprise, so be sure to check to see what we’ve picked!

The first dress will be posted 9am PST Friday, December 12th, 2014.

The Twelve Dresses of Christmas - A new dress on sale for 40% for the next 12 days!

If your significant other needs helping picking a gift for you, or you need a little inspiration for self-gift-giving, we’ve got you covered!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year,

XOX Cherry Velvet

The Twelve Dresses of Christmas - #9 - Daphne Dress in Teal Dot

#9 – Daphne Dress in Teal Dot

The Twelve Days of Christmas - #9 - Charlotte Dress in Plum Brocade

The Twelve Days of Christmas - #8 Lucy Dress in Black Sateen

The Twelve Days of Christmas - #7  Marilyn Dress in Violet Lattice

The Twelve Days of Christmas - # 6 Daphne Dress in Plum Dot

The Twelve Days of Christmas - # 5 Charlotte  in Black Taffeta

The Twelve Dresses of Christmas - 4 -Priscilla Black Dice

The 12 Dresses of Christmas - Shelly Dress in Jade Houndstooth

12 Dresses of Christmas - Charlotte Dress - Charcoal

The 12 Days of Chriistmas - Daphne Dress Cherry Velvet

A Cherry Velvet Pop Up Party!

1 Dec

I can’t believe Cherry Velvet is already past it’s 3rd anniversary! And Christmas is just around the corner, both great reasons to celebrate with a party!  So this coming weekend we’re having one, Cherry Velvet style!  Bring your girlfriends, sisters, mothers and daughters, play dress up and get your picture taken!  Logan, our Media director, will be taking your picture just like we do in a photo shoot but in a fun and informal way. Try on dresses, accessorize with gorgeous jewelry by Mirror Mirror Bijoux and chat up with us and your besties, cupcake and punch in hand. It’s this weekend, Friday night and Saturday. Yes, there will be shopping available but you are absolutely welcome to come wearing your own Cherry Velvet dress or try one on for the camera. There will even be new dresses to check out.  You can expect lots of prizes and giveaways too!




Come party with us! Can’t wait to see all of you and awesome photos!…..This is going to be soooooooooo fun!!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Start saving now! The Black Friday Sale!

27 Nov

It’s that time again! Save 50% on select dresses found in The Black Friday Sale collection!

Although the sale doesn’t officially start until Nov 28th, we want you, our wonderful Cherry Velvet fans, to get the jump on the savings!

Use the following online discount during checkout to save an additional 15% off your entire order!

Enter: CVBF14.

Cherry Velvet | The Black Friday Sale | Nov 28-Dec 1

Now’s the perfect time to pick up that dress for your upcoming holiday parties and festivities. Looking forward to warmer weather? Get your spring/summer wardrobe started early with a collection of sunny season dresses found in the Black Friday Sale collection!

Keep in mind that some quantities are limited – Shop early for the best selection!

XOX Cherry Velvet

18th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl

13 Nov

All of us here at Cherry Velvet are extremely excited to open our studio to the 18th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl – Vancouver’s  4-day  visual arts, design and crafts festival!

  • Thursday, November 20th  5-10pm
  • Friday, November 21st  5-10pm
  • Saturday, November 22nd 11-6pm
  • Sunday, November 23rd 11-6pm

This event has grown throughout the years and now involves more than 20,000 people visiting artists in their studios in the area bounded by Main Street and Victoria Drive, north of First Avenue.

See the map (below) to our studio.

Eastside Culture Crawl Map | Cherry Velvet #301-454 Railway St. Vancouver

We take this opportunity to showcase our fashions, locally designed and produced right here in Vancouver, Canada!

We’d love to see you for the festival but, if you can’t make it that weekend, please always feel free to call (604-683-9279) or email to arrange a your own private shopping day and visit with the designer herself…

XOX Cherry Velvet



Empire waists on Plus size dresses

10 Nov

A comment popped up on our survey that a customer thought our waistbands fit too high on our dresses. This is especially true for our plus sizes, and yes, our empire waists do fit high on purpose. Our regular dresses fit a little high on the waist also, but the Plus sizes are more so. We make our dresses with empire waists for a very good reason and so I’d like to explain why we do it.


If you really look at a plus size body, the majority of women have the the smallest part of their torso right under their bust. Now of course this isn’t true for everyone. If you’ve never had a baby your natural (real) waistline might still be smaller. But for most of us, this is the smallest part by measurement.  The smallest circumference is also the right at the top of your stomach where it extends the least. Yep…we’re talking about my least favorite body part here  …the tummy. If you stand naked in the mirror and look straight forward you may notice it’s the smallest width. Then if you stand looking at your side, again you’ll maybe notice that your tummy narrows right under your bustline. I find a higher waist to be the most slimming place for a plus size waistband.


So, the reason that we make the empire waists high is because it’s the most flattering. It also fits many body shapes as well as heights. So if you’re short like me (5’2″), it will fit and if you’re tall like many of our models, it will still fit. The other big advantage of a high waist is it gives you more fabric and more room across the tummy (especially on the full skirted styles). So if you’re like me and your tummy is not your favorite body part, the higher waist may be just the ticket for you.


Empire Waists - Waist Sizing Diagram
If you’ve ever had the impression that Cherry Velvet plus size dresses only fit women with perfect hourglass figures, you’d be wrong. Actually they are mainly designed with both apple shaped (bigger in the tummy) and pear shaped (bigger in the hips). While they are definitely also designed for women with boobs, we know not all plus size women have big boobs. Generally speaking if you have a pear figure and smaller boobs our dresses will still fit if you choose a dress with a full skirt and go down a size so that the bodice will also fit.


If you’ve read our blog posts before, you’ll know fit is hugely important to our brand and making dress that fit ‘you’ is of utmost importance. Don’t settle for mediocre fit…. you deserve a dress that fits well!


XOX Cherry Velvet


P.S. We’re excited to have added new sorting features to our on-line store to help you easily find your perfect fitting dress. Check it out and our new fall dresses here

Black over Nude Party Dress

3 Nov

Of all the social media applications, Pinterest is surely my very favorite. I could (and do) spend hours pinning lovely photos to my boards all sorted by color and style. Not only is it fun for me, I really get work done too. It’s a great source of inspiration. Often details from the beautiful dresses and sewing patterns from the mid century give me ideas for the dresses I design for Cherry Velvet. One of my most recent Pinterest boards is one that I call Black over Nude. Quickly I realized that this board was going to be an inspiration for a new holiday dress that I ‘had’ to make. Here’s some of the images that inspired me:

Cherry Velvet's inspirational Black over Nude story board

Perhaps you saw the episode of Sex in the City when Carrie wears the “Naked Dress”. It was the dress she wore for her first date with Mr. Big. Titillated by the illusion of black lace and seemingly naked underneath, I like to think this is Cherry Velvet version of that iconic dress.  Ours is a much more subtle suggestion of sexy, the ‘naked’ is of course barely implied. I think Black over Nude highlights the pattern of the lace and gives it a twist over the more classic black on black.

I knew I had to have it as my holiday dress. What will you wear this party season? Check out the Leah Lace Dress and our collection of holiday dresses.


XOX Cherry Velvet

P.S. If you’d like to shop in person (Vancouver B.C.), please call for an (informal) appointment or sign up for our mailing list so you’ll know when we’ll be open for shopping!

Next shopping days at our studio are:

  • Thursday, November 20th  5-10pm
  • Friday, November 21st  5-10pm
  • Saturday, November 22nd 11-6pm
  • Sunday, November 23rd 11-6pm


Holiday Look Book

28 Oct

Cherry Velvet girls love a good party, right? Our holiday look book will help you get set for all the festivities!

Cherry Velvet Holiday Look Book

It’s always a great idea to have a dress or two in the closet for a special date or party that comes up unexpectedly. That way you’re not running around at the last minute trying to find something and settling for a dress that’s not really perfect for you.

For this holiday season get your Glam on and get ready to twirl! We have a whole range of gorgeous fabrics like taffeta, brocade, subtle metallics and lace too. Some colours are in very limited quantities!

To shop our holiday dresses click here

So gather your prettiest accessories and get your glam on to celebrate the season!

XOX Cherry Velvet

P.S. If you’d like to shop in person (Vancouver B.C.), please call for an (informal) appointment or sign up for our mailing list so you’ll know when we’ll be open for shopping!

Next shopping days at our studio are:

  • Thursday, November 20th  5-10pm
  • Friday, November 21st  5-10pm
  • Saturday, November 22nd 11-6pm
  • Sunday, November 23rd 11-6pm


Proper fit of a Cherry Velvet Dress

24 Oct

After watching many women try on our dresses, I thought it was worthwhile explaining the proper way to fit a Cherry Velvet dress and what to wear underneath. Think about when you go into a bra shop and someone fits you for a new bra.  They ask you to lean forward to let the girls fall into the cups. Then they adjust the straps so that the girls are in the right position. These are very important steps when trying on a Cherry Velvet dress too!


What goes under any dress is important. It’s great to have a proper fit on a bra for sure.  At the least, we do recommend making sure your bra straps are adjusted so the girls are sitting ‘up’ correctly (you know how the straps can stretch out!). So then when you go to put on one of our dresses, the girls should sit should above the waistband. This will make the dresses look and fit better and should eliminate the girls being cut in half by the waistband. Yes ladies, lean forward, pull your boobs up and over the band and then complete the pulling up of the zipper (much like when you put on a bra).


This is especially important when trying on our best selling Brigitte Dress as it tends to require a well supported chest (so excited to get more Shutterbug print Brigittes back in stock soon!). These little extra steps will help you get the proper fit and of course you and your girls will look their most attractive and perky.
What you wear on the lower half of your body is totally your preference. Personally I just wear regular (but pretty) undies. I’m not a fan of tight spanks or control tops, because I find them uncomfortable. Full skirted and A-line styles should give you enough room that it’s not necessary to wear anything special on the bottom. It’s totally up to you!


So when you come to try on your Cherry Velvet Dress please make sure you’ve chosen a bra that fits well with good support. We know you want to look your best and feel totally gorgeous when you’re wearing one of our beautiful dresses.


XOX Cherry Velvet


Inbetweenies, this one’s for you!

16 Oct

What if you're an Inbetweenie?Inbetweenies sizes are near and dear to my heart. Before I ‘grew-up’ another size into plus I spent many frustrating shopping trips feeling like my size just wasn’t available in the clothes I wanted to buy.  So making dresses to fit girls that fall in between regular sizes and plus sizes is very important to me and my brand. So if you’re bigger than some regular size brands but not quite a plus size this post is for you. If you’re plus size you might be interested in how we make plus sizes different from regular sizes.


You might not know that for each new style of dress we make two completely separate patterns. The main difference is the pattern is specifically designed to fit each separate body group.

Aside from the basic measurements being different, Plus size patterns differ from their smaller counterparts in the following ways:

1. The bust point (the widest part of the bust) is lower on the body.

2. The bicep (upper arm) is wider around, and the armhole of the dress has to be bigger as well.

3. Larger darts are needed at the bust and back, to accommodate for extra curves.

4. The waistband area is higher and proportionately wider than on a “regular” size dress. This makes room for rounder midsections.

5. In a straight skirt, multiple larger darts are needed to fit curvier hips and butts

Do you fall in between sizes of  L, XL and 0X?


Despite all our efforts to fit regular and plus size women alike, sometimes there still could be people that don’t fit our dresses perfectly. (Yikes!)  This would most likely be a person that had very small waist in proportion to her bust.  I’m pleased to say that only once did I have a woman not find her perfect fit.  I wrote this post for her, (you know who you are!) because I’ve never forgot the moment.

The best solution I can offer is to try a dress like the Elly that has stretch fabric. The extra stretch can mean a roomier fit, and a more forgiving shape, and then choose the smaller size.

 XOX Cherry Velvet


P.S. If you’re plus size and found our dresses are a little bit short in the upper body or you’re not too crazy about our empire waistlines my next post is going to explain why we make our waists higher on our dresses.