A Magic Place: Cherry Velvet Studio Shop

16 Aug

A Magic place where everything fits!Another Cherry Velvet Studio Shop has come and gone and we can all agree that it was a smashing success. How blessed we are to have the opportunity to spend time face to face with our wonderful customers. There’s nothing quite like zipping someone into a dress and seeing their eyes light up. We love sharing the excitement they feel when they realise they have so many darling dresses to choose from. Dresses that fit! In fact, most customers experience being so totally spoiled for choice, they have trouble deciding which one(s) to buy! Now isn’t that a change from a shopping experience where you end up having to buy the only dress that fits? (whether you like it or not)

It was lovely to see so many pairs of girlfriends come shopping together….

Girlfriends shopping together at our studio shop

Another that bought a ‘special occasion’ dress came back for one to wear every day. We loved what she had to say so much, it’s maybe our favourite quote so far…

“A magic place where everything fits!”

A Magic Place where everything fits; The Cherry Velvet Studio Shop!

We welcomed those who came to see our latest prints and those looking for a bargain. We loved how women brought their best friends, girlfriends, fiances, and husbands. We had some big belly laughs! We all welled up with tears when one special customer saw herself looking so beautiful in her dress that she choked up. (true story) It’s a real gift to be able to get to know our awesome customers better and to be able to offer them good old fashioned personal customer service. 

These two spent a fun day together that included our Studio Shop….

A Magic Place where everything fits; The Cherry Velvet Studio Shop!

Several others went home and took photos of their dresses:

A Magic Place where everything fits; The Cherry Velvet Studio Shop!

A Magic Place where everything fits; The Cherry Velvet Studio Shop!

We especially love the enthusiasm that often has our customers wearing their dresses right out the door!!!

A Magic Place where everything fits; The Cherry Velvet Studio Shop!

Love and heartfelt thanks to all of you! See you next time at our Studio Shop on September 8th & 9th!

Diane and Barb XOXO

 

Stroll Down Vintage Jewelry Lane

10 Aug

Cherry Velvet Modern Vintage JewelryAn essential part of finishing off any Cherry Velvet dress surely must be a pretty necklace (and shoes of course) Does your jewelry have to be fancy? No, it does not! But gosh, we do love to accessorise, don’t we? There’s no easier way to ramp up your modern vintage look than with a few classic beads. The right vintage bauble can take you from demure to glam just like that. (*snaps fingers)

While I was on a trip to Wales last year I discovered several antique shops. One that sold trinkets like compacts from the 50’s, Crocodile handbags, and perfume atomisers. Looking around, I said to a fellow, “Where is the jewelry?” And he said, “Why Miss, there’s a whole other store that’s full of jewelry!!”

Giddy with anticipation, I headed straight over. I was not disappointed! An entire jewelry store full of beautiful vintage jewelry pieces was on sale for 50% off. Crikey!! My new love for vintage pieces was born at that moment. These are a few of the necklaces that came home with me, all for a song. (You bet I was singing and dancing that night at the pub!)

Treasures found!

My favourite find? This beautiful Aurora Borealis clear cut glass beauty with three graduated tiers and a beautiful jeweled clasp. My other great find was what the proprietor called Night and Day glass. It’s black but the liberal Aurora Borealis finish on it sparkles with purples, magenta, turquoise, and chartreuse. Divine!

Vintage 1950's Jewelry

This past weekend I was at an antique show in Tsawwassen and hit the vintage jewelry jackpot, again. This time I scored a double string of candy pink graduated pearls from the fifties and two crystal necklaces, bracelet and earrings sets, one red and one ultramarine blue.  I was thrilled!!

Vintage 1950's Jewelry

The quality of my finds are amazing but one problem stands out with buying vintage jewelry and that’s the fit. Just like most true vintage dresses are tiny, so is the jewelry. Many of these finds will need to be restrung to fit my neck. While it’s a shame to undo the original handiwork, how wonderful to have pieces I’ll truly enjoy wearing. Earrings too, if you can find them. They all have those nasty, pinching clips.

Perhaps you’re not an antique shopper or maybe you can’t be bothered with restringing necklaces. Whatever the case (may be), I urge you to have a look at our growing selection of modern vintage pieces handmade with love and built especially to fit ALL SIZE necks here. 

Happy accessorizing!

Love Diane, Cherry Velvet XOX

Plus Size Girls CAN wear the same clothes as smaller girls!

4 Aug

Rebel, Rebel…

Maybe you’ve seen a popular video being circulating on Facebook called “Rebel Wilson has a problem with Plus Size Fashion”. She goes on to say that “Some brands just put out the same dress in a whole wide range of sizes and it’s not going to look as good”. Well, Rebel, we’d love to send you a dress to prove to you that it is totally possible and even desirable to have the same dress in all sizes. Us bigger girls want the same clothes the smaller girls can wear, right?

Rebel Wilson would look great in a Cherry Velvet Plus Size dress don't you think?

Rebel Wilson photo credit: Getty Images

 

What we think Rebel was trying to say was that most brands don’t get the fit right in an extended size range. And we totally agree with her on that issue. That’s a problem with fit and grading (making the other sizes) not with design. She’s right when she says that there are a whole bunch of monkey arms out there and legs that are too long; not to mention sizing all over the place, weird armholes and gaping buttons over the bust.  The fit of plus size is a tricky thing, not easily mastered. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible! I think our customers would agree we know how to fit a plus size body very well.

Confidence AND Curves!

Rebel goes on to say that there is no youthful, confident plus size fashion out there. We beg to differ! Plus Size fashion has been plagued by poor quality, poor fit and dowdy styling for too long. It doesn’t have to be that way! The more designers who “get it” the better off we all are. Confidence comes from wearing clothing that fits just right!

Try it on and see for yourself…

We’re going to send Rebel one of our great-fitting dresses in a youthful, confident print. How about a dress with skulls, donuts, lipstick or planets (yes, all coming to Cherry Velvet this Fall) that shows off a woman’s curves in a truly flattering way.

New novelty prints for Plus size dresses at Cherry Velvet

We think she’d look amazing in one of our dresses! What do ya’ll think??

Thanks for being awesome, Rebel! We love you!

XOX Cherry Velvet

 

 

New Styles and Prints: Fall Preview 2017

26 Jul

Won’t be long…new Fall arrivals are starting to trickle in now!

New Styles & PrintsIf you’re at all curious about what’s coming… here’s a peek at a few new retro dress styles and all the adorable vintage inspired prints they’ll be coming in. We have to say we’re especially excited about some new choice prints this season. Many are ‘out of this world’ !! Wink wink..nudge, nudge. Yep, you guessed it there are quite a few with a celestial theme. Others involve movies, entertainment, and science for all you geeks out there! Of course, there are some beautiful fall florals and diminutive dots, too. So many new prints….cats, birds, donuts, travel and (a bit later in the season) more skulls!

The ‘New’ Annette Dress

If you’ve been a fan way back to our early years (over 5 years ago now!), you may remember the original Annette Dress. We’ve brought her back for Fall and switched her up a bit. This time she features a very full, crinoline worthy skirt and slightly puffy sleeves. We’ve kept the pretty scoop neckline, piped collar and open back detail. She’s a darling in new prints this time around, and all with contrast piping. We’re swooning over The “Ex’s” print with adorable yellow piping…

The 'New' Annette Dress with available prints

 

The Marie Dress

Just to switch things up we’ve moved the zipper from the back to the front, and what a boon for your office to party transformation! It’s all in your control…prim and proper for daytime or Va Va Voom for the evening! You get to choose!

We named the Marie dress after a famous female scientist to celebrate all our smart women customers out there. Marie features a shirt style collar, short slight puffy sleeves, a full skirt and of course, POCKETS! Here’s a peek at the special prints we choose for this dress. We have to say though, these photos do not do them justice…they are truly amazing!

The Marie dress from Cherry Velvet in new prints

The Marie dress from Cherry Velvet in new prints

 

Yes…we love to tease…these new prints and much more will be coming to our new arrivals page sooooooooooon!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Why our Vintage Inspired Dresses cost more

20 Jul

Occasionally we get comments and notes from our customers voicing the opinion that our prices are too high. Sometimes these people list other companies that sell cheaper vintage inspired and retro dresses, and wonder why ours cost more. We want to respond to these comments to hopefully give you a better understanding.

Here’s why our vintage inspired dresses cost a bit more…

At Cherry Velvet, we take pride in producing high-quality, great-fitting, regular and plus dresses. To make this happen, we employ Canadians in our office, on our design and pattern-making team, and in the local (we’re talking 10 minutes away) factories that sew our dresses. We make multiple patterns and samples and fit them on both regular and plus size women to make sure the fit is perfect. It does cost more to make 2 patterns and multiple samples for each style of dress.

In recent news, it’s been made common knowledge that human rights violations are rampant in developing countries where many other brands get their garments sewn. We employ local Canadian factories, visit our factories on a regular basis and work very closely with them. Canadian standards, labour laws and minimum wages are high compared to other countries including the US. We can see the working conditions in person, know how well their employees are treated and rest easy knowing that our factories aren’t collapsing or catching fire. Our dresses are not LITERALLY to die for, after all.

Another reason our regular and plus size dresses are a bit more pricey is our premium cotton prints. They do not shrink or fade. The prints are the CUTEST (you know it’s true), and we do limited runs of each fabric. These babies are not mass-produced! We usually only have several in each size.

Cherry Velvet uses the cutest high quality prints in their dresses

If we really want to get serious, there are 5 ways we can make our vintage inspired dresses cheaper:

1.   Use less fabric (shorter skirts, no room for a fluffy crinoline, no sleeves)

2.   Simpler styles and therefore cheaper labour (take the VA-VA away from the VOOM)

3.   Cheaper fabric (Boring prints that you’ve seen everywhere else, a million times before)

4.   Make tinier plus sizes that don’t fit bigger sizes (we’re not mentioning the names of other companies that do this but you might know who they are)

5.   Manufacture off shore. Take away more Canadian jobs, and send them over-seas to factories where we cannot make sure people are being treated well or paid fairly.

Since we are not willing to make these concessions, we’re just going to continue making the best quality, best fitting dresses that we can. Also, don’t forget that we have a lovely sale section, and a few more affordable styles so that EVERYONE can be a Cherry Velvet girl. Reg & Plus Sale section here

Thank you for your continuing support of our little Vancouver-based business.

We love our customers more than words can say!

XOX Cherry Velvet

#CanadianSass Contest Winners!

14 Jul

How’s it going, eh? Good? Beauty! So the contest is over and it’s time to announce the contest winners, eh! Pitter patter, let’s get at ‘er. You guys sure are keeners. We don’t know if you were fueled by Timmy’s or maybe it took a mickey or two to gather the courage, but when you heard the call, you got off your chesterfields and got to work. The hardest part for us was choosing our favourites. They were all totally skookum, so it was super tough, eh. It was just short of a donnybrook here at the studio trying to pick the top 3 entries, but here you go; these 3 were a hard yes. In no particular order…

Jonathan Snow and Brandi Snow

We went out to the Richmond Nature Park with a homemade quilt by Brandi’s mother celebrating Canada’s 150th, ate some Smarties (a delicious Canadian sweet), and played with Isobel’s stuffed Canadian Goose. We made sure that all participants in the photo were wearing Cherry Velvet dresses and eventually showed off my Canadians Ass…though my wife thought it was supposed to be Canadian Sass!!

 #Canadiansass Contest winners!

Farideh Olsen

“I thought long and hard about a deeply Canadian thing to do. Stand in an open field? Go through a Tim Horton’s drive-through? Hold a sign that says “I’m sorry”? And then, of course, there was maple syrup.
None of them would do.
In the end, I felt that an RCMP officer would make the PERFECT accessory for my beautiful dress.
I had to interrupt him on official business.
However, once he saw my ravishing apparel, he happily obliged.”

 

Canada Day Contest Winner eh!

Janice Kurylowich

[A] Couple of my favourite Canadian eats, Nanaimo bars and a Caesar… maybe not the best combo, but hey, it’s sweet and savoury! Here I am petting a beaver!! Lol, Canada’s national animal 🙂 My daughter thought that it would be great to go on down to the Made in Canada exhibit at Science World, so here I am, a keener for Cherry Velvet!

Canada Day Contest Winner eh!

 

Holy Cow, you guys really ran with this theme. We said “give ‘er” and you guys hurried hard!  Who would ever believe there could even be so many purely Canadian moments captured by you, our loyal customers?? Well, we sure do believe it now and we have the photos to prove it. To see all the contest entries, please check out our Facebook album here and show these girls some love (and likes) too!

There were so many wonderful contest entries, we want to reward ALL our beautiful customers with a little token of our appreciation! (check your inbox next week!)

And, before we forget, here’s one from our neighbours to the south….thanks, eh!

Jennifer R. Prichard: Here am I celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial in with three of my favorite Canadian exports: CC, #CherryVelvet & the incomparable Margaret Atwood.

Thank-you for entering our Canada Day Contest eh!

Thank-you truly from the bottom of our hearts for all these amazing entries, eh!

Love you guys!!!

Team Cherry Velvet XOX

Contest time! Show us your Canadian Sass!

28 Jun

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

We’re so excited and thankful to be Canadian! Cherry Velvet is extremely proud of continuing to make our dresses 100% in Canada. To share our pride and excitement with YOU, our awesome customers, we’re having a CONTEST and we’re feeling very generous…! There’s going to be THREE GRAND PRIZES of a dress of your choice (shipping included) as well as random gift certificates just because we love ya! Let’s celebrate together Cherry Velvet style! Show us how much you love being Canadian by doing something uniquely Canadian in the photo. Show the world what being a Canadian really looks like!

Show us your Canadian Sass and win a free dress from Cherry Velvet

Eligibility:

  • You must be 19 years of age or older and live in Canada or the continental United States to enter. That’s right. If you’re a customer from the south we invite to join in our contest! This is your big chance to be a Canadian! (we know you want to) Go ahead and make fun, we love to laugh here!
  • All contestants must be wearing an official Cherry Velvet dress in each photo submitted (please make sure we can easily see the dress!)
  • Contest submission deadline: before noon on July 14, 2017. Winners will be announced at 4:00 on July 14th, 2017. All contest winners must claim their prize upon 21 days of official contest winner announcement, no later than August 8, 2017. Please contact us at info[at]cherryvelvetdresses.com with your dress choice and measurements before August 8, 2017.

Show us your Canadian Sass and win a free dress from Cherry Velvet

How to enter:

  • E-mail us your photo wearing a Cherry Velvet dress to cherryvelvetplus@gmail.com. Give us your name and who’s in the photo. Tell us the story in a few words too! (this is not part of the contest, but a good story may sway the judges)
  • Share it on at least one social media channel and tag us (Facebook (@cherryvelvetplus), Instagram (@cherry_velvety) or Twitter (@cherryvelvety) and use the hashtags #canadiansass and #cherryvelvet
  • You must be on our mailing list to win.
  • Please note: All photos submitted to the #CanadianSass Contest may be shared online (i.e., your entry to the contest will be considered as your consent).

#CanadianSass #CherryVelvet

Show us your Canadian Sass and win a free dress from Cherry Velvet

Tips on how to win

  • Reasonable photo quality will help you win. No dark or blurry photos, Please! See some posing tips here on our last blog!
  • Extra points if you make us laugh
  • This is not a beauty contest; Effort, creativity and originality count!
  • Tag us in your photo(s) on Instagram (@cherry_velvety), Facebook (@cherryvelvet) or Twittter (@cherryvelvety) and use the hashtags #canadiansass #cherryvelvet

Show us your Canadian Sass and win a free dress from Cherry Velvet

Don’t be a hoser—

Photos for submission may not contain any of the following:

  • The violence of any kind, or negative or abusive messaging (Let’s be nice and keep it family friendly, eh?)
  • Any extreme political views or leanings (Let’s save these for election day)
  • Images depicting the use of any banned or illegal substances (that wacky tobacky ain’t quite legal here yet)

Show us your Canadian Sass and win a free dress from Cherry Velvet

Show us your best Canadian spirit!

We love you guys! Thank you for supporting our little Canadian company! Please send in your awesome photos showing your fabulous Canadian spirit doing your best Canadian thing.
It’s a great time to reflect on how truly lucky we are, eh!

XOX Team CV

How to Pose for a Photo, Cherry Velvet Style

21 Jun

Have you ever admired the effortless poses of our models and want to know how they get that look? I’ve got some insider photo tips for you!

 The Eyes Have It

I know with me, when I make a true happy smile, my eyes pretty much disappear into squinty slits. One way to avoid this is to keep your eyes closed until just before the shutter clicks. One, Two, Three…Open. Another trick is to squint a little with only your lower lids. It’s a bit tricky but practice will help and your smile will look more natural.

Say Oustiti!– (French for ‘little monkey’)

Don’t say cheese, instead get someone to make you laugh off camera. Think about something that makes you really smile or even laugh. A real smile is more than just showing your teeth and a smile with no emotion in it can look…a little creepy. That’s why it looks better when we smile with our eyes too.

Chin(s)

If you want to avoid looking like you have more than one chin there are a few tricks you can use. Avoid having the photo taken from below your chin. Raising the camera above your chin is a great way to eliminate multiple chins. (but not too far, if your legs are in the photo they will look shorter) Try to stretch your neck and then lower your chin and stick it out a little. Now try pressing your tongue against the back of your top teeth. This feels pretty unnatural at first but it does actually work.

Body Check

Practice good posture by imagining your whole body lifting up from the top of your head;  shoulders back, bust out, tummy pulled in and stick your butt out a little. You’ve heard it before, but this makes all the difference in a photo!

Try turning your body about 45 degrees away from the camera so that you have one shoulder closer to the camera than the other. This way you’re body is at an angle and your face is facing the camera.  Put the camera facing arm on your hip, that way your arm isn’t squished against your torso. (Arms that are tight to your body flatten out and look larger)

Positioning your arms a little away from your body and having them slightly bent or placed on a hip (or in one of our pockets) looks more natural than hanging straight at your sides.

She’s Got Legs

With your body at 45 degrees, plant one foot slightly in front of the other, point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back leg. Another great pose is  to cross your legs at the calf little will have a similar effect of making your hips look narrower and your legs look longer, plus it looks a bit more casual.

It’s always preferable to stand in pictures. But if you happen to be on a chair or a couch when someone wants to take your photo, sit up straight and cross your legs at the ankles. It’ll be much more flattering than not doing anything.

Pose suggestions for a perfect photo

That’s it! Easy and totally natural right? lol

These are all great tips but chances are you won’t put them all into use every time someone pulls out a camera. In this day and age when everyone has a camera on their phone my best tip is…take lots of pictures, lots and lots.

XOX Love Barb

Links to the dresses in the photo from left to right:

Angelina City Stroll

Brooke Navy & Kelly Dot

Doris Techno Turtle

Cherry Velvet Dresses For Every Day

9 Jun

I have always loved wearing dresses. When I was in the 6th grade I decided to wear a dress to school. Back in the 70s most kids just wore jeans and t-shirts at my country school, but I got it into my head that I wanted to wear a dress. I got all the girls in my class together and made a secret plan that we would all wear a dress the next day for no reason. When we all showed up in our dresses everybody was wondering why—especially the teachers and the principal.  We said nothing. We dressed up because we felt like it. It wasn’t a special occasion. It was our own little push back at conformity. We continued to do this for the rest of the school year on an agreed upon day. So rebellious!

Even as a little girl Barb loved wearing dresses

Night and Day

Cherry Velvet dresses are perfect for a night out or a special occasion. In my opinion, they also make the perfect day dress. What makes a good day dress? For me, it’s a mixture of comfort, durability, and cuteness. In my job, I can be meeting with clients one minute and hefting boxes around the warehouse the next. I can’t really be changing my clothing back and forth all day and I’ve found that a well-fitting cotton dress is the way to go.  The advantage of cotton is, of course, the breathability and comfort but I also find the dresses very durable and easy to wash and wear again and again.

Barb Wilkins wears Cherry Velvet dresses for every day

Barb Wilkins wears Cherry Velvet dresses for every day

 

Keep It Simple Silly

I probably don’t get up quite as early for work as I should. The last thing I want to do is try to put an outfit together in the morning.

I feel like I have the BEST life hack for you right now!

Throw on a Cherry Velvet dress every morning and the only decisions left are footwear and accessories. Have 5 or 6 cardigans in different colours that can mix and match with your dresses and that’s it. You’re out the door! Ya sure! Easy for me! I work at Cherry Velvet. lol BUT, if I worked in an office or anywhere else where I was expected to look presentable, I would do the same thing.

Barb Wilkins wears Cherry Velvet dresses for every day

Barb Wilkins wears Cherry Velvet dresses for every day

Take Another Look

Why not pull that dress out of your closet and look at it with a different point of view? Is it too special to wear to work? Maybe it’ll just make you feel special all day. Maybe if someone asks you what the special occasion is you can answer “Me!”

XOX Love Barb

How to Care for your New Crinoline

1 Jun

You’ve chosen your colour and ordered your knee length crinoline from Cherry Velvet! With visions of puffy frills in your head, you might be a little surprised when you get your box in the mail. How the heck did they fit that much floof into such a small box? Your crinoline has been folded and rolled to fit in the box for shipping and it needs a little love from you when it comes out of the box. Don’t worry, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

We’ve made a little video to show you how to care for your crinoline from the minute you open the box until you slip it on under your favourite frock.

A frilly crinoline is a great way to add a little something special to your Cherry Velvet dresses. A full skirt with a matching or contrasting colour peeking out from under it can turn a special dress into something spectacular. If you are thinking of adding a crinoline to your vintage inspired look, we have you covered. You’ll feel special, we promise!

Here’s our selection.

Colourful selection of crinolines at Cherry Velvet

If you’re wondering, we also carry other crinolines that are made of nylon chiffon. Our Lace Crinoline or our Vintage chiffon crinoline will not arrive quite as wrinkled as the Knee length version in the video. Just hang it up and in a few days whatever wrinkles there were, will be no more. Please do not try to steam or iron it as it may cause damage. (Nylon can melt with too much heat!)

Washing instructions: 

Hand wash in warm water then hang to dry. Please do not use bleach.

If you have any questions or need help choosing a crinoline to match your dress, please feel free to e-mail us @ cherryvelvetplus(dot)com. We’re happy to help anytime!

XOX Cherry Velvet