A Candy Shop of Crinoline Colours!

24 Jan

There are few garments that are as unabashedly girly as a crinoline. Layers upon layers of chiffon and nylon net create a confection reminiscent of an upside down flower in full bloom. Not for the faint of heart, a crinoline will not only get you noticed, you’ll be sashaying with every step and want to twirl to every tune! Quite a powerful effect for a mere undergarment; something that often barely peaks out from underneath. More than a change in the shape of your dress, crinolines today are all about sass and attitude; a feminine statement like no other.

candy crinolines-BlogSize

We have so many to choose from; a Candy Shop of crinoline colours!  including several new ones:

Watermelon (dark raspberry pink) *new

Blueberry (royal) *new

Bubblegum (hot pink) new*

Mint (pale aqua green)

Black Licorice

Cherry (red)

Grape (purple)

Strawberry (pale pink)

Blue Raspberry (turquoise)

Blueberry Ice (pale blue)

In the 1950s, post-war prosperity led to the re-emergence of the crinoline and very full skirts. These voluminous skirts with their yards of excess fabric presented a sharp counterpoint to the practical skirts and clothing rations of the war years. It was with Dior’s introduction of the “New Look” in 1947 that the crinoline began to reappear after decades of being out of favour.

Throughout history, fashion often shouted “I’m too rich and important to work! Look at how impractical my outfit is!” While the shorter crinolines of the mid-twentieth century were not as restrictive as the longer and more elaborate crinolines of the mid-nineteenth century, it was no accident that the crinoline re-emerged in a society in which the ideal woman did not work outside of the home, and took care of the household duties.

Today we wear crinolines for parties, weddings, dancing and costumes.  There is something expressly feminine about a full skirt, especially made full with the volume of a crinoline.  Designed to provide the wearer’s skirts with a greater degree of flared out fullness, we think they look especially sassy with a few inches of colour peaking out from the hemline.

Choose a matching colour or go for a real pop of colour underneath….especially with black or black/white polka dots. We’re excited to have two new gorgeous shades of pink to share:



Check out our delectable selection of Candy Shop crinoline colours here!

XOX Cherry Velvet

New Spring Dress collection

15 Jan

Whew!! It’s great to be finished! I picked up the last 6 dress samples from the factory today. A lot of work goes into designing a new Spring dress collection! This one is the biggest ever…Even poured myself a pomtini to celebrate.

Line up of dresses

New Prints!!

We’ve been busy as bees choosing new fabrics (yes one with bees) and so many other adorable prints we know you’re going to love! We’ve already given you a little peek of new fabrics like our ‘Pugs at the Beach’ and ‘Mint Retro Stars’ (I hope we bought enough fabric for those) but there are so many more! -lots of polka dots, florals (especially roses -my favorite), another Kitty Cat print, and of course cherries! We’re so excited to have a hand in designing this print. You’re going to go crazy for cherries and polka dots together, we’re calling it Black Cherry Dot (it’s also coming in a mint version)!!

Black Cherry Dot


Finally we’ve been able to implement many of your requests from the survey we did a while back. Yes, we were listening! You said you wanted lower necklines…..check! There were requests for an expanded size range to 4x. So yes, we’ll have several styles to choose from, one coming very soon and another around April. Also, for the first time we’ll, have Wedding dresses suitable for a casual or second wedding. There have been lots of requests for those! I’m guessing several styles of ivory Wedding dresses will be available sometime in April.

So keep your eye on our New Arrival Section.  We’ll be adding new Spring Dresses continuously over the season!

Just getting ready this minute to do our big catalog photo shoot for our Spring Dress collection. The models are in Hair and Make-up. The dresses are pressed and ready to go…..You know we’re going to tell you more about it; of course there’ll be tons of new photos….Stay Tuned!!


XOX Cherry Velvet 

New Spring Dresses and Paper Dolls!

15 Jan

They’re back! We’re bringing back some of your favorite Spring dresses in fresh new colours and prints. These ‘famous’ bestselling frocks are at the heart of our first offerings for spring:


Do you long for the look of a halter dress, but put off purchasing one because of those pesky bra straps? Made with you in mind, this is a dress with the best of both worlds: straps that conceal your bra, plus the added allure of the tie-up halter!
Perfectly petite white polka dots on a Teal or Black background are like tiny kisses of style all over! Teal and Black are two of our best-selling colours, and we knew they would keep you coming back for more. The full skirt is the perfect length for wearing with our knee-length crinolines; maybe consider a contrasting colour like violet or peacock blue.



This is our best selling dress of all time for many reasons. We use high quality ADORABLE prints in limited runs so there aren’t many the same dress out there. This dress also has POCKETS and best of all the open, knotted back detail that is sure to turn heads! Brigitte’s skirt is full and flattering for all body types, and the shorter length is great for shorter girls or those who want to show off those great gams!

Shutterbug:  Be red carpet ready whether you’re a burgeoning bombshell, a sizzling starlet, or a plucky paparazzo. You’ll look the part in this vintage camera print! We were lucky to get our hands on a bit more of this print…so it’s back for an encore!

Bee Damask: This adorable print is adorned with bees and intricate patterns of coral, rose, and burgundy filigree.

Purple Ikat: the perfect print to brighten up your wardrobe! With two pretty shades of purple paradise, you’ll be able to wear this stunner all year round.



The Natalie Dress is so saucy she’s perfect to wear for almost any occasion! How about a stroll around the sea wall, or record shopping on Main Street? Dancing the night away downtown? The possibilities are endless!
This time around she’s available in Red or Black pinhead dots and a gorgeous Black with Purple Dot that sold out the first time we had it. Natalie features a decorative front placket with 5 buttons and square neckline. Pleated cap sleeves and a princess seamed tulip skirt give you an extra girly silhouette. Saving the best for last; the cut-out back view makes your exit as stunning as your entrance!

If you love our PAPER DOLLS  you can download them for free here!

These dresses are just the first wave of fashion coming at you this spring. Check out all the fabrics and prints we’re talking about  here.  Stay tuned for more delectable dresses!

XOX Cherry Velvet

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 - #12 - Priscilla Dress in Red Dice

The Twelve Dresses of Christmas - #11 - Kate Dress in Pin Scatter

The Twelve Dresses of Christmas - #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 cherryvelvetplus@gmail.com) 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