Grave Greetings From Cherry Velvet…

Everyone here at Cherry Velvet loves the Halloween season; It’s when all the grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize! And Even ghostly girlies need something spooktacular to wear on the biggest night of their year…

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…Check out these ethereal beauties, wearing Angelina in Enchanted & Adaline in Pink Puddy Tats.

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Wishing you all a safe & Happy Halloween!

XOX Cherry Velvet

What A Doll! – New Cherry Velvet Paper Dolls

A special delivery, just for you! We’ve designed a few new paper dolls to go with our new additions to our catalogue.

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A Short History

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Paper Dolls are about as old as paper itself. As far back as 800 AD, there is recorded historical evidence of different cultures around the world having their own versions of this wonderful papercraft. The earliest version of the paper dolls we know and love come from the mid-18th century France, where they were called pantins. These were delicately hand-painted paper puppets that were used as high society entertainment.

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A Cherry Velvet Touch

Our wonderful pattern maker, Tatyana has been hard at work designing brand new paper dolls to go with our newest additions to our line. We’re proud to present…

Cherry Velvet Pin Up Paper Dolls Bianca

This time around, we’ve paperfied buxom Bianca Bombshell and given her 4 new dresses, The Shelly, The Chrissy, The Judith & Leah Lace.

Click the image to download the full-size copy, or follow this link for all our paper doll dresses!

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Have fun and let your wardrobe be inspired!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Livin’ La Vida Cherry: Sweet Teams Are Made Of These

Welcome to the 2nd installment of our miniseries, Livin’ La Vida Cherry! We recently added a couple of new hires and think our super fabulous team needs a bit o’ spotlighting. After plying everyone with drinks, we threw a few rapid fire questions at them in the hopes of showing off the wonderful people who put the Cherry in Cherry Velvet.

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We’ll start off with where every Cherry Velvet dress starts, Tatyana, our pattern-maker.

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You have a beautiful accent, where are you from?

I’m from Lviv, a city in Western Ukraine. Shortly after finishing my degree in Fashion Design & Pattern Making, I moved to Canada. October marks my 8th anniversary of living in Vancouver. I love being Canadian!

How did you get into Fashion Design?

I absolutely love everything to do with fashion. In fact, I learned how to sew before I learned to read! I got my first sewing machine when I was 5. I started making clothes for my dolls, then moved on to my family and friends. It’s funny, my mum used to catch me with scissors, stealing her dresses. I was simply trying to cut & redesign her dresses!

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Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I don’t think many people get to get married in a castle, but I did. I was lucky enough to have my wedding held at Olesko Castle and it was beautiful!

What’s your favourite Cherry Velvet dress?

I love our Shimona Dress. We put it out awhile back, I think we only have a few left on sale. I just love the patterns it came in.

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Now we get to the heavy lifting with our Shipping Administrator, Greg.

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So, pretend you’re answering an OKCupid ad. Give us the basics.

Well, come this Saturday, I will be happily married, so I’m off the market, ladies! But I was a good kid, raised in Port Coquitlam, now a good man living in North Vancouver with my beautiful fiancee.

After graduating from the full time writing program at Vancouver Film School, I’ve been a writer for the last 12 years. I’ve also trained in Improv Comedy with Second Storey Theatre & Vancouver Theatresports.

When you’re not busy filling our orders, what do you do in your spare time?

I recently founded my own comedy troupe, The Radical and I perform regularly with Second Storey Theatre, Geek Interesting & Geeks vs Nerds Vancouver. I’m also a photographer.

What can I say? I like to stay busy and I like to entertain!

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As a man working in a woman’s (fashion) world, what do you enjoy most about working at Cherry Velvet?

My favourite part about this industry is promoting a brand that puts women in styles that makes them feel beautiful and subsequently more confident. Ladies, the world needs to give you more opportunities to stand tall!

Share a fun fact with us!

I’d love to, but I’m shipping myself off to Salmon Arm now, expresspost to Happily Ever After!

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Last but not least, we introduce our resident ball of sunshine & office manager, Jolie Holiday.
(Muggles know her as Tracy.)

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What’s in your coffee? How do you stay so chipper?

I drink my coffee black! In all honesty, I’m the kind of person that turns lemons into lemon vodka and would rather look forward with my eye on the horizon than look down behind me. Born & raised in Richmond, BC, I’m just a simple girl from Storybrooke looking to spread some magic wherever I go.

Who are you outside of the office?

I live the Disney Princess life, 27/7 as Jolie Holiday! When I’m not organizing the office or re-enacting Disney songs in my living room, I’m often organizing photoshoots or practicing partnered dancing (Swing & Blues). I also spend way too much time on Instagram.

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What do you love about working for Cherry Velvet?

I love seeing the delight on our clients’ faces when they see how wonderfully our dresses fit them. You wouldn’t know it by looking at me, but I have struggled and continue to struggle with my weight. I know how depressing and disheartening it feels to have to settle for comfort or confidence boosting style. I love that Cherry Velvet takes care of both for our clients. It is incredibly inspiring to work for a brand that promotes the idea of #stunningatanysize

Any fun facts to share?

Every Friday, I put together Disney-inspired outfits and make the Cherry Velvet team guess who I am. If they guess right, I bring them treats the following Monday! It’s a bit of a hobby of mine both in & out of the office. I call  it “Undercover Disney” and you can follow my adventures with it on my Tumblr.

What’s your favourite Cherry Velvet dress?

It’s got to be my Brigitte in Black Cats. I love cats and this particular style is cut a bit shorter than our other styles, which makes it perfect for my 4’10 stature! It was such a hit on my most recent trip to Walt Disney World.

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And thank you to our wonderful Art Director and sometimes photographer, Logan Rudrum. Check out the spotlight we did with him awhile back!

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Now you can see why working at Cherry Velvet is the sweetest. Stay tuned for our final installment of Livin’ La Vida Cherry, where we interview our designer, Diane!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Taking Centre Stage With…Judith

In this edition of “Taking Center Stage With…” we’re going to introduce you to a dress that can be a little Argyle and a lil’ bit Rock ‘N Roll.

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Sometimes we have customers that really exemplify the Cherry Velvet Life and it just so happens our Judith dress is named after one such lovely lady! When designing this dress, we wanted to give it dual personalities; a print that definitely says “retro class with modern sass” and a subtly bubbly & fun print for all occasions.

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Did you know that the Argyle print has existed since the 17th century? We decided to jazz it up a bit by using a unique mix of Navy, Plum & White. And despite being called “Guitar Picks”, we think the white on black seriously evokes snowy snowflakes for the winters, don’t you?

Always looking to highlight a girl’s most flattering features, The Judith features a saucy gathered front, giving the neckline an adorable bow illusion. We balance out the bold neckline with 3/4 sleeves that have a sweet little gather as well.

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Whether you pair it with a crinoline for some added drama, or a leather jacket for that Rockabilly flair, we think Judith is definitely a show stopper.

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XOX Cherry Velvet

 

 

 

Livin’ La Vida Cherry: Pattern Evolution

In last week’s post, we mentioned starting a mini blog-series this month dedicated to the behind-the-scenes here at Cherry Velvet. Here we are at our first installment!

Have you ever wondered how much work goes into creating one of our Cherry Velvet dresses? A lot! But it all starts with a pattern…

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Most people know what a pattern is (you know those paper sheets you played with in Home Ec…) but what you might not know is that, generally, fashion designers will use a “block pattern”. Block patterns are custom-fitted, basic patterns from which patterns for many different styles can be developed. In contrast, the patterns that are available for home use are usually sold “pre-graded”. In fashion design, the process of changing the size of a finished pattern is called “grading”.

Once we decide which pattern block we want to use, we  cut up the block into the desired pattern pieces. When we make our dresses, we use a minimum of 5 pieces, but we could use up to 10 or 12! Once we’ve got our pieces arranged, we use a special software progam to make any final edits to the pattern.

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Now comes the exciting part! We print the pattern on our fancy pattern printing machine, called a “plotter”.

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After the pattern has been plotted, we make quick work of sewing a prototype.

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Once the prototype is made, we try it on a fit model and make adjustments to the garment until it’s perfect. This process can sometimes take a bit of time as this is the final opportunity to edit the design before we make the “salesman sample”. It’s important to be meticulous 😉

After that process, The salesman sample is essentially the final product, to be used for catalogue pictures and for potential buyers (for example, at trade shows) to look at.

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We hope you enjoyed this little peek under our skirt!
Stay tuned for another installment in a couple of weeks, where we cover the team up in the Cherry Velvet Tree!

XOX Cherry Velvet