A Legacy of Freespirit Floral Fabric

Ever since I was little I’ve loved fabric. My mother bought me a tiny, working sewing machine at the age of 4. As such I spent countless hours beside her as she worked (at home); playing in the buttons, with thread on wooden spools and of course with the font of fabulous fabrics that she had collected over the years. Anyone that sews knows about this fabric drawer of “endless possibilities”.

Finding beautiful fabrics for my dress designs is easily one of the joys of my work. I spend hours choosing from 1000’s of prints, patterns and colours. While there is seemingly an endless supply of beautiful cottons to choose from, I was very sad to discover that this week one of my premier suppliers has decided to close their doors. Free Spirit was my source for many of the colourful floral prints that I love so much.

Cherry Velvet dresses are made from beautiful 100% cotton fabric in prints like these from FreeSpirit

FreeSpirit fabrics especially excelled at floral fabrics. They have been the home of gifted designers such as Tula Pink, Tokyo milk and Phillip Jacob. While I know these talented folks will move on to other mills I thought it would be a fitting tribute to show you some of the beautiful prints that I’ve sourced from this company.

Most seasons I’ve included a Phillip Jacob floral print. His eye for colour and bold vivacious florals is unmatched. If you’re familiar with our brand you may remember this one called Black Dahlia (no longer available).

Cherry Velvet dresses are made from beautiful 100% cotton fabric in prints like these from FreeSpirit

We just released a spectacular new print from Phillip we call Enchanted Garden (below): It’s available in the Doris dress here.

Cherry Velvet dresses are made from beautiful 100% cotton fabric in prints like these from FreeSpirit

You may also be familiar with a famous quilt fabric designer known for her incredible use of colour and hidden animal themes; Tula Pink. We’re keeping our fingers crossed to receive prints from her new magical collection coming for this fall called De La Luna. (before the closure)

Cherry Velvet dresses are made from beautiful 100% cotton fabric in prints like these from FreeSpirit

The prints of this Alice dress in Fox Floral and Pink Chipper  are by Tula Pink.

Originally I was excited to discover that Margot Elena, of Tokyo Milk was designing fabric for FreeSpirit.  You may recognise her iconic octopus design from her greeting cards or perfume line. Her prints (below) will be available as dresses soon. “Mermaiden” print on the left is already in our warehouse (online soon), Octopussy will come later this Spring.

Cherry Velvet dresses are made from beautiful 100% cotton fabric in prints like these from FreeSpirit

While there will always be more prints available, I’ll miss the glory and vivacity of the floral fabrics from FreeSpirit.

XOX Diane 

Diane Kennedy is the owner/designer of Cherry Velvet Dresses.  Wildly passionate about bright, whimsical printed fabrics; ethical, domestic manufacturing and clothing that fits curvy girls; Diane believes she’s found her true calling in life.

Cherry Velvet Customer Survey – Spring 2018

We want to hear from you!

You, our customers are the reason we’re here. It’s a goal of ours to always be improving your shopping experience with us. You can help us do that for you by taking a few minutes to fill our our Customer Survey. This is a perfect opportunity for you to tell us what you like, what you’re not so crazy about and what you would like to see in the future. We are listening!

Take the Cherry Velvet customer survey to have your opinion count!

Your Opinion Matters!

We have questions about what you’d like to see in fabric and colour choices for future dresses. We also want to hear about the prints that you would love to see turned into Cherry Velvet dresses. How do you feel about polyester? Would you be interested in a solid colour dress with no print? Are there any new clothing items or styles you’d like to see us carry? ( P.S. We’ve made a new Shrug / Cardi and it’s super cute!) Inquiring minds want to know!

To thank you for taking the time to share your opinions with us we would like to offer you a $25 discount on your next online Cherry Velvet order of $100 or more. New Spring styles are arriving as we speak! The discount is valid until the end of March 2018. Take the Cherry Velvet Customer Survey to receive your discount code.

Here is the link to the survey

Thank you for being our amazing customers and for helping us make Cherry Velvet Clothing even better!

XOX Cherry Velvet

P.S. Our model Lexi is wearing our new Doris Dress in Rose Crush!

Size Means Nothing; Fit Means Everything

Let’s talk about the difference between size and fit.

All of us have a unique shape, size and fit. We’re all different and that’s a good thing.  Understandably we would all love to be able to see clothing we’re interested in on a body exactly like ours, whether it’s a smaller size or a plus size. Wouldn’t that make things so easy?? Take a look at the women around you right now. Every single one of them is a different size, shape, height and proportion. It’s impossible to show every body type without creating an entire encyclopedia of women’s bodies and show how a garment fits on every single one. One of our goals for this year is to show more sizes and bodies so that it’ll be easier for you to assess your perfect fit.

Cherry Velvet blogs about the difference between size and fit (left) Danielle Dress – Bird Bath (right) Danielle Dress – Hexi Dot

Show yourself some LOVE!

Society needs no help when it comes to damaging women’s self esteem regarding body image. But there’s a lot you can do to change this! Meet that woman in the mirror with a smile. Tell her she looks adorable, cute, sexy, and amazing! At the end of the day when it’s just you and the mirror, a choice is made about the words used to describe ourselves, to ourselves. Cut yourself some slack and give some words of encouragement and love to that amazing person looking back at you. It’s time to think about your clothing size like you think about your shoe size. It’s just a number that corresponds to the length of your feet. Why not?

Cherry Velvet blogs about the difference between size and fit

Veronica Dress – Blue Raspberry

Live it now!

When you put on your clothes and they fit right, you know it. It’s not just about having it go over your body or being able to do up a zipper or a button.  Armholes that don’t gap and the way a garment flows over your body is key. It’s that dress or skirt that hits that magic spot on you and makes your legs look amazing.  When your clothes fit properly you look and feel like you can take on the world. It’s not about waiting until you’re the size you want to be it’s about looking and feeling your best Right Now!

Give yourself that gift!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Addressing Your Bust; Bra Fit for Dresses

Fitting your bust in a great dress starts with a well fitting braWe must, we must, we must ad”dress” your bust!

An appropriate and well-fitting bra is really important for building the “foundation” of your shape under a dress. Make sure your bra straps are adjusted so that your bust is supported correctly (you know how the straps can stretch out!). When you put on one of our dresses, your bust should sit above the waistband. This will make the dresses look and fit better and should eliminate your breasts being cut in half by the waistband. Yes ladies, lean forward, adjust your breasts up and over the band and then complete the pulling up of the zipper. Much like when you put on a bra.

“When you go dress shopping please wear a great fitting bra! A sports bra or no bra just doesn’t cut it to get the best fit”

 

Under Where?

What you wear on the lower half of your body is totally your preference. Our Cherry Velvet dresses have extra room across the tummy to give you enough room that it’s not necessary to wear anything special on the bottom. It’s totally up to you! We are a big fan of being able to look great AND breathe!

Fitting your bust in a great dress starts with a well fitting bra

Online shopping

All our bra fitting tips are just as important for when you’re measuring yourself to find your best dress fit online as well. Put on a well-fitting bra before you take your measurements to find your size. We made a short video with some easy to follow instructions to help you take simple and accurate measurements. Check it out!

Once you have your measurements you can check out our comprehensive Sizing Chart to find your size. Or you can call or email with your measurements and we will always be happy to help you find your best fit.

When you wear 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

Gratitude!

“Joy is the simplest form of Gratitude” ~ Karl Barth

Thank YOU to all the beautiful people who are reading this, and for making us what we are today. Without you, we simply wouldn’t be here. It’s been a pleasure to serve you and make Cherry Velvet just for you, our Classy Sassy customers!!

It fills our hearts with Gratitude and Joy to read things like this:

“I’ve been wanting to say thank-you for making such amazing dresses. As a girl who’s been plus sized and tall my whole life I’m not used to being complimented on my fashion choices or appearance. Since I discovered Cherry Velvet dresses and crinolines, I walk out of the house feeling like a million dollars every morning, I rarely wear jeans anymore and I’m starting to be less shocked when someone compliments me 🙂 I seriously got up one Friday morning in November when I was going to a volleyball game later in the day and thought, “hmm I think I can totally rock a Cherry Velvet dress and a crinoline with my tall boots at the game” instead of just pulling on jeans. *YAY!* And I love that Cherry Velvet is made in Canada and that so many of the dresses are high quality 100% cotton (I’ve been trying to move toward more natural fibres in my wardrobe and less rayon and polyester — which is a tall order for plus sizes).  Thanks for giving this plus-sized girl a whole new level of fashion confidence :-)” T.H.

“Wow is all I can say. I received my dress today… Early as a matter of fact … and Wow .. I LOVE IT .. it fits so perfect and looks absolutely gorgeous .. I cannot wait to wear it out and about to show it off. I will admit I was very nervous about spending that kind of money ( I have never spent that much on one article of clothing)… The fit and finish are stunning… it is totally worth it, every penny of it. I will be shopping with you again in the near future and thank you for everything you have done” A.M.

“Thank you again for making my dress shopping experience awesome I’m so excited now to wear my beautiful Angelina dress on the big day the lady who helped me was great she made me feel welcome right from the minute I walked in I was so stressed to shop for a dress and that completely disappeared when I walked in I still want to thank you again for making me feel beautiful and my fiancee is thrilled that I’m wearing your dresses. All I ever wear is jeans and he’s not stopped complimenting me since I put the Lisa dress on when we left your studio. You make more than just gorgeous dresses you helped us make a fun memory and helped me get some self-confidence “ A.B.

Your gratitude is truly a gift from you to us! Thank-you for making Cherry Velvet what it is today and we look forward to creating more beautiful items for you, our beautiful customers!

With Gratitude we wish you all the Happiest of Holidays from all of us!

Love the Cherry Velvet Team; Tatyana, Diane, Barb, & Logan 

Get Stuffed! Christmas Stocking Swag

The Holidays are almost upon us. Are you ready to stuff?… a Christmas stocking that is?  Here are our best suggestions for stocking swag to make their face light up on Christmas morning. There’s not a lump of coal in sight!

Roll The Dice!

We don’t want you to gamble on her present this year but we can’t help but recommend these adorable Pair-o-Dice necklace and earring sets. They’re handmade in Canada and a steal at just $36 for the set. You can choose between red, green or white dice. The odds are in your favour that they’re going to adore this!  We especially love this necklace with our Norma Dress in Parlour Ink print

Christmas Stocking stuffers to make her Cherry Velvet dreams come true!

Erstwilder Brooches

Our hottest selling item at the moment are these cute & quirky brooches from Australia called Erstwilder.  Inspired by all things vintage, rockabilly, pinup, retro and art-deco, they’re a gift choice suitable for any fashionista on your gift list. They come boxed with a special story about the treasure inside that’s the perfect end at their Christmas stocking toe.

Erstwilder brooches make the best Christmas Stocking stuffers!

Cherry Baby!

‘Juicy’ Cherry sets are the perfect gift for any retro Diva. Sets include a necklace, bracelet, and earrings in your choice of Black glass (Cherry Cola) or White Pearl (Cherry Icing). The cherry theme goes with so many of our dresses Like Vanessa, Hard Candy and Marie, Double Feature.

Christmas Stocking stuffers to make her Cherry Velvet dreams come true!

Wish upon a Star!

Make their wishes come true with this sparkling necklace called Galaxy Stars. It features faceted aurora borealis clear crystals, is exclusive to Cherry Velvet and very limited edition. They’ll twinkle like a star! It’s the perfect compliment to Doris Dress in Star Magic, Dita Dress in Golden Galaxy or Norma Dress in Lunar Cats.

 

Cherry Velvet has the best stocking stuffer swag to make her eyes light up this Christmas!

Cherry Velvet Gift Card

Cherry Velvet Gift cards come in denominations from $10 to $200 so you can customize the amount you want to give. You can’t go wrong here! You can’t mess up the size, colour or pattern by leaving all the choices up to them. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the accolades. Now you can handle that, can’t you?

Cherry Velvet has the best stocking stuffer swag to make her eyes light up this Christmas!

Of course, if you need any help at all with gift suggestions or sizing….the elves at Cherry Velvet HQ are happy to help. Please feel free to contact us by e-mail @ cherryvelvetplus@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Trifecta of Awesomeness Charity Event!!

Dresses + Shoes + Charity! (+ cupcakes!)

Last night Cherry Velvet Dresses, along with Fluevog Shoes held a very special event at the Fluevog store on Granville Street in Vancouver. We were thrilled to team up with Fluevog, our favourite purveyor of shoes on the planet. But even more important than tasty refreshments and goodie bags, and pairing gorgeous dresses with amazing shoes, was the third element of the Trifecta. We felt that Mom2Mom was the perfect charity to put our collective support. We wanted to let you know about this wonderful cause that supports families right here in our own neighbourhood.Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

 Thank-you to all our wonderful customers that came out to the Trifecta of Awesomeness last night and help us make it a great success! Thanks also to Patrick Davidson, Ben and Eric at John Fluevog Shoes Granville for being amazing hosts :) Veronica Belle Leah Paley Tuttle

 

About Mom2Mom Charity:

Mom2Mom works to improve the lives of children living in poverty by supporting their moms. In Vancouver, Moms in poverty struggle with incredible stress and isolation. This puts stress on the whole family and deprives both mom and children of connection to resources, positive influences, and opportunities.

We believe that when moms thrive, children thrive. Since 2011, Mom2Mom charity has worked to support moms’ wellbeing by reducing the stress and isolation of living in poverty.

Mom2Mom builds strength-based relationships and a caring community through a volunteer program; reduces poverty-related stress by supporting children’s basic needs, and provide opportunities and connection to resources for both mom and children. We envision a future where moms and their children thrive in caring and connected communities!

Our Fabulous Customers!

Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

 

Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

We couldn’t be more thrilled with the attendance at our event last night. It seems that the combination of fabulous frocks, sublime boots and shoes, social consciousness and wonderful people created just the right atmosphere for the perfect evening. Most of all, we want to thank everyone who took the time to show up and help make a difference in our own community. Ultimately it’s the kids who will benefit with the help of Mom2Mom and we are honoured that we could be part of that!

XOX Cherry Velvet

P.S. There’s a little sneak peak of one of our Men’s shirts coming soon in the last photo!

Quirky Erstwilder Brooches!

Vintage style

A few years ago while traveling in the United Kingdom I discovered a little pin-up shop in Manchester. There was the most adorable red poodle brooch I had to have. It reminded me of vintage bakelite and so I’ve been looking for more ever since. Now I’m excited to tell you that we are selling these very same Erstwilder brooches in our showroom and online.

A Perfect Match

It was easy to choose the brooches as they have the same bright, fun and quirky appeal that our dresses have. So many of the pins are a natural match to Cherry Velvet dresses as so many of the themes are similar: Flowers, Cats, Birds and even Space! We absolutely had our Fall line of dresses in mind when we made our choices.

Zombies are in all year, right? This one is called “Drop Dead Gorgeous” with Olivia Dress in Circuit.

Erstwilder brooches make cute and quirky companions to a Cherry Velvet Dress!

Our Vanessa Final Frontier Dress adorned with swirling planets is even more perfect with retro “Roxy’s Ray Gun” pinned to it. Space themed brooches are stellar with dresses like Doris Star Magic.

Erstwilder brooches make cute and quirky companions to a Cherry Velvet Dress!

 

 

Whether you match or just accent, these pins are true conversation starters. The “Ruby the Red Cardinal” pin sets off the deep red of the hardcover books just right. Norma Dress in Page Turner.

Erstwilder brooches make cute and quirky companions to a Cherry Velvet Dress!

Erstwilder brooches make cute and quirky companions to a Cherry Velvet Dress!

How can you not feel foxy when you’re wearing “Frond Fox” with Olivia Harvest Bloom?

Erstwilder brooches make cute and quirky companions to a Cherry Velvet Dress!

Erstwilder brooches make cute and quirky companions to a Cherry Velvet Dress!

Limited Edition

Erstwilder designs and produces collectible, limited edition brooches made of layered resin. The detail is truly amazing! They obviously draw a lot of inspiration from all things vintage, rockabilly, pinup, retro and have a love of animals of all kinds too. Each brooch comes its own gift box complete with a little story paying homage to history, myth, pop-culture and classic storytelling. They’re the perfect gift for anyone who loves to accessorise.

Pinning on one of these little pieces of art is bound to fill you with joy! These brooches can sell out quickly so if you love one, don’t miss out!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Halloween Cosplay; Cherry Velvet Style!

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style !Cosplay can be fun at anytime of year, but well duh, it’s Halloween! Squeee!! We love to play dress up so much we made an excuse to create fun costumes from Cherry Velvet dresses!

We love the idea of having a tickle trunk and are starting one here at the shop. A great starting point for so many ‘girl’ costumes is a crinoline and a corset. You’d be surprised at how many amazing costumes can start this way! Add a few items you may already have plus one or two from your fav Halloween shop and Voila! you have an original costume!

Barb the Barmaid

Picking a character or theme that you resemble makes cosplay easier. Barb is just a natural for this Hofbräuhaus style outfit, don’t you think? A little white apron is another great staple for your tickle trunk…it can become Alice in Wonderland, Belle, a French Maid or a Barmaid to name a few. She’s wearing the Olivia dress in Harvest Bloom and a corset from Lace Embrace.

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style : Barmaid

Ms. Frizzle

Diane, our designer’s red curly hair was a natural for this outfit. You knew we’d do this one based on our Vanessa Final Frontier Dress, didn’t you!? Fluevogs Shoes.

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style : Ms. Frizzle

Buccaneer Barb

Using Jack Sparrow as inspo, anyone can be a pirate wench, although having long hair helps. We made the headpiece from a scrap of fabric but a scarf would also work. Next we strung some beads and added narrow braids in Barb’ hair. Originally we were planning a Brooke dress as the basis for our Pirate cosplay but then well…the Norma dress in Parlour Ink arrived! We used one of our fav tricks and hitched up the skirt with a kilt pin to show a little more leg and the Lace Chiffon Crinoline underneath.

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style : Pirate

The ‘Not So Wicked’ Witch

Just in is a new party dress called Dita in Golden Galaxy, which we made into a decidedly elegant witch. We layered on the crinolines…all the more fun to ride a broom! Costco had old fashioned corn brooms which we witchified with some brown and black craft paint. Diane’s fav eyeliner (Stila Stay all day Waterproof liquid eyeliner)…for eyebrows, eyes and lips. Fluevog shoes.

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style : Witch

We’ll have lots of fun things to check out online and at our Studio Shop (1635 Powell Street, Vancouver BC) coming up… New dresses plus a shipment of crinolines are on the way (and will be here in time for Halloween) and Erstwilder brooches too!!

Friday Oct 21 from 2-7

Saturday Oct 22 from 11-5

Love Cherry Velvet XOX

 

One Retro dress; Three Ways

One retro dress, three ways blog postWe had so much fun putting outfits together with our retro dresses, we did it again! This time we wanted to show you classic vintage styling plus a few more alternative looks. Barb, our Client Relations Specialist, was the model; great job, Barb! That’s what style is all about, taking an outfit and really injecting your own personality into it.

We choose an Olivia Dress in Harvest Bloom; so appropriate to the season. It was such a beautiful autumn day, we went to a park in full fall foliage called Momiji Gardens. Why stay indoors when you can work outside?

Every day is a Retro day!

Barb loves to wear boots and tights with her dresses. How about these amazing vintage plaid Doc Marten Boots?! Take chances—plaids and florals can look amazing together. Erstwilder Red Poodle Brooch, Lands End Cardigan

One retro dress, three ways blog post

One retro dress, three ways blog post

 

Classic Retro Evening

Add a pop of colour like this beautiful Vintage Chiffon Crinoline in Cinnamon Hearts and lil’ sparkle from some retro jewelry and voila! You’re ready for a dinner date. Cotton tights (from Cherry Velvet, coming soon to our online shop) Miz Mooz Shoes.

One retro dress, three ways blog post

 

Rockabilly Retro

Maybe you’re the lead singer of a band (like Barb) or going to a funky event like a burlesque show… What to wear? Layering a corset over your dress is a great way to add alternate style to your dress. Barb’s wearing her own hat, shrug and boots with a Lace Embrace Corset and a Vintage Chiffon Crinoline in Black Licorice.

One retro dress, three ways blog post

 

Cherries

Our Cherry Cola necklace and bracelet set went so well with our Olivia Dress, we mixed up the accessories all over again to make this bonus look…

One retro dress, three ways blog post

One retro dress, three ways blog post

We hope we’re giving you lots of ideas and fun ways to wear your Cherry Velvet dresses year round and for lots of different occasions!

Love Cherry Velvet XOX