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!

Cherry Velvet Sizes: Small to Plus Sizes

All in One Place

Are your girlfriends the exact same size as you? Maybe you and your girlfriend range from small to plus sizes? Whether you’re shopping for an event or just taking in some retail therapy together,  it’s always great to have a trusted friend along for the journey. Who better to rely on than our besties when choosing a special outfit. Let’s face it, no one knows you better or sees your best qualities like your true pal.

Cherry Velvet Sizes from Small to Plus

Anyone who has tried to have this experience when shopping for two very different sized people will know the frustration. It often leads to running all over town to try to find one store for regular sizes and another store for plus sizes.  It usually finds you shopping online on very different websites too.  You may find that the regular size shops offer lots and lots of choices in a variety of fabrics and colours. You may have also found that the plus-sized buddy has much, much less to choose from. This can only cause irritation and somebody is going to be sad.

Cherry Velvet carries sizes S to 3X (and some XS and 4X too)! Actually, our most popular sizes are Large and up. We invited our friends Foxy and Lexi to come in for a photo shoot and do a little shopping. We wanted to show you how someone who wears a size Small and someone who wears a size 2X can look equally fabulous in the same dress. What a concept!!

Cherry Velvet makes sizes from Small to Plus

 

Of course, we are always here to offer our online customer the best experience possible as well. We encourage you to call or email with any questions you may have and we will always do our best to find you the right styles and the best fit for you!

Studio Shop

Our next Studio Shop is Fri. Feb 2, 2pm – 7pm | Sat. Feb 3, 11am – 5pm and for March we will be open Fri. March 2, 2pm – 7pm | Sat. March 3, 11am – 5pm

Find us at 1635 Powell St. Vancouver, BC – Free parking available on the street or at the west end of our building in The Flag Shop parking lot.

Sign up for our mailing list here so you will always know when our events are happening!

XOX Cherry Velvet

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

FATshion Icon Cynara Geissler – Part Two!

Last week we shared a blog post about our friend, fat activist, writer, media maven and Fatshion Icon Cynara Geissler. We couldn’t fit all the photos and fabulous quotes into one little blog post so without further Adieu, we bring you Part Deux!

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress, 2

Anyone who knows Cynara knows that she has a very distinctive and committed style. She joyfully wears bright colours and amazing accessories to brighten up her outfits and anyone who she encounters throughout her day. Like a ray of fun, fashion sunshine! She is also brilliant and well spoken, natch.

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Marie – Double Feature

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress. 2

Cynara is all ready for her movie date! She has paired our adorable Marie Double Feature Dress with her own red belt, red hair bow, and red and white classic canvas running shoes. This look is super cute but also comfortable and practical for rushing to get to the theatre in time to watch all those previews. Or a post-movie stroll with her sweetheart!

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress. 2

Olivia – Harvest Bloom

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress. 2

 

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress. 2

Cynara is wearing that same sweet red belt with our Olivia – Harvest Bloom Dress and here she has added red Mary Jane flats and a kelly green cardigan to pull it all together. Her own brooch and our Cherry Earrings complete this classic look.

Veronica – Blue Raspberry

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress. 2

 

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress. 2

This vision of turquoise and red is one of our favourite looks Cynara has put together. Veronica Dress – Blue Raspberry is fab on its own but with the contrasting red accessories, it pops with joy! A Cinnamon Hearts Vintage Chiffon Crinoline for fabulous floof is just so perfect for this dress. Here we see Cynara’s own red hair bow, and neck baubles but possibly the best things ever are her lace-up Pom Pom flats! Amazing!!

We hope that you have enjoyed this two-part blog all about Cynara Geissler as much as we have. We always look forward to seeing what Cynara is wearing, almost as much as we love to hear what she has to say!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Cynara is Director of Marketing and Publicity at Arsenal Pulp Press. Her critical writing on fat acceptance, fatshion, feminism, and media has found shelter in various print magazines and around the internet including fatshionista.com, Geez Magazine, and Shameless Magazine. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Milo, Event, subTerrain, and Juice. Follow her on Instagram @cynaragee

FATshion Icon Cynara Geissler

Cynara Geissler is a woman who wears many hats (and cute cardigans, adorable shoes and vintage brooches). We discovered Cynara on an Instagram post where she was wearing one of our Cherry Velvet dresses with the hashtag fatshion. Her body positive style blows us away.  After hearing her speak at the “Embrace The Body You Have” event we knew Cynara had a message that we wholeheartedly agree with and want to share with you.

“Fat acceptance–also known as size acceptance, body positivity, weight neutrality and not-waxing-rhapsodic-about-dieting–is a social and corporeal justice principle, founded on the revolutionary idea that it is not productive to spend every waking moment of every day actively hating your body”~Cynara Geissler

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet dresses.

Cynara doesn’t just talk and write about fatshion and fat politics, she lives it every day. Every outfit she puts together is washed in colour, whimsy and joy. When Cynara enters the room you just want to know more about her. We thought we would feature Cynara in some of her favourite Cherry Velvet dresses and let her accessorize to her hearts content. This is the result. Enjoy!

Chrissy Dress – Chrysanthemum

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet dresses.

Cynara has added her own flavour to Chrissy Dress – Chrysanthemum Print by adding a gold coloured cardigan, cowgirl boots, brown leather belt, vintage earrings and an Erstwilder Brooch.

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet dresses.

Norma Dress – Lunar Cats

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress.

High level of accessorizing achieved here with the Norma Dress – Lunar Cats! Cynara has added her own cute cardigan and black patent leather belt. She has added our adorable little Carla Cat stud earrings by Erstwilder and Catastrophic Fright brooch also by Erstwilder. Head to toe this outfit is a winner. This purrfect look is pulled together by her cat ear headband and kitty cat shoes. Meow!

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet dresses.

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress.

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet dresses.

We will leave you with one more quote from Cynara. The more you get to know Cynara the more you realize that her being an extremely articulate person encompasses not only the things she says but the way she dresses and the way she greets the world. Be inspired!

“When you open up to the possibility that you can live your life right now instead of waiting for an arbitrary number on the scale, or on the tag in your dress, it blows your world apart.” ~Cynara Geissler

Stay tuned for part #2 next week.

XOX Cherry Velvet

Cynara is Director of Marketing and Publicity at Arsenal Pulp Press. Her critical writing on fat acceptance, fatshion, feminism, and media has found shelter in various print magazines and around the internet including fatshionista.com, Geez Magazine, and Shameless Magazine. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Milo, Event, subTerrain, and Juice. Follow her on Instagram @cynaragee

 

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 

Creative juice: Men’s Shirts to Craft Distilleries

East Van is a hotbed of creative juices both literally and figuratively. It’s home to everything from fashion and food to small-batch craft distilleries. One day our designer Diane dropped by neighbouring Odd Society spirits and discovered a fun & hip hangout for drinks with friends. It turns out they make their own spirits right there in some pretty amazing copper kettles; all within view of their tasting lounge. What a perfect place to do a photo shoot with our newest creation: Men’s Shirts.

Introducing “The Shirt”!

Our Men’s shirts fit right into this amazing distillery. How about this one called Cocktail Hour? Stir it up and shake it out while showing off your discerning style with this elegantly architectural barware print.

Cherry Velvet men's shirt "Cocktail Hour"

Automotion… There’s a saying that some things never go out of style and that appears to be true for classic cars and…classic car shirts.

Cherry Velvet men's shirt "Automotion"

Extinct…This distinctly Extinct dinosaur skeleton print ‘glows in the dark’….for those fun times when the lights are out.

Cherry Velvet men's shirt "Extinct"

Genius…Scientifically speaking, your hotness could elevate to dangerous levels by wearing this shirt. Even if you don’t know exactly what these math and physics formulas mean, improve your IQ just by association.

Cherry Velvet men's shirt "Genius"

Parlour Ink…Sail the Seven Seas and make a bold statement of allegiance to the symbols and history of the classic sailor style tattoo.

Cherry Velvet men's shirt "Parlour Ink"

Located on Powell Street in East Vancouver’s port district. Odd Society is dedicated to combining Old World distilling traditions with New World ingredients and ingenuity to create a family of spirits including whiskey, vodka, and gin. The Odd society has a Happy hour on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m with yummy cocktails like this delicious Lemon Drop Martini. It’s the perfect place for a drink right after some fun shopping at our studio, it’s only about one block east from us. (We’re at 1635 Powell St and they’re at 1725 Powell St)

Stop in at Odd Society Spirits for happy hour and this yummy Lemon Drop Martini

Happy Holidays!!

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!