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

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

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

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