News » #cherryvelvet

  • New to Team Cherry: Kerosene Deluxe

    Published Sep 15 2021 in #Aperfect14, #bodypositive, #cherryvelvet, #kerosenedeluxe, #pinup, #plussizepinup

    How lucky are we to have yet another talented, creative, accomplished woman joining Team Cherry?!! Let's give a warm welcome to the one and only Kerosene Deluxe who is our new Social Media manager for Cherry Velvet!

    Kerosene Deluxe

    Part va-va-va-voom vixen, part activist, part model; this caring bombshell is a triple-threat; and much more than just another pretty face. You may recognize her as an internationally published model. However, she began her career in cosmetology and make-up artistry and is extremely talented in those realms too.

    Diane first met the beautiful Kerosene many years ago at a convention and spotted her unique style that works so well with Cherry Velvet.

    Since then she's been featured in numerous magazines, runway fashion shows, talk shows and music videos. In 2013 she was cast as one of the main models in the award winning documentary 'A Perfect 14'.

    Kerosene Deluxe

    Kerosene is a passionate ambassador in the world of fashion and has taken it upon herself to promote beauty through diversity. With her firm belief in this powerful message she urges people of all shapes, sizes, ages, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities to love themselves for who they are. Being a plus size woman; she has relished in the opportunity to shed a light on often ignored issues and share the impact with others who battle them. She has confidently campaigned for people to feel empowered and beautiful. 

    Kerosene Deluxe

    You've been a model for many years, what advice do you have to someone just starting out?

    Be kind and professional, try not to take criticism to heart (I know it can be tough).

    How does it feel to inspire others (like through the A Perfect 14)

    A bit odd at times to be honest but also very humbling. I really don't think I'm all that special so I'm always very moved when people tell me I've inspired them in some kinda way. It's incredibly motivating.

    What are your views on beauty?

    Beauty is subjective and can be found everywhere. It's unfortunate that we still only promote a certain standard of beauty. Representation is so important and thankfully we are seeing more folks out there being unapologetically themselves and putting themselves out there. Beauty is diversity.

    What are your top three makeup recommendations?

    Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Dior Lip glow and false lashes from True Fiction Cosmetics

    Kerosene Deluxe

    What or who has inspired your style or look ?

    A whole hodgepodge of people and things! Mae West, Maila Nurmi, Tura Satana, Marlene Dietrich with a little bit of Punk Rock, Kitsch culture and Witchcraft mixed in.

    How would you describe your personal style?

    I'm either the comfy/casual suburban wife the neighborhood kids think might be a witch or a dark glamorous bombshell. Think horror or band shirts with yoga pants or corsets with tight dresses.

    Do you have any hidden talents?

    Not 'hidden' perse but I was a professional makeup artist for 18 years (retired now), I can also do various Pokémon impressions.

    And lastly, what is your favorite Cherry Velvet dress?

    I LOVE the Norma, it fits me perfectly as a petite plus size! And I love the plunge neckline. It's the perfect fit for me. (We totally agree!)

    Kerosene Deluxe
    We're thrilled to share in this journey with Kerosene to promote beauty through diversity. Her campaign to empower others to feel beautiful in their own way certainty aligns with ours and we look forward to a long and happy collaboration in fashion, style and all things Cherry! 

    Welcome Kerosene!

    XOX Cherry Velvet!

  • New to Team Cherry: April!

    Published Sep 09 2021 in #cherryvelvet, #cottondresses, #madeincanada, #petite, #pinup

    We thought it would be fun to share an interview with our newest team member. Introducing our adorable new Graphic Designer, April, who recently joined us in August. You may recognize her cotton-candy tresses and bubbly smile as she recently appeared on the scene modeling the newest dresses on the website and socials.

    April is a breath of fresh air with her optimistic perspective, creative talent and artistic viewpoint.  April will be marrying the love of her life in Scotland next year and we couldn't be more excited for this wee lass. Let's get to know April:

    April Wilson wearing a Cherry Velvet dress

    Who are your style inspirations?

    Life holds so many opportunities for inspiration; as a visual designer it is my passion to consume the physical world, then reflect the interesting bits back in my work. People that inspire me:

    Illustration: Christoph Niemann
    Humanitarian: Elladj Balde
    Persona: Kate McKinnon
    Music: Sofi Tukker


    What would people find unexpected about you?

    I have a background in interior design and I love renovating. I don't shy away from the bigger jobs including flooring, plumbing, and minor electrical, I just need a ladder as I'm only 5'2".

    April Wilson
    You are getting married to a Scotsman! Do you have a favorite Scottish saying you've picked up?

    I could not believe the first time car park came out of my mouth, and I definately have adopted Oi rather they Hey!

    How would you describe your personal style?

    My at-home style is 'sport-metal' heavily influenced by Lululemon, self-made tie-dye oversized hoodies and my fiancé's random 70's - 90's band T-shirts.

    My going-out-in-public style is Power Feminine. This outfit hinges on how much walking needs to happen. I love pairing a straight leg one piece jump suit with chunky platform shoes or bad-ass stilettos. But we better be taking an Uber right to the door!

    Do you have any hidden talents?

    I'm a mom.. so obviously I can read minds.

    Five things you can’t live without?

    My family (quietly minding their own business while do what I do.)
    Good Music always manages to inspire or lift me out of a funk.
    The Adobe Suite, and my computer for that matter because ART=LIFE.
    Opinions of the very few (you know who you are) “Care about people’s approval, and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu
    Food and Water.. isn't that obvious?

    April Wilson
    And lastly, what is your favorite Cherry Velvet dress?

    The Molecular Magic with the cutie black shrug is amazing. I feel like I'm going to my first year at Hogwarts.

    April Wilson We're so happy to have this lovely, creative girl working with us! Please feel free to say hi to her on our social posts!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • What's Up in Cherryville?

    Published Aug 12 2021 in #10yearanniversary, #cherryvelvet, #cottonprints, #curvydresses, #plussizedresses, #plussizeretro

    It's a powerful time for change and we're sure feeling it! One thing we know for sure in life; things always change...we're looking to exciting times ahead!

    New Staff

    We have staff updates to share! We’re thrilled to welcome two new members to the team!  April (first photo) is already on board as our new graphics designer and Shanah (aka the model Kerosene Deluxe) as our new social media manager is starting in September. Sending out a warm welcome to them both!

    April Wilson wearing a Cherry velvet Dress Kerosene Deluxe wearing a Cherry velvet DressYou may remember that Julia, our graphics designer, moved to Germany. Understandably, she wants to make friends where she’s living, and to do that she needs to be working outside of her home. We'll be very sad to see her go, but of course we wish her well. Hopefully Julia gets the chance to move back to Canada one day! 

    Julia Leal in a Cherry Velvet dress

    New Anniversary Dress Alert!

    There is a one more new Anniversary Dress coming! This is a limited edition Angelina with her own paper doll and SWAG. That's makes 4 all together if you're collecting! Here’s a peek at the Tropical Temptations fabric. It is so bright and beautiful!! Watch for the release date soon!

    Cherry velvet Dress fabric print
    Shopping Update

    We know how much you loved our studio shops and are getting lots of requests to pick up orders. Unfortunately, both are still a no-go at this time. We miss seeing you and are available to chat by email about the new styles, fitting questions or to help match up your accessories for the perfect outfit. Sign up for our newsletter here and be first to know all things Cherry Velvet. 

    That's it for now! 

    XOX Cherry Velvet!

  • The Final Library of Dresses: Chapter "T - Z"

    Published Aug 05 2021 in #cherryvelvet, #madeincanada, #madmen, #pinupgirl, #plussizedresses

    Ta-Dah! You've made it to the final exciting installment of our dress archives. So... last but certainly not least and with out further ado; here are the final fabulous frocks from T - Z...

    TATYANA

    Named for a Cherry Velvet staff member, the Tatyana was introduced in the fall of 2015 for a one-time production. She was very sassy indeed with her plunging V neckline, criss cross straps and daring cold shoulders. She came in popular prints that featured artistic animal motifs like these hidden tiger prints by Tula Pink. Cherry Velvet Tatyana dress

    Cherry Velvet Tatyana dress

    Cherry Velvet Tatyana dress

    TRUDY

    Sweet Trudy was an adorable day dress that made a striking style statement. Trudy had a little attitude thanks to short puffy sleeves, a collar, a V neckline and a row of bold buttons on the bodice. She was suitable for work, lunch with the girls or dinner out on the town. What do you think, perhaps we should bring Trudy back? 

    Cherry Velvet Trudy dress

     Cherry Velvet Trudy Dress Cherry Velvet Trudy Dress

     VANESSA

    Vanessa was a charmer that answered the call for dresses that were perfect to wear to work. She was very popular and flattering for many body shapes. Vanessa featured a V neck, short sleeves and buttons up the front of the bodice. She came in many amazing prints, probably the most memorable was our Ms. Frizzle Dress in a print that was out of this world.....

    Cherry Velvet Vanessa Dress Cherry Velvet Vanessa Dress

    Cherry Velvet Vanessa DressCherry Velvet Vanessa DressCherry Velvet Vanessa DressCherry Velvet Vanessa Dress Cherry Velvet Vanessa Dress

     VERONICA

    Aptly named for legendary screen siren, Veronica Lake. She was the perfect curvy dress for the sexy secretary style that we could see celebrated in Mad Men. The first time Veronica came out was very early on in the Fall of 2012. She flaunted a contrast collar, sweetheart neckline, 3/4 cuffed sleeves and a full skirt. Veronica is especially memorable since she was our very first dress to be made in our signature cherry print. 

     Cherry Velvet Veronica Dress

    Cherry Velvet Veronica Dress

    Yes, we made 2 Veronica dresses! The second time we named a dress Veronica, it was for our long time model Veronica Belle. Now this was a party dress that every girl dreamed of! The full circle skirt was perfect to wear with a crinoline. This classic confection was made in pretty shades of satin, with a fitted bodice, waistband and finished with a perky bow. She was the Belle of the ball and perfect for dancing the night away!

    Cherry Velvet Veronica Dress

     Cherry Velvet Veronica Dress

    Cherry Velvet Veronica DressCherry Velvet Veronica Dress

    VIOLA

    The bold colour-block style of Viola was featured in the spring of 2015. Diane pulled her inspiration from the geometric styles and eye-catching colours of the 1960's. This dress was made in a smooth rayon-poly blend. The tricky negative space gave the illusion of a tiny waist. How great was that? Viola was a streamlined design that came in two colourways; Coral/Black and Royal/Black. 

    Cherry Velvet Viola Dress

     ZOE

    Zoe was a sweet and sassy sundress with a rockabilly attitude. She had a V neck with ruching in the front and was made in several darling florals as well as cool metallic mod dot prints. She had an A-line skirt and pockets. We'll never forget the fun retro road trip we took with this style in a gorgeous vintage gold Thunderbird! Here's a look back to that amazing memory and the beautiful pictures that share a glimpse into those rockin' good times.

    Cherry Velvet Zoe Dress Cherry Velvet Zoe Dress

    Cherry Velvet Zoe Dress Cherry Velvet Zoe Dress

    Cherry Velvet Zoe Dress

     And so we have reached the conclusion of our first decade of dress designs. Yes, that's 10 years of fashion shoots, photographers, stylists, models, hair & make-up and mishaps along the way.

    This fun-filled journey would not have been possible without the contributions of many who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make these dresses a reality. The seemingly endless work of designing, fitting, fabric selection, and production are only a small part of the labour of love that is Cherry Velvet.  Our heartfelt appreciation goes out our supportive team of staff, models, and friends who have helped the brand thrive.

    We hope you'll take the time to write us and tell us which styles you love and if there are any that you would like us to make again for you. Feel free to send us an e-mail or comment on our social posts. Or watch for a survey coming soon.

    Cheers to another 10 years! As we sign off we're busy ordering beautiful new prints and planning new must-have dresses for you to love....

     XOX Cherry Velvet

     

  • A Library of Dress designs: Chapter "S" ~ Part 2

    Published Jul 13 2021 in #canadianfashion, #cherryvelvet, #madeincanada, #pinup, #pinupdress, #plus

    Welcome back to part 2 of the sassy, sexy "S" dresses. We hope you are enjoying a look back at these feisty frocks designed to fit and flatter your curves.

    SOPHIA

    Diane introduced Sophia to give a little extra va-va-voom to your style (à la Sophia Loren). This fetching party dress appeared in fall of 2012 with flirty peek-a-boo shoulders, a sweetheart neckline, three quarter sleeves and a beautiful full skirt that was lovely with a crinoline. This one was especially flattering for a fuller bust and only made once. The Sophia dress debuted at our Save-On Meats photo shoot, don't you love the nostalgic, retro diner vibe?
    Cherry Velvet Sophia dress

     Cherry Velvet Sophia dress

    STACY STRIPES

    The Stacy dress was first conceptualized in 2014 and from the beginning was designed to be made for striped fabric. If you look closely at the pattern, you can see how Diane planned it to be compatible with stripes which are notoriously difficult to match up and look good. The first sketch is the original design with cap sleeves.

    Cherry Velvet Stacy Stripe dressBy the time Stacy was produced in spring of 2019 the design was modified to have three-quarter sleeves and was offered in a jaunty banker pin stripe in two colours; Black and Navy. The V-neckline and gathers at the bust added interest while the vertical stripes were slimming (we love that!)

    Cherry Velvet Stacy Stripe dress
    Cherry Velvet Stacy Stripe dress

    STELA

    Stela was a fabulous party dress introduced for Holiday 2013. She was made in a stretch cotton sateen and her full skirt looked amazing with a crinoline. The scoop neckline was accented with a flirty notched detail. There was a bow at the empire waist and three quarter sleeves with gathers finished off the look.

    Cherry Velvet Stela dress Cherry Velvet Stela dress

     

    SUZY

    Suzy Sundress was a fun one; this cheeky shorter dress was designed for summer picnics and beach days. The cheerful prints, wide straps and sweetheart neckline were completed with Ric Rac trim around the bodice and pockets for a vintage look. This adorable dress was featured in our unforgettable Retro Road Trip photo shoot.

    Cherry Velvet Suzy Sundress

    Cherry Velvet Suzy Dress

    Cherry Velvet Suzy Dress
    Cherry Velvet Suzy Dress

    Cherry Velvet Suzy Dress

    Revisiting these dresses brings back happy memories of good times at these fun photo shoots. We appreciate being a part of your celebrations and hope our dresses add joy to your events.

    The next exciting installment of our dress archives will be the last one,  T - Z dresses. Stay tuned ...

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • A Decade of Darling Dresses

    Published Jul 09 2021 in #10yearanniversary, #canadianfashion, #cherryvelvet, #cottondresses, #pinup, #plussizepinup

    Milestones are meant for celebration, and Cherry Velvet is about to reach a big one: 10 years of retro class with modern sass!

    paper dolls in lingerie

    For those of you who’ve followed our brand, you’ve likely heard the Cherry Velvet origin story. Diane Kennedy, our founder and designer, already had a line of beautiful clothing designed to fit modern women’s bodies and lifestyle. She then found herself looking for the perfect dress, and simply couldn’t find it. Being the entrepreneur that she is, Diane decided to start making fabulous dresses that she loved to wear. Cherry Velvet was born in July of 2011.

    Cherry Velvet dress with dog sketch

    There are many constants that have defined our brand over time. Our dresses are made to fit and flatter the female figure, with comfort and eye-catching style. With long-wearing fabrics and handy pockets, they’re also tremendously easy to care for and wear. Of course, there are the prints – Diane scours the internet and finds stunning colours, charming prints, and dazzling patterns.

    We’re also so very proud to be consciously Canadian. Our dresses are designed, sold, and shipped from beautiful British Columbia, and our ethical creation process is a defining element of the company.

    But what’s the most critical part of the chronicles of Cherry Velvet? It couldn’t be more simple – YOU. Our fabulous customers have given life to our dresses. Watching your eyes light up when you find the perfect fit, or seeing your gorgeous smiles in the photos you post and send… That’s why we do what do, and why we’ll keep doing it.

    So let’s celebrate! On July 16, we’ll be releasing three lovely and highly limited designs. Naturally, these anniversary dresses will be our most popular and beloved styles: Norma, Doris, and in a very special return, Elly. The prints are just as colourful and unique as you’d expect.

    Happy 10 year Cherryversary

    We want to take that joy you feel when a new dress arrives and multiply it, so we’ll be adding exclusive swag with each shipment of our special releases. Each anniversary pack will also include a limited edition, numbered paper doll print, to commemorating the occasion. Make sure you order early, because these added goodies will only be available while supplies last.

    Stay tuned and be prepared to want them all!

    XOX Cherry Velvet 

  • A Library of Dress designs: Chapter "S" ~ Part 1

    Published Jun 28 2021 in #audreyhepburndresses, #cherryvelvet, #ellymayday, #madeincanada, #pinupperfectionphotography

    Can you believe that we have made it to the 'S' dresses already? Only a few more chapters to go before our dress history is complete. This week is Part 1 of our journey through the splendid, sassy dresses that begin with the letter S.

    SABRINA

    One of our very early styles, the Sabrina has made many appearances. Named after the classic and timeless movie with Audrey Hepburn, she embodies those qualities as well.  We're thinking it might be time to bring this style back for an encore performance! (let us know what you think). This dress was first revealed in the Spring of 2013 and reappeared in more beautiful prints for a few more limited productions.
    Cherry Velvet Sabrina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Sabrina dress

    Cherry Velvet Sabrina dress

    Cherry Velvet Sabrina dress

    Cherry Velvet Sabrina dress

    Cherry Velvet Sabrina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Sabrina Dress

    SALLY

    This one time production of the Sally Sundress was back in 2016. She was set up for one way border prints which meant the pattern pieces were laid out sideways on the fabric. She was available in a memorable Flamingo print and some lovely border florals too. Don't you just love the printed patterns that follow along the hemline?

    Cherry Velvet Sally Dress
    Cherry Velvet Sabrina Dress

    SHELLY

    Our regular readers will recognise Shelly as a friend of Diane (our designer), whose fun and whimsical fashion sense makes her the perfect choice to have a dress named after her. As a self-proclaimed, "sexy, fat chick" with a penchant for dresses, Shelly is an avid Cherry Velvet aficionado with a collection of dresses to envy. We first made the Shelly dress in the winter of 2014 and again several times after. Her unique neckline is her best feature but she also boasted 3/4 length sleeves, a lovely full skirt and of course, pockets too.

    Cherry Velvet Shelly Dress Cherry Velvet Shelly Dress

    Cherry Velvet Shelly Dress

    Cherry Velvet Shelly Dress

    Cherry Velvet Shelly Dress

    Cherry Velvet Shelly Dress

    SHIMONA

    Once in a while, you meet someone special that's destined to have an impact on your life and creative process; and that's how we feel about the uber-talented Shimona Henry. The first time Diane met her was at her studio right before Cherry Velvet Dresses' very first photo shoot.  Pin-up Perfection Photography is her company and it's certainly been her primary focus for many years. Several years ago, she decided to go back to school for hair and makeup with the goal of more regular work hours. So now she's not just an extraordinary photographer but also does amazing hair styling and make-up artistry as well. We were thrilled to name this adorable dress after someone that has been such a big and important influence on our brand.

    The Shimona dress was as versatile as the woman, she had a pretty convertible collar that could be worn open or buttoned closed to show off a cheeky diamond cut out as her defining feature.

    Cherry Velvet Shimona Dress

    Cherry Velvet Shimona Dress

     Cherry Velvet Shimona Dress

    Cherry Velvet Shimona Dress

    How exciting was that recap? Only 2 installments left on our dress history! Stay tuned as we're about to start announcing details about our 10th Anniversary celebration. Yes, it's just around the corner. Hint; there will be special limited edition dresses in gorgeous new prints coming out soon and SWAG goodies too! Squeal!)

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • The Rainbow Connection

    Published Jun 24 2021 in #cherryvelvet, #LGBTQ+, #pride, #rainbow, #rainbowdress, #rainbows

    Have you ever wondered how we choose the fabulous fabrics for Cherry Velvet dresses? Back when our team shared a large, open office space, we used to gather around the computer and discuss the pros and cons of various prints. Diane, our designer, would show everyone a selection of options, and then the fun would begin. We would vote and debate and decide on the best of the best.

    Remember our Pixel Party dress? It happened because of one of these informal meetings! Diane had passed right on by the online image, but everyone else in the office was wowed by this funky fabric. It so happened it sold out in a blink of an eye!

    Cherry Velvet Doris dress in Pixel Party
    Kim, who handled social media for us before moving to the Okanagan, once mentioned that her top choices were prints with the full colour spectrum. It's a suggestion that we're grateful for, because those colourful rainbow designs have become some of our most popular options. Diane admits that she wasn’t really into them at first, but oh my, they have sure grown on her! Not only are they very popular and sell extremely well, Diane has also discovered how fun they are to accessorize. With so many choices of colours, the possibilities are endless.

    Cherry Velvet designer Diane Kennedy wears the Norma dress in Aura Luna

    There's a wonderful added benefit to our rainbow prints; as well as looking amazing - they show support for our LGBTQ+ friends and customers. These multi-hued dresses represent love and acceptance, and we're proud to be part of that message.

    Cherry Velvet Isobel Dress in Hex Appeal
    Then there's the sheer joy that comes with an explosion of colour. How can you not smile when you're wearing a rainbow? We've seen first-hand that brilliant, pretty shades make you and everyone around you happier. We believe that getting dressed should be a joyous thing, and we sincerely hope that our dresses brighten your day.
    Cherry Velvet designer Diane Kennedy wears a rainbow travel dress

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • A Library of Dress designs: Chapter "R"

    Published Jun 15 2021 in #cherryvelvet, #cottondresses, #plussize, #plussizedresses, #retrodress

    Ready to reminisce over these ravishing, romantic, regal dresses? Passing right over the letter "Q" (because we didn't make one yet) and we've arrived at the letter "R" this week with some of the most desirable dresses to date!

    RACHEL

    Released in the fall of 2014, The Rachel was a charmer with her pretty portrait collar, short puffed sleeves and A line cut. She graced our epic photo shoot at the Canadian Museum of flight. What a lovely day we had at that photo shoot among the vintage planes with these gorgeous models! Rachel made her second appearance for Fall 2018 in fun seasonal prints.

    Cherry Velvet Rachel dress 

    Cherry Velvet Rachel Dress

    Cherry Velvet Rachel dress

    Cherry Velvet Rachel Dress

    Cherry Velvet Rachel Dress

    Cherry Velvet Rachel dress

    Cherry Velvet Rachel dress

    RITA

    This darling dress was a tribute to the legendary Rita Hayworth of course. With sweet accents like a tiny bow tie at the front of her square neckline, 3/4 sleeves and a lady-like skirt; the Rita was as classy as the fabulous star she was named after. Rita debuted in the Fall of 2013 and reappeared one more time in 2015 with rave reviews.

    Cherry Velvet Rita dress

    Cherry Velvet Rita Dress

    Cherry Velvet Rachel Dress

    Cherry Velvet Rita dress

    Cherry Velvet Rita dress

    Cherry Velvet Rita dress

    ROBIN

    The most darling of sundresses; demure she was definitely not. The Robin had some serious sass and a daring sweetheart neckline, banded straps, featuring a charming gathered knot between the 'girls' and shorter hem length perfect for summertime soirees. Robin appeared at our Hycroft Manor photo shoot in the spring of 2015 and once again in the summer of 2016. 

    Cherry Velvet Robin dress

     Cherry Velvet Robin dress

    Cherry Velvet Robin dress

    Cherry Velvet Robin dress

    Cherry Velvet Robin dress

     Cherry Velvet Robin dress

     

    Cherry Velvet Robin Dress 

    ROXY

    The Roxy was a stunning style from the Spring of 2013 that showcased a lovely portrait collar. The Roxy was originally made in stretch cotton sateen to give a fabulous fit and had 3/4 sleeves with turn back cuffs, a fitted bodice with a mock row of buttons and a full skirt. She reappeared in Fall 2018 in classic solid colours too.

    Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

     Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

    Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

    Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

    Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

    Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

    Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

    RUBY

    Named after the vivacious Miss Ruby Roxx, the Ruby dress was appropriately full of sass with plenty of attitude just like our model. With her fitted princess seam detail and a daring mermaid hem, she was a showstopper for sure. Cut in only 2 prints both with illusion black side panels for plenty of va-va-voom. Ruby was a one-time limited edition in the fall of 2013

    Cherry Velvet Ruby dress

    Cherry Velvet Ruby dress

    Cherry Velvet Ruby dress

    Now that you have strolled on past the "R" dresses on our walk down memory lane you can envision how each of our dresses comes to life with their own personality. The inspiring women behind these designs are a big part of the creative process. Our journey continues with the scintillating, sensational "S" dresses soon....

     XOX Cherry Velvet

  • A Library of Dress designs: Chapter "P"

    Published Jun 08 2021 in #1950s, #cherryvelvet, #ChristinaHendricks, #cottondresses, #dressdesigns, #JoanHolloway, #madmen, #pinup, #plusmodel

    This week we have positively perfect dresses for you to peruse with names starting with the letter "P". 

    PAIGE

    Way back in the Spring of 2013, this special dress joined our collection. Inspired by a home sewing pattern from the fifties, this dress harkens back to a time when we would sew ourselves a dress and show it off it with our best gals on a bike ride and picnic.  The prints were fabulous, the collar was to die for and our signature A-line skirt was a flattering fit for any body.  Oh, and of course we added pockets!!

    Cherry Velvet Paige dress

    Cherry Velvet Paige Dress

    Cherry Velvet Paige Dress

    Cherry Velvet Paige Dress

    Cherry Velvet Paige Dress

    Cherry Velvet Paige Dress

    Cherry Velvet Paige Dress

    Cherry Velvet Paige Dress

    PEGGY

    The Peggy dress was a festive frock designed for Holiday 2011. Inspired by the popular show Mad Men and the divine dresses worn by "Joan Holloway" as portrayed by the fabulous, curvy Christina Hendricks. Peggy made the most of a curvy figure with her deep scoop neckline, 3/4 length sleeves and a very full pleated skirt. Can't really explain now why we named this dress the Peggy, really it should have been the Joan dress?

    Cherry Velvet Paige Dress

     

     Cherry Velvet Peggy Dress

    Cherry Velvet Peggy Dress

    Cherry Velvet Peggy Dress

     PHOEBE

    The Phoebe was a sweet, summery sundress style with straps and an A-line skirt. She came in only one print and was a very limited edition that was made only once. It was a special order dress created for a company in the US and we made some extra for our store. It came in this playful blue and white lattice print. Cherry Velvet Phoebe Dress

     PRISCILLA

    Named after none other than Priscilla Presley, this was another limited edition dress that was only made once. The neckline and waistband were cut from narrow printed borders at the edge of the fabric. Diane remembers the pattern for this dress was tricky to make because of the constraints of the fabric. We made the skirt in a solid black to go with the printed bodice.

     Cherry Velvet Priscilla Dress

     Cherry Velvet Priscilla Dress

    You can see how daring and different each of these dresses are and why they have become collector's items throughout the years as you have supported the brand and helped us grow.

    We keep these designs fresh for you by making small quantities of each print so you are unlikely to see your dress on someone else.  We see how unique each of you are and we know you want to express your personality with the print that suits your mood in the designs that feel best for your body shape. It is so much fun to create these dresses for you to enjoy. We can't wait to have more new designs for you, soon!

    Signing off until next week's next instalment...

    XOX Cherry Velvet