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  • 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

     

  • A Library of dress designs : Chapter "N - O"

    Published Jun 02 2021 in #1950s, #cherryvelvet, #cottondresses, #madeincanada, #marilynmonroe, #pinupdress, #plusmodel

    This new chapter of our dress history series is a major one! One of our most frequently released designs is featured, plus a couple other gorgeous past looks and many nostalgic fabrics.This week is all about the dress designs that start with the letters "N" & "O"!

     NATALIE

    Who remembers the Natalie dress? It was named after Diane's lovely niece and was one of very few dress designs that came with a wiggle skirt. Finished at the hemline with a flirty flounce, the Natalie made it supremely fun to flaunt a little wiggle. With a short sleeve, square neckline, a row of colour matched buttons and best of all a cheeky keyhole cutout in the back, the Natalie was memorable indeed. 

    Cherry Velvet Natalie Dress

    Cherry Velvet Natalie Dress

    Cherry Velvet Natalie Dress

    Cherry Velvet Natalie Dress

    NORMA

    Inspired by Marilyn's famous white halter dress in the movie the "Seven Year Itch" our Norma gives something extra special to everyone who wears her. Norma is possibly the best loved of all our dresses because the cut of the bodice and waistline give this dress a fit like no other. While there's no doubt that she fits a curvy girl best, this dress noticeably gives a lift to your "girls" and seems to give everyone more of the much-coveted hourglass figure. The next batch of Norma are on the horizon and are coming in amazing new limited edition prints for summer because Some Like it Hot!

    Cherry Velvet Norma Dress

     

    Cherry Velvet Norma Dress

    Cherry Velvet Norma Dress

    Cherry Velvet Norma Dress

    Cherry Velvet Norma Dress

    Cherry Velvet Norma Dress Aside from the beautiful cut of the dress, the Norma is extra special because Diane designed it for one way prints. As this is Diane's favourite dress, she also tends to put the most whimsical prints into this style. Follow along in our social media accounts to enter the "Name That Print" Contest for a chance at winning a gift certificate while helping us name the prints for the next batch of Norma's coming soon...

    Cherry Velvet Norma Dress

    Cherry Velvet Norma Dresses

     Cherry Velvet Norma Dress

    Cherry Velvet Norma Dresses

    Cherry Velvet Norma Dresses

    Cherry Velvet Norma Dress

    Cherry Velvet Norma Dress

    OLIVIA

    Another much loved style, the Olivia is the dress that can be worn to work and then dressed up to dance the night away. While the scoop necklace is demure and office appropriate, her lovely full swing skirt just begs to be twirled. Olivia first appeared in the fall of 2016 and has been a popular style for her charm and flexability. Olivia is available to buy right now in these beautiful prints hereCherry Velvet Olivia Dress

     Cherry Velvet Olivia Dresses

    Cherry Velvet Olivia Dresses

    Cherry Velvet Olivia Dresses

    Cherry Velvet Olivia Dresses

    Thanks for following along with our history of Cherry Velvet dresses.

    You'll see the new Marie's dresses are coming next! We're working hard on getting new dresses ready for you.The Normas will be after the Marie's and we have surprises coming too!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

     

     

     

  • A Library of Dress Designs: Chapter "A"

    Published Feb 18 2021 in #cherryvelvet, #dressdesigns, #history, #madeincanada, #pinupgirl, #plusmodel, #retrodress

    Later this summer Cherry Velvet will celebrate it's 10th Anniversary! Can you believe it!? We've been making beautiful dresses in Canada for you to love and having a blast doing it!

    We're starting to mark this milestone by reminiscing on these past 10 years. We thought you would enjoy seeing a complete pictorial history of all our dress designs. You'll get to revisit each of the names, designs, favourite prints and all the lovely women that have modelled our dresses for you to collect over the years.

    Let's begin our journey down memory lane with the letter "A"....

    ADELE

    Named after the famous singer songwriter, the Adele was an elegant wiggle dress we could imagine the woman Adele actually wearing. She made a one time only appearance back in June of 2013 here on beautiful and curvaceous Ruby Roxx.

    Ruby Roxx models a black and white Cherry Velvet dress called Adele

     an excerpt from a Cherry Velvet catalog of the Adele dress

    ADALINE

    Inspired by the movie and beautiful dresses from The Age of Adaline, the Adaline had a vintage inspired, 1940's appeal. She made her appearance in 2015 at our photo shoot at historic Galbraith Manor on Ruby Roxx and Kaleigh Almond. Adaline's unique cutout neckline sure did turn heads.

    Ruby Roxx models a blue Cherry Velvet dress called Adaline

     An excerpt from a Cherry Velvet catalog of the Adaline Dress

    ALICE

    Croquet anyone? Models Veronica Belle and Ruby Roxx show off the Alice dress while playing lawn games at beautiful Momiji Gardens at Hastings Park. The Alice dress featured several hidden animal prints by fabric designer Tula Pink. The Alice was released only once in the summer of 2016.

    Models wear Cherry Velvet dresses and play croquet

    Cherry Velvet Alice dress

    ANGELINA

    The Angelina made her first debut in the Fall of 2015. She's a style we've since repeated many times. With a longer, more natural waistline, Angelina is a great choice for average height to taller girls. She features a stunning back detail; two straps twisted in the middle to make your exit as memorable as your entrance! She's a long time favourite of many customers and is still available to this day.

    Cherry Velvet Angelina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Angelina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Angelina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Angelina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Angelina dress

    ANNETTE

    Our very first big official photo shoot was at the historic diner, Savon Meats with photographer Shimona Henry of Pin-up Perfection Photography in January of 2013. This was also the very first ever photo shoot for our patternmaker Genesis Hiles and model Elly Mayday. The Annette dress made an unforgettable apperance with her unique U shaped Peter Pan collar and a lovely open back detail all accented with contrast piping. 

    Cherry Velvet Annette Dress

    Cherry Velvet Annette dress

    Annette came back once more in Spring 2018, but this time with the addition of a full skirt.

    Cherry Velvet Annette dress

    AUDREY

    In all these years of making dresses, we've only made one actual velvet dress called the Audrey named after our designer Diane's Mom. For Holiday 2012, it came in three colours of sumptuous rayon velvet; royal blue, dark green and midnight navy.

    Cherry Velvet Audrey dress

     

    AURORA

    Named after the Disney princess from Sleeping Beauty, this dress was certainly made for a girly girl. It had a mock wrap, pleated bodice, short puffed sleeves, a very full skirt and a generously wide tie belt to tie in a bow. We made it in cotton prints but also in several solid special occasion fabrics too. 

     Cherry Velvet Aurora Dress

    Cherry Velvet Aurora Dress

    AVA

    Named after the elegant 1940's star, Ava Gardener, the Ava was the only peplum style we ever released. She was an early style that debuted in 2012. This was Danielle Keil first photo shoot with us, she was a Cherry velvet employee as well as a favourite model. 

    Cherry Velvet Ava dress

    Cherry Velvet Ava dress

    I hope you've enjoyed the first chapter from our dress archives as we look back at designs named with the letter "A". Stay tuned for more...

    P.S. When the whole library is complete, we'll save it permanently on our website so you can look through it any time. 

    XOX Cherry Velvet