I love and live for awesome funky modern vintage style! And, I am a total sucker for damask print anything. Wallpaper prints on textiles are fun and whimsical.
Cherry Velvet is a Canadian brand who specializes in unique modern vintage dresses.
Their clothing is all made in Canada and they are an all-inclusive brand that caters to sizes XS-3X.
There is so much that I love about this brand!
But, like all independent brands… they have some room for improvement and growth.
Their dresses are adorable on the outside (even featuring pockets!) and are mostly made of breathable cotton.
However, the construction leaves a lot to be desired. Especially on the inside. The patterning leaves unfinished flaps inside the armholes that are only anchored down with a couple of stitches. And, the bodies aren’t fully lined (if they were… the flaps wouldn’t be an issue). Over time and wear… the flaps have a tendency to warp, the anchor stitches fall out and the flaps stick out the armholes. The dresses end up feeling like they are unfinished shells (and they will not stand up to more than about 6 washings). For plus-size consumers, especially, construction and durability are very important!
This wouldn’t be a big issue with a dress that costs $50-60. But, Cherry Velvet dresses run around $150-180. At that price point, I expect a dress to be constructed better and last a long time. In fact, last year they posted an article about how clothing isn’t made the way it used to be (vintage clothing was made to last and modern clothing is made to last this season)… and I felt frustrated about that.
Poppy and Bloom is made in Seattle and their dresses have fully lined bodices and higher quality construction… and they cost less than half the price of Cherry Velvet dresses.
I contacted the owner of Cherry Velvet last winter about an issue with a dress (and sent her photos of what I was talking about). My goal wasn’t to upset her… nor did I want anything from her! I just felt that she would appreciate the feedback.
Unfortunately, she became defensive and lashed out at me about every suggestion.
Her primary point is that lining the bodice would be expensive for her.
So, I don’t think that the construction is going to get any better any time soon.
At first, I was concerned about posting this information on a blog. My ultimate goal is to share new brands and my passion for fashion! I don’t want to tear anyone down. But, I also believe in “You get what you pay for”. At those prices… you are not getting what you pay for.
There are so many things that Cherry Velvet does right…
I love that they don’t charge extra for plus sizes!
I love that they use a lot of colors!
I love the simple cuts that flatter various figures!
I have a lot of hope for this brand’s future.
Cherry Velvet Plus
Brigitte in Red Damask
Style and Co.
Vintage. A gift from my beloved friend Renee
Cherry Velvet Phoebe Sundress
Summery fresh and fun!
I love the print and colors on this adorable dress. I don’t care that it’s after Labor Day! I’ll wear white if I want.
It has been in the mid-90s here lately. This is the closest I’ve actually ever lived to anywhere considered “tropical”.
The Phoebe cut is not my favorite Cherry Velvet cut. But, there are aspects of the construction that I adore!
The Phoebe is supposedly an A-line dress. It’s a very narrow A and the dress ends up looking more fitted and column-like on my body type. The construction is flattering (unless you sit all day at work, then the front creases badly).
The length is short on me… but, not dangerously so.
The bodice is fully lined (this feature is important for plus wear to maintain a tailored fit and for the garment to last you more than four years). This also means that the bodice doesn’t relax and will shrink with machine washing. Basically, the fit on this dress is smaller. It shrinks easier. And, the bust doesn’t have as much room as other styles.
It’s fantastically made and comfortable. If your body type works with it you’re going to love it (I think it would look great with a pink or yellow cardigan… but, again… 95 degrees out, kittens!).
Cherry Velvet Phoebe in Darling Mums print
It was a Christmas gift and I’ve been dying to have something good to wear it with.