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Strawberry Koi Dress

Added Mar 3, 2011

by Vivat Veritas

Tokyo, Japan






I worked on this dress with Aya from Stawberry Koi.
I really enjoyed this whole project! She designed the dress and I put it together. Hop over to Aya’s blog to see more photos:)
Photo credit: Thom Lennon Photography

As you can see from Aya’s design draft, her style is much different than mine. Hers is much more vintage inspired, and that was exactly why I wanted to work with her to add some different taste/style to my creations.

I usually naturally go for sleeveless dresses, whereas Aya added cute cap sleeves. Aya also included PIN TUCKS and pleats…pin tucks is a technique that I had not incorporated in any of my previous creations, because I find it hard to master and time consuming to make! I’m just too lazy to come up with these on my own, so I’m glad this project helped me to advance my skills:p

Pin Tucks on the hem were bad, but Pin Tucks on the sleeves were even worse, because I had to sew tucks on curve. I had to try it a couple of times to get it right.

I decided to go for a solid color to make this dress so the pleats in the skirt and pin tucks stand out more, instead of using my favorite pattern, floral print.

blogged here.

I’m also having my cut out dress giveaway!

Material Notes

cotton, zipper, thread




Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Mar 3, 2011, 06.25 PMby keetchick


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    Mar 3, 2011, 02.51 PMby kbuckfeen

    oh i love this. with warm weather around the corner i’m craving sweet little numbers like this. love it!

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    Mar 3, 2011, 10.16 AMby freakusbzzz

    You can get a pintucking foot for your machine (if you don’t already have one). I got myself one for Xmas buthaen;t used it yet,

    The dress looks excellent though.

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      Mar 3, 2011, 11.20 PMby Vivat Veritas

      thank you for the advise! i had no idea there is a pintucking foot! i must get it!

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    Mar 3, 2011, 09.17 AMby lizah


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    Mar 3, 2011, 07.27 AMby misslivia

    cute dress and great styling!

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    Mar 3, 2011, 06.41 AMby lauriana

    The dress looks very nice. And about those pintucks: generally speaking, pintucks are always sews either on the grain or on the crossgrain. It’s just not possible to make them neat and even otherwise. So don’t blame any issues with curved pintucks on yourself

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      Mar 3, 2011, 11.21 PMby Vivat Veritas

      thanks! :) thankfully, the sleeves are on the curve but not too steep curve so i managed to do it somehow.. :p

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