The bride spent 200 hours knitting her own wedding dress

  • Veronika Linberg is a knitting content creator with 240,000 followers based in Helsinki, Finland.
  • After getting engaged, Lindberg decided to knit her own wedding dress, entirely from scratch.
  • Here is her story of the 200 hour process and the viral video it led to, told to Charissa Cheong.

My grandmother taught me to knit when I was five years old, and since then it has been one of my greatest passions in life.

In 2017, I started a Instagram account to share photos of my knitting and launch mine Youtube channel a year later, where I recently shared knitting tutorials for beginners.

A photo of Lindberg knitting her wedding dress.

Lindberg learned to knit when she was 5 years old.

Veronique Lindberg.

At the end of June, my partner and I decided to get married, and immediately I thought it would be so cool to knit my own wedding dress and document the experience for a YouTube video, even though I only had six weeks before our wedding date. in September, so I could tell it was going to be a stressful ordeal.

I felt this had the potential to be the most epic YouTube video ever, so I ordered 30 skeins of pure white silk yarn for around $290 and got to work.

The process hasn’t always been easy, but it has been worth it to create my dream dress and share it with my viewers in what has become the most popular youtube video i have ever posted.

The dress took 45 days to make and there were many challenges along the way

Although I am a knitting content creator, I had never knitted a dress before. I was actually quite hesitant about her concept because I was worried it would look like a pajama dress and have no shape.

A photo of the dress being made.

Lindberg used 30 balls of pure silk thread to make her dress.

Veronique Lindberg.

A lot of the knitted dresses I saw looked a bit like a grandma, but I wanted something more haute couture, so I went to Pinterest and looked up different dress designs from Christian Dior and Chanel, and I decided to try to create a dress inspired by these patterns, but in silk thread. I had such a definite vision for it in my mind, and used an existing skirt I had made to give me an idea of ​​how I wanted it to fall around my hips and legs.

For the next 45 days, I did practically nothing but knit. It took me about 200 hours to complete the design, and I had to put all the other video ideas on hold while I focused on this project. It was the longest time I’ve ever spent on a video, and it was quite difficult to stay on top of the making of the dress and remember to document the key moments at the same time.

A photo of the bodice on the dress.

Lindberg said the first bodice she made was too big for her.

Veronique Lindberg.

Even though I had enough confidence in myself to feel like I would make it in the end, a lot of things went wrong during the knitting process.

About two weeks later I had finished the bodice, but tried it on and found it was way too big for me. I ended up having to tear it up and start all over again. When I did the sleeves they kept slipping off and exposing my chest so it was kind of funny and took me a while to fix.

A photo of the bodice from the front.

Lindberg said the materials for the dress cost around $290.

Veronique Lindberg.

I made sure to film all of my mistakes so that I could be real and honest with my viewers, rather than just showing them the perfect moments.

By the time I finished the dress, I felt so tired and frustrated, and I only had four days to rest until the wedding day. But when I put it on for the ceremony, I felt such relief, and couldn’t have been happier with the finished product.

A photo of the finished dress.

Lindberg said she was happy with the finished product.

Jukka Heino

My partner, who was initially a bit skeptical that I could make an entire dress in such a short time, also thought it looked great.

During the day, guests would come to me and immediately smell the dress and comment on it. I sometimes felt like they were more interested in the dress than me, but I love talking about knitting, so that didn’t bother me too much.

Knitting is such a big part of my life, so I’m glad I got to make it a big part of my wedding day.

A photo of Lindberg and her husband.

Lindberg and her partner, Jukka Heino.

Jukka Heino

I hope my YouTube video shows how sophisticated and fashionable knitwear can be

A few weeks after the wedding, I posted a 46 minute article vlog about the process of making clothes. Editing took four days and editing was such an emotional experience for me. I was able to relive the experience and my wedding day thanks to this.

The vlog is now my most watched video with nearly 3 million views, and I’m glad that spending so much time producing a longer, higher quality video has paid off.

I was thrilled to see how positive people reacted to it, and that it inspired some reviewers to one day create their own wedding dresses (which I really think is possible for people with less knitting experience , I would just recommend that they get closer to six months than six weeks!).

A photo of Veronika in her dress.

Lindberg said she wanted to prove that knitwear can be “fashionable.”

Veronika Lindberg through YouTube.

I think the success of the video really fueled my own personal mission to debunk the myth that knitting is something only grandmas in rocking chairs do.

In recent years knitting has come back into fashion with more and more brands trying to modernize knitting patterns for the younger generation but I think it’s so great that more and more people seem to want to create their own own knitting and invest in slow fashion.

It’s wonderful to be able to choose your own materials and produce something that suits your taste and vision.

Knitwear really can be fashionable, and I hope my story will demonstrate that a bit.

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