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My Crochet Wedding Dress

When my husband and I got married, we were incredibly poor. We had just recently moved back to America from my home country of Thailand, and we were just getting on our feet. I was frantically trying to find a wedding dress that we could afford, but also something that was fitting for such a special day.

There was simply nothing that was as beautiful and special as that day called for. So, I did what any crochet addict would do and set out to make one. I’d never made anything like it before, and it was hard to find a pattern for one. After a lot of trial, error and tears of frustration, I finally made something that worked out perfectly.

It took a couple months and a lot of lace weight thread. Not to mention a lot of love and a little bit of luck. My special day was that much more special wearing something that was one of a kind and handmade by yours truly. I never made a pattern for it, maybe someday I will.

The picture is unfortunately from a time before we started to learn about photography, and all we had was an iphone 4, but I’m happy we have this photo.

It’s a very special project with a lot of memories and I wanted to share it with you all 🙂

16 Comments

  • favour
    July 14, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Absolutely lovely. Do hope to see the written pattern as well as that of your summer dress. Thanks so much for sharing and GOD bless you.

  • Knitcroaddict
    July 24, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    The summer dress is certainly on my list of patterns to make. The wedding dress is as well but it was such a monumental task at the time, and there are so many little details that it will take me a while to make that into a pattern. Thank you so much for your support! God bless you as well.

  • Laurie
    August 28, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Hello beautiful Wan,
    I’ve been looking at your work for awhile, and I’m trying to build my courage to take on one of your cardigan projects 🙂. I just came across the crafty corner section of your webpage and this is the first post I saw. I want to say WoW, how very talented you are, and how this story about the creation of your wedding dress made my heart fill up. You are brilliant! Thank you for sharing your patterns and your story with us. Blessings to you from Canada 🇨🇦!!

  • Knitcroaddict
    August 29, 2020 at 3:37 am

    Hi Laurie! You’re so sweet, thank you for taking the time to send such a kind message. The internet needs more of that lol. That wedding dress is quite a story. We were so poor and I don’t think I’d even made many garments at that point. It was quite a learning process. Lots of tears and ripping out stitches lol.

    I’m going to tell you, don’t be afraid to try the cardigan. I promise you can do it. You are exactly who I have in mind when I make my tutorials and free patterns. I make them very clear, thorough and simple so you can make that first cardigan and be really happy with how it turned out. You can do it! Let me know if you have any questions, I’ll help you. Thanks again, blessings to you, and to Canada 😊❤️

  • Misbah
    February 26, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Hello Wan 🙂
    I am a great fan of your work and even more now knowing the story behind your wedding dress. I loved how you tried to do everything possible to make it a success!

    Many of your projects are on my to-do list. Your works are just WOW. You deserve the best 🙂

  • Knitcroaddict
    March 4, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you so much for this comment 🥰 Yes, I have some fond memories of making that dress. It was so out of my league skill wise but I was just too poor to accept I couldn’t make it lol. I literally tried everything else first, but couldn’t find anything we could afford.

    Thank for taking the time to leave the kind words, I’m glad to have you here. Enjoy your future projects, let me know if I can help. Until then, happy crocheting!

  • Rebecca
    March 27, 2021 at 5:12 am

    Your talent astounds me especially for being so young. I’ve been crocheting 🧶 for almost 50 yrs. and only 15 yrs ago was brave enough to invent a few hit patterns that are only in my head. I’ve ended up becoming a pattern-aholic 🥴 thanks to my addiction I came across your amazing site. There is so much to love 💗 and I must say keep one busy and stylish for years to come. I would love it 😊 if you wrote out the pattern for your wedding dress. It’s lovely. My daughter keeps threatening that when she find mr right she will want me to crochet hers. Thanks 🙏 again for sharing so freely your amazing talent. I can’t wait to make many of your wonderful designs. 💖

  • Knitcroaddict
    March 27, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Rebecca, thank you for such a wonderful comment 🙏💖 Sometimes I have anxiety opening my computer because I’m expecting some kind of rude or demanding comment and then I read your comment and it just made my day.

    No shame in being a pattern-aholic 😂 I think it would awesome for you to write down some of those patterns one day though, even if you just gave them to family and passed them on.

    Thank you, yes if you try to keep up with me, you will never be bored haha. You might sacrifice a little sanity, but you will never run out of things to make and you’ll have a very stylish wardrobe.

    My husband has been encouraging me to write the pattern for that wedding dress for years, since I started making patterns. I cringe in fear every time I think about it. It was such an insurmountable task with my experience and skill level, if I hadn’t been driven by poverty and desperation I don’t think I could have finished it 🤣 I’d never made a pattern or designed a garment, I’m not even sure I’d made any garments back then. It made for a beautiful dress and beautiful experience though. I promise, it’s on the list. Tell your daughter to take her time, no rush lol!

    Thanks again for the kind words Rebecca, welcome to the KnitcroAddict family. Let me know if you have any questions or need any help. All the best.💖

    Wan

  • Tonya
    July 21, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Wan your wedding dress is absolutely beautiful and so are you!!! I love seeing all of your talent with your crocheting. You are in my opinion one of the best on YouTube. Please stick with it and I bet you will be able to completely earn a living from YouTube. Do you ever do any amigurumi items? Like stuffed animals? I have recently got into that a whole lot and I love it. I’m currently trying to do the summer lace top you just put up and im about to pick one of your cardigans and the shorts. I cannot wait to continue to get better and better so I can do awesome work like you. I just recently started crocheting and it has helped me with severe depression. Thank you so much for your amazing YouTube channel!!!!! Lots of love wan!!!!

  • Suzanne Fuselier
    July 21, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Hello Wan,
    I am so excited to try your patterns! I needed some summer tops using super fine yarn. I have your pattern linked to my Pinterest. My niece is going to go crazy when she sees the top.
    Also, I loved the story about your wedding dress. have a lot of respect for you. I know how hard it is to write a pattern, but I don’t have the skills yet. So, I really admire you for writing these patterns in your second language. Take care.
    Thank you,
    Suzanne

  • Knitcroaddict
    July 29, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Suzanne,
    I’m excited for you! I hope your niece loves the top. Thank you so much for the kind words of respect, it’s very appreciated. It is always a big challenge for me. My math is so terrible and I’m not a native speaker, so I basically have to struggle through them each time lol. I’ve kept improving though, and honestly my husband is crucial in helping me articulate and share the patterns and instructions. So, without people like you and my husband behind me, I couldn’t keep going with them, so again, thank you so much for your support. Wish you all the best!

    Sincerely,

    Wan

  • Knitcroaddict
    July 29, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Thank you Tonya, that’s so sweet of you! I couldn’t stop if I wanted to lol (sometimes I want to!) I haven’t done much amigurumi yet. Everyone has asked me and my niece showed me a little bit, but all of the small details and really the sewing is what stops me. I’ll pick it up one day I’m sure. I just love designing fashion/garments so much as well. Keep going, especially when it isn’t working out very well, and you’ll catch up to me in no time. I’m so happy you found crochet and my channel. I know exactly what you mean, crochet is a fantastic way to sooth the depression and anxiety. Why do you think I’m a knitcroaddict lol? It really has gotten me through many tough times and continues to be very therapeutic. Lots of love to you Tonya, I’d love to see your projects sometime. You can always share with me on IG. Look forward to hearing from you! Take care.

  • Miriam
    August 31, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Beautiful wedding dress. i want to make one for my 5 year anniversary do you have a video of how to make one. Im a semi beginner but learn better watching video’s.

  • Knitcroaddict
    August 31, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Hi Miriam,
    Unfortunately I don’t have a video or pattern. Designing and making mine was such a monumental task, I have avoided making a pattern or video tutorial for it for years. It is not an easy process lol. There where a lot of tears, frustration, frogging and just making it work. I’m much better at designing and making garments now, so this is on the list but as of now, I’m still not ready yet.

  • Pamela
    October 13, 2021 at 6:34 am

    Hello Wan,
    Your wedding dress is absolutely stunning snd well worth all the effort you put in.
    It is “simple” without being plain and incredibly elegant. Your are a very accomplished crocheter and designer. Thank you for sharing this one-of-a-kind.
    Best wishes, Pamela.

  • Knitcroaddict
    October 13, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you so much Pamela, that is very sweet of you to say. It turned out fairly well, especially given the occasion, but it was a struggle to the last second lol. The fabric was pinned in place rather than sewn, so it had to look great for only a day. I was fairly new to crocheting garments, in fact that was one of my very first! It made for a beautiful wedding day and an even better story. Now, if only it still fit me lol. Thank you again Pamela.

    Wish you all the best,

    Wan

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