The artist Veronika Linberg is a creator with around 240,000 subscribers based in Helsinki, Finland and also has a book on knitting.
Wedding dress shopping is a nightmare of its own when it comes to the planning aspect. This social media creator Veronika Lindberg made things for herself, increasingly simple and increasingly difficult at the same time by knitting her own wedding dress. To top it all off, she shared the entire process on YouTube and used this opportunity to debunk the myths about knitting as a craft in general. Sharing her story of how she came upon the idea, she wrote for Insider, "In late 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 about six weeks until our wedding date in September, so I could tell it was going to be a stressful ordeal."
Feeling like this video could be her magnum opus, Lindberg immersed her entire self in this project. "I felt this had the potential to be the most epic YouTube video ever though, so I ordered 30 balls of white pure silk yarn for roughly $290, and got to work," she determined. While being a knitter is great for doing small projects and little knick-knacks but knitting a dress is a whole ordeal and Lindberg shared her struggles grappling with the same. "Despite being a knitting content creator, I had never knitted a dress before this. I was actually quite hesitant about the concept of it because I worried it would look like a pajama dress and not have any shape to it," she mused. At this point, she has some ideas percolating and this is what she wrote of the process, "A lot of knitted dresses I've seen look a bit granny-ish, but I wanted something that was more haute couture, so I went on Pinterest and looked up different dress designs from Christian Dior and Chanel, and decided to try and create a dress inspired by those designs, but made from silk yarn."
While she did premiere this dress at her wedding, that she worked for around 200 hours, it wasn't an easy journey. Explaining her hurdles in the process, she started with the first one. "About two weeks in, I had finished the bodice but tried it on and found out it was way too big for me. I ended up having to rip it back up and start all over again," she explained, adding the next, "When I made the sleeves, they kept slipping down and exposing my chest, so that was pretty funny and took me a while to fix." The best part about her video is that you can follow along her progress and her setbacks, it is a realistic process of undertaking such a huge process and Lindberg decided to show that on-screen too. "I made sure to film all my mistakes so I could be real and honest with my viewers, rather than only showing them the picture-perfect moments," she reasoned.
Finishing the dress just four days before the wedding, it was clearly herculean, what she had done. "When I put it [the dress] on for the ceremony, I felt such relief, and I could not have been happier with the finished product." Not just her partner but even guests at her wedding came up to her to comment and compliment her dress and now, will millions of people watching, she has made a space in the knitting world of YouTube for herself. Speaking of the content creation process, she writes, "A couple of weeks after the wedding, I posted a 46-minute vlog about the dress-making process. Editing it took four days and putting it together was such an emotional experience for me. I was able to relive the experience and my wedding day all over again because of it."
Inspiration at its finest, she leaves viewers with this message, "Knitwear can truly be fashionable, and I hope my story goes a little way in demonstrating that." Find the video detailing her experiences with the dress below.
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