Maci

I grew up in the Midwest but have lived on the wet coast since I was thirteen. I really don't see myself as rustic, even though I have had the whole barn experience.

Yet, I love to be sides, love my dogs, camping, and knitting. All of these things tend to get lumped up together under the rustic country category. And people tend to tell me how much of a country girl I am even though they know that that is only a small portion of who I am.

But then I bring it on myself.

For example I knitted my wedding dress on the train commute to work every day for about five months. And I think knitted gowns are to die for. They aren't just for country, but they do make a bigger appearance their. In general I think knitting is perfect for a wedding. And a knitted wedding dress is just so unique.

Mine was modest, simple, flattering- everything I love about wedding dresses.

These days it almost makes sense to knit your dress - it's a good way to get out of having to buy a disposable dress like you're going to get pressured to, and engagements tend to be quite long, so there might well be time. However I still think that all the horror stories out there about people trying to make their own dress and being too tired/stressed about it should be taken as a note of caution.

It more comes down to what your expectations for wedding dresses and knitting projects are. How offended is your family going to be?

My family was super supportive, and I only got positive reinforcement. They knew I could do it and I saved a lot in so doing.

How much? Well, had I bought a dress that was similar then I would have spent about $1700, while my dress cost me (minus the time, which would have been spent reading instead) just short of $40.

No you didn't mis read. That is a savings of $1660.

Stupidly, I documented almost nothing. For each of the six panels of the skirt, my brother helped me painstakingly calculated how many stitches I would need to increase and at what rate to make the shape indicated by the sewing pattern. I have some of our scratch paper from that process but I didn't keep track of what math belonged to what panels, and what worked and what didn't.

It was very much a flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants project. For example I had to completely redo two pieces because when I went to block them they were not even close to the right shape. I still can't believe it worked.

Suffice it to say, I was very happy with the results.

I used Queensland Bamboo Cotton, but I wouldn't recommend it for two reasons: It's not being made anymore, at least in white, and it stretched like crazy after I blocked it. I finished the dress, laid it flat for two months, and then when I put it on for the wedding it was four inches longer. This was fine, but only because the rest of the fit was thankfully the way I had intended it to be.

The hem did change colors as it got repeatedly trampled during the reception.

If it would have been warmer I probably would have done a wedding dress that was a little more modern. One that didn't trail behind me. As that was my biggest complaint with it.