Kathy’s Wedding Dress

by Craig on April 14, 2010


When our co-worker Kathy became engaged at the end of last June, she embarked on a knitting journey many would not take. She decided to handknit her wedding dress. To add to the challenge, the wedding was just three months away.

Kathy's Lace Dress

For the pattern Kathy chose Shirley Paden’s Lace Dress. Published by Vogue Knitting, the dress is a “tea-length lace dress worked in three sections—a beaded-lace bodice with buttons running up the back, a chevron lace skirt knit circularly and a seed-stitch waistband knit horizontally to which the other two pieces are sewn.”

Kathy's Lace Dress, back

Knitting and assembling the dress was an enormous effort. Kathy had help from knitters on Ravelry and from her co-worker Kathy P, but in the end, it was her hard work and knitting abilities that made it a success. As you can see in the photographs, she was a beautiful bride.

When I told Kathy that Shirley Paden was coming to the shop, she was thrilled. Knitting a complex pattern like the Lace Dress makes you feel a connection to the designer, like you feel about an author when you read a good book. Kathy and I are taking Shirley’s Sweater Design Master Class this Saturday; there’s still space if you’d like to join us. Who knows, maybe you’ll find one of Kathy’s patterns in a magazine one day. Or one of yours.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Shin Ae April 14, 2010 at 11:17 am

That is stunning! Just…amazing. And yes, beautiful bride. Best wishes to her and her new husband!

elsa April 14, 2010 at 11:18 am

really a beautiful dress and bride! how wonderful that she did that wonderful dress! she created an heirloom!

Jocelyn April 14, 2010 at 11:28 am

That is spectacular. What an achievement. She was also lucky to find a style that suits her so well. Bravo!

Grace April 14, 2010 at 11:48 am

awe inspiring, truly beautiful

Lisa L April 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm

This is really the most beautiful wedding dress I’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing.

Perry April 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Lovely… just lovely!

Anne April 14, 2010 at 7:46 pm

You did a beautiful job on your wedding dress! The pictures are lovely, too! Thank you for sharing your story and pictures with all of Loop’s fans.

Jaime April 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm

That is truly a work of art, just amazing!

Nancy J April 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Now that is truly a family heirloom!

Lara April 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

Oh, Kathy!! That is gorgeous! Beautiful work and beautiful bride!

Craig April 16, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Thank you all for your comments about Kathy’s dress! I think she has a lot to be proud of.

kathy April 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm

yes, thanks everyone for the nice comments!

Ryan April 18, 2010 at 9:35 am

This dress is gorgeous – it evokes elegance, grace, and sincerity. It almost seems like knitting your own custom wedding dress should be a standard right of passage for marriage!

Josie October 20, 2010 at 8:22 am

Hi, I just wondered if you’d altered the neck at all?
I really want to knit the same dress for my wedding but the picture on the pattern looks like it has a higher neck than yours and I would never be able to adapt it, so I’m not sure whether to purchase the pattern.

Beautiful photos.
Thanks! x

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