Made by me

Getting married

Last year I did a wedding dress for someone else, and this year it was for myself! I was a bit mum about the purpose of this dress, because some people in my extended personal circle reads (or at least looks at) this blog occasionally. And I was not sure how I felt about blaring this stuff here and there, since we had only told the closest friends and family beforehand. If it was just all you regular sewing readers I wouldn’t have minded at all, but sometimes I have to look at the bigger picture. Though I unintentionally put a clue out over a year ago, when I rambled about what kind of dress I would make for my own wedding. Such is the world of blogging, it has a life of its own.

We had a mellow civil ceremony and it was just lovely and beautiful in every way. It was at at local 1800-mansion – normally civil weddings in Sweden is a very toned down and bureaucratic affair, but since it was 11-11-11 they put on the full monty. We even had our little musical ensemble, from which we could pick a number of songs like In the ghetto by Elvis, which we thought was a novel choice for a wedding. We ended up choosing With or without you by U2, a song that I have strong personal connection too, it was even the last vinyl single that I bought. Then afterwards we had dinner at a nice restaurant with our friends/”best mens” and now I’m a married woman 🙂


  • Unni Strand
    November 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Gratulerer så mye!

  • Johanna
    November 12, 2011 at 10:11 am


  • Kelly's Korner
    November 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Congratulations!!! The dress turned out beautiful, and you look great! Here's to a long and lovely marriage!

  • Summer Flies
    November 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Congratulations! I love a surprise!!!
    You look wonderful and the dress looks good too. I wish you a happy life.

  • annet
    November 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

    congratulations! you two look so happy!

  • Ulrike
    November 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

    "Herzlichen Glückwunsch!" as I would say in german. I wish you both all the very best. You look so stunning in your dress. Timelessly elegant and oh so chic. Have a nice weekend!

  • wendy
    November 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

    congrats! i love the dress, you look so stunning in it! 🙂

  • a little sewing
    November 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Many congratulations and your look beautiful in your wedding finery. That dress is very "you"!

  • Julie Culshaw
    November 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    congratulations, and many years of happiness together.

  • Debbie Cook
    November 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Congratulations and many good wishes for you both! (Oh, and your dress is lovely.)

  • KayY
    November 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm


  • littlenashua
    November 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Congrats! The dress is perfect.

  • SEWN
    November 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Congratulations!!! I am so impressed by your secret keeping powers. You look stunning in this dress. What a beautiful woman, dress and day. Again, congratulations and best wishes.

  • molly
    November 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    So exciting, congratulations! You look amazing in your new dress.

  • sewing spots
    November 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Congratulations! That dress was worth every last minute stitch. It's perfect on you for a very special occasion! Best wishes for future happiness.

  • Terry
    November 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Congratulations Johanna. Wishing you both many happy years.


  • Johanna
    November 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you so much for all the congratulations!

  • kt
    November 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Congratulations! I wish you all the best:)

  • Faye Lewis
    November 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    What a beautiful dress for a beautiful bride.

  • Intensywnie Kreatywna
    November 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Congratulations!!!! What a wonderful surprise. You are a beautiful in this dress.

  • Christina
    November 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Congratulations! The dress is lovely!

  • Uta
    November 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Congratulations, and many happy years! You look lovely and very happy in your beautiful dress.

  • luckylibbet
    November 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    WOW, so exciting! Many happy years! And what an amazingly beautiful bride!

  • Leslie R.
    November 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm


  • Tineke
    November 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    GRATTIS!! The dress looks beautiful, as do you! Hope you have a fabulous first weekend as a married couple.

    And here was me thinking you probably had a fancy christmas party to go to!

  • Lisa
    November 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS , you look so happy and beautiful 🙂

  • Mary Nanna
    November 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Congratulations! I cannot believe you finished your dress about an hour before you had to go for your own wedding! So relaxed.. a great way to have a wedding.

  • Terri
    November 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm


  • KathleenS
    November 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Congratulations! No wonder you were a little stressed about sewing until the last minute! The dress is lovely though and you look great in it. I wish you both every happiness.

  • Gail
    November 13, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Congratulations! Apparently there was a record number of Chinese weddings on 11/11/11 because of the luck associated with the date. I wish you both a long and happy life together.

  • sdBev
    November 13, 2011 at 1:21 am


  • BeccaA
    November 13, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Congratulations! You are beautiful in your dress! So elegant.

  • Joy
    November 13, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Congratulations! You (and the dress) look beautiful!

  • Jane
    November 13, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Congratulations, you look beautiful and happy 🙂

  • EmilyKate
    November 13, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Congratulations! I saw your title and picture in my reader and thought gee did I overlook a mention the dress was for your wedding in your previous posts?! You look lovely :o)

  • Stephanie
    November 13, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations! You look lovely in your beautiful dress!

  • Kyle
    November 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Congrats and great dress!
    Did you make your man's shirt too? with the red buttons/buttonholes and contrast interior placket?? 🙂

  • Tammy
    November 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Beautiful! Congratulations to both of you!

  • Remnant
    November 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Congratulations! You and your new hubby make such a lovely couple. I love that you made your wedding dress right under our very noses and we did not suspect a thing.

  • Mom (Míriam)
    November 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    God Bless your mariage!

  • melissa
    November 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    ooh congratulations to both of you! You look so happy!! What a great surprise. 🙂

  • Lisette M
    November 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Congratulations! Wishing you much happiness!

    You look timeless in your beautiful dress.

  • Antoinette
    November 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So happy for you. Your dress is fabulous and you both look great. Honeymoon plans?


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