When a 22-year-old Abbey Ramirez-Bodley from Arkansas city, U.S. couldn’t find a wedding dress in her budget, she decided to make one herself. Her aunt, who taught her how to crochet when she was 3 years old, kindly agreed to help. On October 17th, after 8 months of hard work, Ramirez-Bodley walked down the aisle in the dress of her dreams which only cost her $70, plus $100 for a green dress underneath.


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“Making something with your own hands out of love is very special on the most important day of your life,” Ramirez-Bodley told Mashable. For the brides-to-be out there, she has one piece of advice to give: “Start early and don’t get frustrated. The outcome is worth all the work.”

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22-year-old Abbey Ramirez-Bodley was struggling to find a wedding dress in her price range

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She was looking for a vintage-style wedding gown but everything she liked was over $1,000

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So she bought $70 worth of cotton yarn and decided to make one herself

Image credits: Julie Graham Photography

Image credits: Julie Graham Photography

Her aunt taught her how to crochet when she was only 3 years old

Image credits: Abbey Ramirez-Bodley

“Making something with your own hands out of love is very special on the most important day of your life”

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It took her 8 months to make the dress

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“When I put it on, I was, for one, amazed that it looked exactly like what I thought it would look like in my head”

Image credits: Julie Graham Photography

Image credits: Julie Graham Photography

“It was amazing. It was emotional. [Especially] when you put that much time and love into something”

Image credits: Julie Graham Photography