Easy for the avid sewer.
NOTE: This is for experienced sewers, if you are not experienced please note this will be a difficult project and it may be better to BUY a pattern whether than make one. :END NOTE
So you want to make your wedding dress whether to save money or for that DIY experience. You know what sort of look you want, but are unsure where to begin. If you don't have a pattern yet, don't worry. It's easy-and better- to make your own.
Also, I set the time as 48 hours because it really does depend on the gown you decide to make.
And the difficulty will depend on how much experience you have with sewing, and what gown you have decided to sew. Please keep this in mind as you begin your gown. :)
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Before you begin, find a photo of the gown you would like to make, preferably one that shows the sides, back, and front.
Once you have that, find your materials. You will need cotton, fashion, and lining fabric. I did not line mine because I did not see the need, but if you have an itchy or thin fabric, line it up! :)
Right now, you are probably going:
"OMG! Julie, you didn't tell us how much fabric we need!"
Slow down now, it's easy. If you have ever sewn anything before, you know about how many yards of fabric a gown takes up. Use that amount.
I bought 9 yards for mine to be safe, but I still have enough for 3 little girl dresses.
FYI, if you buy more you can make a vest for your groom ;)
Sadly, I cannot help you with the skirt part. There are WAAAYYY too many kinds of skirts out there to put a how-to of each one.
Google is your best friend for this project. Find a tutorial for the skirt and use it to create your pattern.
If you want the pattern to my wedding skirt, I sell it on my craftsy site:
Once you have your skirt pattern, make a bodice sloper for your gown. Then alter it to be the same as the dress you are making. (Don't forget to add ease).
Here is the link to a video. I figure most people find it easier to see it done. :)
If you want to make it easier on you, draw out the lines of the dress and mark where a seam, dart, and etc will go on it.