I made my own wedding dress about 4 years ago. If you are thinking of doing it, start now! I made 4 mock-ups plus the final dress (over the course of 4 months). The dress was not perfect, but did come out nicely, and it was even done about 1 week before the wedding date. I was also doing just about everything else myself too, like the rings, flowers, invites, etc. so it was a busy time, but I loved every minute!