The first stumbling block is not finding a pattern that closely resembles The Dress. So I bought a several patterns in the hopes of merging them into the style I want. (I also ordered Simplicity 5006 just in case I need a corset or corselet.)
I spent many waking and sleeping hours thinking and dreaming of different combinations. But every time I come up with a solution, I question how it will hold up. With at least four layers of fabric (lace, satin, underlining, interlining), wedding dresses can be quite heavy, even the slim ones. I get the feeling that making my own wedding dress will have more to do with engineering than sewing. Steel boning may be used to defy gravity in a way that is akin to a suspension bridge!
I know I'm asking too much from my mediocre, newbie sewing skills. Yet, I still want to make my own dress. I will have to be organised, detailed in my plans, meticulous, not rush each step and not be afraid to ask for help and advice. In moments of crises, I will just have to conjure Tim Gunn to incite me into "making it work".
There's also quite a few wedding dress sewing blogs that are keeping spirits up :)