DIY Bridal Veilcomments (10) May 9th, 2009
If you've started the search for the perfect wedding gown, you've probably also suffered sticker shock when it came time it pick out a veil to go with your dream dress! Making your own veil is easy, and it'll save you lots of $$$ to spend on something else. If I may be so bold, it will probably come out better, too. I was shocked to find out that veils can cost more than $300—for a little nylon tulle and a cheap plastic comb!
Here are some resources for the supplies and a little inspiration so you can design your own veil:
Veilubridal.com: An excellent selection of wire and plastic combs. (You can also find them at local sewing and craft stores—I found mine at JoAnn Fabrics.)
Saveoncrafts: Has an excellent selection of tulle to make your veil.
I loved the different veils at FavorIdeas. They have some great inspiration shots of different styles and a fun six-step "How to Make Your Own Wedding Veil" for you to check out.
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Here is a guideline for the lengths of various style veils:
Blusher (to the shoulders): 18 inches to 24 inches
Waist: 30 inches
Fingertip: 40 inches
*Chapel (dusting the floor): 60 inches to 72 inches
*Cathedral: 108 inches or longer
*Longer-length veils are beautiful as they walk down the aisle, but they might lose some of their glamour at the reception. You may want to consider making it detachable. Simply sew the gathered tulle to the "itchy" side of a piece of Velcro. Put the "soft" side of the Velcro to the underside of the edge of the comb. The Velcro will hold it in place for the ceremony and photos, then you can take it off for the dancing! (You can combine the detachable veil with a shorter waist- or fingertip-length veil sewn to the top of the comb.)
Use 108-inch-wide tulle for fingertip- or longer-length veils (72 inches works great for the shorter styles).
Here's what you'll need:
- Tulle cut to the length of your veil x 2 if you want two layers
- A comb
- 1/8-inch satin ribbon
- A sharp, large-eye needle
- White all-purpose sewing thread
- Silk flowers or other trims and embellishments
- Hot-glue gun
I found these satin-covered plastic combs at JoAnn Fabrics. The teeth are really wide—so it's not a good choice if you don't want to finish the top of the comb with silk flowers. (After you attach the tulle, you can neatly finish the top edge of the comb by wrapping it with 1/8-inch satin ribbon. If the teeth are too wide, there will be gaps between the ribbon as you wrap it around. A wire comb would be a better choice.)
Using the guide above, cut the tulle to the desired length. Double that amount if you want two layers of tulle. To round the lower corners, fold the tulle in half lengthwise. Use a rotary cutter to trim the corners into a gentle curve.
My favorite way to finish the edges of the veil is to do a quick rolled hem on the serger. If you want a little shine, put a decorative rayon thread in the upper looper (this is the thread that wraps the edge when you are stitching a three-thread rolled hem). Practice on a scrap of tulle before you start the edges of your veil. If the serger is "eating" the edge, use 1-inch strips of washaway stabilizer to give the machine something to bite into.
Start and stop stitching the rolled hem at the top edge (or where you are folding it in half to create two layers). I love a rolled hem finish because it doesn't add any weight or stiffness to the edges.
Sew a row or two of gathering stitches using your sewing machine. Set the straight-stitch length to 4 mm, and loosen the tension a little. Gather the edge up until it's equal to the width of the comb.
Position the gathered edge of the tulle along the top edge of the comb. This is where I made a tragic error when I was working on the first veil. I sewed the tulle to the underside of the comb. And, to make it even worse, I lined up the gathered edge of the tulle with the base of the teeth with the veil going off in the wrong direction. (Don't do it!)
Sew the tulle to the comb. Hold the comb so you can see the underside. Whipstitch the tulle to the top edge by coming up between the teeth.
After you work your way across, knot the end and trim the thread. Use a large pair of scissors to trim away some of the gathered tulle along the edge of the comb to get rid of the bulk.
Thread a larger needle with 1/8-inch-wide satin ribbon and whipstitch over the thread. If you want to use the ribbon to finish the top edge of the comb, work your way across the comb stitching at a slight angle. When you get to the end, double back across the comb stitching in the opposite direction to completely cover the tulle. Remember, if the teeth are too wide, there will be gaps between the ribbon.
I decided to use a silk flower to decorate the top of the comb. I like using a hot-glue gun for this because I don't have to hold the blooms in place until the glue dries. Just be careful and use small amounts of glue at a time.
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