Credit for all Wedding Photos to Studio306
I didn’t have a strong opinion on wedding veils until I tried one on when I picked out my wedding dress in the bridal salon. I totally fell for the look and romantic bridal ‘feel’ of wearing a long chapel length veil, but I didn’t fall in love with the price tag. Almost everything associated with weddings are incredibly overpriced since people pay will pay extra for the emotion attached to the item. I’m no exception to this rule, but given my ability to sew, I did a little research online to determine what it would actually cost to make a veil. As it turns out, the basic supplies to make a veil are not expensive and unless you want embellishment or a lace edge (which I didn’t), they are very easy to construct.
I highly recommend the Craftsy class “Vintage-Inspired Veils for the Modern Bride” if you’re nervous about making a veil or if you are planning to add more embellishment to your veil/fascinator/birdcage/etc. The teacher, Dorene Vandermeer, talks slowly and is extremely calm while she describes bridal veils and their construction, which made me confident that I could easily make my own veil. Even though I didn’t follow any of her instructions specifically, it was a great introduction to the different types of bridal head pieces and she makes it look so easy!
Because I couldn’t find a ton of information online about making your own veil, I included the supplies I used and a very brief outline of how a simple, cut-edge veil is made.
- Illusion Netting* (purchased here)
- Hair comb (purchased here)
- Fabric Glue (Fabri-Tac)
- Rotary Cutter
- Invisible thread
- 1/4″ Twill tape
- Veil pattern** (B4487)
*A Note about Choosing Veil Fabric: I purchased some of both the matte and sparkle illusion veiling and made a practice veil with the sparkle fabric first. I tried on the veil with my dress at my final dress fitting and took some pictures. I ended up discarding that veil and making a second with the matte fabric because the sparkle, though pretty in person, was too obvious and distracting in photos, especially in photos taken with a flash (the sparkle reflected a lot of the light).
**A pattern really isn’t necessary, given a veil is just a gathered piece of fabric attached to a hair comb. However, I wanted a slight ‘waterfall’ effect in the front and didn’t trust my ability to make a pattern :)
My veil was a chapel length, which is ~90 inches in length so cutting it out was the biggest challenge. Luckily, veiling material is easy to work with and didn’t take long to lay flat on the floor. I bought the widest veil material available (108″) so it was 54 inches across when folded. Because I wanted my veil wide, I added ~12″ between the folded fabric edge and the edge of the pattern, which you can see in the photo below.
It’s really important to cut out the veil using a rotary cutter to get a smooth even edge, especially if you’re planning to leave the edge unfinished. I cut out the fabric directly on the floor after checking that the rotary cutter didn’t ruin the floor.
Mark edge of gathers//Cut Twill Tape to Match Comb//Gather Veil to Match Twill Tape//Pin Gathered Veil to Tape
Sew Veil to Tape using Zip-Zag Stitch//Trim Extra Material//Glue onto the Concave Side of Comb and Tack with Invisible Thread
It’s important to pay special attention when attaching the veil to the comb. It may be counterintuitive but you want to glue the fabric on the inside of the rounded edge (the comb will be flipped when you put it on).
Let the glue dry and you’re done!
Here are some photos of my veil during our wedding ceremony. We had a very very short aisle so there wasn’t much time to get a photo of the entire train. But it served its purpose for 30 minutes and I saved a lot of money, in addition to adding something handmade to my attire!
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