Post # 1
At first, I thought this was the most brilliant DIY project, because how hard could it be? Realistically, I can save about $100-$1000 by making my own veil becuase tulle is so stinking cheap! Right now I’m thinking chapel length with no embellishments (but that could change tomorrow)
Specifically, my questions are…does the tulle need to be a certain shape (rounded at the bottom?). Is it going to look cheesy if I don’t embroider or finish the edges? (It looks like Mrs Spider didn’t embroider her edges.) Do I need to use a pattern?
Has anyone DIYed their veil in a simple, chapel length style? I found a few bees’ DIY veil posts, but I don’t want embroidery, lace or a dropveil/blusher–which is what most of them were.
Post # 3
I did! Mine is actually shoulder-length, but I have a leftover length of tulle that should be long enough for a chapel-length veil and I might make one of those, too, so I have a choice of which to use
A pattern isn’t necessary, I actually free-handed my cuts. Really all you need to do is round the bottom edge of the tulle. You can also make your own pattern with a large piece of paper. Use two pencils attached with a length of string to make a "compass" and draw the desired shape onto the paper, then pin the tulle to it and cut paper and tulle together.
I think getting the right shape was harder for me because I wanted my veil very, very sheer at the comb, so I had to shape both the bottom and top. On my first attempts, I just left the top straight, gathered it, and attached it to the comb, but it was much too full for my liking. It looked good otherwise, though!
For edging, I just ran some button thread that matches the color of my veil along the edges. You know how tulle has the little open squares? I went 1-2 squares in from the edge, and just did a simple running stitch along the whole veil (except the edge that attaches to the comb. It looks like a tiny pencil edging. But if you do a good job cutting the tulle (use VERY SHARP scissors or a rotary cutter) it looks fine unfinished.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2018 - The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia
My mother is made/making my veil! The only thing I would add is to make sure the fabric is wide (to give it a full, subtantial look), especially when gathering it in the comb! You don’t have to finish it with lace or anything. It’s easy to cut. I asked my mother to cut the bottom straight across (which I prefer over rounded, but rounded is also nice–although harder to cut). Eventually I decided on lace embellishments like a mantilla. I’ll post something. But in a nutshell, it’s easy to do! Good luck!