Post # 1
So, the veil I want is a drop veil, cathedral length, beaded edge. Anything like what I am looking for is $200.00 or way more. I am trying to cut where I can and I feel like, what I want is a piece of tulle with beading around the edge. I should be able to make this. . .
So Saturday, I bought a long piece of tulle, some clear and silver seed beads, 4mm bicone Swarovski elements beads. . .and started work! I am worried that it may be a little short as a drop veil now so I need to bring it with me when I go to try on my dress to figure out if this is going to work or if I should make it a short version for the reception and start over with the longer one. . .
Here are a few pictures of what I have done.
Basically I am stringing the beads first (about 15 seed beads then one crystal bead, then repeat) and making strands to then sew onto the edge of the veil. So far I have invested about 10 hours into this and I am only a third of a way around the veil! I can see why a hand beaded veil is worth the money. I actually never really doubted this, but I just felt like I should be able to make this with patience.
What do you think? Continue or ditch my efforts?
(Sorry the pictures aren’t great. .)
Post # 3
I think it looks really pretty! I’m actually looking for something like that, but I’m not as brave or crafty! The way I see it, you already have 10 hours into it, so what’s a little more?
Post # 4
Thanks! I appreciate it. Yeah, I think that is where I am at- might as well just keep going! We shall see how it comes out.
Post # 5
i think it looks amazing, dont give up… i say continue
Post # 6
im Jealous!! lol it looks amazing…. no way i would have the patience to do that! Good luck!!
Post # 7
It looks beautiful! How much did the materials for it cost? I think having a hand-made veil (made by yourself, no less!) is something that you can be really proud of. I think you should keep going, but of course only you can judge if 20 hours more of work is worth $200!
Post # 8
It looks fab! I may have to try my hand at making one!
Post # 9
It looks fantastic, so I say keep going if you are enjoying spending the time on it!
Post # 10
I totally feel for you! I made my own lace shawl, which meant hand sewing lace trim on the raw edges… It took 15 hours. Now, I’ve made lace cap sleeves to add to my dress for our reception. I made them from scraps of lace that had to be sewn together so the sleeves were mirror images of each other, and then I hand beaded them. I probably had at least 50 hours into them…
It is a LOT of work, but it is SOOOO worth it when you’re done. You get a huge sense of accomplishment, plus you know it is being done exactly the way you want it. You’re doing a great job. Keep at it. You won’t regret it.
Post # 11
Thank you so much everyone! The biggest thing for me is that my mother was so crafty and would have been making so much of these things for the wedding. It is tasting extra bitter spending money on things like alterations because if my mother were still here, she would have done them and it would have been her special touch and love in the dress. Instead I am paying someone tons of money to do it. Depressing. So looking at veils I just keep hearing my incredibly crafty mother saying “It is tulle and beads. C’mon. . ” However, she did make my figure skating costumes, one of my ball dresses. . she used to make wedding gowns. She was incredibly talented and I certainly am nowhere near able to do that. But I figured, I won’t know unless I try. My only concern is I didn’t get a long enough piece and so I may end up making 2 veils, a drop veil and then maybe making this one a short one to weird at the reception. We shall see!
@red_rose: So far I have spent $4 on the tulle and I have spent $20 on beads (the beads with Swarovski elements were more expensive, just seed beads would be $5 and still pretty.) It def. is taking a lot of time and patience but I agree it will be worth it to have something I made (As long as it doesn’t look crappy, haha.)
Thanks again for the encouragement everyone! 😀