Post # 1
Hello fellow bees 🙂 I go for my first dress fitting August 23rd (squee!!) and I’m going to get some fabric scraps from my dress. The matching (fingertip, edged with lace) veil which I loved was $500 and unfortunately out of my budget. I’ve decided to make my own veil. I found the instructions on how to cut and bead and all, and I’m fairly confident I can pull it off.
However I am unsure what fabric/material to use and where to purchase it. I went into our tiny little JoAnne Fabric and all I could find were already beaded or all lace materials. I do not want all lace because that will clash with my dress. I’d like to make a longer veil and edge it with lace or perhaps beading/ribbon. I have blue accents in my dress and was thinking of edging the veil in something blue.
I have searched the boards but only found birdcage or unedged veils. If anyone can help, with pictures or advice, I would really appreciate it! Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
I just did mine on Saturday… Still need to attatch it to the comb but it is the best $200 dollars I have saved. I live in LA so was able to head to the fabric district but the best material for a veil is Illusion or bridal tulle – http://www.save-on-crafts.com/tullebybolt.html. I think I bought 5 yards and have enough to do my cathedral length veil with finger tip blusher x2.
there are a ton of tutorials out there but I found this one the most useful.
Post # 4
@ivythorn: This is great! Thanks 🙂 Can’t wait to see how yours turns out!
Post # 5
I’m on the wrong computer for pictures, but I made my long, raw-edged veil from ivory tulle that I purchased at my local craft store for 98 cents a yard. I honestly could not tell the difference between it and the $300 veils at Alfred Angelo. I would recommend purchasing some of this to play around with, even if you decide to go for a more expensive type of tulle for your actual veil.
My sense is that beading might be easier for you to control than ribbon (all that edging needing to look perfectly even) — but I think you could try both. Maybe blue pencil edging on the veil if you have access to a sewing machine?
Post # 6
FYI- The tulle cost me about $20 for 5 yds, enough for two veils.The cheaper tulle is usually more narrow (45″ wide or 72″ wide) mine was the widest available at 108″
Here is another good DIY tips for veil making.
Make Your Own Wedding Veil in Six Easy Steps
Post # 7
@village_skeptic: Hm… I had not thought about the level of difficulty with the ribbon edging. I do not have a sewing machine and would not know what to do with one if I had it, ha ha, so it’s all hand-stitching for me. BUT the blue pencil edging sounds awsome – I was thinking of wrapping ribbon around my (perfectly cut? ha) edges, then sewing it through the veil onto itself. Something to consider – thanks!
@ivythorn: Thanks a bunch! You’ve been a huge help.
I will have fun going through those tutorials this weekend.