Post # 1
I’ve checked the tutorials on here and on Google, but I wanted to know if anyone had any recent experience DIYing a veil. I am trying to make a simple cathedral length, one tier veil without a lot of “pouf.” I bought 3 yards of 54″ wide tulle, thread, and a 4 inch comb.
Post # 3
I would suggest sewing from one side to the other, then pulling the thread tight, so it gathers, and then sewing it around the comb. Then I would do the edging as it will look different after it is gathered… I should just do this for my own veil also, but I am too lazy!
Post # 4
It turned out to be easier than I imagined actually! Clear thread is a pain to work with but it’s absolutely necessary so you don’t see a seam. You just have to weave it in and out in a straight line across the tulle, then cinch and tie, and attach the comb right there.
Don’t even attempt to cut the veil with scissors! It’s impossible to get a straight line because the material won’t sit still! If you have a rotary cutter and board, use that instead. Otherwise a drywall cutter or other very sharp knife will work well, with a cutting board underneath. You’ll probably need to attach the comb first and wear it in your dress while someone else marks on the edge of the veil where it should be cut.
Post # 5
@jenbrander…well I’m done and I didn’t see your post before-hand. So I didn’t follow any of your advice…haha!
It came out really well though!
I folded it in half and pinned it to get a cleaner cut on the outer edge and just went really slowly.
Then I practiced gathering on my discard piece first.
I gathered stitched (by hand) about half an inch from the top…with each stitch about a quarter of an inch. Hard part…keeping the end of the string from pulling through. Not even double string, double knot worked. I just cut the knot and sewed it back through. I suggest using a much longer thread and maybe taping the end of the thread.
Then I attached to the veil – the hard part (but not too hard). I pulled the thread to the same width as the veil. Originally I just started attaching one end, but part way through pinned the gathered veil to the comb (which had a white satin fabric) and that was much easier! I stitched the ends first to make sure the gathering was even all the way across. I went through the satin fabric on the comb which attached much better than just wrapping around. The large holes in the tulle make it hard to get things really tight. I did a criss-cross around each of the tines of the comb.
Afterwards I cleaned up my sewing, pulled out the original gathering thread and cut the edge of the tulle to about a 1/4 inch.
It looks perfect on. There is no hint of the white thread or the tulle edge underneath.
The only thing I need to do after my next dress fitting is decide whether to round the bottom edge slightly. Technically I should have done this first, but my tulle is only 54 inches wide and I needed to see my dress so I think it will work to cut later.
Yay for $10 veils!
Post # 5
Do you have any pics of the veil and/or work process?