(Closed) anyone DIYing veil?

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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.

Good luck!

Post # 4
53 posts
Worker bee
  • 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!

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