(Closed) bees who made their own veils…

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I made my own mantilla veil.  Took all the lace off the edge of my Mother’s veil and hand sewed it onto the tulle.  I was terrified of cutting the tulle to the right shape (especially for a long mantilla veil) so I bought a plain single layer mantilla shaped veil from veilshop.com and hand sewed the lace onto it.  This was SO much easier than trying to cut tulle to the exact shape I wanted.

However, I did cut the top portion of the veil that I bought at veilshop.com because it looked too wide on my head.  I bought a rotary cutter from WalMart and bought a small test piece of tule from WalMart as well.  I cut the test tulle until I was happy with the shape of it on my head. I then traced that shape onto a piece of paper to make a “pattern”.  I folded my actual veil in half length-wise & placed the paper pattern over and cut it with the rotary cutter.  I highly suggest buying a rotary cutter, as you can have the tulle laying flat on the floor and cut both sides at once.  This will allow both sides to be more symmetrical. 

I wasn’t too concerned with my edges being straight because I was applying lace over the edges.  At the end of the day my veil was not perfect and had a few little flaws, but no one noticed that it wasn’t 100% symmetrical.  I received a TON of compliments on my wedding day, no one believed that I made my own veil!

If you are looking for a simple fingertip length, raw edge veil you may just be able to buy one from veilshop.com (or another site) they have shorter veils that start around $50.  (My Mantilla was around $68 and they included the comb).  It may just be easier to buy one instead of trying to cut your own.  Especially if you don’t want any kind of embellishments.  Feel free to PM me if you have any questions, & good luck!

Here are some pics of the finished product…



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