(Closed) I need MAJOR help with my DIY birdcage veil

posted 8 years ago in Accessories
Post # 4
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

The second one looks like it uses half as much fabric. If I were you, I would get some scrap material and cut it to half a size smaller than the first one, then bunch the ends to see if it is the right size. If you have a smaller face/head, you will need less fabric and vice versa.

Post # 5
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208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You might acctually be able to trim down the one you have already.  Maybe try following a line that falls at your eyes to the back of the veil and see it is an appropriate place to cut it?  Good luck!  I will be making mine in a couple months 🙂 

Post # 6
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987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Bobby pins are your friend.  I struggled like crazy doing my own and ended up buying one because I got tired of trying to make it work.  It takes less fabric than you think it will and you have to use bobby pins to really get the shape you want.

Post # 7
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510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

looks like you need some scissors and bobby pins…. just don’t cut too much off at first, you can always cut more off later!

Post # 8
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1580 posts
Bumble bee

Honestly, since birdcage veils are so finicky anyway, I’d just gather the fabric the way you want it to be and just mess with it folding it different ways until you have it the way you want it to be, and then cut the fabric and attach the combs.  I’d forget about the pattern all together.

Also, you might want to mess around with it and use two combs/clips. That way it is easier to position exactly the way you want it and you’ll be able to make it lay across your eyes the way you want without the huge poof.

So basically I think you should purchase some cheap fabric to mess around with and then use that as your pattern to make the veil.

Post # 9
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829 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ive been having a problem as well! I just ended up buying one from Davids bridal for $20 bucks and they will alter it for you what ever way you want it.

Post # 12
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987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My premade one was perfect, but expensive.  I knew from fussing around and trying to make my own what size worked best and was able to order appropriately.  Like you, I wanted it to come over one eye but I also wanted to wear it a little further back on my head.  I bought it from birdcageveils.com and I think I paid $65 with shipping.  I really liked it though because the French netting had a little bit bigger “diamonds” than the cheap one I also bought off ebay.  There really was a big difference between the two.  When I was still attempting to DIY mine I found that putting it on something round (I just used a bunch of tissue paper/newspaper that I crunched into a ball) and steaming it helped.  It you get really desperate like I did at the end, I’m selling mine for $40.  I just haven’t listed it yet.  Good Luck, it sounds like you have plenty of material for some trial and error!

 

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Post # 14
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752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

I feel your pain. I’ve been struggling with mine. The Russian netting is stuff. I wrapped mine around a bowl and steamed it to give it shape.  That really helped to make stay the way I wanted. 

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