Post # 1
Now that I’ve recently bought my dress (!!), I’m thinking of veils. My mother wore a beautiful cathedral length veil with her dress, but it was attached to a “crown” type circle thing instead of a comb. I really want to wear a cathedral length veil with my dress and thought it would be a great idea to use my mom’s veil instead of buying a new one. However, I want to change it so that instead of the “crown”, its on a comb.
Has anyone ever done this?? …Any ideas on how I would even do this? I don’t want to wreck it myself, do I take it to a tailor? I’ve clearly got no idea, so any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 4
Yes, it won’t be too hard to do. You can def. take it to a tailor or seamstress if you don’t feel like doing it yourself.
Pretty much, you want to cut the tulle off the circlet (you can either go in and try to snip just the threads that are attaching it, or you can simply cut the fabric itself. Cutting the threads might be more trouble than it’s worth – the purpose is to try to keep the fabric itself intact, but you might end up with little holes and need to trim it down anyway. By cutting directly into the tulle, you’ll lose an inch or two of length, but on a cathedral-length veil that won’t matter much in the long run. You’ll also probably end up with a somewhat ragged edge, but that also won’t matter once it’s gathered up and attached to the comb. Veils are pretty forgiving, actually – you don’t have to make the gathers fancy or precise, since the whole thing just puffs and doesn’t really have to be fitted to anything. So, don’t worry too much about making mistakes.
So, yeah, basically, once you get the tulle off the circlet, Step Two is to gather it up, fold the edge over, and sew the edge to a length that will fit the comb you’re going to put it on. Once the tulle is gathered, you sew it to the comb. Usually you sew the comb to it “upside down” so that it flips away from the veil to anchor into your hair. If you’re confused about how this works, taking it to a seamstress might just be easier. It will be a really simple job for her to do, and shouldn’t cost you very much.
Good luck! That’s really cool that you’re able to update your mom’s veil! Such a special touch for your wedding day.
Post # 5
I’ve learned that altering a veil is pretty inexpensive. I would ask a seamstress or alterations department that might be working on your dress to quote you on it.
Great idea to use your mom’s!
Post # 6
OK, thanks for the tips ladies!! My mom is a pretty good sewer, so maybe if I find some tutorials we can DIY it, but otherwise its good to know I can take it to a seamstress 🙂