My sister is getting married and I was shocked at the prices of the veils she was looking to purchase. So, I decided to try to make one on my own!
First things first, I went to the craft store and bought some tulle – a plain white one and one with silver sparkles. The plain one I chose was soft and flowing; meant more for decorations than a veil, it didn’t have much shape. I didn’t mind that, since it was about $1.50/yard and I was planning to embellish it anyways. The one with sparkles was firmer and held its shape; it was more structured for ballet tutus and felt more like the commercial veils I had seen. This kind of tulle is kept in the fabric part of the store, whereas my plain tulle was found in the decoration section. My sister wanted a fingertip length, which ends up somewhere between 1.5-1.75 yards long. I always prefer to have my fabric cut at the store instead of buying the entire amount and cutting into smaller amounts at home. I can never get it to be equal sizes! 😛 And after being enticed by all the different options for trimming at the craft store I decided to make a several for my sister to choose from.
And some ribbon with detail for the white tuille:
I actually found a thick and thin version of this and made both. The thinner gave a more subtle effect, as you see in this picture, while the thicker one gave a more pronounced effect (as seen below).
I found this thick lace with a natural wave in it and made my own trim!
Some of the blogs I read and crafters I met at the store suggested I use nylon thread to attach the trim. However, I found it worked just fine with regular thread. I did use a needle for stretch fabric but otherwise had no problems.
Next, I folded the veil to leave the bottom layer about 6 inches longer than the top. I sewed a basting stitch about 4 inches from the fold and ruched the tuille across the entire length. I then sewed the ruching into place onto a thick ribbon base.
Some of the veils I saw at David’s Bridal® only ruched the middle third of the fold. With my veils, I chose to ruche the entire way because my homemade trim gave the tulle some extra weight, making extra folds higher up a little odd and out of place.
Next, I hand sewed a comb to my thick ribbon base.
Michael’s® sells a set of 6 plastic combs for $1.99 in their DIY wedding section!
Not too shabby.
I sewed some beaded ribbon to the area on the opposite side to where I attached the comb, making it more polished while hiding the irregularities of hand sewing. All in all, I made all these veils for approximately $10/each. Question now is which one will she choose?