Hive, today is my LAST DAY OF CLASS, as in OF MY ENTIRE MASTER’S DEGREE! I’M DONE! YAY!!
Phew, okay, now that that is out of the way, I’ll move on.
If you remember when I talked about my hair inspiration, I told you that I wasn’t sure if I was going to wear a veil or a hair piece. Well, as I thought more and more about it, I decided that my wedding day is probably the only time I would be able to wear a veil and by golly I was going to do it. (Maybe I should say: last time? I wore a veil at my first communion. It was adorable.)
If you’re new to wedding planning (welcome!), you may not have realized how much veils cost. Sure, you can buy them on eBay for super cheap, but if you’re buying a veil from a shop, you’re most likely looking to spend at least $100. That just seems like crazytimes for a piece of tulle!
BM Apple Pie made her veil and it is lovely. I particularly love the time and effort she put into it to hand-beaded the edge. She offered to let me borrow it and I gratefully accepted. But then, as tends to happen, when I got to looking at inspiration photos for my hair, I kept coming across lace-edged veils and I couldn’t help but think that they were lovely. Then I saw this one and I fell in love:
Via Talllll on Etsy
When I got in touch with the seller, she told me she thought it would be around $125 to make it. Then, I asked if she would attach it to a comb and I got some sad news—the hand-beading would “make the veil fall like a wet blanket.”
I moped around for a while and looked at veils to purchase that looked like what I wanted. Then, back in May, I was talking to Mrs. Panda and I said, “And then the crazy in me said, ‘hey, why don’t I make my own veil?’” I was mostly joking, but she responded, “I don’t think that’s crazy, it’s just a piece of tulle. If you just want a simple veil it’s not too bad.”
And so I got to thinking: I’m pretty crafty, so why not give it a shot?
This thought kicked around in my head for a while until I finally decided to go for it. So, with Sparky out of town on business, I used my free time to try my hand. And it totally worked.
For this you’ll need:
Measure your desired length and width of tulle to see the length/width you’d like.
It helps to have a friend (like BM Apple Pie) to help you with this.
Cut. Since I wanted roughly elbow length, I got lucky—the width of the tulle end was the perfect length. Round the corner if you’d like. Probably be a bit less haphazard than I was (I went into this bit assuming it’d be a practice one).
Pin the lace (if you’re using it) to the edge of the tulle to make sure if looks how you want it.
Apple Pie was super good at this step
Make sure the veil looks basically like how you want it once everything is pinned down. Make adjustments as needed.
Now you’re going to sew the lace onto the tulle. I did this in two steps—one straight to attach the lace, and a second round to sew down the detail peaks.
Red marks to show you my sewing paths
This step is kind of confusing to read about, but makes sense once you get going. Basically, you’re going to take a strip of tulle and weave it between the teeth in order to create a place to attach the veil to. I didn’t take photos as I did it because I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to work. Then it did and I didn’t want to re-do it. Bad blogger…I will say this: there are YouTube videos of this step that are very helpful!
It should look like this when you’re done
Now you’re going to gather the tulle so that it fits on the strip of the comb. I really like this tutorial (which, incidentally, was the tutorial that made me tell Panda that I was going to attempt it in the first place).
I did this by sewing in a straight line with the nylon thread and then pulling it tightly so it bunched up.
Now you’re going to sew the tulle to the comb. I did this by sewing on both sides of the tulle strip on the comb. Then I folded over and attached the lace edges from the veil in order to make it look cleaner/fancier.
At this point, you’ll clean up any edges that are messy, but you’re pretty much done! Congratulations, you’ve made a veil!
This was taken before I sewed the lace down over the comb—it looks much more seamless now.
Not counting the time it took (all told, probably six-ish hours), this project cost me about $30. Much better than $125+!
Did you take on any “crazy” DIY projects?