A friend of mine is getting married, and she asked me to make her veil. I went wedding dress shopping with her, so I had some ideas about what she liked.
She sent me this video, which is what I used with a few variations. Anna wanted a waist length veil so we adjusted for that as well as adding some gathers.
We went shopping together to get what we needed:
1 yard of tulle
2.5 yards of lace
1 spool of invisible thread.
Lace is EXPENSIVE. So Anna was fortunate to have a 60% off coupon.
We estimated a 24 inch length on the veil. We also wanted gathers at the top, so I cut approximately a 29 inch circle.
The idea being that it could be brought down to length by folding the one edge over as well as giving an edge to be gathered.
I ran a basting stitch with colored thread
All pinned and ready to sew! I used a blanket stitch just like the video recommended. I also learned that you absolutely have to tie the thread onto the needle......... The video recommends only cutting 12" of thread at a time. I ended up with about 18". It may have twisted a bit more, but I didn't want to be starting and stopping so much for new thread.
Invisible thread is invisible for a reason, but that doesn't make it a whole lot of fun to work with. I mean if it is supposed to be invisible that means it is also invisible when you're sewing with it. So some sort of magnification is recommended as I was making myself cross eyed!
I had taken the basting stitch out to make it easier to sew the lace on, and once the lace was secured, trimmed the five inches down to about 3/8".
And there you have it. All finished. Anna doesn't know how her comb will need to be attached for her hair style. The top is all gathered and ready for her to sew that on when she is ready. I ran some colored thread through the gathers so I could hang it on a hanger to avoid wrinkling. When she is ready the thread just needs to be clipped.
What do you think? Would you wear it?
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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