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making a bridal veil

rona_sieberg | Posted in The Archives on

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hi, i am wondering if anyone can tell me how hard or easy it is to sew the edges of tulle, to make a veil out of.my sister is getting married and wants to make her own. the problem is that most of the presewn ones are shorter than what she wants. thanks for any input. rona s.

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  1. Chris_Knoblock | | #1

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    Measure how long a veil your sister wants. The best way is for her to put on the gown & head piece. With a tape measure, measure down her back to where she wants the veil to stop. Buy that amount of tulle. Most tulle is 72" to 108" wide. Round the 2 corners at one end. Gather the other end--either sew 2 gathering lines & pull up the bobbin thread or zigzag over a thicker thread such as crochet thread and pull the thick thread. Secure the gathers when they are as full as you want and hand sew the veil to the head piece. Or sew the hook part of velcro to the gathers & hand sew the felt part to the head piece for a detachable veil.

    Chris.

    1. Evelyn_Brunner | | #2

      *From what I know of, it depends on what type of tulle you have- traditionally bridal veils are made from quite stiff tulle so as to allow it to "puff" up when gathered... these tulles are normally trimmed and left unfinished as the tulle neither frays nor tears.Nowadays, you do see some brides using softer, finer tulle mesh (normally used for circular veils) for a simpler look. As the tulle is delicate and prone to tearing, it is either "baby-locked" or roll-hemmed (if hem is not too curved). I have seen some veils finished with beautiful binding (ala Vera Wang) which also gives an interesting finish.Hope I've been able to help!eve

      1. Julie_Warner | | #3

        *I made a wedding with 3 tiers and did a rolled hem edge over a fine fishing line. I used gold metallic thread in the top and gold colored polyester thread in the bobbin. The result was very satisfactory but time consuming. I also freehand embroidered small roses which were sewn round the edge of the veil separately.As the gown was piped with gold and the bride had selected a gold circlet as her headpiece, the whole lot went together quite well.

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