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Wedding Know How: Make your own veil.

By Andrea Petrou on September 10th, 2009 0 comments yet. Be the First

single layer veil.jpgWedding veils are a traditional part of a wedding ceremony, especially if you are getting married in a church.

However, they can be expensive and with some brides taking them off after the ceremony, they can often be seen as a little bit of a waste of money.

If your desperate to wear a veil but don’t want to spend a fortune then there are a few alternatives. Firstly you could nab a friend’s who has just got married or hire one from a shop. However if you want something you can keep then making a veil is the best option, and if your following our steps on how to make a dress, then making the veil will be child’s play.

To make a single layer wedding veil you will need (now we sound like a Blue Peter presenter) Tulle, which needs to be cut to the length you want. If you’re not sure about the length that will suit your dress then head down to a bridal shop and try some on. It’s also important to get the colour right so match swatches to your dress. You can buy tulle from most fabric shops with the average cost being around £10 per meter.

You’ll also need a needle and thread, fabric glue and a plastic hair comb, which can be bought from hairdressing trade stores or retail stores such as Claire’s Accessories. If you want something a little bit more special then some bridal stores also sell silver and diamante combs.

Once you’ve decided on the length of the veil you want, fold it in half length-wise. Then cut the bottom of the tulle to form a U shape.

Unfold the fabric and run a hot shower (no we haven’t gone mad). Once the bathroom has steamed up, hang the fabric up. This is an easier and safer way for the creases to fall out as ironing may burn the fabric.

Now it’s time to get sewing. Stitch together the top of the veil, gathering it as you sew. Then glue it to your hair band, comb or tiara. Like any material, the cut edges of the tulle will look a little bit rough and straggly. There are a number of ways in which you can make this look better.

If you have a sewing machine and are a patient bride to be, then piping is a good idea here. Again, this can be purchased from any haberdashery store but make sure the piping is double the size you need as you will need to fold it over the ends of the tulle. Tack it on and use a sewing machine to stitch around it.

Alternatively you can overlock the edges. This is basically a way of stitching that stops ends from fraying, and can sometimes be used as decoration. To get a better idea of how this will look, turn a pair of jeans inside out and look at the stitching along the seams.
You will either need to buy a special machine for this, which may defeat the budget bridal idea, or you could take it to a drycleaners, who may be able to help.

Once you’ve completed the finishing you can add crystals, lace or anything that takes your fancy for decoration.

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