- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I didn’t like the birdcage veils that I found and decided to do it myself, so I originally too some inexpensive tulle and played with it to get it to fit the way I wanted which was not a lot of top puffyness and only come to the nose level. I will also wear a fascinator that I made myself, you can see a tutorial for that at http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/fabric-fascinator-diy-tutorial-picture-heavy I am not sure If I will add some bling to the top of the comb as of yet, will wait till I have my hair trial to decide.
I hope you find this helpful, I know I had a hard time finding how to do this online.
The items I used were the Russian Netting, seam saver – a light weight seam binding that I am not sure if they make anymore but it works great, and a comb.
After I had played with the tulle and got it just right I cut out the good Russian netting.
Then I took the Seam Saver and generously measured around the outer edges of the veil.
Then I cut the seam saver in half to about ¼” width. I didn’t want a lot of bulk but I needed something to be able to gather the netting.
I then stitched the cut in half seam saver to the edge of my veil using a machine setting of 2.
After stitching the seam saver to the veil, I reset my machine to a 4 or basting stitch and sewed around the veil. You can see the double stitching in the picture if you look closely at the left hand side of the picture.
On one end of the veil, pull through your basting stitch so that both threads are on the same side and tie it off with a knot.
On the other end, pull through your basting stitch and using the one farthest away from your veil, pull up and start moving the gathers along the length of the veil.
Once you are close to the size of your comb, pin one end to your comb and continue to bring up your gathers. Once you have it to size, knot off your gather threads.
At this point I decided to trim the extra netting and realized this should have been done after the basting stitching has been completed and the netting was not gathered yet.
Next, Cut a piece of the Seam Saver a bit longer than your gathered area and start pining the seam saver to your gathered area, evening out the gathers. Note try to get the seam saver so that you are only using half of the seam saver so it can wrap around the other side similar to bias tape.
Stitch on the machine.
Trim the ends of where you gathered to about ½”, and turn that under the edge and wrap the seam saver over the top of the gathered area and pin as you go and stitch again.
Lay finished gathered edge along comb.
And Hand stitch onto comb.
And your done.