- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
What You Will Need:
-tulle (I bought 4 yards and had over a yard left over, but better safe than sorry!)
-a hair comb
Lay the tulle end that will be the bottom flat on a table, folded in half. It is HIGHLY recommended that you hang your tulle by a warm shower to steam it before doing so, as tulle from the store seems to never be folded perfectly. Using newspaper, tape it together so that it covers your tulle perfectly (edges match the edges). This took me two pages. Once the paper is together, set aside the tulle.
You need to make the bottom a circle, so you need to make yourself a compass. Tie a long piece of ribbon/string/etc (I used gimp that was lying around) to a pen. This takes a bit of eyeballing, but you want to find a centre point where you will hold the STRING so that the pen will touch the top corner of the newspaper (where the fold will be) as well as the side of the newspaper (where the cut edge will be). Once you have found this, tape the point and double check it is perfect. To ensure a perfect curve, I taped my newspaper to the table before drawing.
Run the pen around the paper two or three times to make a circle. Try to hold the pen perfectly vertical. Move the pen out of the way and cut along the line.
Using pins, pin the newspaper to the top of the tulle, ensuring that the edges match up. I put a pin about every 2 inches. Cut along the newspaper line, then unpin the newspaper.
YOU HAVE A CURVE!!!!!
You need to decide how long you want to make your veil. As a Cathedral length veil, I wanted 120″ (the longes it usually is). I measured it across a table, set the spot I wanted to cut along the edge of the table and carefully cut across.
Carefully run two threads through the tulle about 1/2″ from the top of where it will be attached to the comb. I wove the threads in by going in every 1/2″ and out every 1/2″ (appx). The first string should be 1/2″ from the edge with the second about 3/4″ from the edge.
Carefully pull the threads to bunch up the top of the veil. You will likely have to readjust. To get the strings to stay I took the loose string from one side and threaded it back through the bunched fabric to the other side, then tied it off with the other lose threads. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW LONG YOUR COMB IS BEFORE TYING OFF. You do not want to tie off the strings and then realize your bunching is too short or long, as you will not be able to fix this.
Using a whip stitch, stitch the bunched tulle to your comb. After it is done, trim the extra tulle from the top.
To make it look a bit nicer, stitch a white ribbon or any other embellishment over the bunched tulle on the comb for a finished look.