For some reason I seem to attract projects that I've never done before - this month in particular. First my friend Noelle and then Carolyn, and they both needed wedding veils. So I thought I'd share what I've learned about making traditional, hanging veils.
Tulle - at least 1 yard for a medium length veil, 2 yards for floor length (I love the tulle at Treadle Yard Goods in St. Paul, it's soft and doesn't have the synthetic feel of the tulle at Joann's).
Comb - wide or small depending on how much you want the veil to spread over your shoulders, you can do clear or metal. Noelle chose one with pearls on the top
Needle and thread - to match the color of the tulle or clear
1. Measuring - Grab your tulle at the top and gather it between your fingers. Let it hang down and measure it against yourself to see how long you'd like it. If you're the bride, it helps to have someone do this part for you.
2. Cutting and hemming - if your fabric is fancy or beaded, you may have to hem the edges, so leave an extra 1/2 inch at the bottom, if thats the case. Carolyn's veil was such a nice quality, the edges didn't need hemming. Noelle's was beaded and it made aesthetic sense to hem it. Then you're ready to cut it to size.
3. Gather the top edge - sew a running stitch along the top edge and gather the fabric up to match the width of the comb. You may need to fold the fabric over a few time to get it to fit the comb, just make sure the edges of the tulle end up on opposite sides so it lays correctly. This step takes finesse and patience, go slow and don't be afraid to take your stitches out and begin again - is worth getting it right.
4. Attaching the comb - this step depends on the comb and how you want it to sit on your head, but for a hidden comb do the following: place the wrong side of the tulle (if there is a wrong side) against the outside of the comb, fold the top edge under if needed and slowly sew the tulle to the comb using a whip stitch. Honestly, it doesn't matter how you sew it as long as its fairly even and the stitches are relatively hidden from the outside.
Now you're done! Depending on your comb and fabric, you may need to add a little fabric to the back to hide the stitches but now you have you're very own veil! Great job team!!