Will you wear a veil? If so, consider making the veil yourself.
This is a mantilla veil, which is an oval shaped piece of tulle with lace sewn around the edges. It is easy to do, and instantly adds an elegant touch to a classic white dress. The bride’s dress features a strapless bodice with a fit-and-flare skirt flowing into a chapel length train. The dress was made for about $50. The veil took 4 yards of Alencon edging lace and cost about $45.
Of all the projects that could be done at home, making the veil is one that we always recommend. You can save a lot of money and it is often a real treasure when your mom or gramma or an aunt makes the veil for the bride.
The bridal veil adds mystery and romance to the wedding ensemble and looks lovely in photographs as well. Even if you do not feel confident in your sewing skills, you can still provide a memorable touch to the wedding trousseau with minimal skill or effort. It is not difficult, and many people are surprised to find that the cost of making a veil is so little compared to the retail price of a similar item.
There are two fabrics commonly used for making a veil, both composed of a fine nylon mesh. Illusion is available in widths of 72 inches or 108 inches and is somewhat finer than tulle which is available in 54 inch widths. Either fabric is a good choice, and both are very inexpensive, anywhere from $1.50 to $3 per yard. You can easily see how the veil alone might cost only a few dollars to make, so if your first effort doesn’t look right, try another style. There are many patterns available, some with better directions for the headpiece that holds the veil, and some with a larger selection of veils.
When working with illusion or tulle, be very careful of the edges. They can get ragged quickly. A rotary cutter and mat would be helpful whenever you are working with netting, but a sharp pair of sewings scissors is also fine.
To cut out a veil, lay the fabric on a dark cutting surface so you can actually see what you’re doing. The stuff is so diaphanous it is difficult to tell where the edges are. If no edge trim is used you will want to go over the edges as many times as necessary to trim away any unevenness.
Your veil probably won’t need ironing but if it does, be careful. Nylon has a very low melting point so test a scrap of fabric with a cool iron before working on the veil itself. If the veil seems too fluffy, iron it gently at the gathers to flatten it down a bit. When your veil is finished, hang it up.