How to Make Bridal Veils with Instructions
Vogue, Burda, Butterrick, McCalls and Simplicity all produce good basic patterns for bridal veils, many of which also include directions for some sort of headpiece. Simply type in veil in the pattern search link in each website.
They generally cost $8 to $15 and contain all the instructions, list exactly what's needed and how much of it. The tissue provides a foolproof cutting guide.
Make a Bridal Veil from Scratch
If you're feeling adventurous or have some sewing experience and just need a few specific pointers, here are some basic instructions for making two types of veils.
Recommended tools and supplies are:
" sharp dress making shears/scissors are best and a cutting mat
" small weights for laying out the tulle
" a tape measure and or yardstick
" pins and needle
" thread to match the color of your tulle
An iron is useful but not necessary. Depending on the style of veil you want
You may also need:
" comb, Velcro, or bridal loops (sold by the yard at fabric stores)
" satin rattail cord, soutache, pearl cotton, or other edging
" small pearls, sequins, crystals, or other decoration
" fabric glue, tweezers, and toothpicks for attaching decoration
The amount of tulle you need will vary according to style and height. Adjust for your individual height and taste.
The traditional lengths are:
" Shoulder or blusher, 18"-24"
" Waist, 30"
" Fingertip, 40"
" Chapel or floor, 60"-72"
" Cathedral, 108" or longer
It is recommended to buy 108" width tulle for fingertip and longer veils. Most fabric and craft stores carry it. 72" width works well for the shorter lengths unless you want a very full look.
Tulle, or bridal illusion, is sold in white, diamond white, and ivory shades. Dye lots vary, so be sure to buy all you need at one time, from the same bolt. If one store doesn't have the right color, another shop may have a bolt that matches nicely.
White is best for synthetic gowns. Diamond white looks best with silk or off-white gowns. An ivory gown may look good with either diamond white or ivory tulle, so buy a foot or so to try out. You may also be able to find candlelight tulle, which has a warmer, pinker cast. A range of colors is available at most fabric stores but the wider widths may be limited to a few basic shades.
Organza and chiffon make pretty veils as well. However, unlike tulle, the raw edges of these fabrics must be finished or they will ravel and fray. A narrow rolled edge works well, and an edge bound with a wide bias strip of satin or self fabric is streamlined and elegant. Organza and chiffon are commonly sold in 45" and 60" widths. 72" width is sometimes available in a limited range of colors.
Make a Bridal Veil
Single Layer Bridal Veil
Double Layer Bridal Veil
Decorating the Bridal Veil
Bridal Veil Edge Finishing
Attaching the Bridal Veil to a Comb