Bridal Veil Patterns That Seem Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

Fact about bridal veils
Bridal veil patterns are among the most popular wedding accessories worn by brides, for many centuries. From tradition to style statement, this fragile clothing article has come a long way, and has now become a universal symbol for weddings and brides-to-be.
The most hectic yet existing experience in one's life is when planning for a wedding and planning it according to the wedding budget. The most vulnerable person, in my opinion, during weddings is the bride-to-be as she succumbs to the tempting Vera Wang gown or some other 'ohh, soooo beautiful!' wedding gowns or wedding accessories. This makes the firmly decided wedding budget go for a toss.

Well, you can't help going over budget as weddings are a time when you absolutely have to buy the very best. It's a special day of your life and cannot be done with anything but the best. There are some things like wedding dresses or wedding hairstyles that need to be one of the best kinds. But, you can save a lot by trying to cut down on things that you can do yourself. For example, making your own reception centerpieces, wedding bows, etc. can help you save some cash and give you a chance to take part in your wedding decorations intimately. Thus, many brides and their mothers opt for patterns that can be made at home. How to make bridal veil patterns, depends a lot on your sewing and gluing skills. If you are interested to know more on how to make patterns for the bridal veil, then the following information will prove to be very useful.
Veil Material
Nylon Tulle
nylon tulle
If you are planning to design your own bridal veil, then it is very important to know more about the bridal veil materials. The most common material for the veil is bridal illusion. Most of the bridal salons have bridal veils made of bridal illusions. The bridal illusion is simply known as 'tulle' in the wedding industry and is 100% nylon tulle. This is an interlock fabric like all tulle's. It has an illusion of a diamond shape, created by the holes in the fabric. It has a medium body and is perfect to use as a blusher layer. It depends on the construction of the veil that makes it look fluffy or tall. This most affordable wedding veil material, is not suitable for long-term storage and cannot be passed on to future generations.
Silk Tulle
Silk Tulle
Silk tulle is one of the most luxurious fabrics of veil materials. This is the most hard bridal veil materials of all. It is only available in few high-end retail shops and online retailers. It is 100% silk and has a hexagonal interlock. It is softer than the bridal illusion and English netting. It can drape and fall better than the other two and is very flat when gathered. It is almost a sheer fabric suitable for blusher layer. The silk tulle is the most expensive veil materials. It is also the softest and can be passed on to generations without the fear of yellowing like the bridal illusion and deterioration chances of both bridal illusion and English netting.
English Netting
English Netting
Another type of bridal veil pattern material is the English netting. This is very hard to find and few high-end retainers carry veils of this fabric. It is a tulle that is 100% cotton with hexagonal interlock. Although a sheer fabric, not the most preferred one and cannot be used as a blusher. It has the most body of all veil materials and has the most bulk when gathered on a comb to make veil. It is stiffer than the bridal illusion or silk tulle. It can hold shape and will not flow and drape like the above two veil materials. It is a stronger material can be kept for a long-term storage and passed on to future generations. Now that you have understood the various types of bridal veil pattern materials, let us go into the details of how to make a bridal veil pattern.
Veil Length
Shoulder Length Veil
Shoulder Length Veil
Waist Length Veil
Waist Length Veil
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Long Veil
Long Veil
There are different styles of veils that you can choose from. These include the simplest of all, that is, a plain single-tier veil. This veil is attached to a comb along with a simple edging. If you want an elaborate veil, you can go in for a long veil attached to a rhinestone headband. A 2 layer waist length round veil with a ribbon edge attached to a satin comb is also a good idea. Other than that you can go in for a shoulder length, elbow length, fingertip length, Waltz length, chapel or cathedral length veils. The following are the standard veil lengths:
  • Shoulder length bridal veil - 24"
  • Elbow length bridal veil - 30"- 32"
  • Fingertip length bridal veil - 40 - 42"
  • Waist length - 35"
  • Ballet/Waltz length bridal veil - 52"
  • Chapel length bridal veil - 90"
  • Cathedral length bridal veil - 110"
Veil Styles
Bridal Veil With Lace
veil with lace
Your veils could have a silver-embroidered edge, or a rhinestone edge. Brides can also wear a chapel length veil with lace that is stitched or embroidered in mantilla style. You can also go in for teardrop crystal accents on your veil.
Sequined Bridal Veil
scallop shaped veil
You could even go in for an oval, scalloped veil attached with mini sequins on the edges.
There are plenty of ideas for styling your veil. All you need to do is visit bridal stores and get some ideas. Or else just surf the net and find plenty of beautiful veil ideas to make at home.
Bridal Tiara
Types of Tiara
Accessories make a simple veil look gorgeous and attractive. You can choose from different tiaras, headbands, combs as well as hair accessories to adore your veil. Stitch or glue your veil to the comb or headband. Wear a tiara encrusted with diamonds, crystals and other embellishment jewels. This will bring a bit of glamor to the overall look of your wedding attire.
Making a Special Pattern
Once you have decided the type of bridal veil material, it is important to know the length of the veil you would like to have before bringing it home. If your veil has more than one layer, then the top layer is usually kept elbow length. You can use the top layer of any multi-layered veil as a blusher.
Cutting the Fabric
Use a rotary cutter and a self-heating mat to cut a bridal illusion, English netting or silk tulle easily and give a clean-cut to the fabric. You may use a pair of sharp scissor for cutting the veil material, but make sure you avoid jagged ends. When cutting the tulle, fold the fabric in half lengthwise. This makes it easier to cut a symmetrical curve at the bottom.

Once the veil is cut in desired shape, before gathering, add the embellishments to the veil. You may use sequins, pearls, etc. to embellish your veil. You may even glue in rhinestone. Then place the embellishments evenly when the veil is spread flat as embellishments look more tightly spaced on the top, once you have gather the veil. You may even add the embellishments after gathering the veil, but I prefer doing it before.
Using a needle, thread in the button thread. A whip stitch is used to run a thread along the straight edge of the veil on the top. You should push the fabric along with the thread to make the gathers. Secure the gathers using a knot that is about three inches wide at the top. The width may also depend on the width of the comb to which the veil is attached. Cut off the excess material and glue the veil to a hair comb. You can even attach the veil to a bridal tiara or decorative headband or a barrette. Put in a decorative stitch, around the edges, matching the color of your wedding theme or wedding gown.
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