Note: Instructions have be translated into Swedish by Lina and posted at Bröllopsinspiration.
So here, I will list out my step by step instructions on how I made the birdcage veil. Let me preface by saying I am no expert in making these veils...many crafty items I make evolve from lots of trial and error, not from trained expertise. By scouring the internet, I have found lots of questions on how to make BC veils, but very little answers (well, at least the kind of answers I'm looking for which include step by step instructions with pictures). So with the information I have gleaned and my experimentation, this is what I have come up with:
- Millinery netting in your choice of width* (from Hat Supply or Judith M)
- Hair clip (I got the clip at either Target or Wal-Mart - I can't remember which.)
- Ribbon that matches the color of the netting
- Glue (I use the stinky E6000, available at craft stores and Wal-Mart)
- Thread and needle
*In this tutorial, I used 12" French netting, purchased here (in 2008, I paid about $5ish per yard. I see the price has increased considerably). According to Hats By Leko: French Veiling (Made in France) is for those with discriminating taste. The edges are soft so as not to distract from the face or hat. The veiling itself is also much more discreet in comparison the hard edges of "Russian Veiling " which is actually Made in Taiwan.
*I'd also like to include a note that several of you have mentioned practicing on inexpensive tulle; this is a great idea and usually less than $2/yard at the fabric store.
So one of the reasons that the netting looks so cool is because it has two finished edges on it. You never want to cut these off! You will want one of the finished edges to fall across your face. To cut the netting, you will cut along the two non-finished edges.
Determine where you want the hair clip of the birdcage veil to sit on your head. For me, I wanted it to sit slightly towards my left and slightly forward, so that the veil would angle down across my eyes and nose (as opposed to the ends lying horizontal across my face). From here, I was able to determine which width I would use. If you read the prior post, you know that I bought the 9", the 12", and the 18" widths. I took one of the finished edges and held it against the clip. The 9" fell a little to short (which works great for the bandeau style) and the 18" was a little to long; it fell below my chin (which works great if you want a larger one that encases your face). The 12" fell correctly so that's the one I chose. I cut it at approximately 30 inches in length along the non-finished edge.
Step 2 (optional)
Glue the ribbon to one end of the clip, wrap and glue at the other end. The reason I do this is to have something to stitch to, but it's not required. I did this same thing when I made the fascinator.
Stitch the corner of the netting to the corner of the clip. I used the corner of the finished edge on the bottom of the veil (the part that would be touching my face).
Take your thread and weave it in and out of each netting hole (diamond). You'll go up one of the cut edges, across the other finished edge (the side that does NOT touch your face) and down the other cut edge.**
My crude drawing (not to scale) shows the overall cut shape of the veiling and the red wavy line represents where I weaved the thread in and out of each diamond hole (click to enlarge).Pull the thread taught, gathering the netting. Go ahead and try it on to see if you like how it lays, fits, falls, etc. Make any necessary adjustments now.
**Note: I re-did this part 3 times. The first couple times, it was too poufy on the top. I cut the corners off at first, and finally, ended up cutting more length off the non-finished edge to get the look I wanted (which ended up being about 25 inches across the finished edge, laid flat). Better to start with too much material and trim down!
If you're satisfied with the look of it, stitch the other finished corner from the bottom of the veil (the side that touches your face) to the corner of the clip.
Make a few stitches through the gathers onto the length of the hair comb for extra reinforcement.
And you're done! Enjoy!