Happy Monday, DIYers! I have a different and GORGEOUS DIY tutorial for your today from my little sister, Heidi. Last year, she was married in a beautiful vintage-inspired wedding ceremony (you might remember the vintage inspired wedding mood board I made and her lovely bridal tea) and she made this stunning juliet cap veil herself. I’ve asked her to share how to make a juliet cap wedding veil with you today.
Juliet Cap Veil DIY
What you’ll need:
- 2m of wide fine mesh tulle
- Lace applique or lace fabric and iron on applique material
- Matching thread
- Clear veil comb (michaels)
- Beads (in my case pearls and Swarovski crystals from Michaels)
- Cutting mat and rotary cutter
- Along one uncut side of the tulle find the centre of the fabric and mark with a pin.
- Using a measuring tape, measure the distance from one ear to the other on your head where you want the veil to sit.
- Mark each ear the measured distance from the centre pin.
- If you are using lace and iron on applique:
- Cut desired motifs from lace and iron on to applique paper
- Cut out appliques & peel off paper backing
- Place appliques on veil edge, ensuring symmetry from centre marking
- Iron on applique, using medium-low setting to avoid damaging tool.
- At ear markings, use matching thread to stitch loose running stitch from perpendicular to lace edge, gathering as much fabric as desired (mine was about 4-6”). Pull running stich tight to gather tulle and tie off thread (disguise in lace motif if possible)
- Use an overhand stitch to stitch comb top to centre on wrong side of veil.
- Try it on! You now have the veil shaped and the motif basically done. At this point you can adjust your gathering stitches to gather more or less fabric to get the perfect shape for your head. At this point I also added some motifs to either end of my lace applique so that it flowed nicely, ending on my shoulders.
- Once you’ve got exactly the shape and motif you like, you can cut it to desired length using your rotary cutter and mat. I went for finger tip length, about 42”.
- Fold tulle in half at the centre head marking and line up edges.
- Measure desired length from left to right along fold – mark.
- Measure same length from top fold to bottom along appliqued edge – mark.
- Mark as desired along circular edge of veil at same length.
- Mark or estimate curve to connect marked points and cut with rotary cutter.
- Re-cut edges as needed to smooth.
- Try it on again! Make sure it’s a good length and that you don’t notice any bumps in your cut.
- Sew beads onto applique as desired.
Thanks so much for sharing this absolutely stunning bridal DIY, sis! We’ll also share with you soon how Heidi’s bridal bouquets were made out of DIY fabric flowers and embellishments.