April 20, 2008

Birdcage Veils, and How To Make One (Part 2)! How To Make A Birdcage Veil!


Thank you for visiting my Birdcage Veil Tutorial!  These instructions have moved to my other blog:


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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great time making your veil.  See you after the jump!


Different view of the veil

Location: Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy

68 comments:

Ty said...

That's absolutely gorgeous! Keep up the good work. =)

Anonymous said...

Love this... i took me forever to find the one i wanted... all the others did theirs using 2 combs one either side of the face but this is exactly what i wanted! Thank you!

Andi said...

I like this a lot. What width of fabric did you use and where did you buy your supplies? Could you email me back at andream (dot) steveh (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks

Anonymous said...

wow. I've been fiddling with the 9" netting I bought, and was getting very frustrated! This is an amazing tutorial! I can't wait to try it with the proper 12" netting! thanks so much!

Ange_Mechant said...

These instructions were much easier than most that I've found, and one of the only ones I could find that gathers the veil into one clip, which is what I wanted. Also, the fact that you provided step by step pictures helped a lot. Thanks so much, I can't wait to try it out!!

caroline said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for making the instructions a lot clearer than most DIY I've researched. Plus your veil looks much more elegant and professional! =) You look beautiful, congrats!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to give this a try. I'm making my friends wedding veil, and she wants a BC style veil. She wants it exactly like yours, with only one clip, not two. This tutorial is just perfect, I was not able to find any with such great detail as yours, and most of them teach the "two clip" style. Hands down the best tutorial ever, I'm a visual learner and your pictures are just great!
Thanks for taking the time to create it, you've helped me so much!

P.S.
I LOVE your wedding pictures!

Louise said...

the veil looks wonderful, thanks so much you have saved me so much time searching the internet, will order some veiling today.

Ashley said...

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this! I I followed your instructions and it turned out just as I had hoped!

www.just-between-all-of-us.blogspot.com said...

Last year I created a pillbox hat with birdcage veil for my daughter - it turned out fabulous.

This year, her friend wants an angled veil with fascinator. WHAT kind of clip is that, and where do you get it? I didn't see clips at either of the sites you listed.

m a said...

Hmm, it looks like the clip listed here as "stay put large metallic contour."

http://www.goody.com/Products/Accessories/Barrettes/Sport/Sport.aspx

I got the clip at either Target or Wal-Mart - I can't remember. If you Google "toupee clip," you can find something similar.

susie said...

thanks for posting this. i'm about to attempt to make my own birdcage veil & fascinator for my wedding (in a few weeks) & i don't consider myself particularly crafty! but your explanation seems like something i could follow. i plan to give it a whirl this week. can i ask what kind of clip/comb you used? yours looks much more sturdy than the simple, clear plastic combs that seem to be the ONLY thing i can find in the lack of craft shops in this town. my experience with combs has never been very good - they don't seem to stay in place that well! and i don't have the time to order something more substantial online. do you think a common clip - like those cheap metal ones that are shaped vaguely like ovals & POP into place on your head could work if wrapped in ribbon & sewn upon? i don't want my veil to necessarily LOOK like i made it myself the week before ;)

thanks for you input. really like your blog! it's inspiring.

susie Q

Rachel said...

Wonderful tutorial. I'm trying to figure out how to make my own. I just want it to graze my hairline, and I'm having trouble getting it to stay down low enough to my face. I have 9" Russian veiling and have cut it to about 25" in length. I'm using a longer comb (about 2") but also have shorter toupee clips that are about 1" in length. Do you think a shorter clip would help? Or shorter veiling length? I'm hesitant to cut it anymore unless someone else confirms my thinking that that's what to do. Do you have any ideas?

m a said...

Susie - I think those oval clips could work. You could certainly use several of them if necessary. The clip I used in the tutorial I bought at either Target or Wal-Mart.

Rachel - I have to admit, I'm useless without visuals (which I why I created this tutorial to help others in the first place). Is it too poufy? Is it not staying down on your head? Maybe you need to cut the length shorter so it's not too poufy?

Factory.JUnkie said...

thank you soo much for the tutorial,the veil is pretty!

Barb said...

I use cheap tulle to make my pattern, then the real netting once I have my pattern created.

Elephunk said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial! Also, your wedding looks gorgeous. I love the Amalfi coast!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you. I have been trying to find a post that would go step by step to show me how to make this for my daughters wedding. Your sketch made the difference. I can't wait to get started. Yes your birdcage is gorgeous. I pray your day was everything you wanted it to be.

Sondra

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much.. especially for including the visuals! They really help. The veil I wanted to have made was going to cost me over $200. Now I can make it for much less and save money! Thank you!

Kim said...

Thanks for this excellent tutorial -- the photos are such a help. I'm still struggling to get the shape right, it comes out perfect on the right side but too poofy on the left side of my face (the side of the clip, same as your own beautiful veil). I think it's going to be a bit of my own trial and error until I can get this stupid thing to sit right -- frustrating!!! XD

goldfish said...

Hi! My wedding is in 5 days and I only have 9" and 18" inch veiling available. I can't seem to make the 9" work, and now I know why! Can I cut the 18" veil? Thanks! Your tutorial is GREAT!!! Saved a lot of brides like me time and money :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I bought the netting and a comb and I'll give it a try this weekend - without your instructions I would'nt even have the right material. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

all i can say is "WOW"!!! your veil and fascinator looks amazing!!! thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to post these instructions. I adore the BC veil and I'm going to enjoy trying to make one. Have wanted a BC veil, but couldn't afford one, I really hope mine turns out as good as yours.

Monica said...

To be able to bring the poufiness down you have to STEAM it. You can steam it directly over the veil, or press a piece of tissue paper on the veil and steam over the tissue paper for safer conditions. Also the clip that she used you can get it from any beauty store such as Sally's or Lee's, or hair extension/wig stores etc. Those clips are usually used to sew on hair extensions

I love birdcage veils!! :)

Amanda Neames said...

THANK YOU sooo much! I have been looking through different instructions online for weeks and this is the best yet! I was about to buy one, when I decided to try and make it myself. I just made this in about an hour. I LOVE it! I can't wait to wear it for my wedding! I am not crafty at allll and this was so simple. Thanks again! You are awesome!!

Happy Bead Day said...

Wow!! lovely tutorial.... can't wait to try it out!

xx

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phannie said...

I have a question: the diagonal cuts you made at the corners - about how many inches long are those? I'm not sure how much to cut off and my wedding is coming up in 2 weeks! please help if you can ^_^
(btw - best tutorial yet! Thanks so much)

phannie@live.com

Mwende said...

Hi Mary Ann,
so it has been a while since you wrote this post (obviously) but I just need to tell you that your instructions were wonderful and as I sit here and type I am wearing my very own birdcage veil!!!
So it only took me 2 days to make it but in the end it is MINE and no one can take that from me!! Thank you so much for taking the time to write out these instructions as well as put in the pics otherwise I would have been lost. I love love love my veil and can't wait to wear it on July 31st. My fiance has been skeptical ever since I told him that I am not wearing a traditional veil but I know he will be blown away!! Thanks again :) If you want I can send you a pic. Girl, I am in lurv with this thing!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! That made it simple after hours of fiddling around with the netting I had purchased I finally decided to google and came across your instructions. thank you!!

sillala said...

Thank you sooo much for this very informative and easy to follow guide! :) I was up last night trying to figure out which edges to sew together...

April said...

This looks awesome! I've been wanting to make my veil, just couldn't find any examples that really helped. However, i was planning on adding a beaded flower to the clip using a comb and wrapping beads around it. How did you attach flowers and such?
I totally admire your work! Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!

Nana said...

Hey!
I was trying to find a how-to for a birdcage veil and yours saved my life! I'm getting married (basically a DIY wedding) in Central Brazil and it was almost impossible to find a birdcage veil ready made (and those were too expensive). Thank you for your help, the pictures really help too.

katrinna louise said...

It's a beautiful veil - thank you so much to contributing your experience to the world! And what a lovely location for a wedding, the Amalfi coast is breath-taking.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, for taking the time to share this info with everyone. My wedding is on July 31st and I did not plan to waer a veil but then I thought of the bidcage veil and then I googled and there you were. I will practice making it next week from tulle first.

elaborationlove said...

Do you always cut it in a trapezoid shape? None of the tutorials I've seen have been very clear about that. . .

Marie-Térese Cumberbatch said...

Thank you Mary Ann for sharing this with us. It has saved me lots of $ and I will get exactly what I want since I can make it myself! Your tutorial is easy to follow, easy as 1,2,3!

Jessica Halverson said...

Two years down the road and your post is still helping brides like myself who searched the internet in vain for a decent tutorial. Started with the 9", 2 clip style but wasn't happy with it. Thank you so much for sharing!

m a said...

Elaborationlove - my trapezoid shape only came out of trial and error. I'm really not sure how other people do it. This is what I found that worked for me. Practice on inexpensive tulle to figure out what works for you! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! We tried a few different ways and none of them got the look I was going for. Your instructions were perfect! I greatly appreciate this!

Agnes Sim said...

It's nice. Thanks for sharing! ;-) I will link you blog. ;-)

Nixie said...

Wonderful tutorial! I know I'm being a pain but can you explain exactly how you got the poofiness down? I don't understand which part you cut. Did you have to take out the running stitch? Was it still a trapezoid shape? Know the measurements? Sorry! I'm getting frustrated :)

Lisa said...

This is great!!!

Nixie....If you have your fabric layed down and have your long straight edge on the bottom, your angled cuts on the side and your short straight edge on top. Cut more off of the short straight edge on the top and this will help decrease the pouffiness. Your side angles will then be shorter. Hope this helped.
I just made a veil for a friend of mine out of tulle and it turned out really nice. Simple and elegent. Now to work on mine!!!

Sofie said...

Thank you so very very much for your instructions!!

I wanted to make one for my wedding, and I tried it out this morning, using your instructions. It was a success on my first try!

http://raihanandsofia.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/the-making-of-the-birdcage-veil/

Brides, you can do it too!

Thank you Mary Ann!!!

Mary Ann said...

Great job Sofie!!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the clear instructions. i'm going to give it a go :)

KellyMacD said...

This tutorial is awesome and so is the bird cage. I too want to work with something that doesn't poof up too much but goes down my face at an angle and at the same place yours hits you. You've hit the nail on the head and your tutorial looks like it should be easy to follow! YAY!

I have a question about netting. I read that you used 12" netting and I too want the finished edge look but I'm having a difficult time finding netting in that length.

My question is, is it important to have the finished edge on both sides? In other words, could I buy 18" netting and trim it down? Based on your fancy drawing it seems like you ultimately only had one finished edge exposed and my trim down proposal might work. What do you think? Granted, I might be missing something in the finished product however...

Any help you can offer would be fantastic!! You made an incredibly lovely bride.

Mary Ann said...

Kelly, I think you can totally trim down the 18" because you're right, only 1 finished edge shows.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

This is amazing and SOOO helpful! I'm getting married next year, and have been looking around for the best "how-to" for a birdcage veil, and yours definitely takes the cake!!!!

Anonymous said...

this was soo helpful I was trying to do one without much success until i saw this and saw the shaping at corners of the netting this gave me the idea i needed to complete the one i was making for my daughter for her wedding so happy with the end result

naturefall said...

Hi Mary Ann,

Would like to check with you. Did you stick/glue your fascinator onto the veil? I am thinking of making the veil, but buying the fascinator, but if I do this, it would mean I would end up with 2 clips, am I right?

Mary Ann said...

Naturefall - No, i did not glue the fascinator to the veil. 2 separate pieces! :-)

hearttypat said...

I'm so appreciative of your tutorial, I made mine using your instructions. You can look at it here:
http://hearttypat.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/how-i-made-my-own-hair-fascinator-and-birdcage-veil/

Thanks again for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I have started a small business at home called Feathers by Faith that is solely through Facebook. I create and design feather bouquets, lapel pins, wrist corsages and now finally thanks to your help birdcage veils. I had no clue how to get these to sit correctly and your instructions were a life saver. Thanks so much!

Sheryl said...

Where did you get your fascinator or did you make that also?

Mary Ann said...

Sheryl - I bought the feather piece on a clip at Hobby Lobby and I added the button, rhinestones, etc.

birdcage veil said...

This is the best tutorial on how to make your own bridal headpiece or wedding veil that I have ever seen online, thanks so much for the obvious effort that you put into it. Love this blog, its a great find for future brides!

Mary Ellen said...

Thank-you I wanted to make sister's bird cage veil, and with your great instructions, I DID IT!!
I made a practice veil first it turned out lovely.

I made the bandana method with one hair comb added some rhinestones and pearls too. Really pretty.

Angela said...

It's taken me forever to find a good tutorial for the type of birdcage veil I wanted, but yours is perfect! And your instructions were super helpful. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Freat tutorial....how did you attach the flower? Thanks. Can't wait to start making!

emily said...

Okay, I've been working at this for 4 hours now. I have tons of sewing experience and have made many clothes. But I can't seem to figure out why my veil is SOOOO poofy on top (think 4 inches higher than my head) when I tug it down over my face there is still a dome of poofiness. Any ideas? I thought of a wider (like 4") comb to spread out the gather but my hair is very thin and it would show. Did you bobby pin yours down? it is SO adorable and exactly how I want mine to look. Please help. Thanks!!

emily said...

PS

It's me again. I would like to say that I did cut down the unfinished edges. I tried a shorter side angle and a longer side angle. I tried rounded instead of anges. All 8 times I've tried have been overly poofy. Just want you to know what I tried so I can get some ideas of things I haven't tried already.

Thanks!

Jessica said...

I used this tutorial to make a bird cage veil for a customer. I did only have 9 inch width but I managed to make it. Not as easy as you make it look LOL but I made it. When I tried it on though I did nead bobby pins to hold down the poufiness but they can be worn so they aren't seen :) THANKS for the tutorial! ;)
(I also made a clip that is separate from the veil!)

Anonymous said...

In looking up tutorials for a birdcage veil and birdcage hat I saw another blog first that had your exact drawing on there. There isn't a reference and you saw it's yours so I'm assuming they're ripping yours off and not the other way. check out hannahhandmade.blogspot.com

Mary Ann said...

Thanks for the catch, Anon. I'll ask them to link back to me!

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