Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Veiled in Mystery
Okay, so I wasn't exactly veiled in mystery at the wedding -- but "mysterious" does seem like just the word to suit the creamy, supple silk that I used for the veil.
My "requirements" for a veil were twofold. First, it had to have a blusher. And second, it had to have a general lack of tulle and frou frou. And in the back of my mind was a veil treatment that I'd seen years ago in a Victoria magazine -- satin ribbon to trim the edge.
And thanks to Dharma Trading Co., I was able to accomplish that! I purchased a few yards of their silk gauze -- a filmy, fairy-like fabric with a soft hand and just the right amount of sheerness. And the price is unbeatable!
It's a good thing I had no idea how difficult the gauze would be to work with, or I probably wouldn't have chosen it! *wink* Cutting it to get the correct drape (which I did by rounding the corners) was quite interesting. Hand-hemming the raw edges (thank goodness for a usable selvedge!) was also quite interesting. And so was sewing around the veil (24 feet) three times total to attach 1/8" satin ribbon to the top and bottom edge! All things considered, the veil took just about as much work as the wedding gown did.
But it was well worth it! The gauze is just beautiful, and was perfect for the style of veil I chose (which was a drop veil). And while the gauze had a decided tendency to develop pulls when snagged on any object, the pulls "unpulled" immediately and left no evidence of any damage. I added two clear hair clips, disguised by a headpiece of cording (leftover from the frog closure I made for my dress!), which I braided and accented with tiny Swarovski crystals.
Veiled in mystery? Maybe not. But being veiled in silk is nothing to complain about!