The count down to halloween has begun! For those of you who’ve been following my Halloween Girl Gang Special, you will have seen me dress as a Victorian Deer and Beetlejuice. Part Three is Witch inspired, and, whilst the girls had super fun hats to wear for the occasion, I wanted to make something extra special for my costume. I’ve always been in love with Mexican Day Of The Dead outfits so decided that a witch in mourning would be the perfect way to put my stamp on the shoot. I made this floral wedding veil in less than 30 minutes so I thought it would be the perfect DIY to share as it’s so quick and easy to make, it’s super affordable and it looks oh so stylish!
For this tutorial you will need some netting material (I used a meter because I wanted it to be doubled over, super long and a ‘high fashion’ style, but half of that would be plenty too), some clear plastic threading or fishing line, a hair comb, a glue gun, scissors, a needle and some fake flowers. I picked all of these things up at Hobbycraft, but you can find everything in good fabric and craft shops.
To make this noir veil you’ll need to ‘bunch up’ and stitch your netting together so it creates a nice gathering on the comb. Do this by notting the end of your clear thread and looping through the corner of your netting a few times so it stays put. Then gather up the rest of the netting and sew through each fold so it sits nicely and repeat untill you get to the other end of the material. When you’re happy with it, stitch all the way back through to make sure it’s secure. At the end, do a couple of repeat stitches as before so it holds together by itself and knot the thread for good measure.
The next step is to attach it to your hair comb. You can do this without cutting the string from before, but if you have to start again, just remember to do a few extra stitches so the thread stays in place before you begin. Bare in mind how you want the veil to sit on your head; I wanted mine to go into the back into my hair beehive so it would go up and over my head before falling on my face. To do this the veil needs to sit above the curve of the comb. Have a play around with them now to make sure you attach them together the right way around.
When you’re ready, stitch through each fold of netting then stitch through each ‘comb section’ in a loop so it attaches. As before, go from one end to the other then back again to secure it. When you’re happy with it, double stitch and knot the thread then trim off any excess to make it more neat.
Wonderful! Believe it or not, that’s the hardest part done. Good work!
To make sure the fabric petals don’t fall off, stitch some of your plastic thread through the base to make a cross. It doesn’t need to be too neat as this is not going to be seen (and it’s going to be hot glued for security too!)
Once you’ve done this with all your flowers, decide how you want them to sit on top of your netting. They need to be positioned over the gathered material so you can attach them and secure everything in place.
Once you know how to position everything, use your hot glue gun to attach the netting to the comp (make sure you only glue the metal bar bit and not between the throngs). Work backwards (starting from the metal) so it covers enough of the netting to hold all your flowers in place too. The glue will try clear and should be totally hidden under the petals, so use as much as you need to make sure everything is attached properly.
Whilst the glue is still hot, pop each flower in place and give it a firm push to make sure it holds. The glue will only take a minute to dry and before you know it your new master piece will be ready for your spooktacular night out on the town. Wooooooohooo!
First and last image by Wardrobe Conversations