This is step two of five in the How to Make Your Own Wedding Veil series. Last time we measured and cut the tulle. In today’s video, I explain how to make a blusher on your veil, with tips for adjusting the fullness and length.
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Making the Blusher Step 1: Mark where your blusher ends and veil begins.
From here forward in this video focuses on the line in the tulle where your blusher ends and veil begins. It’s where your tapers, if any, will begin. This is also where, in steps four and five, you will make gathers and sew on the comb.
To mark the tulle for reference:
First, take your oval of tulle from step 1 and fold it in half lengthwise. Smooth out the blusher end.
Then, find where your blusher will end and the veil begins. Measure along the fold to the length you had in mind when you cut the material.
Next, make a pencil mark at that point on the folded edge. This mark represents the midpoint of your gathers (step 4) and where you will attach the comb (step 5).
Finally, make similar marks on the cut / open edges. Either eyeball it or use a straight edge to make sure your marks are in the right place.
To get an idea of how the blusher will look at this fullness and length, do a quick test.
1. Unfold the tulle.
2. Start in the center of the blusher material, at the pencil mark you made at the fold. Gather the material in loose folds, edge to edge. If you (like me) cannot gather from middle to both edges at once, do one half then turn the tulle around to complete the gather.
3. Secure the gathers with a clip or other holder that is about the width of the comb you will attach to the veil.
You can now see approximately what your blusher will look like.
The difference length and width make.
A shorter blusher will “pouf” more because there is less material to help hold it down.
If the full-width blusher is too puffy, you can taper it so it isn’t as full (i.e. less material).
How to Make a Blusher Taper (reduce the fullness)
Your blusher may be fuller or wider than you would like. You can take out some of the tulle around the edges, which decreases the amount of material in front of your face.
Use your veil pattern as a guide to make a steeper curve from the end of your blusher to where it meets the veil:
First, refold the veil in half. Go to the folded, non-cut edge and pin one corner of the pattern to it.
Next, find the pencil marks on the cut edge, where the blusher ends and veil itself begins.
Then, place the pattern on a steeper incline than the current rounded cut (see the middle picture in the title image). The pattern does not reach the pencil marks but is instead three or four inches away from the edge.
When you cut, you will use the pattern for the first 1/2 of the way, then straighten your cut so it ends at the pencil marks.
Add pins and weight the pattern down to hold it.
Cut along the pattern from the lower end. But abandon the pattern curve where it starts flattening out. Cut toward you pencil marks instead.
Finish the cut, take out the pins, and unfold the material.
Pseudo-gather again to see the results of your cut.