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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I need your help with this Bridal Alteration

As most of you know, I don't do a lot of bridal gown alterations any more. Today I have a veil to work on and I would love to have your thoughts. 
The bride's mom is constructing the veil. She has assembled it and attached it to the comb. You can't tell from these pictures, but it has a blusher also. 
After she sewed a small strip of beads to the bottom edge, it began to "ripple". The beads are lightweight and they are woven together with some cotton thread.

fraying bra strap

Here is the veil as it hangs from the comb. See how wavy the bottom is? The bride doesn't want this.
fraying bra strap

Here is a close up of the bottom edge. You can see that the beads are definitely not straight across.
Sew new strap to front
Here is a closer look at the beads. The seem to be lightweight to me, but they do add a bit of weight to the whole thing. Let me know what you think. Either leave a comment here, go to the "Contact Me" button on the left, or add a comment on Facebook.
Thank You ...Thank You ... Thank You ... for your help!


  1. Hi Maripat! Did she hand-sew each bead or is it a string of beads stitched onto the veil? I can't tell from the pictures. It might be possible to place a pressing cloth over the tulle and beads and steam them straight. Hope this helps. Happy Sewing! :o)

    Larri at Seams Inspired

  2. One possibility is that as they were sewn on, the thread may have been pulled slightly and as you progress around it compounds the ripple effect. She can try to pull one area close to the end and see if it will straighten out. If so, she will have a lot of work to do to make it flat, and will require more beads to finish.

  3. Thanks for your suggestions, guys. Since we couldn't achieve the look she wanted, she went without the beads and was quite happy. The beads had been sewn onto a thread, creating a strand, which came on a spool. The strand itself was not twisted or pulled too
    tight, yet I still got this curling effect. It still baffles me, as I see ready made veils with beaded trim and a smooth finish. Obviously the wedding is long over, but I'm still interested in solving this puzzle! Thanks for the input.

  4. I don't know much about this but what about horsehair braid (the netting stuff). would that have made it a little more straighter? It was on the bias, right? Common for the bias to stretch like that isn't it? Sorry, keep asking questions instead of giving answers. Maybe you could see if you went into a bridal shop and peeped at a veil already made.

  5. Good suggestion. Horsehair braid probably would give it some body.