Finding out how to make a birdcage veil


Rita Hayworth

As I mentioned in my last post I will be making a birdcage veil for a 1940’s look. I spent quite a lot of time looking for a good online haberdashery that sold not only items to make the veil but also quality shoulder pads as well.

In the end I chose to use MacCulloch & Wallis who have a great range of millinery  items including bases for fascinators and hat bases. Considering some of the prices you can pay in a good department store for a hat, if you’re up for having a go yourself the cost isn’t too much.

I ordered a comb and a sinamay teardrop fascinator base along with some merry widow veiling (just a metre). I’m now just waiting for my supplies to arrive so in the meantime I have started looking around for some guides to help me on my way to creating my first handmade birdcage veil.

This post from Designs by Megan Turnidge shows you step by step how to create a bandeau version of a birdcage veil and even how to embellish with feathers and a flower.Megan Turnridge Bird Cage Veil Final

It makes it all look so simple and since I may be making two veils now (one for a friend who cannot find one for her outfit) I might use this tutorial.

I also wanted to see how to make a full birdcage and came across yet another step by step tutorial by The Dapper Bun.

The Dapper Bun Birdcage Veil

I love the fact that she has an image showing where to attach the comb, several other blogs left this out and it just wasn’t clear from the instructions where you add it to the veil.

If you’re thinking of creating your own fascinator or veil then I would really recommend taking a look at Head Full of Feathers. This gall really goes to town when creating a headpiece. I love the Alice in Wonderland inspired one.

Head Full Of Feathers Vintage Style Birdcage Veil

I am thinking of creating my veil somewhere in between a bandeau and full birdcage, where the veil still falls over my face but isn’t quite as poofy or large. Can’t wait for my materials to arrive!

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