Last time we measured and cut the tulle. In this video, I explain tips to
adjust the fullness and length of your blusher, so you end up with the
results you had in mind.
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Marking the point where your blusher will end and veil
From here forward, your veil creation activities will focus on the
line where your blusher ends and veil begins. It's where your tapers (if
any) will begin, as well as where 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, focusing on smoothing
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 on the folded edge. (For reference, this
mark represents the eventual midpoint of both your gathers and where you
will attach the comb).
- Make additional, equivalent marks on the cut / open edges. Either eye ball
it or use a straight edge to make sure your marks are in the right
To get an idea of how the blusher will look at this fullness and
length, do a quick "pseudo-gather":
- Unfold the tulle.
- Starting with the pencil mark you made at the fold (which is now
the mid-point of the imaginary line separating blusher from veil).
- While gathering the material in loose folds, walk your fingers
over to the pencil mark at one edge; if you are able to
simultaneously gather to the second edge with your thumb, do so.
- If you (like me) cannot gather from middle to both edges at
once, turn the tulle around to complete the gather.
- 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 what your blusher, in general, 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 Taper
You can take out some of the material around the edges, which narrows
the blusher and decreases the around of material in front of your face.
You will use your pattern to make a steeper curve from the end of your
blusher to where it meets the veil.
- First, go to the center (non cut) edge and pin one corner of
the pattern to it.
- Find the pencil marks on the cut edge from before. where the
blusher ends and veil itself begins.
- Place the pattern on a steeper incline than the current rounded
cut, so that 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.
- Put in pins to hold pattern and weight it down.
- Cut from the lower end towards the edge. Begin by cutting along
the pattern. When the curve starts flattening out, however, begin
cutting toward you pencil marks,
where your blusher ends.
- Take out pins, spread material out.
- Pseudo-gather again to see the results of your cut.
- Refine and adjust until needed to get the look you want.
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Step 3: Attaching trim, beading, and other embellishments.