|Why, History, why??|
Now, to up the ante: The frilled veil demands a whole new level of acceptance in the I Look Like An Idiot Department. Everyone else seems to pull theirs off beautifully, so I guess it't mostly in my head, but still...
I have seen and admired the wonderful, painstakingly counted and crafted honeycomb-type frills out there, especially those of Isis, of course. But I've resorted to the easier, unstructured version with a pleated strip of fabric mounted on a plain veil - I just don't have the patience to do it properly. This one, below, is for a friend, and also happens to be one of my UFOs.
|A heap of Civil War bandages?|
I asked for some hints regarding the starching process, (also, read the instructions in the box) and since I'm writing this for other nervous n00bs, I thought I'd share. Maria told me this: if you're letting the veil dry flat on a table, leave the frills hanging over the edge to avoid flattening on one side. Use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process, after shaping the folds with your fingers. The Verda starch I'm using has an adorable 50's packaging, and I should have been content to use the two-teaspoon mix instead of eight. The length of frills can be used to kill people, I swear. It feels more like trying to wrap a two-foot board around your face than wearing at item actually intended to be a piece of clothing.