Destination: Wedding Part 1

When I design a wedding dress with a bustle, it has to be one the bride can dance in. I love the idea that something is practical and still looks great. - Vera Wang
I will be going away this month to Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore! My friend is getting married and redefining "destination wedding" by inviting us to her hometown of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia! I am honored to also be a bridesmaid for this occasion and am happily helping the Bride with all the special touches... including perhaps the most special of all: the Bride's veil!! The Bride envisioned a vintage "birdcage" veil with beautiful ivory flower and feather accents.

We went shopping for supplies at a craft and fabric store, picking up ivory Russian-style netting, which has larger openings than typical tulle. The Bride also selected two ivory flowers and a gathering of long, delicate white feathers that I arranged and sewed onto a small piece of cream colored felt. I then glued another matching piece of felt to the back to cover up all the threads and attached it all to a standard metal hair clip with a few strong stiches. Originally the intention was to sew the netting to the clip as well, but instead I sewed the netting to a seperate clear hair comb. This way, the bride could place the veil exactly where she wanted it (with the help of a couple bobby pins on the ends) and then remove it later for the reception, keeping the beautiful flower and feather accents in her hair! Make sure to cut the netting about 1.5 to 2x the width of the Bride's face and gather it up evenly as you sew it to the comb. Then, the nature of the materal will naturaly curve down, creating the "birdcage" effect. Also, as an extra festive touch, the Bride glued small crystals to some of the netting intersections! The result is a lovely, custom piece for her wedding day that reflects the Bride's fantastic personal style!

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