DIY Easy Birdcage Veil Fascinator

When I was planning my recent photo shoot with Studio81, one of the looks we were going to do was a pinup bride. I decided I needed a cute little birdcage veil to match the champagne Monica dress.

Pinup Wedding Dress


To make this facinator, you only need a few things-

-Hat netting

-Fabric to make the bow (alternatively you can use a hair brooch like this one)

-Any extra decorations like the rhinestone button I use


To make the bow-

Step one:

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Fold the fabric in half and create a paper pattern to guide you for cutting it out.
Pin it into place.
You can do any size you want, and a square shape will give you more pleats than a rectangle shape.
I can’t remember what measurements I ended up using (usless, I know!) but I’m pretty sure it was 13cm square.





Step two:

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Once it’s cut out, stitch along the perimeter. I hand-sewed it because I couldn’t be bothered re-threading the machine.
Leave a gap unstitched in the middle so you can do Step Three






Step Three:

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Turn it inside out through the gap you left unstitched









Step Four:

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Now stitch to close the gap









Step Five:

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Pleat the square evenly and pin it into place.
Stitch through the middle to secure it







Step Six:

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Cut a long strip and wrap it around the middle. I was rushing to do this for the photoshoot so didn’t bother with making it super neat and tidy. It might be a good idea to overlock the edges.





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It should look something like this-

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Step Seven:

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Now pleat the netting into position. Make sure you are holding it up in your hair to see how the netting will look. This is a little tricky and can take a couple of attempts.






Step Eight:

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Do lots of stitches over the netting to make sure it stays in place. Trim off any excess at the top. You will also want to cut the netting to a roundish shape. Just try it on and see what’s going to look good and trim little bits at a time.






Step Nine:

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Now add any extra bling or leave the bow plain!

I just slid a duckbill clip through the middle loop to attach it to my hair.






And Voila!



Pinup Wedding Dress

x Miss Victory Violet

Also another big thank you to Studio81 for the shots and Floral Stylist for the gorgeous bouquet! Read the blog post about the lovely Monica dress here.


Categories: Clothing

4 replies »

  1. What coloured shoes did your wear with the Champagne Monica dress? I’m planning on wearing this as my wedding dress. Thank-you for the inspiration and you look beautiful.

  2. Sparkly champagne shoes sound very pretty. Thank-you for your quick reply, I’m starting my search for shoes now then I will try and make the birdcage veil. You have made my choice for a wedding outfit very easy, thank-you again.

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