When my husband and I started planning our wedding earlier this year, we wanted to make sure we got to spend time with all of our family members who were traveling in from out of town, many from out of state. It was one of our many reasons for trying to have a small guest list for our intimate wedding.
Oh, and also because the wedding industry is crazy.
When I saw that the veil I wanted to go with my dress was just as expensive as the dress, I decided it wasn’t that important to me. I saw a lot of Pinterest boards with DIY wedding veil pictures and tutorials, so I figured I would give it a shot. If it failed, no big deal. So, this is the story of my $15 wedding veil.
I started with some tulle that was donated to the Makerspace’s Craft Lab, and sorta followed a tutorial online. The biggest pain was pinning the tulle folded in half, so that when I cut the rounded corners, it was even. With Karen’s help, I used ol’ string-on-a-peg to make a partial circle cut line, which let the veil fall nicely around my head.
Using invisible thread I sewed the trim lace (bought via Etsy) to the edge of the veil. If I were doing this again, I’d clean up the lace before sewing it on, but I did it at the end and it turned out okay.
While working, I laid the veil on a very large piece of fleece material, and also folded it up inside the fleece to keep it from sticking together (the eyelashes on the lace liked to cling to the tulle).
Take THAT, wedding industry people!!
Hopefully a few crafters out there will appreciate the measures we’ve taken to protect tools that have been loaned to the group. Deterring misuse is only one feature of this upcycled sheet metal enclosure. It’s also incredibly stylish! A padlock could easily be added in the future, but surely it won’t come to that.
…or will it?
Last night, Milwaukee Makerspace held a workshop in the Craft Lab to sew something out of canvas. Using cotton canvas drop cloths from the hardware store, we made aprons and messenger bags custom fit to each person.
Here are some of our members (and family of members!) sewing up a storm and Joe B showing off his new messenger bag!
As always, you can learn about upcoming workshops and events by joining our public mailing list!
Thanks, Jean-Luc! If you haven’t heard yet, Milwaukee Makerspace now has a craft area, complete with sewing machines and plenty of space to roll out and cut up some fabric. Make It Sew!
At our old location (which was a bit “industrial”) there was a layer of filth everywhere which pretty much prevented the introduction of clean fabric, but with new members eager to handle the operations of the craft area in our clean new building, we can’t wait to see what gets made.
New member Caitlin has already made a new shirt! (She used this pattern, btw.)
There’s another member organizing a regular “Stitch ‘n Stuff” event (details to come) where people can show up and work on their sewing, knitting, crocheting, and costuming projects.
At some point I’m sure the sewing people will run into the electronics people, and someone will pull out the conductive thread, and then the next thing you know, e-textiles will appear. (We have it on good authority that’s how these things usually work.)
(Did I mention the screen printing? No, I didn’t, but we’ll save that for another post!)