How do you make a circular veil? Would this be similar to a semi-circular veil?
Answer: A “semi-circular veil” is a half-circle shape. A “circular veil” is a FULL circle made of two half-circles seamed to the middle of each straight edge (see illustration).
Either type is grasped by the straight edges to manipulate it. Because it has fewer corners than a standard rectangular veil, the veil’s movement is ripply and swirly rather than fluttery.
Since the seam of the full-circle veil will be visible as you move the veil around, it should be as tiny as possible: a self-enclosed “French” or “silk” seam. This is the neatest and least visible seam. To make a French seam, sew the two pieces wrong sides together, trim the seam closely, press to one side, then sew again RIGHT sides together with a eighth-inch to quarter-inch seam. Now there are no raw edges or topstitching showing.
Clip the seam allowance at the center point where the stitching ends, and machine-stitch the hem of each OPEN side as an eighth-inch to quarter-inch narrow-hem (folded over twice). See “Stitch a neat circular hem.“
Use the full width of 45″ or 54″ inch fabric for each half-circle. The former size will result in a diameter that spreads to two and a half yards, the latter three yards. The larger circle veil is suitable for a taller person, but it takes more skill to manipulate.
FABRIC AND DECORATION
As always, featherweight 3-5mm silk is best, although a sheer fabric like chiffon will work. (I’ve seen some dancers use a heavier fabric and this results in a more cape-like look to the veil; it needs to be moved with more force. I saw male dancer Amir Thaleb use this bold, heavier circle veil to great effect.)
The best decoration for a light floaty veil is a few sequins or paillettes, as anything else will add enough weight to change the way the veil moves.