...was spent making a veil.
I have made three in the past year: one for myself (for my wedding last July) and two for others. They have all been the same style - fingertip length, modified mantilla veils with light gathering at the top, alencon lace trim and metal combs. With the help of a good friend and her mother, we perfected the top of the veil, using the gathers to make the veil and lace lay nicely while trying to prevent puffiness in the tulle at the top of the head.
I love alencon lace, but I was so disappointed when shopping for wedding veils and realizing most $400 veils used cheap beaded lace that was glued to the tulle. So I figured it might be worth trying to make one on my own.
Nice lace should always be respected by being sewn on.
And I love the fringes that exist on good quality alencon lace.
But it is interesting to read about the real history of Alencon lace, and how it is made. It is an amazing art, one that deserves a lot of respect.