Today we are so excited to be partnering with Rit Dye to show you how to customize your wedding veil! For 100 years, Rit Dye has been used to rejuvenate faded garments you love (but just didn’t want to let go), change the color of clothing / accessories (you were sick of), bring new life to home decor and to help customize special events and parties. So of course, when we thought of changing the color of something…we thought an Ultra Violet wedding veil was absolutely necessary! The new Pantone color of the year has been showing up on our blog and we are not mad about it one bit!
Here’s how we made our own Ultra Violet Veil…
What You’ll Need:
• 3 yards tulle netting, silk or nylon, not polyester. (All-Purpose dye will not work on polyester)
• hair comb
• Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye (we chose evening blue + purple)
• 3 gallon bucket for dye
• rubber gloves
• mild detergent
• measuring cups
• plastic or metal stirring spoon
Step 1: First, we prepped our veil by trimming all the corners to be rounded. We made a 90in veil but 108in is also a cathedral length. You can do this by folding the fabric in half and trimming the ends. You can also lay the veil flat and trim along the bottom but the folded method is quicker.
Next, we prepped our dye baths. We added 1.5 gallons of hot water (140F) to a bucket, then added in 2 tablespoons of evening blue Rit Dye and 2 tablespoons of purple Rit Dye and mixed together.
Step 2: (The dye process). We wanted to create an ombre dip-dyed effect from dark to light, here’s how we ddi that. While wearing gloves, take your veil and dip a portion (this is up to you on how much) into the bucket, and set to leave for 30 minutes. We found setting a timer for 30 minutes on our phone helped us keep track of this part. Once there are 10 minutes left, dip another portion into the bucket, with the first portion still inside the bucket. Once there are 5 minutes left, dip another portion into the bucket. When the last 5 minutes are up, give your last section a quick dip. Rinse with warm, soapy water after rinsing to remove excess dye.
Step 3: Once the veil is completely dry, gather with needle and thread. Begin by taking the top (white) portion of your veil and doing an ‘in and out’ with the needle.
Step 4: Continue gathering until you reach the other end of the top of your veil.
Step 5: Knot one end and pull the other end to gather the fabric like the photo. Finish off with a knot.
Step 6: Take your needle and thread again, and begin securing to your hair comb. Keep the unfinished top edge under the comb so that it is hidden. We found making multiple wraps around the comb secured it into place. You can also trim the unfinished edge after you are done to complete the look.
So pretty right?! Heart eyes for that purple!
Our Lovers Society x Green Wedding Shoes Wyatt Gown looks so stunning on our bride!
The cool thing about RIT? If you can’t find a color that suits you, you can also leverage their color library, which includes color formulas to create over 500 additional colors (including Pantone on-trend colors by season). Rit makes 2 types of dye: All-Purpose for dyeing natural fabrics and DyeMore for synthetics. Be sure to choose the right dye for your fabric!
Thanks so much for reading along and we hope to see your own colored wedding veil! Maybe in pink?! The possibilities are endless.
If you make your own wedding veil using these steps or supplies, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY. We’ll regram our faves!
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