Unveiling the Possibilities (Part 1)

For several years now, I have been studying the frilled, ruffled, pleated, and crimped veils of the 14th century.  In the fall of 2009, I made my first attempt – a veil which I have loved and worn and worn.  However, it was definitely a beginner’s attempt.

After examining dozens and dozens of images and reading every frilled veil article that I could get my hands on, I decided to make a second frilled veil in the fall of 2010.

This time, I decided to have the ruffle surround the entire veil perimeter, which was 235cm.  The next decision was about the style of the ruffle.  For this project, I made the decision to use a cartridge pleating technique.  As such, I experimented with 3 different pleating sizes: 0.5cm, 1.0cm, and 1.5cm.  After trying all 3 sizes, it was easy to choose 1.0cm as the best size for both width and spacing.

The next problem was to figure out the best method to mark for the pleats.  I decided to use pins instead of a modern marking pen as a possible method more authentic to the middle ages.  With 1cm pleats, 1,200cm of veil tape was needed – with 1,200 marking pins.

~Cristiana

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