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From: smessier
Date: 06-26-2006, 02:07 PM (1 of 6)
Does anyone have any tips on how to cut a big circle. The veil I'm making is about 52" from top to bottom. I know I have seen a way to fold the fabric so that you only have to cut a portion, but I'll be darned if I can remember specifics! I'm using tulle if that makes any difference.

Thanks for any help you can give.

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From: Debby215
Date: 06-26-2006, 02:14 PM (2 of 6)
NOT that I am calling myself an expert on veils, but the way I was taught years ago, would be to fold the tulle in half, then in half, then in half a couple more times. You should have a sort of wedge, what if you THEN took say a large dinner plate and traced a curve, do you think that would work? Wait for more expert advise please, Sandy, but I thought I might offer my 2 cents, good luck...
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From: sewmuchfun
Date: 06-26-2006, 04:28 PM (3 of 6)
I lay the fabric ( tulle) out flat. fold the tulle down in half so that you are matching salvages, then fold it in half again then I measure from the folded corner to down to the length I want, move it over about 6" keeping the tapemeasurer on the folded corner and measure again.. keep doing this until you get to the salvage side. When you unfold you will have a large circle. If you cut a piece of string the length you want it's easier to move over at the 6" incriments because it will pivot on a pin... Hope this helps


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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 06-26-2006, 05:10 PM (4 of 6)
Fold fabric in half, then in half again the cross way from the first fold. Where the 2 sides with folds come together will be the center of your circle.. You said 52 inches, so half of that is 26 inches.. Take a string and tie to a marker and make sure the string is 26 inches exactly.. Now, hold the end of the string on the point where the 2 folded edges come together, (the center of the circle to be) and holding the string very securely mark the tulle , moving the marker all the way from one edge to the other.. When you cut on this line and unfold the tulle, you will have a perfect 52 inch circle..
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From: smessier
Date: 06-27-2006, 05:16 PM (5 of 6)
Thanks to all of you. That's exactly what I needed to know. I just KNEW you brilliant and talented people would have the answer! :up:

Thanks again.
User: smessier
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From: paroper
Date: 06-27-2006, 08:29 PM (6 of 6)
Don 't try the plate idea on this. If the plate isn't the right size you'll end up with a scalloped veil. The string is better. If you want the veil to lay in tiers when you finished, mark the center with a pin or something, go back, shorten your string about 3 inches, and mark the center arch, then just taper around the circle to the center sides. That will shorten the top layer enough that it will lay in layers when you have it folded in half to wear. You might want to cut a circle out of a small piece of fabric and try it before you do it on your veil so you have an idea how to slope off the sides.

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