how i made my own hair fascinator and birdcage veil

This post is specially for Strikingreality! :-P

I feel it’s essential to make a disclaimer first that I am no expert on making hair fascinators. This was my second time trying (i did a tiny trial before making my actual bridal one) and I’m sure the masters who makes these things for a living do it far more effective and skillful than I did.

I also didn’t take any pictures of the process because I like my crafting in my dark messy little room where I’m free to experiment and change my mind when I want to, so I need you who intend to read through the boring stuff below to have a really imaginative mind.

I wanted a birdcage veil instead of the standard veil because I feel it fits my theme better and I can never imagine myself behind one of those long veils. I got a 12 inch width English veiling (Ivory) from pocketsaurus@Etsy and am extremely happy with it. I also followed closely the tutorial by Mary Ann with slight variations to customise my own gigantic head. Previously I got a 9 inch veiling but that does not even come close to covering my forehead. I wanted one that goes just slightly below one eye and the 12 inch is doing that just great.

In her tutorial you will see that she cut the veil 30 inches in length. I made the fatal mistake of cutting the veil too short the first time round and when that’s done, there’s no salvaging it unless you want that peek-a-boo style behind your fascinator. Personally, that first one was sitting a bit awkward on my head. So I got a 2nd piece and cut it a bit longer than 30 inches, given my big head. Basically, the longer it is, the puffier it’s going to be when you scrunch the edges together. If it’s too much for you, just trim off the extra length.

Mary Ann used a comb in her tutorial which she sew on by one of the corner of the nice edge first so that if there is any necessary changes you can still easily trim the other edge off. Instead of using a comb, I sewed mine onto a clip, which I feel is easier to put on and remove since for our traditional tea ceremony, I didn’t want the veil on, choosing instead to have it later in the evening for our solemnization.

In fact, my hair fascinator and birdcage veil were made separately because I wanted the versatility to change my look. After we were done with the solemnization, I pinned my birdcage veil in a slightly different manner so that it appeared shorter than it really is and not covering my face. You can probably tell better if you’d seen my night shots that the veil was still there, but less obvious. So hey! That’s 3 different looks there without a makeup artist!

2 looks 1 accessory. Left: during the tea ceremony only the hair fascinator was used. Right: birdcage veil was pinned under the same fascinator, though now it was inverted, instead of having the sparkly bits in front, it's now toward the back of my head, leaving the long ostrich fringe trim just slightly brushing on my forehead.

gemstones were added to the nice edge of the bircage veil. I spaced them apart so that they are not overwhelming nor heavy enough to cast weird shadows on my face. Who don't like a little glitter!

To make the birdcage veil fit better, my makeup artist taught me to use bobby pins to pin the naughty parts down before clipping the hair fascinator over to hide them. It’s really easier than it sounds because I was able to do that all by myself before the ceremony with a puny mirror.

my crash course to learn how to put on my DIY birdcage veil by myself later before the wedding ceremony

To make the hair fascinator, I first cut out the felt base where I would be pasting, sewing and other unorthodox methods of attaching my feathers, pearls and gemstones on. Depending on the shape you want your fascinator, say if it’s a flower, you may want to cut a circle, if it’s a tiara-like band, you may want a rectangular-shaped base. I wanted a fan-shaped one, but instead of cutting the felt out like a fan, I cut it out in a heart shape, just because.

Once you decided the shape that you need for your base, cut 2 identical ones out from felt. You really want to have a colour of the felt one that is similar to the colour of the fascinator you would be making. However if you have dark hair like me and your fascinator is going to be a dark-coloured one, then a black felt is perfectly fine.

First, display the ornaments (feathers, flowers, beads, crystals, lace.. the sky’s the limit!) you want onto the felt base.

Once you’re happy with your arrangements, start attaching them to your felt base. Personally, I first glued the feathers down (I used my trusty white craft glue, but really, you need a hot glue gun), made some simple stitches as insurance onto the glued feathers and covered them up with the lace pattern which i also glued onto the feathers. Next I sewed on all the pearls and stuff onto of the existing layers. These add as triple insurance that things don’t start falling out. Along the way, you will realise that, hey i need more feathers here or there’s a gap that needs touching up, no need to fret. The whole project’s not ruined as long as you don’t throw your hands up and declare it. If you need some touch-ups/cover-ups, this is the stage to do so. As long as they are done on this layer of felt which will be concealed. If you seen the back of my felt base, you would had seen a messy lot of knots and a lot of threads zig-zagging across the whole felt. Once we are done with that, roll the clip/comb up with some fabric or ribbons and tighten them with stitches and glue. Sew the fabric side of the clip onto the second piece of felt so that the ugly knots and stitches are hidden. Apply a mixture of fabric hardener and glue over the back of the warzone created on the first felt base. Press the two piece of felt together, with the ugly sides facing inward toward each other. Wait to dry. The next step is optional, but I like my stuff to last longer so I’ll just do a simple stitch around the felts, just in case. ( see picture above)

And that’s really all there is to it… at least from my end! Feel free to post any questions or comments if I had neglected anything, thanks for popping by today!

love and lotsa bunny hugs for this chinese new year,

pat
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our wedding photo booth pictures – part 2

HA-LLO!

We are back from our honeymoon!

Well, it’s actually been our 3rd day back to Singapore, a cold and rainy one that is! And that has been one of my excuses for lazing around and not doing anything much at all, somehow the gloom makes the perfect atmosphere to do nothing and the bed more inviting than usual.

The honeymoon has not all been a sweet and dreamy one, for that matter, I don’t ever think traveling with me will ever be like that, as people who has been my traveling companions will attest and constantly remind others of that. Well, why pay good money to snooze and do and see nothing when I have my own clean and comfy bed to do all that at home? It just make good cents to me to seize the day, Carpe diem. My sprained right ankle, affectionately known to me as Pig Trotter, didn’t beg to differ as well! This story will be shared when I upload my honeymoon pictures. Morale of the story: Puffy winter clothing, a side-sling shoulder bag and a backpack half my size is not only a fashion faux pas but also potentially a deadly combination.

These are part 2 and the last of my wedding photo booth pictures. Part 1 is here if you missed them!

First, some out-takes:

and good old fashioned red carpet shots:

and these are the photos taken on Jan’s camera. Our camera battery went dead after too many flash shots at the Photo Booth. Another wedding tip if you are doing your own photo booth: Bring extra batteries.

the 2 ladies who helped to decor the pub to go with our theme

Round of applause for the Spellbound Wedding girls!!

Chicken Little and family!

with Jan who undertook the whole photography for our wedding

Chicken Little is not very happy not being the center of attraction

Rockabillies!

the musicians who graced our wedding... and here, I finally see a shot of the boutonnieres I made for the musicians! Look closely! One of them is seen between the Singapore and Malaysia flags.

with the excellent staff of Toucan Irish Pub

since 1993! That's how long ago when I first met the girls!

An Apology to all those who have been waiting for this batch of pictures! It’s plain to see, they are seriously overdue.

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our wedding day pictures – night shots

Hi lovelies! Welcome back! This will be my last post for the year 2010 and I’m ending it up with the last batch ( number 5 ) of my wedding pictures! Here are the links to previous posts if you’d missed them!

Our d.i.y. engagement shoot ( featured in The Wedding Chicks )

Our wedding was also featured in The Bride’s Cafe as well as a short interview on Hindsight Bride, do check them out!

Actual Wedding Day Links:

The preparation

The Gate Crash

The Traditional Tea Ceremony

The Soleminzation

Food was served buffet style once the solemnization was over. The band started playing Rock and Roll all night, along with some crowd-pleasing favourites.

music entertainment from Compass Entertainment, click on the musicians to visit Compass Entertainment website!

it's a pity you can't see the boutonnieres i made for the musicians here. silly me didn't take any picture of them as well!

my father-in-law + his food + music = a belly happy man

my brother with his teddy boy look

We also have tables indoor for guests who prefer the comfy air-conditioning

the indoor area was also where we had our Photo Booth to take silly pictures in

to see more of the pictures taken at our Photo booth, check out part 1 of the album by clicking on the picture!

i think they are a pretty sweet couple, don't you think?

with my batchgirls

and then we were 'encouraged' to have our first dance, unscripted, unplanned for and unavoidable

We danced to the music that our friend Tze wrote for our wedding, following my strict requirement. The same score (different version) was played for my march-in.

we are... not very good dancers

then my brillianceness suggested that we should get friends up and dance with us

thus begin the 'finger-pointing' and 'name-calling'

there are some who obviously have it in them to shake and rattle..

others just have more creative styles and flair than I expected

my father-in-law was so 'high' playing the music that he almost took over the percussions by abandoning his piano and started playing with the sticks, undoubtably leaving the original percussionist little Bryan perplexed

The band that kept our energy up! I wish i got a recording of the songs they played that night

In the midst of me running around trying to get people to the dance floor and creating bubbly atmosphere, literally, I missed much of the dancing and it ended all too soon for me. i was having so much fun!

i had to vent

while the dancing may have stopped, the guinness gang has set up a drinking post for stefan

i joined in some times

but i love my wedding because i get to mingle with different groups of friends...

... get my pictures taken with my budz...

... and get fed by Ching who made sure i have food throughout the evening

 

i also had time to sit back and listen to my new hubby's thank-you speech

and that's me making a curtsy when my name got mentioned in the speech for crafting the wedding

the rest of the evening was spent having way too much fun posing for pictures, in and out of the photo booth

and discovering who chicken little is a carbon-copy of

 

here's to the new mr and mrs see who just tied the knot on 26th Dec! you two are great together, may the 2 of you stay best friends forever and eternally bound in marital bliss!

And then we ran off into the sunset and lived happily ever after.

Though it doesn’t stop here! Photos from the Photo Booth will be next, this will be a brand new batch, see you here next year!

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

* All pictures by Jan ; additional edit by me
* Rock and Roll band by Compass Entertainment ; composition of In Time Love Comes by Tze
* Flower arrangement by Spellbound Wedding
* Venue and catering by Toucan Irish Pub
* Videography by MADhouse
* Bridal Hair and Makeup by Gin Tan, Groom's hair by Max

For additional credits, please see this post!

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wedding day pictures – the solemnization

Hi friends!

This is going to be a long one! If you haven’t seen the pictures taken before this solemnization, please check out the links below!

The preparation

The Gate Crash

The Traditional Tea Ceremony

After some photo taking at the hotel, we took off in 3 cars to Toucan Irish Pub at Duxton Hill. I wanted only Baby’s Breath and Anna from Spellbound Weddings, along with Ellie, took care of all that flower arrangement for us! She also took my scrappy DIYs and displayed them in manners that far exceeded my expectations.

our reception table

our pretty receptionist!

for a simple tutorial to this bunting, click on the picture!

cute signage by Anna!

On that little tree by the left is where we hung pictures of both of us, instead of printing them out on a photo book

one of our favourite photos out of the 20ish we picked out from our travels and engagement shoot. click on the picture to see some of the engagement pictures we took ourselves!

the wedding favors - click on the picture for these tutorial!

L.O.V.E.

little turquoise guitars and ribbons on doilies and hanging tealights

 

the aisle to the altar, lined with lotsa Baby's Breath

I had 8 of these little bubble bottles to be used as confetti after the ceremony. Note to everybody, you need more bottles than that! click on picture to see my notes on confettis!

Rock n' Roll is not dead - because for that one day, it's the 50s and the events that led to the song American Pie has not happened yet

I'm so glad I found these shoes, special thanks to Ching! Though if anyone of you out there is having an outdoor wedding, please buy those heel protectors. I had our initials lined out with crystals underneath the shoes, those along with the heels are knackered by the time the evening was over. click on the picture to see the one thing I should had gotten for the heels before the wedding but didn't and am now realy regretting that decision

You know I'm really happy when my smile turns into a grimace and all the facial lines and muscles are pushed into slight aesthetically-uncomfortable positions

You know I'm ecstatic when I start to guffaw with those MGM lion roar

the bridesmaid and the best man!

this and the next 2 pictures were taken during our brief rehearsal

while guests are arriving, I was off to do some last-min touch ups, redo my hair piece and attach the birdcage veil. Guests were encouraged to take photos at the photo booth we set up. We thought we prepared enough props for the photo booth - fun retro eyewears, blackboards and markers.. etc. Anna surprised us with more eyewears and a couple of boas. Isn't that service excellence or what!

the backdrop for our photo booth with the poster I did myself.. colour came out wrong actually but since it was already printed, it will be a shame for me to waste it just because of a slight off with the colours.. click picture to see part 1 of the pictures we took at the photobooth!

... and so begins the wedding solemization. leon our best man with anna our wonderful decorator

leon looking more tense than the groom

my mum walked me down the aisle to the music "In Time Love Comes" specially composed by our friend Tze. To listen to our march-in song, click on the picture!

Note to all future grooms, please say " I do" to your bride, not to the Pastor nor the Justice of Peace. For clarification, he did say that to my face, this is an example of how it would look like if you forgot

stefan repeating his vows to me, mostly about how I irritated the hell out of him

i stuck with the safer choice of for better or for worse

it's comforting to see that I'm not the only one with double chin

thanks to all my 'bubble generators'!

an oh-so-sweet and beautiful poem written for us by our friend Ganesh... fitting for this picture 'cause he's in it!

and then it was time for the bouquet tossing

it took me at least 3 tries to get the toss right. the first few times stefan was always there to catch my stray-flying bouquet

and Ellie was the lucky girl who caught the bouquet!

More pictures from that evening coming up next!

I’d love to hear from you, please drop some comments!

Lotsa love & hugs,

Pat

* All photos by Jan

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wedding day pictures – the preparations

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.
{ Lucille Ball }

Here they are, pictures from my actual day wedding! Because there are so many I wanna share, I’m gonna split them into a few days’ worth of posts. For a start, these are from the early afternoon when the girls are getting ready for the groom and his unfortunate best man to arrive for the gatecrashing. Note, early afternoon. Mornings are really not for me.

you can't see them here, but there are little gemstones around the skirt.

my mismatched tea set for the traditional tea ceremony

ring bearer waiting for the wedding bands to meet each other for the first time

I get really squeamish when it comes to make-up on the eyes... imagine that artful chunk I had on.

elsa's a stunner!

the pinwheel corsage I made for the girls, my mum has a more "grown-up" version. The guys and the musicians got little guitars for their boutonnières = ROCK n ROLL (pinwheels), ta-da my wedding theme!

I was alittle worried that my DIY hair fascinator isn't gonna work. I had no backups! But it did!

my crash course to learn how to put on my DIY birdcage veil by myself later before the wedding ceremony

I'm partially resigned to the fact that the lines under my eyes are here to stay no matter how good the makeup artist is.

with Makeup Artist Gin Tan

the weapon of torture

The porkfloss bun is my idea because I hate it that Stefan has it for breakfast almost EVERY morning! At least now, he remembers the wasabi first before he goes into BreadTalk and gets one of this again.

artist at work

another happy accomplice

it's a happy bun

Ours is a 50s Rock and Roll wedding, but this is not the 50s era we're living in! Instead of the stereotype housewife who cooks and washes with perfectly primped hair and lipstick, this was a test for Stefan to demonstrate how good (-looking) a house husband should look like today. So one of the gate-crashing task he has to perform is to make a pretty apron out of these!

You do need a friend in life to help you figure out how to unclasp and secure those pesky bracelet clips

.. and another to help you reach places that you can't reach yourself.

Next up, the groom arrives!

You will want to see these next few pictures. Please come back again!

* All photographs taken by Jan

d.i.y. crochet coasters tutorial

- Got so caught trying to do this tutorial yesterday that I forgot to mention, this is my 100th post! woohoo! -

I’m sharing a tutorial today! Though I think this is more of a behind-the-scene look at how I got it done because I’m not an expert or anything remotely close.

The thing with being in your own wedding is that, you can’t take your own pictures! So I have to “borrow” these pictures from my friends who were, thankfully, there to take down these details for me. I do remember taking pictures of these when they were being done, but I just can’t find the pictures now. Typical!

I made these coasters as wedding favors – Have a drink on us – Get it?

 

Thanks Jan for the the pictures, you may click on the picture to go to her Page on Facebook to check out more of her work!

and a Thank You to Tingyi who took this picture of how they were displayed at my reception table on my wedding day

So first of all, let’s talk about the crochet part. I referred to the pattern in Erika Knight’s book – The Harmony Guide Crochet Stitch Motif and made a few modification of my own so that I got the size that I wanted.

 

book cover

the pattern that was used - sorry about the blurred text!

Instead of 48 chains in the base ring, I made 66 chains, making the donut hole bigger. I won’t go into the details of crocheting, I’ll just let the picture do the talking. Personally, I find it easier if you just look at the stitch diagram.

After the crochet is done, I also felt it with a steam iron and some rust-proof pins. Depending on the yarn that you used, you may want to do it differently. Simply refer to the washing instructions on the yarn label.

Next I printed the design I did out on fabric. I used a normal ink-jet printer, the trick is pasting a sheet of cheap A4 sticker paper on the back of the fabric, making sure that you pressed out all the air bubbles in between, otherwise the ink will smudge and ruin a good piece of fabric. Also cut loose frays of threads by the edge so that they don’t get caught in the printer. Depending on your fabric, but a standard print resolution will do. Too good a print resolution = Too much ink = smudging.

I don’t like to waste, so I do try to maximise space on a piece of A4 size paper by squeezing in as much design as I can. I’d included a blank pdf file below for you to download in the case that you want to try this out for yourselves too. Simply customize it by filling in your own names and date!

hearttypat_coaster

Let me know if this works.

After the designs are out on the fabric, I waterproofed them because I intended these as working coasters which guests can actually use. First I sprayed them, front and back, with some waterproof spray (available at Daiso), left them overnight and waxed the designs with a layer of candle wax. I’m not a 100% confident that this can work, but this was the solution I came out with. I do remember reading somewhere that they used to sell waterproof ink for printers but that is a long time ago and none of the sales person here even knew that existed, so I think they are probably extinct by now.

The following steps are simple. This is where you get your husband-to-be to help out by cutting out the fabric circles with the design and paste them on the back of your crocheted motifs. I used a mixture of white glue and fabric glue and all you need to line is the base ring of the motif. I could had sewed them on, which was my original intention, but I had some 60 odd to complete and I was taking up too many long nights, so I went down the lazy man’s route. Moreover, the glue also helped to prevent fraying!

You will need to lay them out for the next 12- 24 hours to dry and stick properly.

the completed piece, photo by Jan

Do check out my other D.I.Y. goodies I did for my wedding!

a chalkboard has 2 face

a hand bouquet of rolling good fun

getting crafty with my confetti

all shook up for our d.i.y. engagement shoot!

more d.i.y. engagement photos

d.i.y. sundae ring bearer on Ruffled

a turquoise and brown welcome bunting

our wedding booth pictures, part 1 ( keep a look out for part 2! )

our test shots at the airport

I promise there will be more to come!

our test shots at the airport

Before we got started with our actual engagement shoot, we did some test shots. Just the 2 of us, and a remote control. And surprise, surprise, we chose to do the test shot at the airport because I used to work around the airport, and my then-boyfriend drove me to and fro the airport quite a bit for 3 years or so.

These are some of the shots that we got!

This is one of my favourite, I only wish I'd done extra to lessen the exposure during the shoot... but we were too busy trying to hide the remote and ignore the stares of the security guard and trolley attendant at the door

We call this, The Travelator Series

... and it's the most fun we had!

my favourite!

As you can see, everything is all over the place, there was the initial awkwardness that we were posing non-stop in front of an unmanned camera on a tripod, and then there were times when I got stage fright and froze. Stefan, on the other hand, had too much fun with the remote. Maybe I should post some outtakes, what’d ya think?

The shoot did take longer than we thought, but I guess it was some good practise we got there, and overall, a really memorable experience.

Post a comment and tell me your opinions, the ‘share’ and ‘like’ buttons are also standing-by near the post for easy access!

our wedding photo booth pictures, part 1

This is gonna one lengthy one!

We had a D.I.Y. Photo Booth at our wedding, if there was one thing I must have at the wedding, this is it. And it proved to be so much fun! With the help of a friend who got the giant big lighting for our dark cosy pub interior and my bridesmaid who helped me manned the booth and occasionally joined in the fun, we simply just have to find props to play with. While I provided some 50s eyewears and D.I.Y. blackboards, Anna from Spellbound Weddings backed me up with boas, instructional chalkboards and more eyewears. I also did a A2-sized poster as a backdrop to my existing fun backdrop which is this giant Guinness barrel sign at the pub, just to make the booth a bit more ours.

While a tripod was provided for ease, convenience and stability, my Photo Booth helper/s chose to liven some of the shots with their off-the-tripod shots.

 

handwritten signs by Anna and her helpers

my 2 adorable Photo Booth helpers

There, with his bushy head (correction: curry pok hair, one day only) out of the way, all of ya can see the poster I did for the Photo Booth

good friends from way back! we must had known each other for, what, 17 years?

i'm just showing off my creations: a upside down moustache and a big bow tie that you can actually tie round your neck, hair... whatever..

my girls in their matching turquoise dress (stripes and polka) and pretty handmade pinwheel corsages!

here, they demonstrate how my bow-tie blackboard can be put to good use

See, Mike? It goes with everything. Elvis approves.

one of the hand pistol went off?

don't they look darling?

a head too big? a head too small? all matter of perspective!

i call this the "falling feather" series

too much boas for our own good

yes, elsa, take that rockability look down

these 2 had the most memorable wedding out of the ones i went to

D.I.Y. blackboard # 3 makes an appearance

my mum joined in the fun and rosie wanna kiss her for that

and then, the entire clan moved in

well, almost!

my 2 brothers and cousins

the Goh siblings!

I just love it that everyone's having fun with the booth, young and old alike! I know my mum did!

see what I mean? wait, there's more!

my mum all sultry with auntie judy

auntie judy was told to " loosen up and let her hair down!"

I just love my brother's outfit that day, complete with a news boy cap!

i like this one, the Gohs

bestmen!

we simply can't resist playing with our vintage-inspired pouffy skirts

we just went on and on...

we love our hair.... and that's all for now!

Phew!

This is just part 1! Stay tuned for part 2!

And if you missed the preview in my Thank You post, here’s the link! ciao!