Not my usual thing, but I decided to post my tutorial for making mantillas. This method was recommended to me by a friend, although I don’t have her original instructions anymore but this is a fairly simple method. I made two mantillas and spent maybe a quarter of what I would have if I bought one – and still have enough fabric left to make several more if I want.
You need two measurements:
- Measure from your forehead/hairline to where you want the mantilla to hang back (A)
- Measure how long you want it to be from the top of your head to your shoulder (B)
To make the mantilla:
- Fold the lace in half. Mark measurement A along the fold.
- Mark measurement B on the straight edge.
- Mark a straight line between A and B (line C) Cut along C.
- Unfold to get the basic shape of the mantilla.
- Hem or sew ribbon lace along the edges (where C would be).
If, like me, you add ribbon lace to the edges then remember that if you use a wide ribbon it will add a few inches to the size. I also folded my lace so that the already neat edge of the fabric was along B so I didn’t have to add to that edge. Tutorials are not my thing (as you’ve probably figured out if you’re reading this!) but this takes only basic sewing skills. I should add that it’s much easier to work in short lengths of thread when working with lace and it’s easier if you work at a table.