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Subject: Fabric Tiaras for thin hair

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Date Posted: 20:29:02 03/15/01 Thu
In reply to: K 's message, "Headbands & Tiaras" on 17:46:16 03/10/01 Sat

My youngest daughter has very thin hair. I manage to get a lot of volume with the ringlets. The problem I have is with the cloth tiara/crown; clipping it through the end loops to her hair. It just doesn't stay because there isn't enough hair in one spot for the clip to grab onto. It always seems loose. It has never come off during dancing, but it bothers me that it won't stay tight against her head. She always wears a small comb tiara in front of it. I was wondering if I should sew on little plastic combs to the ends and/or the front middle. I also thought of sewing it to her tiara. What about a headband style with elastic and that goes all around the head(would that be difficult to get to stand up properly)? Or do you have another suggestion?

-One suggestion is take a little clump of hair where you want to attach the clips, and twist it into a small knot, this gives the clip more to hold on to, and should stay on tight.

-Our school dresses come with fabric tiaras that are elastic headband style, quite stiff, and are cut in a sort of half-moon shape. I copied this when I made a tiara to match my daughter's used solo dress, and have had no problems with them standing up. I didn't have any good stiffener, so I actually cut the appropriate shape from a piece of plastic canvas (designed for needlepoint craft projects) and inserted it into the tiara. Worked great! and no problem getting it to stay on either; if the elastic gets loose, you can just knot it in the back to take up the slack. Also works to turn it into a "crown" shape to enclose a curly bun for when we wear phony hair for shows.

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Date Posted: 20:48:16 06/30/01 Sat

"The ones I have seen consist of three fabric tubes, stuffed loosely with fiberfill and braided together. The ends of the stuffed tubes are joined to a piece of elastic to allow it some stretch. The measurements would vary some depending on the size of the dancers and the type(s) of fabric used. The ones around here have tubes about 5/8 inch in diameter, so you could start with a 3" wide strip of fabric and take up a 1/2" seam. The total length after braiding should be about 5" less than the head circumference, then add about 4" (unstretched) 3/4" elastic, taking up a 1/2" seam. Make one to try out the measurements before cutting all your fabric, as each fabric varies. Just a caution, these headbands do not look great with the comb type wigs, as they show the whole way around the head, rather than "hiding" in the hair behind the ears."

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