$498 for a piece of fabric with some spikes on it??? Wow.
Jennifer Behr’s couture headbands have been featured in countless magazines (including Vogue) and TV (on Gossip Girl, for instance). Beautiful and distinctive, they are a favorite of brides and Hollywood starlets. They’re hand-made in New York City.
And they’re very, VERY expensive. Take the turban above, for instance.
It’s silk with patent leather and stainless steel spikes, and $498. Come on.
Obviously I’m in a bad mood this morning, noshing on Cheese Straws. Note to self: DO NOT EVER BUY CHEESE STRAWS AGAIN.
But back to this “turban” headband.
Lately turbans are experiencing a revival: evidenced in part by Forever21 offering up a turban last month on their site – no, not towel wrap for drying your hair, folks…a real, live turban – as fashion accessory. Plus the girls at BleachBlack blogged about wanting one awhile back (I’m just too stuffed with cheese straws lazy to find the link). Eek.
Friendly reader Kay sent me the photo above saying that the Jennifer Behr piece reminded her of my DIY’s. I do like me them studs, heh heh!
So, here’s the DIY if you’re curious…
*20-pc bag of 1/2″ cone spikes ($5.59, Studsandspikes.com)
*100-pc bag of 3/8″ cone studs ($2.89, Studsandspikes.com)
*strip of stretchy black fabric (I used a Lycra swimsuit fabric)
Tools: fabric scissors / matching thread / sewing machine / hand-sewing needle / pliers / awl / Phillips screwdriver
1. Cut a piece of fabric long enough to go around your head and then some. Mine was about 8″ wide and a yard long.2. Fold cut piece in half horizontally, right sides together, and stitch along long edge.3. Turn piece right side out and you now have a long tube.4. Wrap the tube around your head and pin at the correct length. (I made a single twist in the fabric at the front center.) Make sure the tension is correct – you need it a little looser than what you would think is a good tightness for a headband/wrap, lest you get a headache after wearing it all day.5. Sew ends of wrap together (right sides together). (not pictured) Then fold seam allowance to inside of wrap, cut excess. This will give you a clean seam on the outside of your wrap. Sew one more time vertically down that seam allowance to secure it down. (not pictured)
—>If you just want a plain twisted-front turban like the Olsen twins below…you’re done! If you want to spike it and stud it like Jennifer Behr’s piece, keep reading…Tutorial continued…
6. Try on head-wrap; bunch it up in a couple places and pin.7. Hand-tack the bunched-up areas so the piece has a “gathered” look to it.8. Now we stud! I slipped the turban over my leg and sat it on my knee for stability. I pushed the prongs of the cone studs into the fabric, and folded them over on the underside of the fabric using pliers.9. Then use an awl to pierce the holes for the cone spikes, which have a thick screw that needs to pass through the fabric. (The easiest way to do this is to poke the hole thru from the right side – then thread the spike screw in from the wrong side, following the awl as you pull it out.) Then attach the cone spike tops, and use a screwdriver to secure from the underside. (not pictured)
As you can see above, it turned out kind of like a wide headband!
You’re done! I didn’t add quite as many spikes ‘n’ studs as the Jennifer Behr version – simply because I got tired of it. I actually made a second layer to the piece so the center twist wouldn’t be so narrow and I could stud and spike through the upper layer only. This ensured no scratchy stud prongs would be directly against my forehead, but it turned out that the inner layer was a no-go since the spikes wouldn’t sit properly when there was fabric sitting underneath them. If you do choose to add another piece of fabric inside the headwrap (making it shorter than the headwrap and stitching its edges to the headwrap edges so it’s like a little stitched-down flap inside); I’d recommend studding the cone studs in the upper layer of fabric, but setting the spikes through both layers so they sit right. I know that sounds confusing!
The fabric’s stretch is a bit of a problem – some spikes may fall out if you pull the piece too much, so this requires care when handling. FRA-GEE-LEH as they say in Italian! (Okay, I guess I’ve seen A Christmas Story way too many times…;-)
What do we think? Does this work? Is this a no-go? Do I look like I am about to join a biker gang?
If you need further proof that studded headbands are all that this season, this Givenchy studded headband was featured in WhoWhatWear’s December holiday gift guide. Loving the chain gloves too!
But I’m a little wary of the studs-around-the-head look…they remind me of something quite Biblical. Ah, who’m I kidding?? It’ll be my next DIY, guarantee ya. (DIY available here.)
But the quality! Consider how much work went into the $500 headband!
kidding. Yours looks just as good.
This is so cute!! You should definitely wear it!!
That is super cool, though I don't think I could pull it off – you do it superbly! BTW, I have been loving your blog and I nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award. xoxo, Tamara
Amazing DIY! the headband looks fantastic on you!
hahahah ur so fun and real at the same tme !! thats why i love reading you!!!
Owh great DIY ..urs as good as the original one.
ok totally biased because I adore your site but yours looks better and oh so adorable on you …..
turned out gorgeous
Seriously, this is OFFICIAL.
I added this tute to may diy directory! (click on my nick)
LOL Maggie! (I do have to admit all that studding was a be-otch to do, and I'm sure the $500 version has some extra layers of interfacing or something to prevent the studs from coming out, but still…way too much for a head accessory IMO!)
inthehammockblog: Thank you! Just gotta find the perfect outfit! (I'm thinking something black and minimalist to offset all that's going on on the top of my head. I said on on!)
Brunette and Pink: Thank you so much Tamara! I am so flattered – and will be announcing the award tomorrow!:-) I've added your blog to my blogroll:-)
Thank you for your comments!
Great job! Inspired by nearly the same sources, I made my own version of a spiked headband. Check out the tutorial here: http://transientexpression.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/tutorial-tuesday-spiked-headband/
I happen to love it! I think you have a funky style anyway and this just adds to it wonderfully. And if you don't wear it, give it to me…I'll wear it…
That's way too much money for that!! ha!!! I agree with you on turbans… I think a possible compromise could be made with this style however. Maybe slim it down and make it a headband or fascinator instead? Check out Zac Posen's Fall 09 collection- he combines simple braided headbands with spikes or made fancy ones with mettalic flowers/ribbons and spikes. pretty cool…
WOW you rocked it…great job! thank you!
What a great opportunity! I love this tutorial 😀 so simple & cute.
Wow!! Honestly, I dig yours more so than the expensive a@* one. I completely suck at making anything crafty or artsy, especially sewing ( I guess I must have missed out on the feminine genes). Any chance of paying you to make me one of these?? LOL…..seriously though, can you? I have been trying to find one to buy online with lil silver spikes and or studs with absolutely zero luck.
Hi Valerie – thank you! That is so sweet of you 🙂 I might even have this particular DIY still in my storage somewhere (I’m not actually sure at this point). I can check and get back to you on that!!
That would be fantastic! Just let me know at your convenience, of course.
Will do! I have to go through my stuff in storage to see if I still have it – but I’ll let you know either way 🙂