Monday, 16 December 2013

How to tame Frizzy Hair Fashion Fix: Silk Pillow Case

Photo Amanda Thomas
As you will have come to notice over the year's blogposts, I am not blessed with silky smooth locks. Even when making a special effort on photoshoot days, any drop of moisture in the air has thwarted any efforts to get my hair up to scratch with the fashion fixes on offer.

So you can imagine my joy when Harper's Bazaar tweeted this series of tips on Taming Frizzy Hair.

All was pretty much the run of the mill tips, but number 5 caught my eye:

5.    Essential Bedtime Accessory 
"Wrapping hair up in a silk scarf was a beauty ritual followed by the likes of Bette Davis and Marilyn Monroe to keep tresses soft and glossy. It helps prevent friction and static, and therefore prevent frizz. If you don’t have time before bed, swapping your pillowcase for a silk version will help too."

SILK PILLOW CASE YOU SAY?? I think I can run up one of those without much bother, and so can you!

This is a brilliant little christmas present which I think a fair few of our female (and some male) friends would be extremely grateful for, after getting over the awkwardness that you're suggesting their hair needs some help!

Instead of shelling out for a metre and a half of silk, I made this pillow case with an existing pillow case and just turning one side into silk.

How about using silk scarves, pieced together like a patchwork quilt, find out here how to quilt simply and effectively.

You will need:

  • A plain pillow case
  • Enough silk to cover one side
  • sewing machine
  • dressmaking scissors
  • dressmaking pins
  • tailor's chalk

How to do it:
  1. Place your pillowcase right sides together on top of the silk and use as a template. Draw around on the silk using tailor's chalk, leaving 1.5cm seam allowance. Cut out.
  2. unpick or cut out one side of the pillow case. (retain the rectangle that has the folded over inner piece that keeps the pillow in place)
  3. place the pillow rectangle and the silk rectangle right sides together and pin around 3 sides leaving the opening unpinned.
  4. Machine sew a running stitch all around the pinned sides.
  5. trim the edges and corners, turn inside out and press.
Photo Amanda Thomas

I patched together 3 pieces of my favourite Liberty Print silk from Sewbox and was thrilled with the results, let's just hope that next time you see me, the effects of the silk pillowcase will have worked their magic!

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