With the ongoing Covid pandemic, wearing a face mask in public spaces continues to be a necessary accessory.
I don’t really enjoy having my face covered, particularly because my glasses fog up and it makes it difficult to see. But I also understand how important it is to wear a mask to prevent the spread of germs. I quickly discovered that if I perched my glasses on top of my mask, that this prevents them from fogging up. But then my glasses were so far down my nose, that I had to hold my head at a weird angle to be able to see through them. This isn't a good look at the grocery store!
So you can imagine my delight when I read LA Creative Mama’s post on how to make a fitted face mask.
I wanted to try it out, and it was also the perfect project to reuse some of my old jeans that were no longer salvageable (see this blog post to read about the projects I selected).
What makes this pattern so great, is that a ledge has been designed to cover the nose, and this allow the glasses to sit on the ledge. This means no more foggy goggles. Another great design is that below the chin are some pleats which help fit the mask to the face.
Denim mask embellished with 10 cross, hitomezashi stitch.
Of course, this is the perfect opportunity to embellish the fabric with some sashiko hitomezashi stitching (also known as one stitch sashiko).
And, in keeping with my ethos of using what I had to hand, I lined it with some naturally dyed silk fabric…. at first I was concerned that I was hiding this beautiful fabric on the inside, but after wearing it the feeling of silk against my skin actually makes wearing this mask a pleasant experience.
Mask lined with naturally dyed silk. It's so soft on the skin.
I would highly recommend making this mask - even if you dont wear glasses. It’s incredibly comfortable and easy to make. Although, I find it slightly on the small side of things. So I would recommend cutting the pattern slightly bigger, say an additional 1/4 inch around all sides.
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