Hey y’all! This is my first post. Considering we’ve started MECQ here in the Philippines, I’ve decided to try to help by making a few face masks. I’m not sure if I still want to include the filter pocket as I have no filters to provide each mask but it’s worth a shot.
I based my pattern from Sarah Maker’s pattern (link below) and used some leftover cotton fabric from some of my previous college projects. I think it’s a specific type of cotton but I forgot to take note of what type it is.
I usually make slopers (a copy of the pattern made with cardboard) half the size of the pattern especially if the pattern is on a fold. I realized I forgot to write where the fold will go when I looked at the photos again. The little cuts on the slopers are called notches, as they mark where are the allowances and other important parts of the pattern. If you don’t have a notcher, you can cut a tiny triangle there as long at it’s pointing to the allowance lines correctly.
After sewing the top part along with the opening for the filter pocket, I set up my miniature ironing station and pressed the seam flat on both sides. I also marked a quarter inch away from the seam and cut the raw ends with my pinking shears so that it doesn’t fray badly.
I cut some 1/8″ wide garter I had to 2 eight inch pieces and pinned them 1/2″ from the top and bottom. Remember, pin the garter in the right side of the fabric so that when you turn it right side out, it’s not inside the pocket meant for the filter.
At this point, I have realized I did not read the instructions thoroughly. Apparently, the opening was meant to be at the center of the mask, but I sewn it with the opening on the top part. Oops. I continued doing the project anyway.
Before I started pleating, I pressed three lines onto the mask via hot iron – one in the middle, and both are made folding the top and bottom to the middle. Afterwards, I marked 1/2″ below the indents to dictate how deep the pleats are. Top stitched them roughly 1/8″-1/4″ from the sides.
Overall, the pattern is pretty good so far as I have some experience from my college. However, I’m in the process of making the other two child sizes as Filipinos have smaller faces compared to the Americans. Had my dad (who is a doctor) check it out and according to him, the adult size is pretty big and doesn’t recommend it as it’ll hike up the nose.