Now that we all wear masks whenever we step outside our homes, buying disposable masks to wear every day is just too wasteful for me – both economically and environmentally. So I instead wear masks that I made myself. They aren’t the most amazing things ever, but they’re mine, and I really like the fabric, what can I say? I also enjoyed the process of making a pattern piece, so I can easily make new masks that I know will fit well whenever the mood strikes.
It’s not an entirely simple process, unfortunately. I don’t use elastic bands, instead painstakingly making long straps from my fashion fabric to tie. It’s a prolonged and painful process that involves multiple hours of cutting, ironing, pinning, machine sewing, and hand sewing – and all that just for the straps! Making the body of the mask and assembling it with the finished straps is actually quite quick and easy, taking maybe thirty minutes total (the majority of that time being dedicated just to cutting the body out!)
The prospect of making those straps is daunting, however, so I don’t often add a new mask to my collection. However, for Halloween week, I’m wearing a costume, and of course my mask needs to match! Thus, it was time to make some new masks and brave the horrors of strap-making…
Anyways, here are my new masks. I used some new fabric so that they’d match my Darth Revan costume, of course. I’ve never made color-blocked…anything, really haha, but I quite like the effect. The color combination also reminds me strongly of Harley Quin or Deadpool, which I’m very much not opposed to. The only pity is that I had to switch thread colors constantly and rethread my machine, which is annoying. Beauty is pain, or so I’m told, so I guess that’s just par for the course.