I’ve been explore various mask sewing patterns since April. With the possibility of a 2nd wave of COVID-19 imminent as schools launch again, I decided to invest part of my Labour Day vacation making a batch of masks I’ll really delight in wearing, now I’ve decided on my preferred style.
This is the Contoured 3D Face Mask pattern from the Japanese Sewing Books blog and I love it since the structured shape keeps it away from your nose and mouth (so I discover it much simpler to breathe), while also fitting closely all around the edges (so it’s more reliable) and going right up to my eyes (so it does not steam up my glasses).
I also enjoy it since of the creative design– it’s like material origami! There’s only one piece of each material (external and lining), and the shape and structure is all formed from folding and seaming.
image thanks to Japanese Sewing Books blog
The video directions are extremely clear and I ‘d encourage you to see it even if you don’t prepare to make one of these masks– it’s so satisfying viewing it come together! I do want there were also text directions with diagrams, but when you have actually made a number of masks you will not require the instructions anyway; just the template.
Pointer: This pattern can be found in 6 sizes to cover all head sizes from kids to guys, which is excellent, but I think the sizes run a little small. I used the ‘women’ size (L), but I’m rather small and this size is only just large enough for me, so you might well need to size up.
I have actually just made one modification to the mask design, and it does not change the sewing guidelines at all: I like to use one long tie rather of elastic. I thread a 48 ″ length of cotton tape onto a yarn needle and pass it down through one side housing and then up through the other. The loop goes around your neck, then you pass the ends above your ears and tie them together at the back of your head to get a protected fit without the discomfort of flexible behind the ears.
My other innovation is in folding the mask so I can keep one in my bag or pocket. Rather of just folding it in half, I tuck the lower third up under the upper 3rd and fold in the sides so it lies flat. Then I fold the resulting rectangle in half and wrap the ties around it to secure it in a compact square shape– it’s so little and convenient!
Up until I discover something like the stunning Japanese Hey there Cat material utilized in the guide video, I’m utilizing my favourite sakura material to make all my masks. I purchased it as a remnant several years earlier and the requirement to make masks has actually finally given me a factor sufficient to use it– and a method to make wearing masks at least somewhat enjoyable.
Isn’t this a fantastic mask style? I extremely recommend it. I hope you’ll attempt making one, or a minimum of enjoy watching the video to see how it works!
Do you have a preferred mask pattern? Please share a link and why you like it in the comments– I ‘d enjoy to see your recommendations too.
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