Entering the Mask Age

New Age Selfie - Baby hair included!

With the current status of our world, the mayor of Los Angeles has mandated Angelinos wear masks when they are out in public spaces (grocery store, walking, etc.).  As the pressure to stop the spread of COVID-19 continues to be the center of our daily lives with the constant briefs and press conferences, I decided that rather than purchasing masks, I would use my sewing skills and take a crack at make one.

The pattern is not difficult and you can find a pattern that best suits you online.  Luckily, I had left over fabric from previous projects that I used to create my latest fashion accessory.

After a few frustrating attempts, I got my pattern down and was able to make one that fit my face.  A few pointers (if you're thinking of taking a crack at it yourself):

(1)  Make sure to wash your fabric before cutting into it.  Failure to do so will cause shrinkage
      in the wash and possibly rip your mask.

(2)   Practice making a mask out of old material, like an old shirt.  This ensures you don't ruin your
        fabric if you make a few wrong turns.

(3)   Use pins to secure your materials together. 

(4)   If at first you don't succeed, take a break and have some ice cream.  Then go make and make 
        your mask!

It is an adjustment to get used to our new norm as we face challenges we have not yet seen in our lifetime.  It's important to stay positive and focus on the glass half full. 

In the meantime, I am going to continue to perfect my sewing skills and make masks and focus on other projects.  As you can imagine, it is difficult to purchase materials these days, as some businesses are not classified as essential.  I have become resourceful in the past few weeks in order to keep life moving forward as normal as possible. 

Stay healthy and positive!