A Review of the FREE Face Covering Mask PDF Pattern by Sew Me Something.
I have tried many mask patterns since March this year. I blogged about the first style I tried here. This style is still a very popular shape but the issue I had was that it fit me but not my husband or Teenager. I tried to make alternations to the size but it still wasn't quite right.
The second style I chose was the pleated face mask - the type more commonly used by medical staff. This is a very easy mask to make. I changed the pattern by making channels in each end to insert elastic or ties. We used these masks a lot through the first lockdown but they weren't a perfect fit.
Another style that I have tried is the Easy DIY Neoprene Face Mask Pattern. This is a FREE pattern by GigiPatterns which comes in four sizes. The construction is the easiest of all the face masks I have tried as there is only one centre seam to sew. However, I couldn't get any neoprene. I have some scuba but it doesn't have enough structure to hold the shape. I tried to make a lining but then the face mask ended up being too thick.
When I saw the version posted by Sew Me Something I decided to try it because it uses very little fabric, has the option to use contrast/coordinating fabric and its FREE!
The FREE pdf pattern for the Face Covering Mask comes with a guide demonstrating the shape you need for your pattern pieces. You can use their sizes or adapt to your own. I used their sizes and the fit was great. I slightly adapted their pattern so I could cut fabric on the fold. This is the template I made for myself. Its worth making a cardboard template if you plan to make a lot of masks.
The Free Face Covering by Sew Me Something has a little more construction to do but it is very straight forward. You also interface the main front fabric which is an extra step that I think is definitely worth it as it creates a nice firm front that keeps its shape. The instructions that come with the pattern are easy to follow. The only thing I did differently was to serge the raw edges of the tabs before turning once and top stitching to create a channel for the elastic. The instructions direct you to fold over the tabs twice but this was too thick for my sewing machine to sew through neatly. The instructions also say that you need 25 cm elastic for each mask - I needed 25 cm for each ear, I don't know if this is a mistake with the pattern or if my family just has really big ears!!
You don't need much fabric to make this Face Mask - its a great scrap buster and they are quick to make. I ended up making six so that we have two each but I think I will make more so we have plenty of spares.
I really like the fit of this Face Mask - it fits over the nose and under the chin very securely and is also comfortable for glasses wearers. I have found that this pattern fits Me, my Husband and The Teenager - the only thing I need to adjust is the length of the elastic - choosing to knot it so the loop is either longer or shorter.
Final Thoughts: This is my favourite mask pattern so far. Looks like I've made them just in time because the Government here in Cyprus have just announced that from tomorrow we all have to wear face masks in public places to try and stop a second out-break of Covid-19. Stay safe everyone!