I've made many masks so I've always got one in my handbag, car, a pocket or in the wash. I thought I would try a slightly different style and was attracted to The Glamour Face Mask by Gertie. It's available to download for FREE from Charm Patterns and there is also a YouTube video with lots of helpful tips and hints. Gertie presents her videos in real time and goes into a lot of detail regarding supplies and techniques.
This is a standard three-layer mask with a decorative lace or veil overlay. The inner layers provide protection while the outer layer provides the glamour!
The Glamour Face Mask pdf comes in sizes S/M and L - I made the S/M. The mask that Gertie makes is very glamorous - the scalloped edge of the lace is left exposed. I didn't have the right sort of lace to achieve that effect so tried something slightly different with a cheap lace tablecloth that was on sale during Halloween.
Using The Glamour Face Mask pdf pattern you cut two main fabric, two lining fabric and two interfacing pieces. I also cut two pieces of my 'lace'. I interfaced the main pieces and then basted the lace to the front before sewing the centre seam. The centre seam of the lining pieces is then sewn before the main and lining are sewn, right sides together, enclosing all the raw edges and straps.
When I first made masks I used simple elastic for the straps. For me elastic 1cm wide made my ears ache, 5mm wide elastic was better but still became uncomfortable after prolonged wear. On Etsy I found these stretch fabric straps with rubber stoppers which are very soft and adjustable so you don't have to worry about cutting your elastic to the right size.
I'm happy with my new mask - its a great fit and of course matches my new Opium Coat!