it was really cool to see this picture that one of them sent to show me the masks in action:
a couple of days after that, i realized that while i'd been sewing up a storm, we didn't have any for ourselves (aside from the one i made for the hub using an old shirt from the cigar lounge). i decided to test out a different style pattern and used another one of his shirts for my trial run:
he tried it on and confirmed that it was, indeed, more comfortable and better fitting. plus since these weren't to be used in a medical setting i realized that i could use up some of my cotton blend knit fabric, and make stretchy straps for the ties. here's the first batch:
those went home to two more friends who work in hospitals, but for their personal, off-duty use. since we're required to wear them anytime we head out to grocery stores and other essential outings, they'd hit me up and i was more than happy to help out. the bean said hers was pretty comfortable:
of course, that led to a few other requests from a couple of other friends, and i figured that as long as i had material i could use, i'd bust out more. and this time, i figured out the best way to get them all done assembly line-style. using my serger instead of the sewing machine made the process go a lot faster, plus i didn't have to stop to cut threads in between pieces. pretty soon i had a long chain that almost looked like a banner to use as decoration:
and cutting them apart was quick and easy.
i'd found a treasure trove of foldover elastic in the garage. while it's wider than the 1/4" inch stuff i'd used before, it's really soft and comfortable, and i knew these masks weren't going to be worn for extended periods of time anyway. and so i sat down to assemble them all and in no time i was done:
one other friend who's a nurse had asked me if she could send me one of her old scrub tops to cut up and make a couple of masks for her. i said yes, of course, and pretty soon i had it laid out on the table to take apart.
of course, this ended up being my most favorite out of all the masks i've made...so far.
am i done? i don't know. i guess we'll see.