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    Easiest Contour Face Mask

    Does the world need yet another contour face mask pdf? Aren’t there already dozens out there? Yes there are, and I’ve provided links to several of them months ago….and yet I wasn’t 100% satisfied with any of them. #1. Contour shaped masks don’t stay securely on your face as well as the Origami mask that I wear every day. #2. Yet, a shaped mask is a better solution for a sleek appearance, let’s say for special events. #3. But every shaped mask I tried tended to fall down when speaking. I wondered if the shape itself could be adjusted in…

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    Origami Mask: Adding Chin Dart

    It’s been 5 months since I first posted the tutorial for making the Origami facemask. 1,000 masks later, I’ve learned a few time-saving tricks, but I’ve put off blogging about them….possibly I’m in denial, hoping that the need for masks…

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    Sewing Prints versus Solids

    Have you ever noticed how few prints there are in ready-to-wear garment collections, compared to fabric shops? With the exception of a handful of design houses who are known for their signature prints (hello Versace!), apparel manufacturers tend to use…

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    “How do I send masks?”

    My last post was about where to send masks. But do you know HOW to send them….without making a trip to the post office? (Clue: you can NOT send a mask as a “letter”). …………………………………………….. From what I hear in…

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    Adding Ties to Face Masks

    This is an updated version of the folded “origami style” face mask from the previous post (right-click any blue highlight to open in new window): One of the benefits of sewing the same item over and over again is that…

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    “Where do I Send Masks?”

    March 29, 2020 You’ve made masks, now what? Many sewists jumped right into Mask Mania and now don’t know where to donate. (If you live in a city that may sound strange but the virus has not hit hard in…

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    The Origami Face Mask

    4/8/2020 Update: some readers expressed concern over the use of fusible interfacing in masks. Even though I explained that fusibles work not by use of solvents with dangerous fumes, but rather by melting and hardening, there has been suspicion. I…

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    Corona Virus: Home-made Masks

    4/2/2020 Update: The CDC has turned full circle, we are all wearing masks.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html 3/28/2020 Update: How fast things change! Two weeks ago people said masks were silly (the mayor of NYC also said it was fine to take the subway…

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    Sewing with Reds

    I love red fabric. Red is powerful: when my parents met at a wedding in Washington D.C. in 1950, my mom was wearing a bright red wool coat.  Coincidentally they both lived in New York City. My dad got her…

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    To Pre-wash or Not to Pre-wash?

    That is the question I hear over and over again on online forums. Roughly 90% of the responses are “I always ALWAYS pre-wash, I can’t imagine not pre-washing!“. This tends to drown out the minority who say “Well not always....”.…