May 06 2020

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Florida Prototype 2 Mask – Edit


I simply LOVE Sewstine. She is someone I could listen to for hours. Super sensible and answers all of my questions without me needing to ask them.

68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice

A worthy goal for a year is to learn enough about a subject so that you can’t believe how ignorant you were a year earlier.

-Kevin Kelly (68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice)

COVID-19 is happening and I have always wanted to sew. My dear friend Tsan was making masks and showed me how. Now I can’t stop.

After well over 100 hours trying to make and/or design the “perfect mask”, I have figured out that I have an actual definition of what that mask must do.

  1. All cotton
  2. One string tie
  3. Excellent seal
  4. One size
  5. Non-scratchy
  6. Stylish
  7. Neat edges
  8. Strong/washable

The Florida Prototype 2 (PDF) is the closest I have found yet. (I am going to try the Olson Mask next.)

I have modified that Florida mask to use all-cotton fabric, a single string tie and flipped it inside-out so it is not scratchy, has neat edges and is a bit more stylish. Pattern and 10-step instructions are below.

Seam with holes
2 ducks
Insert tie
Insert bendy
Sew-in bendy and tie
Connect the darts

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