This is what's left after I finished making 80 face masks from two sheets of tightweave cotton fabric (yellow and lavender). Everything else goes into the masks (see the result in 2nd pic). . Being generous with your community is a great calling in this challenging time, and it's also a great opportunity to remind ourselves of our impact to the planet. When you make masks for others, minimize your remnants and if space allows, keep them for future use. . With most of us staying inside, remember to be mindful of your home waste. Minimize your trash, and always reduce reuse recycle whenever possible. Stay brave, stay safe, stay healthy.
The last project completed before sewing face masks. Sleeveless coat made with light minty blue gray neoprene pieces from garment factory cutting floor. Button, bias tape, and thread are also rescued. The cotton print I the only material bought new (4 years ago). Featuring no collar, lapels, decorative extended princess seam to shoulder line, one button closure, and (my favorite) large inseam pockets. I altered an A-line tunic pattern to morph it to this coat pattern. My McCunn's How to Make Sewing Patterns book was a great help, as well as lessons learned from @purple_maroon and @jesusromerofashion for pattern making best practices (create notches, walk your pattern, make toile first, etc.) 👍👍👍
Started making face masks for local nursing home facility workers for the past two days. Still ways to go, I volunteer to make 80+ masks with provided kit from a neighbor. Newly available masks and attires are prioritized to main hospitals, so there are many smaller health facilities in desperate needs of handmade cloth masks. . These masks, when made right and used properly, can be effective surgical mask substitute for low-risk health care providers. Of course they're nowhere near N95 equivalent, but they are better than no protection at all, especially during emergencies like nowadays. . If and when you are able, I encourage you to reach out to your local community and see how you can provide help with your skills and talents. Yes there are other personal priorities to be done, yet know that there are others who need your help. God bless.
We have a couple of knit pillowcases to repurpose (he doesn't like them anymore). So I took a copy of old Origami Update article my weaving teacher gave her students several years ago, and studied the ingenious instruction to create a long sleeve top (I need one) from 6 squares of fabric. . The stripes lend themselves nicely to create an alternating pattern, and the resulting top is so soft and comfortable! Swipe for result and pattern overview.
Sewing and Crafting doesn't stop during this uncertain times. Stay safe and calm, everyone! #sewingismytherapy #craftingismytherapy
Time to work. As personally expected, I cannot help altering a pattern, morphing it into another garment style. Alterations and toile done. Fabrics (of course they are remnants) cut. Oh man, I hope this will work out.🤞
During these uncertain times, I hope we take good care of each other, stay calm and safe, healthy, and well informed. Together we can beat this, and the storm will eventually pass. Much love 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
Spring is coming, and that means I can wear this upgraded gardening outfit soon! The coat has handstitched fabric flowers on the back, and the apron is sturdy, functional, and beautiful - made with combination of leather samples and cotton/linen print fabrics. 😊💕🌸
Working with batik is not easy. Growing up with this national fabric, it's hard to get rid of the formal, official vibe of everyday batik wear in Indonesia. So I'm now trying to see if I can shake my preconceived notion a little bit by using some batik lurik fabric to add tuxedo stripes on a pair of too tight, hand-me-down maroon pants and see how it goes. Fingers crossed 🤞