Finally my bulk craft supply buying is proving useful, although I’m running out of non-woven interfacing and the flat elastic is gone. I’m adjusting, and ended up sewing a simple casing on each end, then I can use round elastic (from my midori planner making days) for the ear loops, a casing would also leave the option to thread in twill/bias tape for ties.
Lots of mask making & mask wearing feedback, each one now is a slight improvement on the last, I’ve learned that adding a little extra elastic length is helpful, so the recipient can adjust the ear loops larger or smaller to fit. I’ve learned I don’t need to have the interfacing go all the way to the side edges, which saves materials and reduces the pleat bulk when sewing. I’ve made a few no interfacing versions (I tried this because like elastic, interfacing is really scarce and most masks I’m seeing are just 2 layers of quilting cotton) and I will say the lighter weight is more comfortable to wear as the weather warms.
I’ve also learned that no matter how many times you wash them, some fabrics are just going to be jerks.
As I keep reaching for mask perfection (I don’t even know why that is turning in to a real thing for me?) I keep streamlining the steps, I’ve extended both the length and width for better coverage and eliminated the need for the sewn on casing by using some of that extra width to create a fold over edge casing that’s built right in. But, even my bulk craft supply buying has its usage limits and to save the elastic for making masks used by people who need quick on/off or have dexterity issues, I decided to make myself a fancy tie mask, granted I looped it around my ears because how ADORABLE anime babydoll fairytale princess is this mask (!) and because I was obsessed with flowing hair ribbons as a kid (I already scared myself though when a tie tickled my neck, thinking there was a bug crawling on me). Masks will be around for some time, so I’m going to make mine as super frickin cute and comfortable as I can!
( My post about mask patterns can be found here, if you’d like to have a go at sewing your own :)