I felt honoured when I discovered my hybrid mask had been tested by the fabulously useful portal MaskeZeigen.de, an initiative started at the German government’s hackathon #wirvsvirus, which I’ve been following from the start! This is what tester Birgit S. says (direct translation :)), who has both sewn the mask and taken those lovely pictures above:
»The author of the instructions is a professional. And you can tell. (…) The highlight of this mask is the seperate, backwards folded nose pleat, which also contains the nose wire (…). I was pleasantly surprised at how well the mask fits. In my opinion, the author’s plan to design a mask that “fits as tightly and seamlessly as possible on the nose, cheek and chin and does not slide up into the eyes or down the tip of the nose” worked out perfectly. The nose piece is also exchangeable, and at the bottom of the mask there is a small opening for the insertion of a filter. The drawstring is variable for all possible types of fastening. Due to the classic folds, the mask offers enough air to breathe. Due to the drawstring, the mask lies in a curve and sits close to the face.«
Here you can read the original German version:
»Die Autorin der Anleitung ist Profi. Und das merkt man. (…) Der Clou bei dieser Maske ist die nach hinten geklappte, separate Nasenfalte (…). Ich war angenehm überrrascht, wie toll die Maske sitzt. Der Plan der Autorin, eine Maske zu entwerfen, die „möglichst dicht und lückenlos an Nase, Wange und Kinn anliegt und weder hoch in die Augen noch zur Nasenspitze runterrutscht“, ist aus meiner Sicht voll aufgegangen. Der Nasendraht ist zudem auswechselbar, und am unteren Ende der Maske gibt es eine kleine Öffnung für den Einschub eines Filters. Der Tunnelzug ist variabel für alle möglichen Arten zur Befestigung. Durch die klassischen Falten bietet die Maske ausreichend Luft zum Atmen. Durch den Tunnelzug legt sich die Maske in eine Rundung und sitzt dadurch dicht am Gesicht.«
I felt even more honoured when I found out that my hybrid mask is the favorite mask of two of the authors of this wonderful portal and is even linked as such in the About Us page! :) – You can read the whole test and find many other patterns and instructions for fabric masks, craft ideas without sewing and a lot of cleverly thought-out tips and tricks around the everyday mask on MaskeZeigen.de – and if you’re looking for a translation, Google might help! ❤
I love this design. I’ve made 200 + masks using various patterns, and this is my absolute favorite. As you say, it combines the best features of shaped, fitted masks and the standard flat pleated mask.
Thank you for your kind appreciation, dear Claire! I’ve tried all the patterns I could find at the time (March) – and if any of them had worked for me, I wouldn’t have started inventing my own. It makes me so happy that my hack helps others to help too now! :) – All the best, and stay safe!
I was so thrilled when I found your mask online back in June. I have a petite face and it fit perfectly when I made it a little narrower. I have just discovered that you have made so many modifications. I can’t wait to tell all my family, they were requesting masks from me because they saw how it nicely it fit my face. Everyone that complements my mask I tell them about you. Thank you for continuing to inovate an already great product.
That‘s awesome! Thank you so much for your kind appreciation, dear Kim. I‘ve had all these problems with other mask patterns myself, before I decided to make my own, and I think it‘s so important that everyone can find a mask shape that fits them right! So six months after not meaning to make my own pattern, I‘m still at it, and there will be more coming soon (and probably more after that)… I really enjoy solving complicated pattern problems, and it makes me so happy to be able to help in my own sort of way these days! :)
Dear Iris, I love your masks and have made many standard ones. Now I’ve printed 120% for a men’s extra large, but before I cut, can you please tell me if I keep the same seem allowances (1 cm) as I did on the standard (100%)? thank you
Sarah, (California, USA)
Thank you very much for your appreciation, dear Sarah! – If you want to keep it simple (and / or the mask to be a tiny bit larger), I’d recommend to go with the usual 1 cm allowance, but if you want to be really super precise to the pattern, you can work with the 1.2 cm allowance the 120% version suggests (or just cut off 0.2 cm on top and bottom of the pattern, so it’s 1 cm)! To be honest, I usually don’t cut masks super precise myself (to me, 0.2 cm is “chalk latitude”) and they still fit perfectly :)
I was wondering how I can make a mask at home in fact I have failed several times. During the pandemic especially here in our country, we hardly produce things within-country..almost 90% of products are imported due to poor technology and resources..I was planning to come up with producing mass face masks from the old clothes since our people don’t know to recycle them. it was my great opportunity to go through your page, it was a pleasure and I would like to seek further assistance.
Your idea to produce face masks from old clothes sounds great, dear Phurpa! This is how I started too, and I was surprised how many masks you can make from old shirts and trousers, also how my pattern allows you to use almost all of the fabric with only very few cutoffs :).
If you need any help regarding my pattern, please feel free to ask via mail (email@example.com) or some messenger (you can find my contact details here). I’d love to be able to help!
If you’d like to donate your masks, I wouldn’t want to earn from your effort either and just happily encourage your effort, but if you’d like to sell your mask for a profit, I’d first have to grant you commercial usage rights, as my pattern is free for non-commercial use only. Okay?