Masks, Notebook of a Beginner Sewist, Sewing

Notebook of a Beginner Sewist 8

Bonjour. What did you do this weekend that made you happy?

I finally had the energy to get some sewing done! A friend, who’s an Army veteran, wanted some new masks. I started late Friday and even had lost track of time as two neighbors and I had a 7pm Zoom Craft Meeting.


  • Dana of MADE Everyday’s pattern
  • The various fabrics are from my stash and from Joann’s.
  • This elastic I used is from an Etsy shop, is a tighter weave, and I think 1/8″ thicker than what I had used in the first set of masks I had made our crew. The recipient’s head is 1 and 1/4″ smaller in circumference than my husband’s so the length and stretch should be a more comfortable fit for him.

The next time I buy elastic, I may pick up black in an 1/8″ thickness. Hopefully it’ll be in a looser weave as well.

I’m also glad I had no thread tension issues. In the past with past projects, it has been up and down with sewing two layers of cotton. I read some article on Pinterest and turned my dial to near 2; this was a game changer for me and has been giving me good results.


Topstitch in a longer stitch. The standard stitch is 2.5. I used a 4.5. The topstitching comes out better looking and smoother, especially when sewing over the side pleats.

Well I’m off to have some ice cream with chocolate sauce before 8pm rolls around. I started weight lifting just two weeks ago and I’ve lost 0.6 lbs. It’s been about a year since I started IF; I’ve lost a total of 12 lbs. Very happy with the results.

Enjoy the rest of your day. Thanks for droppin by & TTYS.