This pandemic has proven to be a real “norm changer” for all of us. My family and I think that face masks will be in our foreseeable future longer than we ever thought they would be. Of course, if that helps to keep me, my family and those around us safe and healthy, we’re all in! I have been making masks with horizontal pleats by the dozens ever since March, but have found after wearing them for a while, the fogging of the glasses gets to be a bit annoying. When I came across this video today for a mask with vertical pleats, I just had to try it and share it with you. I followed the directions in the video very carefully, so the first mask took about 45 minutes from cut out to finished product. Now that I have done it once, I think I will put my own spin on it and things will go much faster as I make more. Follow the link to the original video and I will share with you the little things I did to change the process for me.
I did make some small changes to the original pattern given in the video. I changed the elastic to an 8.5” cut. Also, the cut size of the fabric given in the video (6.5”x9.5”) produces a mask that fits me, but is too small for my husband. I will have to play with the fabric’s cut size to find something that fits him comfortably. He will also need longer ear elastic and would probably benefit from the stoppers used in the video. I didn’t have any of those on hand, so the elastic on my mask was measured to fit me. Also, the mask, since it uses an inverted pleat, has a definite right side/wrong side. The horizontal pleats lend themselves to reversibility, but the inverted pleat used in the vertical pleat mask, really fits best one way. The inverted pleat will mold best to your face one way better than the other. Wearing it “the right way” is very obvious. Once I tried on the mask, I was pleasantly surprised how much more comfortable it was for me and my glasses had no fogging! I will be making more of these tomorrow! Happy Sewing!