AN UNPLANNED MASK MAKING ENDEAVOR
Debra's mask making started when her neighbor's caregiver asked for a mask similar to the one that Debra was wearing. Debra's mask at that time, was made using Grace Jun's pattern published in the April 5, 2020 edition of The Washington Post. The Jun pattern was rather large which required Debra to pin-fit it to the shape of her face after it initially was constructed. So to make a mask for the caregiver, Debra searched for a mask pattern on the Internet that would be more fitted. It was in a casual conversation with a friend from whom she received another mask pattern. However that pattern was too small and kept slipping off of Debra's nose when she talked.
With the experience of the two patterns and examining mask patterns and videos on the Internet, Debra made one mask prototype after another, testing each one on different faces and making adjustments accordingly to achieve a comfortable fit especially for her neighbor's caregiver who has very full cheeks.
When the caregiver's colleague, a hospice worker saw the mask, she wanted to buy one and later requested to purchase more to sell to her co-workers. Suddenly, Debra found herself in the mask making business and grateful to be helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 among healthcare workers, their older and elderly patients and beyond.
Debra hopes that wearing one of her handcrafted face masks helps keep you safe and well. Making masks is Debra's weekend activity. So check the Masks Shop on Mondays or Tuesdays when she typically replenishes the Shop's stock and/or adds new mask designs to the inventory.
Debra welcomes your feedback below. If you are dissatisfied in any way, please contact her directly.