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The Mask

Are you wearing a mask when out and about? I admit that I’m not, yet. I got myself confused with exactly what level of protection a mask should have and therefore have got stuck with my procrastinations and not progressed, though this is going to change…

The 13 year old, early on in lock down, made face masks for Team E-E – they were beautiful, and made with love. But not sewn – hot glue gunned together (a lack of patience runs in the family) and so therefore not as comfortable to wear for as long. Eeeek.

This is the link to the Government website that explains what the masks should be, what they could be made from and how to make them. Sewing machines optional.

I know the factories that I’ve worked with have had massive gaps in production for SS20/AW20; there were so many cancelled orders for this summer and into this autumn because retailers and brands knee jerk reaction (with reason) as we went into lock down was to halt and cut buying. But so many factories have switched production, where they could, to either making PPE or face masks… some have continued and now offer masks on a larger scale.

(Increasingly disposable masks that some people are wearing and ‘discarding’ are becoming an environmental problem as not all are making it into bins etc.)

I’ve not yet dusted off my sewing machine to have a go at round two of mask making. But in the meantime, should you have a mask shaped gap in your accessory wardrobe, here are some that are available…

Please note NONE of these masks claim to be medical grade or that they offer any protection against Covid-19. They could be worn over other more protective masks. If you follow the link to any of the masks below, please read the small print within each mask description.

Leopard is the new neutral.
Etsy Face Mask with filter £6.99

Etsy Face Mask with filter £6.99

Or how about a 3-pack?
Gap Leopard print masks £12.95

Gap Leopard print masks £12.95

Masks that could compliment a myriad of different summer outfits.
Anthropologie 3pack face masks £18

Anthropologie 3pack face masks £18

Anthropologie 3pack face masks £18

Anthropologie 3pack face masks £18

A little camo? And a Family pack – for adults & kids…
Gap Family Unisex Face masks £29.95

Gap Family Unisex Face masks £29.95

Something pretty…
Red Bubble Midnight Floral mask £11.98

Red Bubble Midnight Floral mask £11.98

A light floral print…
Red Bubble Adolphe Millot Fleurs A Mask £11.49

Red Bubble Adolphe Millot Fleurs A Mask £11.49

I wouldn’t have had Vistaprint down as mask-makers; I always thought that they were printers of business cards etc – but in these times so many businesses are pivoting and expanding. Go them.
Vistaprint patterned £17

Vistaprint patterned £17

These are the replacement filters to go with the above masks, but look (from the website) like they’d be OK to use for other masks with pockets as well. Interesting. These are a 10 pack of filters… each filter can be used for 12 hours.
Vistaprint Adult filter 10 pack £6

Vistaprint Adult filter 10 pack £6

Finally, These are super cute.
The Box Card Cotton Face Mask £8.92

The Box Card Cotton Face Mask £8.92

xx

Header main picture by Freepik.
This link will take to you the Freepik page that I found and show different pattern shapes that could be used/downloaded to make your own mask.

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