People have started wearing face masks or scarves in the local supermarket. Last week there was just one woman, this week there were five people: the two people on the checkout, two people with scarves round their faces and a man in a very serious looking mask who turned out to work at the local nuclear power station. I suspect he had acquired one from work, a mask that is probably proof against radioactive dust.
I thought it was time I followed the trend. I didn't want to buy proper masks that are best kept for medical staff and carers, so I'm making my own. After looking at a few patterns, I found one that was straightforward and it's turned out well. It's two layers of cotton fabric, pleated to ensure a good fit and there is a pocket for a filter if you want to add one.
My Singer sewing machine belonged to my mother-in-law and I looked it up online once, using it's serial number. If I remember correctly, it's nearly 100 years old, having been made in 1923. It's a hand wound machine, but still works fine for simple sewing tasks.
The very old sewing machine couldn't cope with the last step, so the next day I had to sew the pleats in place by hand.
Also I didn't have any elastic, so the stretchy loops are made from a sock that my husband refused to wear because the grey was too pale. I found I needed to knot the loops to ensure a snug fit. However, as the loops go round the ears, they are hidden by my hair, so it doesn't matter that I had to improvise.
Next week I will become a mask wearer...