Simple Mask Pattern

Based entirely on this pattern from Gather Here, but simplified somewhat (and without the option to insert a filter).

Start with a 7″x19″ piece of quilting cotton:

Press 2” of fabric in by folding the right side of the fabric together. After pressing, bring that fold to meet the center 3.5” line and press to create another fold. Repeat on the other side, you should have a box pleat on the right side of the fabric.

Here’s where my instructions diverge from GH’s.

Mark the center line of the mask, and sew the pleat down.

Fold right-sides-together:

Sew the edges with a half inch seam allowance, leaving an inch unsewn at either end:

Invert the bag, and re-form the pleats:

Fold the raw edges inwards:

Pin and sew close to the edge:

Measure out ~28-30″ of elastic. Use a hook to pull elastic through the small gap left behind:

and then through the other side:

Tie the elastic in a knot, and then it can be worn in the “above and below the ears around the back of the head” style. If you prefer the ears style, use two shorter pieces through the ends of the mask.

If you have glasses, you can use a short pieces of bias tape or cloth tube and sew it to the bridge of the nose:

and then thread two pipecleaners through it which allows you to mold the top well enough to help prevent glasses fogging.

R&D100 Awards

When a project I work on (that involves 3D printing) won one of this years R&D100 awards, my boss said “…we should wear matching 3D printed bow ties to the award ceremony”. Naturally this lead to not only 3D printed bowties, but using the laser-cutter to make components for cufflinks and the button-closure on my tuxedo.

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Star Island, 2014

Long weekend on Star Island with the All Star 2 conference.

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Birthday LARP

I went to NYC, to attend and be official photographer for Kaitlin’s birthday LARP.

Beautiful people in beautiful costumes interacting with drama and purpose make for very easy photography. Also, I think I seriously leveled up at flash usage this event. Continue reading