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This Fantasy Mask Design is worked in a Sheer Sparkle Purple Fabric over a Dark Purple Satin Fabric on the right side and a Green Chiffon Fabric on the left.
The easiest way to enlarge large projects is to use an overhead projector. Trace the sketch on to a sheet of clear plastic and project it onto a wall with paper on it. Just trace the image and you're done.
If you don't have access to an overhead projector over lay the sketch with a 1/2" grid. The image is small so the grid appears larger than it does in the Cat Mask but they are the same size.
I've enlarged the image on a 9" grid pattern. I calculated this by counting the number of squares in the width of the sketch image (8) and dividing that number into 72 inches. (my desired width of finished piece)
I was not happy with the way that the eyes looked so that I cut a couple of paper eyes and started playing with their location until I was happy.
I let it sit over night to have a look in the morning with fresh eyes.
I cut the pattern pieces out, filling in the piece that laps behind the other, with paper. This means the right side curling pieces are cut independently.
Lay the paper pattern pieces on a heavy fabric backing **adding a 2" seam allowance to the seams which will lap behind the forward pieces** and then cut out.
I use a light colored pencil to draw the edge of the image. Colored pencils work well because the line work does not degrade when the pieces are worked with over time.
The backing pieces are now used as the pattern pieces and are laid on the quilt batting for cutting.
I used have used the backing and batting layer as a pattern piece on the face layers.
My fabric choice for this piece caused some problems. I chose with color as the primary determinant and because the fabric was so thin I need to use 2 layers to make sure it was not transparent and another layer of cotton sheeting to give it some body.
This piece is cut out of purple sparkle gauze over purple satin. I am stitching all around each piece to hold all the layers together and minimize sliding and stretching.
Adding the self bias tape without stitching first would just be a big headache trying to control too many layers all at once.
The last piece is the purple sparked gauze over gold lame.
Each piece uses a different color of bias tape.
For complete instructions about making your own bias tape go to:
Make Self Fabric Bias Tape
The green piece, I wanted to be mono-chromatic so I used fabric from the same fabric as the body of the piece. Because it is so thin, I needed to use 2 layers of the color plus an under fabric. The strips are cut on the bias 3 inches wide and the seams are 5/8 of an inch wide.
The purple piece, I used a high contrast gold lame fabric. It is cut 3 inches wide with an under fabric to give it body.
I decided to minimize the eyes and used the same fabric for the green side (two layers with an under layer for stabilization) and the purple satin from the bottom layer of the dark purple piece on the other.
First I stitched 1/4 inch around the eye holes same as I did around the edges of all the pattern pieces.
Make the Facing Pattern:
I traced the holes in the main pieces for the mask for the eye piece, then added a 5/8 inch seam allowance on the inside of the line 1 1/2 inch on the outside of the line for the eye hole.
I cut two facings for each eye. Placing them right sides together, I sewed along the stitching line, then clipped seam allowance, turned and pressed facings. I finished by stitching 1/16 inch from the seam line on the front of the back facing through the facing and the seam allowances.
I have folded the facing to 3/4 inch, then pinned it in place before stitching about 1/16 inch from the edge of the facing all the way around the eye.
On the front I folded the facing down to 7/8 inch, pinned it in place and then stitched 1/16 inch from edge all the way around.
Because the front facing is slightly wider than the back facing, there is no stitching from the back, showing on the front.
Here is the mask all put together.
First the dark purple piece was lapped over the light purple piece and then hand stitched using heavy thread. I needed a thimble to be able to stitch all the layers.
Next the green piece was lapped over the two purple ones and hand stitched in place.
I've sewn a row of large beads along the edges of the two purple pieces
Contrasting green beads show off the dark purple.
Matching beads enhance the light purple piece.
I've used 1 1/8 inch circles of metallic purple vinyl fabric with glue on gems.
The Bauble is attached in the center with a sequin and bead.
This is a 2 3/4 inch circle; several layers of fabric were built up to make it stiff and then it was stitched around the edges with a zigzag stitch.
I think if I were to do it again, I would use the metallic purple vinyl that I used on the Small Baubles.
The gems are glued on and the whole piece is attached with a bead at the center.
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