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Last night I had a dream that I was at a bar with some girlfriends, having a few pre-party drinks before we would do the typical girly thing and get changed together into our party gear. After a few drinks we jumped into the showers (don’t ask me why this bar had showers!) but when we got out of the showers, we realised that all of our clothes had been stolen. Now, before your imagination gets carried away (!) what actually happened next was that we defiantly declared (albeit in our bath towels) that we did not need clothes to attend the party; all we needed were our lace masks and we would show the thieves the they could not stop us from going to the party (huh hum)…. I don’t know what that dream actually means, but it pretty much sums up how I feel about costume masks. For some reason, when I’m wearing one, my inhibitions disappear and I feel as though I could confidently walk into a room completely naked. It’s as though that small piece of fabric covering my face is a veil for my entire body…

Anyway, lace masks are the new black, and I recently did in fact go to a costume party with a fabulous group of girlfriends where we all donned lace masks that I had made (just for the record: we were fully clothed as well). Below is a cheater’s guide on how to make a lace mask yourself. The trick is to find lace with scalloped edges, so that you do not have to cut eye holes into the lace (which is tricky to do without making the mask look cheap and nasty). Alternatively, you can use a very fine mesh to make a full face mask and avoid cutting eye holes altogether.

You will need:

  • a piece of scallop-edged lace (make it French; nothing is more luxurious!). It should be long enough to give four arches – each arch will form half of an eye hole.
  • a two pieces of fine mesh. The width should be no longer than twice the width of the lace. The length should be no longer than the distance from the front of your ear to the centre of the back of your head (any longer, and it will overlap when you put the mask on, which will make it difficult to secure).
  • two pieces of ribbon, each 25cm in length (or longer, if you want it to hang down further)
  • pair of scissors
  • sewing machine

1. Form the eye holes: cut the lace so that you have two pieces, each with two arches. Turn the two arches towards each other to form two eye holes, overlapping the two pieces of lace about 8mm.

2. Join the eye holes to create the face: Sew a short running stitch (and back-stitch) at each of the three points where the lace overlaps (forming the eye-holes). Because the lace will be delicate, you may need to give the machine a bit of help by gently pushing the lace as you sew, to guide the lace through.

3. Make the sides of the mask: Place one piece of ribbon on top of the mesh, running it through the centre of the mesh. Sew a short running stitch (and back-stitch) on the ribbon at the two edges of the mesh, and again in the centre of the mesh. Do the same with the second piece of ribbon and mesh.

4. Join the sides of the mask to the face: Take one piece of mesh and lay the short edge along the short edge of the lace, overlapping about 1 cm (the size of overlap will depend on the style of your lace. Increase or decrease the size of the lap to ensure that the mesh does not cover up the eye hole). Sew a running stitch along that short edge, joining the side of the mask to the face of the mask. Do the same with the other piece of mesh (joining it to the other side of the face).

5. Finish off the ribbon: Cut a diagonal on the end of each end of ribbon.

Voila! You have a beautiful lace mask!

The masks I made for a party recently

Megan, in one of the masks that I made

What do you think my dream means? How do you feel about costume masks? Have you ever worn a costume mask?