Does it Matter?

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Yesterday devoted to mask-making. I thought they were to be compulsory for shopping from today but a shopkeeper I spoke to said just now he was going to consult his MP.

My recipe for masks I found on YouTube. Spent 57 minutes in the company of Aylssa from Penguin and Fish in America, while she demonstrated. Got to rather like her in the end. You rarely saw her face, if ever. She must be someone with a little independent fabric and sewing business. Her mask was in a bright yellow and purple material she’d designed herself with gingham trimming. What I’d call a craft look. But in personality she was not so uncompromisingly cheerful as her fabric would suggest.

My own mask route was a lilac silk dupion from my stock of fabric for a Queen Mother feel to the mask with old pillowcases to cut up for the lining. ┬áThe hardest part is cutting out the pieces to the right size. It’s incredibly difficult without a paper template to get even simple squares and rectangles accurate. And if your pieces of fabric aren’t the right shape to start with… The other thing is the unbelievable mess made by sewing. I’m still picking up threads all over the house 24 hours later.

But I managed to make two masks – one for me and one for Joshua Baring. I put mine on in a shop just now. It was hell. Glasses steamed up. I’m not sure that lilac silk dupion is such a good idea. Maybe this will be just a celebration mask, for rushing from the limo to the event attended by nobody.

While I had the sewing machine out – it’s a whole piece of furniture, and belonged to Aunt Olive whose husband gave it to her in 1948. He was a rich doctor. Their life was mink and diamonds, even a Royce and a chauffeur. I was there in about 1968, when a little gilt table was bought out at the furriers at Oxford Circus upon which Uncle Barton was to write the cheque for the blond mink to add to the brown one she already had. But Aunt Olive otherwise behaved as if very poor. She longed and longed to have an evening dress with matching full length coat. But she cut it out wrong and it had to be just a jacket. That was that. She never did have an evening dress with matching full length coat in all her life. But I digress – while I had the machine out, which is a tremendous performance in itself since it’s a whole piece of furniture, I thought I’d mend a terrible rip in an ancient duvet. When I finished I found I’d done it on the wrong side, so the raw edge is showing. I thought about unpicking and starting again – or just throwing the thing away. It could even be 35 years old.

But no, it must be right. I’m scheming now to sew tape over the raw edge. Some people would say it’s a waste of time. What does it matter? Nobody will see it and most likely I’ll put that duvet back in the drawer and leave it there for good. What I want is the satisfaction of a good result which is extraordinarily satisfying regardless of whether there’s any audience at all. There’s not really much point in asking What’s the point?

My Mask in Lilac Silk Dupion

My Mask in Lilac Silk Dupion

Mask with Clever Pocket into Which to Insert further Wadding - Maybe for winter

Mask with Clever Pocket into Which to Insert further Wadding – Maybe for winter

Patti LuPone in Hollywood - O Bring Back this Look! The Medusa Hair and Supreme the Fur Cake Surmounting the Coiffure

Patti LuPone in Hollywood – O Bring Back this Look! The Medusa Hair and Supreme, the Fur Cake Surmounting the Coiffure

 

Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2020 under Adrian Edge day by day.

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4 comments

  1. Medusa hair and fur cake, whole construct a mare to keep constructed. What if you looked down, to walk?

  2. Shop owners are never as nice as their products would suggest. I should know. How we yearn for Kirsty and one of her crafty programmes devoted to mask patchworking with some how-to on lockdown bun baking thrown in.

  3. Gigham! So important

  4. You couldn’t possibly

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