Sunday, March 29, 2020

Homemade Surgical Masks - free Paganoonoo pattern and info on what materials to use

Pattern updated 03Apr2020
Covid19 is contributing to a shortage of medical supplies. 

As a very LAST RESORT for proper PPE (personal protective equipment) the CDC recommends healthcare providers use homemade masks.  

For the general public, recommendations are shifting to wear a mask if you are in public. 

When proper masks are not available, homemade is better than nothing. Masks are needed for many types of people: folks working public facing jobs, those who want to protect others from themselves in case they are a carrier, those who work with high risk populations, veterinarians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals.

This blog post is to provide you with information on how to choose materials and provide a free pattern.

MATERIALS:
I did a bit of research and found a study about the effectiveness of various fibers in screening particles.  The study looked at 2 factors:

1: Breathability
2: Particle Screening Effectiveness

They said both were key.  Vacuum cleaner bags are as effective as surgical masks, but are not breathable, so they are out.  Cutting to the bottom line they recommended:

1: Tightly woven cotton - think high thread count sheets, not quilting fabric
2: Tight knits

Here is a video where I explain in a bit more detail on how to pick a fabric:  

An overview article with links to the original study is here.

And about ELASTIC - there has been a shortage, and medical workers have been complaining about elastic hurting their ears.

A terrific alternative is ties made with t-shirt string.  This "string" is made by cutting ribbons across the body of a t-shirt and pulling it tight.  The ribbon curls in on itself and makes a mostly non-stretchy string.  It holds a bow very well.

I've made a video showing how to make t-shirt string: 


I've drafted a pattern based on the information provided above.  It has 3 sizes, Adult - which covers an N95 mask, pre-teen, and child. 

Get your FREE PATTERN.

And here are the pages, sized to print on 8.5" by 11" paper:





Stay safe. Thank you for helping,


Michelle Paganini

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Refashion Runway week 6: contestant Michelle Paganini

Hello, I am Michelle Paganini.  You may already know me from my business, Paganoonoo, or appearances on the syndicated PBS TV show

Lucky me! I juried into Refashion Runway hosted by Beth Huntington a.k.a. "The Renegade Seamstress. It is an online 6 week challenge to refashion with the emphasis for each week selected in advance, much like Project Runway. There is winner each week, based on votes (like yours) 50%, and 50% judges choice.  You can vote for your favorites once a day, every day, Sat - Friday.

This weeks challenge is "Kentucky Derby Hat"
I found the perfect hat at my favorite thrift store, the Happy Dragon.  The beaded heart coasters also came from there.  I knew I needed some height so used a photo holder that holds my business cards at sewing festivals. It is adorned with my earrings.
   
I hand stitched on each heart.

The finished hat...

 The flower was borrowed from a vase in the house.  The rhinestone pins cover a gap between the heart and flower.
Paired with a red dress, crystals and a rhinestone pin I am ready to go!  The dress is upcycled.
This was a fun challenge
P.S.  Find out more about Michelle and shop Paganoonoo upcycle sewing tutorials at www.paganoonoo.com 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Refashion Runway Week 4: Small To Large, Contestant Michelle Paganini

Hello, I am Michelle Paganini.  You may already know me from my business, Paganoonoo, or appearances on the syndicated PBS TV show

Lucky me! I juried into Refashion Runway hosted by Beth Huntington a.k.a. "The Renegade Seamstress. It is an online 6 week challenge to refashion with the emphasis for each week selected in advance, much like Project Runway. There is winner each week, based on votes (like yours) 50%, and 50% judges choice.  You can vote for your favorites once a day, every day, Sat - Friday.

This weeks challenge is "Small to Large"
So many possibilities!  I settled on vintage linen pieces combined to make a larger piece - a Haori-style jacket.

The two main base pieces were a linen tablecloth with fading embroidery and a large strip of a cutter quilt (too damaged in parts to be useable as a whole quilt.)
As I sorted through all the small pieces I found those that made the best color combinations, and trimmed the to size.
  Sometimes I needed to square the pieces.  The flannel english bulldog is from a pair of Nick and Nora PJs.
  One front side is lined linen and the other is quilted.  

The sleeves are from embroidered runners and bits of an old pillowcase.
The back is a mix of both linen tablecloth and quilted pieces,.  The banded collar is quilted.
It It was a pleasure to combine all of the smaller pieces into a larger garment!

   












The whole garment makes me smile. What role will it play in my wardrobe? Probably multiple: #1 super cool bed jacket, #2 playful lunch out with girlfriends, #3 sewing workshop wear... the possibilities are endless. Probably will not work for date night, as my hubby would be likely say, "This makes my teeth itch!".
To me, this one is a winner!

  




Vote for me here. 
What's coming in the next weeks? If I stay in the contest then...  5) Southwest, and 6) Kentucky Derby Hats.

Previous weeks:
We started three weeks ago.  
In challenge #1, "statement sleeves", I tied for 3rd!  See full details on my sleeve refashion entry on this blog post, and all the contestant entries here.
In challenge #2, "1970's", I was inspired by one of my favorite 1970's sewing patterns!  See full details on my blog post, and all the contestant entries here.
In challenge #3, "Faux Fur" I modified a jacket to a vest. See full details on my Blog post, and all contestant entries here.


P.S.  Find out more about Michelle and shop Paganoonoo upcycle sewing tutorials at www.paganoonoo.com 


P.P.S. Mishap!!! I had never even heard of such a thing being possible. My beautiful oversized red spool of thread was, I thought, innocently sitting behind my machine waiting to be used. Oh NO!
When I clipped it and left it hanging over the top of the machine, it migrated over to the turn wheel and got wound up.

Apparently it was feeding onto the turn wheel for hours and hours and eventually displaced the turn wheel cover which dropped off the machine and finally caught my attention.


Unbelievable. Time to order more red thread. Lol.
  

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Refashion Runway Week 3, Faux Fur, Michelle Paganini

Hello, I am Michelle Paganini.  You may already know me from my business, Paganoonoo, or appearances on the syndicated PBS TV show

Lucky me! I juried into Refashion Runway hosted by Beth Huntington a.k.a. "The Renegade Seamstress. It is an online 6 week challenge to refashion with the emphasis for each week selected in advance, much like Project Runway. There is winner each week, based on votes (like yours) 50%, and 50% judges choice.  You can vote for your favorites once a day, every day, Sat - Friday.
This weeks challenge is "Faux Fur"
I had never worked with faux fur before, so felt a bit intimidated. I selected a faux lambs wool coat to transform. It is very well made and was a steal for $35 at www.happydragonthriftshop.com in Los Gatos, CA where I volunteer.

Vests are also more wearable  in our temperate northern California climate, so a vest transformation was my plan.

The before pictures were taken in bright sunlight, which makes the "fur" look a completely different color than the after shots. My photographer (husband George) advised open shade for the remainder of photos, right as always - thanks honey.  

The coat is a classic shape, with nice in-seam pockets. Liking the simplicity of the cut I decided to maintain the basic silhouette.  
I removed the sleeves, removed the shoulder padding, detached the armhole lining, and sculpted out vest shaped armholes.  I also tightened the armhole by taking in the side seam and shoulder seams a bit.
 
After turning under the raw fur edges and stitching them in place by hand I tackled the lining.  In order to curve the lining shy of the armhole opening I clipped it all the way around, turned it under, and hand stitched it in place.



I considered adding embellishments. Tassels would have been fun but limited the wearing options (for me).  I found ribbon that was a perfect match but looked awkward sitting on top of the textured fur.
I opted for straight up simple and classic. I'm loving the result.  It is a very wearable vest, much more so than the jacket.  Paired with a thrifted linen blouse, thrifted jeans, and gifted earrings it looks great.



 
I wore my vest over to to the Happy Dragon to show the ladies the transformation (which they loved) and ran into my doppleganger!  Marley is an adorable 5 year old Labradoodle from Scotts Valley, CA.  His human graciously agreed he could appear here for your viewing pleasure. 
I hope you love the results too and vote for me here. 

What's coming in the next weeks? If I stay in the contest then... 4) Small to Large, 5) Southwest, and 6) Kentucky Derby Hats.

Previous weeks:
We started two weeks ago with 15 contestants.  

In challenge #1, "statement sleeves", I tied for 3rd!  See full details on my sleeve refashion entry on this blog post, and all the contestant entries here.
In challenge #2, "1970's", I was inspired by one of my favorite 1970's sewing patterns!  See full details on my blog post, and all the contestant entries here.

P.S.  Find out more about Michelle and shop Paganoonoo upcycle sewing tutorials at www.paganoonoo.com