We found this pattern for a gorgeous “Plague Doctor Mask,” and I learned THREE things from it today.
FIRST — The pattern is made by mctreeleth’s page on Tumblr, suntree a-ok, who is AWESOME!
She is offering this pattern for FREE, and it’s a pattern that she COULD charge a LOT for.
SECOND — This is a replica of an ACTUAL mask work by doctors during the plague, in the 17th century.
They would put spices and oils down in the beak, and the thinking was that this would keep the doctors from contracting the plague as they worked on the victims.
Spoiler Alert — It didn’t actually work, but it looks hella-cool!
THIRD — I am not patient enough to follow a pattern and sew. I can hand-stitch all day long, but I was
bored overwhelmed just READING this pattern.
This takes a level of precision, perfection, and patience that simply is not in my nature.
The quilting on this bad boy is GORGEOUS, and I’m a little jealous that somebody has the talent to complete the project!!
Sara, from suntree a-ok, let’s you know UP FRONT, that this is not a pattern for a beginner to complete.
You have to be skilled in, and have a good grasp on sewing and following a pattern.
She does go through the step-by-step process for completing the mask — but it makes me dizzy just to look at the pictures.
I would gladly PAY for something like this, but I could never, in my lifetime, complete something as beautiful as this plague doctor mask.
If you actually follow along, and make this mask, I’m going to need to see pictures. I freaking admire you for being able to do something so creatively gorgeous.
Now, Sara DOES make the point that she is not sure of the efficacy of this mask — meaning, she doesn’t know if you should wear it during this crazy time to keep germs away.
We do have plenty of face mask patterns to follow, if you need a simple mask to wear on the daily.