I mentioned in my previous post that my hubby has wanted me to make him a sleep mask for quite some time. Especially in our new city condo, a lot of light comes in the window from the parking garage across the alley–even when our blinds are closed. Since sleep masks at least in my mind already have a feminine association, I wanted to make his mask as “manly” as possible.
I took him to the fabric store with me to pick out a “manly” flannel. Going to the fabric store with hubs is like taking a ticking time-bomb to the fabric store–you don’t know how long you’ve got, but it’s probably not long. Fabric-shopping with hubs is completely opposite from the way I fabric-shop. When I’m alone, I like to see every single last option available.
With hubs, it’s “I like that one” to the first one he sees. Then I see another one he’ll probably like more.
“What about this one?” I ask in that high-pitched excited voice you use with toddlers to keep their attention.
He looks at it for two seconds. “Yep, I like the second one better.”
It has now been established that there are other choices hubby will like better than the first one he saw. Should I stick with his second pick, or introduce others he might like even more?
“How about this third one…?” I ask tentatively.
He looks at it for two seconds. “Yep, that’s the best one.”
Argh! I know for a fact there are 20 other fabrics nearby that we should look at. But hubby’s ready to go. Unfortunately, we still need to choose a coordinated piping, elastic, and trim. How long do I have before hubby starts looking wistfully towards the door? Not sure, better hurry!
I realized hubby is a much more decisive person than I am, less obliged to view all the choices, and more willing to just take a leap.
When all was said and done and I finished the sleep mask, I had learned two things:
1. The free Burda pattern constricts hubby’s considerably large schnoz. So I made a modified pattern.
2. There is nothing masculine about an elastic band that looks ruffly (pictured above). After making this mask, I was excited to discover elastic at Nancy’s Sewing Basket that does not look ruffly (the kind women use for hairbands). The modified schnoz-mask has more “manly” elastic than pictured here.
What I’m happy about: Every morning, hubby gets up and says “I love this sleep mask! I feel like a million bucks!“