This week was all about trying new things. From learning to use a (very simple) pattern, sewing more than just straight seems, to using a brand new program to put together a video, I had a lot of learning to do!
Jumping Right In
This week I attempted to make a face mask. Very topical, very useful, but not simple.
I followed the steps that were laid out in this post by Crazy Little Projects but I made my own pattern by tracing a mask with a shape that I like and have found fits me the best.
The first thing that I needed to do was trace the mask and cut out the pattern, this was definitely the easiest part. Then it was time to pick out my fabric, I went with some gray cotton, and cut out four identical pieces following my pattern. Finally, it was time to get sewing!
I actually found it a bit easier to sew consistent seams when they were curved, which was a pretty massive shock. I assumed that it would be much harder than sewing straight seams, but that wasn’t the case.
The main challenge that I had run into was sewing the two halves of my mask together, I had to pin and re-pin at least a dozen times, and then I also had to figure out how to add in my elastics without them becoming uneven. I got there eventually but it took up an insane amount of time. Once I had everything pinned into place, it was just a matter of finishing everything up.
The final product turned out pretty well if I do say so myself!
I also, as you can tell from the above video, tried out a new video editor this week. Up until now I have been using iMovie one my phone, but this week I decided to try out Animoto. I liked a lot of things about this program, but I did not really like this software for this particular project. There are tons of really pretty templates, a lot of great background tracks, and the whole software is really easy to navigate and use.
I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t add multiple video clips to each slide/scene, because for a project like this where I am mostly using videos to show what is happening it makes it a little bit tougher. I can definitely see myself continuing to use this program in my teaching practice whenever I am teaching lessons to add another level of differentiation for my students. I also think that it would be a great resource for older students who are needing to create class presentations or videos. The different scene and transition options are dynamic and eye catching so if you were using primarily text or images I think that this is a great option.
I will be tackling the mask once again. Even though this one turned out well, there are definitely some spots that are not up to par, and I definitely have some adjustments and considerations that I would like to take into account and attempt again.
Be sure to keep an eye on my twitter to see how things go next time!