I altered this fitted mask pattern, to include a clear plastic window so the wearer’s mouth would be visible. There have been some of these online for people to wear so children and those with hearing issues can see the mouth and potentially lip read, also useful for people who need to see facial expression to interpret mood, etc.
Any lined mask pattern can be altered in this way but I feel like one with a curved front seam that stands away from the face might be the most comfortable to still allow for breath-ability. I simply marked where my mouth was with the mask on and cut a small square out and clipped the corners about 1/4".
Fold the seam allowance in on the front fabric and press, repeat with the lining. Pin a piece of flexible plastic between the fabric layers (the sort that is sold as table cloth in a hardware store, it’s only a couple of dollars for a few feet).
I zigzagged around the edge to make sure I caught the plastic, it was fussy and awkward to sew so I’m not sure I would want to make many of these in a row.
And then my man broke out laughing when I tried it on but can you really blame him? I see the point of these but I look so ridiculous. I’ll be giving this one to a friend with a new baby so wee one can see mama’s face should they go out somewhere she needs to be masked.
Oh, and not sure how best to clean these. I would say wash in cold inside a mesh lingerie bag or tied in a pillowcase to protect from agitation, hang to dry. Maybe once dry it could be put into a hot dryer to disinfect? I think these masks won’t hold up to rough treatment.