Stephanie Bodner from Evgenia Lingerie started making cotton face masks when a friend, who is an ER doctor in Oakland, CA, reached out to her for them. Her hospital was suffering a shortage of masks and scrub caps and with the scope of the pandemic growing, extra protection was at a premium. Elma Lingerie had been posting detailed directions on how to make the masks, so Stephanie decided to follow suit.
“Initially I just donated as many masks and scrub caps as I could, offering them not only to my doctor friend, but also to individuals in need for only the cost of shipping and handling. The demand grew substantially so I began selling my masks in addition to donation to help offset the cost of the free ones and to cover the cost of labor and materials, ” said Stephanie Bodner.
The masks Stephanie is currently sewing are made from extra sample yardage from what was supposed to be her SS20 collection. The collection, Marguerite, is all cotton, and is of course on indefinite hold at the moment.
“I’m a one-woman show, running Evgenia from my countryside studio with only my two hands behind the machines and an out-of-school toddler at my feet. It’s been an interesting transition from sewing luxe silk and lace pieces to utilitarian cotton ones, but one that brings me some measure of satisfaction during a crazy time. My gratis mask queue is still going and to date I’ve donated about half of the masks I’ve made,” said Bodner
Masks are for sale here: http://iamevgenia.com/products/cotton-face-mask. For those who would like a free mask, send me a DM on Instagram to get on the queue: http://www.instagram.com/evgenialingerie.