>Does anyone havea pattern or instructions or requirements for making a
>drape? How is it affixed to the mask, etc.?
I make mine out of 4 layers of Trigger cloth, sewn around the back edge of
the mask. You want to sew it to the *inside* of the edge, so blade tips
won't catch on the seam as they go by.
Overall, the piece is somewhat bell-shaped: curved across the top, widening
in the center, and curved down along the bottom edge. Make sure you have
enough fabric to allow your head to slide into the mask; it's better to
have too much fabric than to discover when you're done that you have too
little and then have to rip it all out and start over.
Start sewing at the top center of the mask, and work your way down one
side, then down the other. I use a heavy leather-sewing needle, waxed
thread and a pair of pliers to pull the needle through the fabric. When you
get to the corner of the grillwork behind/below where your ears go,
continue sewing the fabric onto the mask bib. Ideally the fabric should go
down about as far in the back as the bib goes in the front; maybe a little
If the mask has one of those elastic bands across the back, you may as well
remove it before you start attaching the drape, because it's going to be
more of a hinderance than a help at this point. To make sure the mask is
firmly attached while fighting, I use a leather strap sewed to the bib just
under one corner of the mask. It goes across the back of my neck just under
the curve of my skull and is attached with a snap hook to a D-ring sewn to
the bib on the other side.
One final consideration is that the mask drape doesn't tuck into the
doublet the way a hood typically does. This is good, because you can take
off your mask and have your whole head free to help cool off during those
sultry summer events <G>. However, you may need to modify your doublet to
still achieve acceptable overlap and throat protection when using a mask
drape. I use a fairly high collar on my doublet, it goes up to my chin and
high enough in the back that the mask strap holds the drape securely