Talking the talk and walking the walk

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Local clothing and costume designer Savilla Kress is making a new kind of mask these days – one to slow the spread of infection.

“The demand for cloth face masks kept increasing, so at first I put a tutorial on how to make your own online,” Kress said.

With people still asking her to sew one for them she decided she would sew some herself and sell them from her home as a fundraiser for the local firefighters’ association. “The firefighters are putting their lives in danger for us all the time and they do so much for our community,” Kresss said. So far she has raised $420 for local firefighters by selling the masks for $10 from a stand outside her house at 1416 Peltier Drive.

Finding more places that needed masks as part of the effort to halt the spread of Covid-19, Kress kept sewing. “I’ve lost count of how many I’ve made now,” she said, estimating she has sewn at least 250 masks. Some have been donated to the food bank, while others have gone across the border to neighboring communities.

Kress, who has been designing clothing since her teens and has worked as a pattern designer for lingerie companies and Catherine Regehr evening gowns, sells her Savilla Creations designs on Etsy, specializing in costumes. Since coronavirus restrictions were put in place, effectively sealing off Point Roberts, she has been donning one of her costumes to liven up Gulf Road every Saturday as she walks to the post office.

“Yesterday I was Jessica Rabbit. I’ve been a pirate, a paratrooper and cat girl,” she said. “I don’t see that many people on my walk.”

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