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TCC theatre staff transition from costume designs to mask-making

Posted at 10:17 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 23:39:41-04

TULSA, Okla. — Getting crafty is part of the job for two Tulsa Community College employees, but during the pandemic, they have turned their skills to mask-making.

Emily Westerfield and Alyssa Yepez normally design costumes.

“I was not expecting this to be my big part of 2020," said Yepez, TCC Costume Shop assistant. "Normally, it’s just Emily and I. We’re either going over designs, picking fabric or sewing our lives away."

Now, they sew masks to save lives.

“I couldn’t find one in any store. I was looking online. It was taking over a month to be delivered," Yepez said. "It’s important to have immediate protection. I whipped out the old sewing machine and made one myself."

Word got around. Their masks have gone across the nation. Yepez’s count is at 115 and she is still going.

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