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All Netted Up

Added Jun 7, 2010

by kelepso

Miami, Florida, ...






One day I was at work and this lady wanted to get rid of a fashion catalog another store forced upon her, so she was eager enough to give it to me – FREE. The name on the cover read “Osklen”. Based on the quality of the catalog, it was obviously a high end store. I’ve never heard of this brand, but definitely wanted to learn more. Inside, was a beautiful net jacket with thousands of multi-colored sequin on it – FOR MEN! Wow! Immediately, I was intrigued and decided to check out the store online. (See the Osklen images at the bottom).

I looked at the fashion show online and learned that the collection was inspired by Carnival in Brazil and lots and lots of color. It was beautiful. The clothes were relaxed and casual, but demanded your attention at the same time. Dazzling sequins and rythmatic drum beats dominated the runway. I knew right then and there that I wanted to make myself a jacket like that, but knew I wouldn’t be able to find a net fabric as unique as the one shown.

So during my latest fabric shopping frenzy, I looked for a black net fabric, but didn’t have much luck and settled for a beautiful white net instead. I thought, “What the heck. White will work just the same. Plus I live in Miami and its perfect for the beach, a summer picnic or even jogging”. And to make it even sexier, I added a hoodie.

This weekend, I was headed to Orlando for Gay Black Pride and they were having a “All White Pool Party”, so I used an existing jacket to copy the pattern and deseperately sewed the jacket together in about 1 hour. It was pretty descent, but not perfect. The zipper didn’t lay flat (even though I ripped it off once and re-sewed it again), the bottom didn’t line up properly and the jacket was “wearing” me, more than I was “wearing” the jacket, and although my I received a compliment and my parnter like it, I wasn’t satisfied.

So as soon as I returned home, I got to work. I unassembled the zipper – AGAIN. And made 2 double fold binding strips to line the opening of the jacket and 1 single binding strip to line the inside collar to hide the unattractive seam where the netting was joined together. Then I took a chance and sewed the zipper on again (for like the fourth time) and it held in place much better than it did before. Finally, I sewed a 1/2 elastic band inside the wrist, which provides a nice option to pull the sleeve up gracefully. And now I love it.

I can wait to wear it to the beach. Fortunately, I still have about 1 yard of fabric left and I’m still deciding what I’m going to do with it.

Material Notes

Net fabric, sport zipper, double and single binding strip, 1/2 elastic




Garment Type
Beach, Casual
Cotton, Other

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    Jul 11, 2010, 06.00 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    again great job! i wish, white would look as great on me as it does on you! so lovely!

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      Jul 11, 2010, 04.35 PMby kelepso

      Thank you again, Ralf!

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    Jun 8, 2010, 10.48 PMby domestic-divaonline

    You have to feel that redoing the zipper 4 times paid off because the whole jacket works. Don’t know if this would have been an option for you because I haven’t held the fabric in my hand, but when I work with netting and sheers, I use French seams to hide the cut edges. If the fabric needs more support, I sew a very skinny strip of gross grain tape into the first seam. Anyway, since you talk about how cool it would be to wear this to the beach, I vote for a cool beach bag, maybe a duffel type? Nice work and photos, and thanks for the background.

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      Jun 9, 2010, 03.06 AMby kelepso

      Thanks for the advice. I pretty ambitious when it comes to creating clothing, but have no technical training when it come to pattern making and sewing, so between the advice/comments I receive from you guys/girls on Burda Style and reading material on my own, I learn a lot. Thank you again.

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    Jun 8, 2010, 09.21 AMby anna agyekum

    loooooove it!

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      Jun 8, 2010, 02.09 PMby kelepso

      Thank you!

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    Jun 8, 2010, 05.47 AMby smartalex999

    awesome hoodie!

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      Jun 8, 2010, 02.09 PMby kelepso

      Thank you!

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    Jun 8, 2010, 04.38 AMby carolyn-s

    totally cool hoodie. Love it!

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      Jun 8, 2010, 02.09 PMby kelepso

      Thank you!

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    Jun 8, 2010, 03.01 AMby rifka

    I can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone pull off wearing netting before, but you do and you do it well. I agree, the hood is a must. I recently saw an add for a men’s black, button down dress shirt where instead of a collar there was a hood. The model was wearing it under a suit and it looked so sharp.

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      Jun 8, 2010, 03.22 AMby kelepso

      Thank you Rifka. I appreciate your kind words.

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    Jun 7, 2010, 07.52 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    I think your jacket looks great! The white net looks sooo good on you! Maybe you can use the rest of the fabric for some layering(?) on a bag? Would make a classic style bag look sporty the cool way!? ;-)

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      Jun 7, 2010, 08.07 PMby kelepso

      I have considered making a bag out of the remainding fabric, especially because I purchase straps, which were to be used as the edging on the jacket, but I ended up making my own binding. Thanks for the idea.

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    Jun 7, 2010, 07.14 PMby assets

    I really thought about saying harem pants but chicken out and just suggested 2. They will be great I want to make some for myself soon. Cant wait to see yours.

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    Jun 7, 2010, 06.54 PMby assets

    I like it!! You look Cool Maybe shorts or a vest for rest of fabric….just a thought well done.

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      Jun 7, 2010, 07.07 PMby kelepso

      Thanks Assets! I think I’m going to try and make Harem Pants. I think thoses are going to be hot. I can’t wait. I am going to start tonight.

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      Jun 7, 2010, 07.50 PMby kelepso

      I pretty eclectic, so don’t every hesitate at all. I think it’s a great idea too. I don’t have a pattern, so I am just gonna swing it.

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