Added Jun 7, 2010
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.
Net fabric, sport zipper, double and single binding strip, 1/2 elastic
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