See tutorial after the jump.
What I Used:
- A short-sleeved sweater
- Wire (not sure what gauge as it was in my supply box unlabeled, but something relatively thin that will withstand the pearl weight while keeping its shape)
- 2 seed beads
- Wire cutter (nail clippers work too)
String the pearls for your bow onto your wire.
I used ~60 pearls but you can use less or more depending on the size you want
Criss-cross your bow tails
Take one tail and move it up and over the center of your bow loop
Wrap the tail's wire around the loop a few times
If there's any visible wire, arrange your pearls tightly to hide it
Oops - the watermark hides this but add a seed bead to the end
Then thread your wire from the seed bead back up through the pearl. This will hold your pearls in place. Wrap the wire a few times above that pearl and snip off excess. Do this for each side.
Your finished pearl bow. The wire will allow you to manipulate it as you like.
String pearls onto another piece of wire for the necklace portion. I made mine long enough to slip over my head so I wouldn't have to worry about adding a clasp. Take the wire from the necklace and wrap it onto your bow loop to connect them together. Do this for each side.
Necklace and bow connected
Finished project now ready to adorn your short-sleeved sweater!
If I were to do this project over, I'd probably make the loops longer so it'd be more floppy-looking like the Kate Spade version.
I'm excited to wear this the Kate Spade way and underneath a collared shirt. How would you wear it?