Anthro Chained Lace Bib Knockoff

Ok. I realize I am in danger of sounding like a broken record.

Yes, I say this almost every time I post a necklace. Yes, I will probably say it again.

But seriously! This is my new favorite knockoff. I loooooooove it.

Love.

We’re supposed to making gifts for Christmas right? Well too bad. This one is MINE.
How do you like that for Christmas Cheer?

I am, however, willing to make duplicates, so people on my list can fall in love with this necklace too.

See? I’m not all rude.
(I’m not really rude at all. I just like to pretend I’m tough.)

Ready to see? Here’s my version of Anthro’s Chained Lace Bib Necklace:

And here’s the original:

Oh the chains and the lace and velvet ribbon and the rhinestones. Sigh.
Did I say love?

Ok – enough gushing. Ready for a tutorial??
I will warn you, this takes a little time. Like a few hours. Grab your stuff and sit in front of Harry Potter 7 Parts 1 & 2.
It’s not difficult – it just takes time to do some of the steps.
I promise when you’re done you’ll be so happy with the result that you won’t mind – plus you won’t have spent $468 on a necklace.
Hello.

Materials You’ll Need:

2 – 3 ring connectors (I found these in an earring findings kit)
Chain – 34″
3/8″ wide Velvet Ribbon – about 2 1/2 yards or so
1 1/2″ wide (or so) Lace – 16″
Jump rings – lots. You’ll need 6 mm and 8 mm.
Rhinestone Trim – 16″
Matching thread, needle
round-nosed pliers, wire cutters

Start by cutting your chain into 4 pieces – 8 1/2″ long.

Connect two chain pieces to the outside rings on the three ring connectors with jump rings.

Using your larger 8mm jump rings, connect the first links in the chains with a jump ring.

Continue connecting every other link in the chains with jump rings.

Repeat for the other chain pieces.

Cut 2 pieces of velvet ribbon, 9″ long each. Turn the ends under just a bit and sew them down so they don’t fray.
Cut 2 – 8 1/2″ lengths of rhinestone trim. Lining up the rhinestones with the top of the velvet, sew down the rhinestones with just a few stitches every so often.
This will help the trim lay flat against the velvet. You should have a little space at the end of the ribbon without rhinestones.

Insert the ribbon in through the center of the jump rings, between your two chains. This will take a little finagling. Just pull it through gently.
Bring the ribbon right up to the top of the center ring on the three-ring connector. Sew the ribbon to this little ring.

Your ribbon should now run through the center of your jump rings.

Repeat for the other chains/ribbon.

Cut two 8 1/2″ pieces of lace. Connect one piece of lace to the Left side of a chain group and a piece of lace to the Right Side of a chain group.
Use your smaller 6 mm jump rings and connect it to the outside links of the chain.
You could also hand sew this on if you are sick of jump rings. :)

Lay the two pieces out and overlap the ends of the ribbon that don’t have rhinestones. Make a “v” shape.
Sew together the ribbon ends.

Make a smallish bow out of velvet ribbon. Sew this over the section you just sewed together.

Cut two 25″ pieces of Ribbon. Add a larger jump ring to the top of each connector piece. Feed the ribbon through each ring and knot them just above the ring.

And that’s it!! That wasn’t too bad was it?

I just love the combination of materials. . .

Update: After a few comments I have added a picture of me wearing the necklace.
(You guys know I hate these right?? :)
I need to build an outfit around this (tell me I’m not the only one who shops for clothes to go with their jewelry) But I love the contrast of the ivory against black.

I think I need a gray and white version.

Soooo – how did I do? Do you love it too?
I’m pretty happy with my not-$468 dollar necklace. ;)

I have more Accessory Gift ideas coming soon – including more knockoffs!! Yay!

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27 Comments

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Divya N

    really cute…you must also post pics of you wearing them so that we know how they look :)

  • Turned out great! love the use of the chandelier findings, very creative!

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Michelle L.

    Holy Anthro, Batgirl! This is simply stunning! incredible work, Bev. And I am totally giggling about every new necklace being you FAVORITE necklace. I thought that was just me!

    But seriously, this is my favorite necklace you have ever posted.

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Jennifer Brasher

    Love, love, love it!!! Nice job! I’m definitely going to be making one of these.

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Shona

    It’s gorgeous! You did it again! Remember that every time you say “THIS is my new favorite”…….we’re saying it too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Michele @ The Scrap Shopp

    I agree, we really need a photo of you wearing this one, Bev! This is stunning! I think with each new knock off you make that its my new favorite, too. lol! This one will be hard to beat! (And not just the price tag – ouch!!)

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Dione

    Post pics of u wearing this pretty plllllllzzzzzz :) lol I think a black and silver version would be gorgeous too!

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Raw

    Very ‘classy’…….

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Michele @ The Scrap Shopp

    LOVE the new photo!! I think it looks pretty good with your black tee. :) And who *doesn’t* build their wardrobe around their jewelry???

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    aimee steckowski

    LOVE!!!!

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    donatella

    as I already mentioned, you’re the jewelry-knockoff-celebrity!!!! gorgeous!!!

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Alma

    I love it! It’s so pretty. :)

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Suzie

    Oh, I love it! In my humble opinion, YOURS is better! And, you know, it’s okay to do something nice for yourself every now and then! (It looks great on ya, too!) Another item going to my Pinterest Must-do board!

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Rebecca Cousins

    Love!!!!! Great job!

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Meg

    L.O.V.E., L.O.V.E., L.O.V.E. it Bev! You look rocking wearing that beauty :)

  • Your Anthro knockoffs are always amazing!! This one’s no exception. Love it!

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Dopey LaRue

    You did such a great job, I love it :)

  • Reply November 9, 2011

    holly ll

    I like the combination of materials – I am partial to a combo of soft and tougher materials in all things I do and wear! This looks fabulous on you. I am trying a piece of jewelry too! (YIKES!)

  • Reply November 10, 2011

    Sandy

    This is just awesome. Love it. Thanks for sharing. It looks great on you too with the black tee. Excellent job!!!!

  • Reply November 10, 2011

    Rhonda

    Aaaaaa-mazing! I love this idea. I’ve never made jewelry, but this one sure has me wanting to! Thanks for sharing how to make this gorgeous necklace.

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