It was basically a sweater with baubles that ran like swiss dotting on the front and sleeves. To make the baubles I used marbles and a sweater material that would shrink a little (but not too much). I also changed the buttons to the wide wood ones.
If I had to change one thing about this sweater it would have been the length. I had hoped to find something just about five inches longer (the length of the Anthropologie version) but this sweater fit almost every other criteria that I had to use it.
Also, the baubles came out rather larger than the Anthro version. I was surprised because I thought they'd be too small at first. Maybe you could remove the marbles all together and just use rubber bands to pinch a piece of the sweater.
But the process to make the baubles was relatively easy! There are so many ways to embellish a sweater with baubles! The possibilities are endless.
Now I know what you're all going to ask. "Will it hold up in the wash"? And my best guess is....no. If you want to keep the bauble shape you either have to dry clean it or wash stains out by hand as they happen. Have any of you ever used 'Dryel'? I always wondered how well that worked and whether or not it was economically better than drycleaning.
And a couple of you have asked about whether or not hot glue will hold up too. And I haven't tried to wash any of the sweaters that I've used hot glue with yet but what I would recommend is to wash it on the delicate cycle and let it air dry.Hope that helps!
1. Wet your sweater and ring out the excess water.
2. Take a marble and place it under the sweater and use a rubber band to cinch it in place.
3. Stagger the placement off the marbles on the front and sleeves. Then put in the dryer and dry completely. To keep the marbles from falling out and making a lot of noise in the dryer, what I did was stuff the dryer full of towels. I could still hear them banging around but it was much softer and more tolerable than having nothing but the sweater in the dryer.
4. Remove the marbles. I then removed the old button and added the new wood ones.