Well, I couldn't. The pull of the necklace in the tutorial for the fabric flowers (plus the fact that I had everything I needed on hand) sucked me right in. The black knit, which used to be an old shirt, wasn't quite long enough to tie around my neck, so I added extra length to both ends and tied it in a knot to cover it up.
It may look a little bit Halloween-y, but it goes perfectly with the outfit. The flowers are removable so that I can change it up to match other outfits. Love that!