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Pretty Woman reversed Member Model Challenge

Added Jun 30, 2014

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






Although keen to finish this project for the competition, I was reluctant about the off-shoulder style. I have never worn an off-shoulder dress in my life for very practical reasons.

The pattern proved me wrong, though. It is classy, elegant, sexy and wearable. I would add “easy”, too. It is advertised by its creator as “flattering on a variety of body types”. I agree.

I chose a soft fabric that can be draped easily, without being too light. I used a white an drown Italian silk crepe with a tiny bit of stretch.

I have personalised this in a very discreet way, by adding hand sewn seed pearls alongside the sleeve hem. Anything else would spoil the simple, clear cut lines of the dress.

A pleasure to work with!

I called my project “Pretty Woman reversed” because of similarity with the fabric used for the famous brown/white polkadot dress worn by Julia Roberts.

Worn with: Faux Pearls, Wallis; Shoes and ring: Karen Millen; hat with polkadot bow: Vintage, bought 10 years ago from an Oxfam store. Clutch bag by Camelia Lavinia – shop: lavinexclusive on Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren Polo

Material Notes

silk crepe, pearls




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Jul 30, 2014, 02.55 PMby France Langlois

    My favourite in the competition! Well done.

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      Aug 24, 2014, 06.02 AMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you for your kind comments, they mean a lot to me and they help my confidence as well. At the minute it is scattered to pieces.

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    Jul 25, 2014, 09.54 PMby bowmanme2003

    You get my vote! (Sorry I came late to the competition.) The dress is beautiful of course but your elegant styling and the setting just enhance it and tell a story. Your photographer should be commended as well. Julia Roberts should be inspired by YOU.

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      Jul 26, 2014, 04.54 PMby Irina Schwab

      Dear bowmanme, my photographer is my husband and I have slightly enhanced the raw photographs taken with a bridge camera, the Lumix with a zoom lens. I am so sad about the result, I must admit, I put a lot of thought into this dress and it was the first to be made and shown on burdastyle. What can I say, I bow my head in front of burdastyle community taste. Obviously, after I have been used as inspiration, I have not managed to convince as stylish… I have big doubts about being on here at all right now… thank you so much for your appreciation x

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    Jul 18, 2014, 05.27 PMby Sophie Hardisty

    Lovely very elegant what a good fabric choice

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    Jul 10, 2014, 08.54 AMby Jelena Mitic

    Love the whole combination! Veeeeery elegant and classy! :)

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    Jul 7, 2014, 06.20 PMby nrobson

    great cut, looks stylish

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    Jul 7, 2014, 04.59 PMby KristenPW29

    Love it, Classy and yet still sexy.

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    Jul 4, 2014, 04.57 PMby Mokara

    Irina, this is gorgeous and a WINNER. Not only you did a great job on the fabric selection, sewing and styling, you also did a fabulous job on your pictures. The setting is great, the poses and background, everything work perfectly together. It already looks like it’s out of a magazine. You set the bar pretty high for other contestants! :)

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      Jul 4, 2014, 08.46 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you so much. I am simply overwhelmed by all the nice messages I received. X

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    Jul 2, 2014, 12.12 PMby yogamom

    What a lovely dress and you accessorized it perfectly. The pearl edging on the sleeve is inspired. Congratulations on the whole outfit!

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      Jul 2, 2014, 04.33 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you. I was not confident at all about wearing this type of dress. everyone’s comment made me change my mind! x

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      Jul 2, 2014, 04.33 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you. I was not confident at all about wearing this type of dress. everyone’s comment made me change my mind! x

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    Jul 1, 2014, 05.52 PMby kellbell6

    absolutley lovely!

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    Jul 1, 2014, 11.32 AMby olg

    just gorgeous! will be a great entry in the competition :)

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    Jun 30, 2014, 09.27 PMby slmnstyle

    Beautiful dress! The silhouette is so flattering on you!

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    Jun 30, 2014, 04.45 PMby Matidie

    This dress screams elegance. Well done !

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      Jun 30, 2014, 05.09 PMby Irina Schwab

      I am really overwhelmed. Thank you so much!

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    Jun 30, 2014, 02.49 PMby gtangel

    Fabulous all over. love it

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    Jun 30, 2014, 02.34 PMby cris orange

    ah, Irina, you really are a “pretty woman”! I loved the dress of JR (and am still dreaming of having one similar) – and I love your version, especially styled with hat – so elegant! you chose a classy fabric and your whole style is classy – love it!

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      Jun 30, 2014, 04.29 PMby Irina Schwab

      Cris, I am so fortunate to receive a compliment from you. Thank you xx

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    Jun 30, 2014, 01.58 PMby kisses

    I am a fan of dots and this is a fabulous dress…like the pearls on the sleeve and you model it well

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      Jun 30, 2014, 04.28 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you, kisses xx

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    Jun 30, 2014, 07.54 AMby cchristie

    What a brilliant dress. I must say I would have never considered a one shouldered style, but you’ve shown that they really do have a place in the wardrobe. Love the styling and the photos. Great work!

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      Jun 30, 2014, 04.28 PMby Irina Schwab

      How can I say this without making it sound wrong?! I never bought or made an off shoulder dress… This fits well despite the simple lines and dare I say, looks sexy on anyone!

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    Jun 30, 2014, 07.15 AMby liliv-1

    That’s a really amazing dress, I love the pearls-sleeve detail!

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    Jun 30, 2014, 07.09 AMby ronnielee

    Your dress has come out beautifully.Just a query about the side pleats, did you have any problems? I ’m struggling a bit to get them to sit right on the side seem.

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      Jun 30, 2014, 07.31 AMby Irina Schwab

      I have cut them precisely on the line and marked the fold lines a few times until I finally got it right, but it worked! Otherwise you don’t have an equal length of the entire dress. Good luck!

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    Jun 30, 2014, 06.57 AMby Mary Athey

    This is gorgeous Irina, I love everything about it. I am hat mad so yours is what caught my eye. I have a few I bought in charity shops!! Just because they where lovely. I plan to put them on my sewing room wall. Your dress is quite simply fabulous. I wish you every luck in the competition xx

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      Jun 30, 2014, 07.32 AMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you Mary. Are you entering?

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      Jun 30, 2014, 07.48 AMby Mary Athey

      No Irina I have to much on at the moment. I wish you good luck though as your dress is gorgeous x

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    Jun 30, 2014, 06.26 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Fabulous executed! You look stunning in this dress! :)

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    Jun 30, 2014, 03.41 AMby mbuchanan1

    Beautiful dress, love the styling and reference to Pretty Woman. I was going to make the dress for the contest, but the one shoulder thing is not my style, so I didn’t.

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      Jun 30, 2014, 11.39 PMby Irina Schwab

      Perhaps it is still worth a try? x You never know!

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    Jun 30, 2014, 01.07 AMby IDia

    OH my God!!!!!!! YOU Look like a movie star!!!!!!!!! Stunning! Hope YOU will winn cause ita great dress YOU Look so so great!

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      Jun 30, 2014, 11.40 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you xxx I am surprised I have not seen yours, it is your style, too! Or am I wrong ;-) x

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      Jul 1, 2014, 10.49 AMby IDia

      Not realy my style one shoulder of dress from same reason as yours :-) Im waiting NexT pattern challenge :-) now Im working on safari projects :-) but YOU Look absolutely gorgeous in this dress!

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    Jun 30, 2014, 12.33 AMby Alisa Sibrova

    Beautiful dress, and pearl detailing on the sleeve is amazing!

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