Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!


Our amazing friends at Craftsy are giving you the opportunity to win unlimited access to classes, plus a chance to win an iPad! Answer their question below by Sunday December 4th, at 10:00am EST to win!

From Craftsy:

We’re about to start shooting a brand new couture dressmaking class at Craftsy (taught by expert dressmaker, Susan Khalje), and we’d love to know what you think makes a perfect dress.

Tell us all about it in the comments section. We’ll make it worth your while: Post a comment and you’ll have a chance to win one of the five Craftsy “hall-passes” we’re giving away. The hall-pass gives you unlimited access to any class you want in our entire catalog—- watch whenever you want and however many times you want. Choose the class from any of our many categories, including sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, gardening, and more.

After you tell us about your perfect dress, click this magic link to sign up at Craftsy, and as a thank you from us, you’ll automatically get the awesome iTote workshop for free. PLUS, you’ll be entered for a chance to win an iPad. See? We told you it was a magic link.


This giveaway is sponsored by Craftsy

*Please note: If selected as a winner, any personal information you provide to receive your prize in this giveaway is subject to the sponsor’s privacy rules. These may differ from BurdaStyle’s rules, so please review the rules before entering your information. BurdaStyle is not responsible for the handling of your data in connection with this giveaway.

[Update 12/6/11] – Congratulations to member Dibii for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 3!


  • 2lucia_large

    Dec 6, 2011, 07.36 AMby la-annita

    the perfect dress is made by hand!! and with special care to eachone, with the appropiate fabric, and the proper patren. but basicly the perfect dress is the one that is made with love only for you. love xxx

  • 5453090784_5a98f34607_m_large

    Dec 5, 2011, 10.04 PMby ahearta

    I’m likely too late, but my vote would be for a classic dress that would fall into the Little ___ Dress category. Insanely flattering and can be worn out to dinner without worrying about it fitting at the end of the meal!

  • Missing

    Dec 5, 2011, 06.53 PMby beccaod

    It has to be able to swirl :)

  • Dscn3575_large

    Dec 5, 2011, 09.43 AMby red-lia

    My perfect dress is like the 3 buzz-words that would describe my style: TIMELESS, ELEGANT, and WITH A TWIST. It could be convertible (so it can be worn in multiple ways), to maximize usage and wear-opportunities. It should be comfortable enough (so not too tight) and yet structured enough to flatter. It should not hold any feature that is too exaggarated or too shout-out. It should be made with a fabric that will last – I hate finding my “perfect dress” only to discover that it looks poor after only few wash cycles. It should be something that nobody else has, but i guess that can be easily achieved when sewing your own clothes… What I’m trying to say that it should not be a complete knock-off of something seen on the runways.

    How about that list? Seems harder than finding the perfect guy!

  • Missing

    Dec 5, 2011, 05.36 AMby rochelle49

    A perfect dress looks as good on the inside as the outside. It fits comfortably and makes me look my best. It could be an afternoon dress, a work dress, or a formal. I am 61inches tall but not petite. My challenges are with proportion and selecting patterns that are easy to make, “curvy”. In addition, I am way past 40 years of age and I need to select clothing that is not too young, nor too old.

  • Missing

    Dec 5, 2011, 03.28 AMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    The perfect dress is made out of the perfect pattern and perfect stitches.

  • Missing

    Dec 5, 2011, 03.28 AMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    The perfect dress is made out of the perfect pattern and perfect stitches.

  • Burda_023_large

    Dec 5, 2011, 02.57 AMby runningwithscissors1

    The perfect fit. If it fits it’s wearer perfectly, any dress would become the perfect dress. Or at least almost any dress.

  • Dsc_0702_large

    Dec 5, 2011, 01.55 AMby bethavan

    The perfect dress is all about the perfect fit. For me, it also needs to be a timeless design that can be updated or adapted to suit many occasions.

  • Bee_large

    Dec 5, 2011, 01.45 AMby Seeks Corey

    I think that a perfect dress obviously fits the person wearing it: no strange puckers or slumpy lines. But I also think it should have visual lines that draw the eye at various points, whether it’s the body lines or the embellishments or key accents.

  • P3_large

    Dec 4, 2011, 10.57 PMby shortssweets

    My perfect dress would be cutesy. With a peterpan collar, some kind of quirkey print and a sinched in waist. Either that or an all over sequin sheath dress!

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2011, 09.08 PMby Christi Woglemuth

    I think the perfect dress is unique to each person.

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2011, 08.48 PMby pgf

    The perfect dress is one that hides your flaws and accentuates your positives.

  • Boda2_large

    Dec 4, 2011, 08.10 PMby kittelisa

    Definitely a cute fabric and a girly shape. That make me feel really femenine. :)

  • 64265minniepaintedgardenstatue9990034950_large

    Dec 4, 2011, 07.37 PMby representativekelly

    what you think makes a perfect dress … I think that’s (right material + right style) giving you confidence! Fit.

  • Burda_pic_large

    Dec 4, 2011, 07.23 PMby Tracey McGowan Wirth

    The perfect dress would be one of a vintage feel, preferably the late 50’s early-mid 60’s. it would have a dirndel skirt, and would be in a lovely shade of green that would bring out the green in my eyes….. It would make any lady feel pretty and it would fit any shape and size- Kind of like the “Traveling Pants”!

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2011, 06.04 PMby Angela Khebou

    My perfect dress is long and flowing cut on a bias, hugging curves in a classic fashion, of course I would like a body to go with that dress….

  • Jde_fashion_large

    Dec 4, 2011, 05.17 PMby jde

    The Perfect dress for me is the dress that makes me feel comfortable, a dress that perfectly fit and flows beautifully. A dress that makes me feel shine from the rest and makes me feels good.

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2011, 04.50 PMby spktme

    My perfect dress makes me feel beautiful it covers and flows over the areas I’m less self assured about and makes the most out of my attributes. For me that is covering that terrible under arm skin and showing off my legs and waist.

  • Dsc01070050408_-_nxpowerlite_nxpowerlite__large

    Dec 4, 2011, 03.21 PMby Natalshok

    Perfect dress is in which I feel myself beautiful!!!

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2011, 02.51 PMby eckypucky

    I’m disabled and have some major skin issues so the perfect dress for me is one made of a soft cotton knit, relaxed fit, v-neck, with nice deep pockets. Short sleeved for winter and sleeveless for summer is ideal for me. A nice soft print or even a solid because I love to carry a wacky handbag or use my wackyprint bag on my walker. Gotta have a touch a wacky! :o)

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2011, 02.48 PMby stampinsundevil

    The perfect dress makes you feel fabulous while at the same time it should be forgiving in all the right places. I prefer simple and classic lines, something that is not too trendy but can be worn for years and not look dated!

  • 7dddc9613ac57079351f8a4d299e9aece5cf3908_large

    Dec 4, 2011, 02.26 PMby peaudane

    The perfect dress has a relaxed look and pockets. It’s a dress I could wear everyday, not once in a blue moon!

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2011, 01.57 PMby drainl

    I love long sleeveless dresses made with a light fabric.

  • Img_1007_large

    Dec 4, 2011, 01.18 PMby Purplerachel

    The perfect dress always makes you feel feminine and stylish… and it is the dress that you want to wear everywhere! What makes it the perfect dress is the design and details that make it “you”.

  • Jme_large

    Dec 4, 2011, 12.57 PMby littlejay

    I think the perfect dress is made out of the perfect fabric. And also, I like pockets. ;-)

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2011, 12.45 PMby qml347

    the pefecr dress to me is definitely fit as most people commented. It is also color and how it make me feel whether sexy,flirty or girly and of course fabric. I always buy fabric but never know what i am going to do with it or buy for something specific but use it for something else. I always go to my closet and pick someththing i am not sure about buy like, but once i am done with the project and put it on like a dress i am shocked at how it looks and make me feel. even if it has a lttle flaw i am still a novice it is perfect to me.

  • 100_1091_large

    Dec 4, 2011, 09.25 AMby roubidou

    the perfect dress will look perfect on nobody but you.

  • Im002358_large

    Dec 4, 2011, 08.10 AMby gibbylet

    The perfect dress doesn’t wrinkle, and it can be dressed up a bit, or dressed down a bit, but just a bit either way. It’s eye catching but not enough so that if you wear it a couple weeks later people are going to be oh it’s THAT dress again!

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2011, 06.35 AMby mismis777

    The perfect dress fits well and makes the wearer feel fabulous no matter what!

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post


  • Editors' Pick
  • Pattern Collections
  • BurdaStyle Academy
  • Burda Challenge
  • Backstage Report
  • Fashion & Trends
  • DIY to Try
  • Tips & Techniques
  • Member Highlights
  • Sewing Projects
  • Outta Town
  • Contests & Competitions
  • Archive
  • Guest Columns
  • Videos
  • Meg's Magazine Mash Up
  • As Seen In
  • Podcast
  • Holiday