Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

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


DEAD LINE EXTENDED: Enter by September 29th!

Our past two Member Model Challenges haven been such a great success and we love to see all the creativity in our talented seamstress members! The next designer pattern that we want to see your fabulous variations of is our newly debuted Strapless Bustier Dress. So come on and join our next competition to see who will be the face of a BurdaStyle.com pattern!

So what we need from our talented member sewers is to make this dress pattern, photograph it, and upload to BurdaStyle.com. Then if YOUR dress project is chosen, YOU get to be the face of this BurdaStyle.com exclusive pattern! Your dress will appear as the main image for the pattern in our pattern store and we will link to your member profile in the pattern description. Inspire other members to make this pattern as well!


We are debuting this new Strapless Bustier Dress, that you can dance the night away in! The top section is a fitted bustier style and then flares out at the waist to create the most beautiful silhouette. For the contest YOU get to determine the fabric and color/prints you want to use… it is like you are the designer.

Contest Outlines

- This contest is open to ALL our members!
- Contestant will be required to purchase the pattern from our pattern store link here
- Member will sew the dress with no major outer construction changes (removing / add seamlines etc.)
- Member will photograph the dress project and upload to our projects page with Member Model Challenge somewhere in the title and linking to the Strapless Bustier Designer Dress pattern
- The top THREE dress projects chosen by the BurdaStyle.com team will be put in a contest gallery to be voted on BY YOU!


In order to be considered for the contest you will need to upload your project by Monday Sept 29th 11:59 PM EST. On Tuesday Sept 30th the BurdaStyle.com team will determine the top three dress projects and they will be up for YOU to vote on. Voting will close Monday Oct 2nd at 11:59 PM EST and the winner will be announced Tuesday Oct 3rd and their dress photography will be uploaded as the main image for the pattern.

We will be looking for dresses that have good photography / styling, quality construction, and best choice of fabric. Don’t be afraid to panel fabrics and prints and add embellishments too!


Here is some inspiration to get you started, use any fabric or print you want and you could even panel them together. The dress style allows for a lot of fabric paneling! We love this warm color palette that will allow this dress a nice transition into fall.

Check out our last two Member Model Challenge winners with their projects as the main pattern image here:

Asymmetric Designer Dress

Pleated Designer Dress

could YOUR project be next? Be the next winner, and start up your sewing machines! Excited to see all the entries.

Happy Sewing!


  • Dsc01931burda_large

    Sep 24, 2014, 06.18 AMby moti133

    my dear burdastyle magazine team, I am Iranian and i can not bye the pattern if you could make it free for a little time I can make and participate in competition. please turn it into free but If you dont do that I DRAW MY OWN PATTERN BASED ON YR TECHNICAL DRAWING THANK YOU

  • P1320150_large

    Sep 5, 2014, 06.31 PMby Irina Schwab

    I am really sorry to put it like that, however given the outcome of the previous competitions, I am not surprised that nobody has submitted anything yet. The same old story again and again. A few first good entries, which are then used to inspire others, then a completely random uninspired project wins! There are so many of us who contributed with hundreds of projects posts, and encouraged each other. Sadly you seem to push the prize-grabbers. I have seen a few really talented young designers who have produced really interesting pieces, however they do not seem to be too appreciated. That is probably why they will never enter a competition like that which could, in essence, raise the popularity of your designs. I would, simply, give up these model challenges. Let your extremely qualified staff produce the perfect garment for the pattern. That is more helpful for everyone :-)

  • 2012-10-17_08_11_52_large

    Aug 20, 2014, 04.15 AMby Melissa Lynnette

    I would love to enter but am not interested in buying a pattern so similar to ones I already own. Good luck to all the participants!

  • Jde_fashion_large

    Aug 16, 2014, 02.14 AMby jde

    How about if I know how to make the pattern for this design? Can I still join in, and compete? Without buying burdastyle pattern?

  • Dala_hest_large

    Aug 14, 2014, 09.44 AMby kaitiek

    Hey burdastyle, why not release it as a free pattern for a limited time then start charging after members have posted their projects in the contest? Personally I like to see how it turns out on real people before I buy the pattern, but I am probably not the only one who is much more likely to download it if it’s free. More example projects always makes a pattern more appealing to me.

  • Dscf1020_large

    Aug 13, 2014, 07.03 AMby linamaus

    The contest outlines say I have to purchase the pattern to participate. What if I already own it?

    1 Reply
    • Letterbicon_large

      Aug 13, 2014, 03.34 PMby burdastyle

      If you already have the pattern, then no worries, please use it! No need to purchase it again to enter. Excited to see your variation!

    • 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