I found out a few days ago that I was travelling to the lovely island of Anguilla. Of course I was excited to explore another Caribbean island but I had no time to plan a completely me made wardrobe. I also wanted to pack light in a tiny carry on suitcase so I was totally stumped about what to take on this last minute trip.
Lately I’ve been really into loose flowy dresses. They are easy to throw on and wonderful at hiding food babies or extra Christmas weight. Most shift dresses are also quick to whip up and don’t use much fabric. I started rummaging through my stash but to be honest, nothing screamed shift dress and I really didn’t want to go fabric shopping.
I’ve noticed that with all the talk about slow fashion, refashions are trending on Instagram right now. I remembered I had a lovely polka dot box pleated skirt I self-drafted and made one Christmas Eve for Christmas morning church the next day. It was two or three years ago and so that skirt pretty much couldn’t get pass my knees now. It just hung in my closet because I wasn’t ready to give it away. I was very proud of that skirt! Any sort of pleated garment usually uses a lot of fabric so lucky for me, when I ripped it apart I knew immediately I could get a new shift dress.
I recently made a Tessuti Bondi dress for the Minerva Crafts blog and of course as soon as that post drops, I’ll link it here. In the meantime, here’s a preview of that gorgeous dress! Since I had made it up recently, I could remember the steps off the top of my head and I had the pattern close by. The only issue was that my polka dot fabric had 3% spandex (it’s a stretch cotton sateen) and so I thought it best to go down one size. I made size 10 instead of 12 this time.
Leave it to beaver to make a big booboo! I forgot I had planned to add back an inch or two to the pattern since I had shortened my size 12 by 3 inches. So going down a size and omitting the frayed hem made it come up even shorter and now I have to constantly pull this one down since I may have a little bit of a booty behind there somewhere.
Apart from my foolish mistake, I am absolutely in love with this pattern. The topstitching adds a nice touch and the frayed hem on my first version is super cute. I learnt quite a few new techniques like the fraying method and also the way the pockets are done; there’s nothing flopping around in there and it creates a nice design line on the front of the dress. The bondi also features a keyhole back yoke with hook and eye closure and I find the silhouette surprisingly flattering on me. Definitely my go to shift dress pattern and I can whip it up in a few hours if I need to. Do you have a TNT dress pattern? I’d love to know so I can check it out too!