Banana Leaf Bondi Dress

My first make for 2018! This is the gorgeous Bondi Dress from Tessuti Fabrics. I fell in love with this dress as soon as I saw the release photos and purchased it straight away.

This was actually an unplanned make for January. I was going to a birthday dinner for a couple of close friends last week and the temperature was 40+. I knew this Banana Leaf linen cotton from Spotlight would pair perfectly with this dress so I decided to make it to wear out! I am so glad I did as it was super comfortable and flowy (and also allowed me to eat a lot!)

I am a huge fan of Tessuti Fabrics & their patterns and this one was no exception. It is actually a really easy & quick sew however there were a few things I did differently.


For one of the makes shown on Instagram, Tessuti mentioned the person had taken off 5 inches as a personal preference. The style of this dress (looser fit) meant that I also wanted to do the same. I am 5’1″ and I find that if the fit of the garment is looser, it looks better shorter on me other wise it swamps me. I initially took of 3 inches but decided to finish the dress off with a 2″ (1″ folded over twice) hem which mean I really took off 5 inches.


I would have loved to add some trimming to the bottom of my dress but because I initially purchased this fabric to make a skirt I didn’t have quite enough. Instead of doing the hem facing (because again I didn’t have enough fabric) I decided to just do a  2″ (1″ folded over twice) hem.

Tear away Vilene

A lot of the Tessuti Fabrics patterns include tear away vilene. Personally I have never felt like I’ve needed this and usually skip these steps. I’ve never had any trouble with my garments by doing this but obviously this is a personal preference.

I love the back detail of this dress. Tessuti patterns are always finished off neatly and again this dress is no exception. The way the top stitching lines up at the back is beautiful.

The other interesting detail of this dress is the pockets. They are in seam pockets but not done like you would usually. There is only one layer of fabric (not two to make the pouch) and this is stitched to the inside of the front of the dress. You can’t see the stitching as much as the pattern of the fabric hides it. I was a bit unsure about this at first but I really love how they turned out. And they are a really decent size which means you can actually fit things in them




I would love to make more of these gorgeous dresses. It is so comfortable and easy to wear (I wore it twice just last weekend!)



  1. January 25, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    That fabric is a perfect match for the dress. It’s so Summery!

    • jessicalorraine
      January 27, 2018 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you! I was so happy to have it in my stash for this dress x

  2. January 26, 2018 / 3:32 am

    Jessica Lorraine, That dress is amazing! I had never heard of bondi dress until I saw yours and went looking for it.

    • jessicalorraine
      January 27, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you Kay! It is a fantastic pattern – only released a couple of weeks ago. I can see so many more of these in my wardrobe! x

    • jessicalorraine
      February 11, 2018 / 8:26 am

      Isn’t the fabric so pretty! Thank you so much x

  3. February 12, 2018 / 7:47 am

    Super cool and stylish! You seem to be channeling a Heather Lou vibe, if you don’t mind me saying so. : ) That fabric is amazing.

    • jessicalorraine
      February 12, 2018 / 3:03 pm

      Oh wow that is a massive compliment thank you so much! x

  4. Victoria
    February 19, 2018 / 3:27 am

    I just made a bondi dress,it seems slightly big and gapes under the underarms, may I ask what size you cut? I cut a size 10. I did not like using the tear away interfacing, and will not use it on my next try, probably an 8. Loved your version!

    • jessicalorraine
      February 19, 2018 / 12:04 pm

      Oh that is a shame! I cut the smallest size (a 6?) I have never used the tear away interfacing and have never had any issues with their patterns! Thank you so much I hope your next one is perfect xx

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