Tamzin Dress by ByHandLondon

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I had to buy the Tamzin Dress by ByHandLondon as soon as it was released. There are so many beautiful version popping up on my Instagram already! Tamzin features a square neckline, princess seams, two different waist tie options, full 3/4 length sleeves and a gathered skirt – (both with tucks). There are 2 cup options (B and D) + generous sizing.

I went for the tunic length top as I felt the dress would drown me with the big sleeves and big skirt. I simply made the skirt shorter.

My favourite feature of Tamzin is definitely the square neckline with an external facing – perfect for adding hand embroidery detail. I had some beautiful linen viscose mix in my stash (from Stitchy Bee) and it was perfect for this pattern. I marked the facing on my fabric, drawn my pattern and used the chain stitch to make the pattern really pop. It’s quicker and much easier than satin stitch (that’s why I picked it for the Christmas Robin pattern)

Close up of the square neckline of Tamzin dress

The sleeves look beautiful on the photos but in reality they would catch every door handle so I added a simple cuff. I took about 4cm in the sleeve volume asvery big sleeves completely drown me and instead of looking “on trend” I end up looking like a fashion victim.

Tamzin dress with puffy sleeves  and square neckline

There are 2 options for ties – thinner ones which get sewn in to the side seams and wider ones which are sewn into the prince seams (I went for the latter).

The back of the dress featuring a bow.

Conclusion

I’m absolutely in love with this make. It fits me well without being too tight or too baggy – the ties help with the shaping and the B cup princess seams work really well for me. I can definitely recommend this pattern!

I’m just finishing the Sicily Slip Dress (by Masin), very different style for me. I don’t have many exciting me made pieces for the colder months so I’m actually making an effort this year to look amazing..you know for working from home 🙂

I hope you’re all keeping safe and well.

Monika x

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