Here in London, Autumn has officially arrived! The leaves are starting to carpet the ground, the air is crisp, and it's time to store your flowy summer dreses for winter hibernation. Luckily, our pattern of the month Tamzin happens to be a great base to make some transitional pieces (and for our Southern Hemisphere friends, lots of this applies to Spring-time dressing as well!). We've rounded up some Autumnal Tamzin inspo, so you can bring her into the new season with you.
Tamzin is 20% off this month with the code LOVETAMZIN. Grab the pattern this week and join our virtual Tamzin party on Instagram the last weekend of the month to have a chance to win a pattern!
One of the best ways to transition a pattern from summer to autumn is to pick a seasonal fabric. Look for deeper colours, darker palettes, heavier weights, and luscious textures. We love how Tamzin can hold her shape in a stiffer fabric like velvet or corduroy.
Make it a Top
The Tamzin bodice makes a wonderful base for a top, perfect to layer (and wearing trousers means you keep your legs warm!). Esther of @ninetostitch, who also happens to be the pattern cover girl, made a beautiful top version during testing for this pattern. You can simply shorten the existing skirt for a peplum, like Esther did, or you can leave out the waist ties and lenthen the bodice along the princess seams for a top you can easily tuck into trousers.
Change the Skirt
Swapping the full, swishy gathered skirt for a more form fitting one turns this romantic dress into something a bit sleeker for cool weather. This is also really nice in heavier, more autumn appropriate fabrics. This may take a bit of fiddling about to find a good fit, as the waistline of the Tamzin has a lot of positive ease, so make sure to measure the bodice waistline before cutting! Pleating the skirt instead of gathering it is another great way to easily change the feel, and works nicely with a structured fabric.
Cuffing the Sleeves
Those big billowy sleeves are great for staying cool in the summer, but when temperatures begin to drop they can let in some unwanted drafts! Cuffing or adding elastic in the sleeve makes the silhouette a bit more autumnal and helps you keep your body heat in.
Of course, you don't need to give up your beloved summer pieces entirely. Sometimes some different styling can help bring them to the next season with you. We love adding a sweater vest over an otherwise summery dress, the contrast is perfect for when you're still clinging onto the last bit of summer. Adding knee-high boots, a hat, or a leather jacket can also transform a July go-to into an October appropriate choice.
Remember to nab Tamzin for 20% off with the code LOVETAMZIN, and to enter our virtual Tamzin party on Instagram this weekend. Just post a picture of you in a Tamzing (new or old!) with the hashtag #bhltamzin. You'll automatically be entered in a competition to win a free PDF from our collection!