It’s no secret that I am a fan of Hey June patterns. I use her patterns to make so much of my wardrobe, i.e. the cheyenne, sloan leggings, the lane raglan, it’s all on standby in my closet. So, when I was asked to be a pattern tester for her latest women’s pattern, the Tallinn Sweater, I jumped on the chance. And, I’m so happy I did because now I have this casual but elegant Tallin sweatshirt.
The Tallinn is sure to be yet another hit for Adrianna (the pattern design genius behind Hey June). It’s really a basic drop-shoulder sweater pattern with an option for a cowl or turtleneck but it’s got an asymmetrical front!
See, this is exactly why I like Hey June patterns so much. She has managed to elevate the most basic of the basics…a turtleneck! I can wear this and be comfortable, warm, casual. I be all the people I need to be: play with the kids, sew in it, wear it to a workout and still crash out on the couch at the end of the day all while not feeling like I’m wearing a frumpy sweatshirt.
Get ready to work hard for the money, sweatshirt, because we are going to be tight!
A few details. I used a lightweight jersey knit from Jo-Ann to make this version. I do find the arms a bit tight on me. My arms aren’t scrawny by an stretch so if you have small arms, you might not have this problem. I wouldn’t wear a long-sleeve top under this sweatshirt and it requires fabric with a good bit of stretch. I plan on making another version in a sweatshirt fleece, inspired by these amazing ladies, and I will up the size for that version. (I’m also planning on attempting to hack the pattern and make a t-shirt with an asymmetrical front like this one. It needs to happen!)
The pattern I used was the very first version, before any errors or edits had been accounted for, and I found it very straightforward and clear. The sweatshirt was easy to construct. It’s truly a quick sew. That said, I know that some testers asked for additional ease in the bust and Adrianna did factor that into the final pattern. I do not, ahem, need this adjustment. But, I did find some scrunching at the armpit and I know this was also factored into the final pattern.
For the record, I did take a picture with me facing the camera but I HATE what I did with my mouth. So, you will have to go to Adrianna’s blog post to see that snap. 🙂 You might want to grab the pattern while you are at it.
Note: I was given the pattern in exchange for participating as a pattern tester. All opinions are my own, of course.