Casual but Elegant. My Tallinn Sweatshirt

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 cheyennesloan 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.


4 Comments on Casual but Elegant. My Tallinn Sweatshirt

  1. Jill Dorsey
    January 29, 2017 at 10:11 am (12 months ago)

    It’s looks so nice on you too.

    • Melissa Q.
      January 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks mama!

  2. Kelsey Boes
    January 30, 2017 at 11:18 am (12 months ago)

    This is so cute! And comfy looking. I’m feeling pretty jealous of your new sweatshirt 🙂

    • Melissa Q.
      January 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm (12 months ago)

      Aw, thank you! It is definitely comfy. I’m especially appreciating having an open waist area, not something I knew I would have loved!


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