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. Additionally, this post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support!
Jill Dorsey says
It’s looks so nice on you too.
Melissa Q. says
Kelsey Boes says
This is so cute! And comfy looking. I’m feeling pretty jealous of your new sweatshirt 🙂
Melissa Q. says
Aw, thank you! It is definitely comfy. I’m especially appreciating having an open waist area, not something I knew I would have loved!