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Tallinn Sweater

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Hi there! I’m back to show you my version of the newest Hey June pattern, the Tallinn Sweater.  To paraphrase the pattern instructions, this sweater is a drop sleeved top with options for a turtleneck and a cowl. It features an asymmetrical cross over front that is finished with bands. The sleeves and hem are also finished with bands which makes for easy sewing with no hemming.

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As it happens, I had just ordered some forest green French terry from Cali fabrics a week or so before I found out about testing for this pattern. I was intending to use the fabric for one of the Toaster sweaters, but I figured it would make a great cowl necked Tallinn Sweater. This was my first time ordering from Cali fabrics and I am really happy with the quality of this fabric. I love cotton/spandex french terry because it has great stretch and great recovery.

Tallinn Sweater 3

I always enjoy sewing with Hey June patterns. The instructions are thorough and there are lots of helpful hints included to get the most professional finish possible. I love that there are size layers in the patterns so you can print only the size/sizes that you need. This new pattern is fun to sew and super comfortable to wear!

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This is the first tester version of the Tallinn Sweater and a few changes were made during the testing process. I cut a size L graded to an XL and used a deeper than called for seam allowance through the top of the sweater to get the ease I wanted through the bust. Adrianna added more ease to the final pattern so the next time I will make a size M graded out.

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I did a forward shoulder adjustment on my test version, which required me to adjust the bands on the front.  I was crossing my fingers I did it correctly since there were a bunch of pieces to adjust. Thankfully everything fit together during construction! The sweater goes together really quickly and easily. I love that it’s finished with bands, since they are so easy to attach. I used my coverstitch to do topstitching on all of the bands. I must have needed to adjust the differential feed on my machine because my bottom hem got sort of ripply when I did the coverstitching. It is OK if I press it, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be pressing this each time it comes out of the wash.

Tallinn Sweater 7

The asymmetrical front is a really cool detail. I really like how the cowl neck stands up a bit in this mid-weight fabric. This is such a cozy sweatshirt that I know I will be wearing a lot before Spring comes!

~Teri

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13 thoughts on “Tallinn Sweater

  1. What a cozy looking sweater. The forest green is a great color on you! Do you mind me asking what type of coverstitch machine you have? That is the next thing to cross off my list, and there don’t seem to be many options out there…

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    1. Thanks so much! I have a Janome machine that is a coverstitch and serger combo. The model is the 1200D. I like it a lot and don’t mind having to switch back and forth between the two functions. I’ve gotten pretty quick at it but I know combo machines aren’t for everyone. I’ve heard good things about the Brother coverstitch machines and the Janome cover pro.

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      1. Thank you for responding Teri! I already have a serger, so don’t need a combo machine. It’s good to hear you like the Janome, as the cover pro was the main one I was looking at.

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  2. Really pretty! The forest green looks lovely on you! I love that fabric in this particular sweater. Looks like you will be able to get a lot of wear out of it.

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