Thursday, September 05, 2019

Waffle Patterns - Arare Pullover

Pattern testing, this is something I have not done much but when Yuki of Waffle Patterns asked me to test the Arare, it was a yes!

Waffle Patterns Arare Pattern

The features of the Arare are


    *Classic style anorak pullover.
    *Regular fitting.
    *2 options for the pocket on the bodice; 
     A ; Kangaroo pocket with gusset and zipper opening 
     B ; side welt pockets
    *2 options for the neckline; 
     C ; hood
     D ; high neck collar
    *You can make with or without collar/hem strings and sleeve pocket.
    *Front zipper opening with zipper guard and zipper cover.
  • Sizes.....EUR34-50 (US 2-18) (UK 6-22) I made a 40.  I believe Yuki increased the hip measurements from the test version.  I will probably go with a 42 next time and grade to a 44, just want it to be a bit oversized for layering and comfort.

    The fabric is Style Maker Fabrics' Brushed Cotton Twill in Eggplant with this drawstring and zippers from stash.  This pattern has great instructions and the garment has amazing details.  I enjoyed each detail.

    One of the changes, Yuki made was to add the finished hip garment dimensions.  I picked the wrong size and my Arare was tight in the hips. I added slits to the side seams to help with the fit.  This Arare went to a daughter, it fits her better.

    I went with the Kangaroo pocket and I love the zipper on the pocket, keeps the cell phone and keys safe.

    The instructions for this zipper and kangaroo pocket are so good, as all the instructions.

    The pattern does have welt pockets options but the Kangaroo pocket was my choice, mainly for the zipper and keeping all things tucked into the big pocket.

    Every pattern piece went together perfectly and I was so impressed with this pattern and it was the tester call!  My changes.... I would size up and make it bigger.

    Several notions are needed for this pattern.... zippers, drawstring, cord stops, velcro or snaps. 

    The zipper at the neckline has a covered zipper stop and looks great zipped all the way up

    I am going to make this again, after all, I need one for me!  I am going to look for a stretch twill type of fabric, with the athletic feel of this garment some stretch will be nice.

    This pullover has all these details and you would think it would take a bit to sew but it did not.  You will love making this pullover and it will be perfect for fall.


    1. Hi Lori, this was an excellent review and I'm completely sold. I went stright to the Waffle Patterns site and have purchased the pattern. I do have a question though? I like the welt pockets as always look for somewhere to put my hands but the kangaroo pocket would be useful for phone and keys etc. Could I make the kangaroo pocket slightly narrower and have the welt pockets as well do you think?

      1. I am wondering about adding another layer to the kangaroo pocket and then have the sides open for your hands. That is what I was planning to do on my next one. Or do like a sweatshirt kangaroo pocket, then put a small zipper pocket on top. Hope that helps, have fun making your pullover