Kauai Top Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

(13 customer reviews)


The Kauai Top is a flowy top that keeps you cool in the heat of summer. Designed for lightweight woven fabric, the Kauai pattern comes in multiple cup sizes. The relaxed silhouette is paired with a front-buttoned bib. Go ahead and wear your favorite shorts or pencil skirt with the Kauai. You can also choose to add ruffles to the sleeveless armhole.

Kauai Top Features:

  • Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
  • Button-down front bib with button loops
  • Center front pleat
  • Round neckline finished with bias binding
  • Shirttail hem
  • View A is sleeveless finished with bias binding
  • View B is sleeveless with ruffles finished with bias binding
  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes: 00 – 20 (See “Size Chart” tab below for detailed measurements)

Don’t want to print and tape paper together? The Kauai Top pattern now includes an additional large format file (size A0 paper) that you can send to your print shop to print!

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Number of pattern pages: 41 for all cup sizes (be sure to print only the cup size you need per the instructions)

Number of instruction pages: 20

See Pattern Release Announcement for more photos.

Size Chart

Body Measurements

Kauai Top PDF Sewing Pattern Body Measurements

Finished Garment Measurements

Samara Pants PDF Sewing Pattern Finished Garment Measurements

Choosing Your Size

  1. Determine your cup size—subtract the circumference of your over bust from the circumference of the fullest part of your bust. If the rounded difference is 1″ (2.5 cm), use A cup; 2″ (5 cm), use B cup; 3″ (7.5 cm), use C cup; 4″ (10 cm), use D cup; 5″ (12.5 cm), use DD cup.
  2. After determining the cup size, compare your bust circumference (fullest part) to the “Body Measurements” table. Using the corresponding row for your cup, choose the size that best fits your bust. If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size if you like your garment more fitted; otherwise, choose the bigger size.
  3. Compare your hip circumference (widest part) to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that fits your hip best. If you are in between sizes, choose the smaller size.
  4. The waist is not shaped; the top flares from the bust to the hip. Hence, you do not need to choose a size based on your waist.
  5. It’s OK to use different sizes for the bust and hip. See “Blend Sizes” in instructions for details.
  6. If you are taller or shorter than 5’6” (168 cm), you should consider lengthening or shortening the top (see instructions for details).

I highly recommend that you check your fit by making a test garment with inexpensive fabric that has similar weight and drape as your final garment fabric.


Primary Fabric Use lightweight, flowy, woven fabric. Batiste, rayon challis, lightweight chambray and lightweight linen are great choices.

Interfacing Use lightweight fusible woven, weft insertion or tricot interfacing.

Other Materials

  • Six 3/8” (1 cm) buttons

Fabric Requirements

Most natural fibers shrink in the wash; be sure to have enough fabric. The requirements below assume that the fabric is already pre-shrunk.


Kauai Top PDF Sewing Pattern Fabric Requirements Imperial


Kauai Top PDF Sewing Pattern Fabric Requirements Metric 

13 reviews for Kauai Top Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Beautiful top.

  2. Helena (verified owner)

    excellent instructions

  3. Jeanette (verified owner)

    Made this out if some stash fabric to test it out and very pleased. I will make it again.

  4. Sandra (verified owner)

    Great experience I haven’t used a downloaded pattern before, the instruction were clear and the process was really easy. I haven’t finished the item but my test garment looks good.

  5. Gill (verified owner)


  6. Judy (verified owner)

    Pattern instructions were great. I tried it out in a shirting with a little stretch and although it worked fine, I am now trying it in rayon for a more flowy look. I am also going down a size. I also added back darts to slim the back as I have a bit of a sway back and wanted a closer fit. I also stitched down the first two Inches of the front pleat. Both of these adjustments were personal preference. I think likely a tailored shirt is more my style but this will be great on those hot days.

  7. Jenny (verified owner)

    I love my Kauai Top and it is my new favourite summer top!

  8. Maureen (verified owner)

    Great pattern love sizing options

  9. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great design.

  10. Mary (verified owner)

    I like how versatile this pattern is, plus the fact it can be worn by any age group. Itch To Stitch is now my ” GO TO ” pattern company

  11. Lianne (verified owner)

    So far, did a muslin and some adjustments but found the D cup a really good fit. Very pleased!

  12. Sylvia (verified owner)


  13. othersideofthegarden (verified owner)

    This is such a lovely top with beautiful drape! I love flowy garments for hot weather and the Kauai is perfect! I am ready to face the heat of summer!

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