The Rawe Top sewing pattern is a floaty, breezy summer top that has been designed for playing or sleeping. Use your fabric choices to create different looks and pair it with our Pai Shorts for a complete coordinated outfit.
Rawe is the Māori word for “excellent”. When combined with the word “Pai” (our coordinating shorts pattern) Pai Rawe becomes the word for “Fantastic”.
We thought that was a pretty good pair of words to describe our coordinates and separates.
Pronounce Rawe like “Rah-Weh” in English.
- Instant PDF download of pattern and full tutorial
- Children’s sizes 1-10
- 2 variations for the top of the front and back
- A4 or US Letter format to print at home
- Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this top
The Rawe Top has been designed with beginners in mind. The tutorial is detailed with full colour photos and will walk you step by step through constructing the garment, and finishing with either elastic or bias binding.
The more advanced sewists will appreciate the professional finish of the pattern, the well fitting garment and the ability to customise and make it your own. Follow the bonus bias binding tutorials along the way to level up your binding skills!
Light weight fabrics: Look for cottons, linens, chambray, Japanese lawn, rayon etc.
Fit and Ease of the Rawe Top:
The Rawe Top pattern is perfect for keeping cool in summer and has been created for comfortable adventuring.
You’ll love the relaxed fit of the Rawe Top, with enough ease through the chest to allow for dreaming, playing and exploring!
This pattern has been created using Standard American Measurements and the sizing might seem different to what you usually buy in stores. Therefore, use the size the chart says you are to fit the chest, and if required, lengthen or shorten the pattern or straps as needed.
Fabric and Fit Chart:
Additional Notions Required:
– Up to 90cm (35”) of Bias binding for shoulder straps 25mm (1”) or 12mm (1/2”) wide, press in half. Do not cut until you have thoroughly read step 9.
– Spare piece of ribbon or twill tape to create back tag.
– Co-ordinating sewing thread.
– Scissors and pins.
+ Gathered with Elastic:
– 12mm (1/2”) wide, ribbed non roll elastic (length supplied in measurement chart)
+ Gathered with Binding:
– Approximately 1m (1 1/4yd) bias binding for top edge of front and back – 25mm (1”) or 12mm (1/2”) wide, press in half.
What You Get When You Purchase:
This is a PDF digital download. You will be emailed the digital pattern and tutorial after purchasing through PayPal . Save these to your computer.
Log into the website and find your files in “My Account + Downloads”. This is where the most updated version of your purchases will be and you can access it any time. In the future I may revise this pattern and slightly alter it. If you’re sewing in the future, check back for the latest version.
You can print the Rawe Top pattern at home.
The digital pattern is 11 pages in black and white, and can be printed on A4 or US Letter paper on your home computer and then assembled for use.
You will also receive a comprehensive tutorial with instructions, photos and tips to guide you in your sewing of this garment. Please view this tutorial on your device or computer to save the trees, or if you must print, print in colour to view the photos accurately.
What’s a PDF?
A digital document viewable in Adobe Acrobat Reader (download for free here). You will be able to save, view and print these documents on your computer or device.
Returns and Support:
This is a digital product and can be saved to your computer. Because of it’s digital nature, I am not able to offer returns on any purchase unless at some fault of my own. Please choose carefully and make sure you are purchasing the correct pattern with your correct email address!
In lieu of returns I offer comprehensive online support to those who are sewing! You can contact me on Facebook, Instagram and email, and you can expect a prompt reply! I will endeavour to help you in any way I can.
So, what are you waiting for? Create your own range of Rawe Tops with this pattern and show off your creations!
This sewing pattern is by Sophie Laughton-Mutu. Sewists and children around the world have tested this pattern. Please leave a review, or pop over to our Facebook page to show us a photo of your Rawe Tops and the adventures they go on!
anna.jem.smith (verified owner) –
A beautiful wee top perfect for summer playing and for Pjs! I have made one in each and my daughter loves them. Such a fast easy sew, I’ll be whipping these up for Xmas and birthdays for sure!
ej_garnett (verified owner) –
I made the Rawe top for my 1 yr old as a summer set with the Pai shorts and it turned out so well. It’s a quick and easy sew that I could finish in a couple of her nap times. It also has a great finish to it and is a lovely floaty shape when it’s on. Highly recommended!
Julia Warren (verified owner) –
The Rawe Top 😍 This pattern is a lovely quick sew. I usually avoid bias binding as I had put it in the ‘too hard basket’, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was here. This is such a sweet little top to pair with the Pai Shorts as a summery outfit for vege garden raiding or lovely light PJs.
Lyndie Brown –
The Rawe pattern is so easy to follow and quick to make! Perfect for beginners and more experienced sewers. Pair it with the Pai Shorts and they are a perfect set!! Make pyjamas or a pretty summer outfit – you can easily add some lace to it too! Best pattern, would highly recommend this pattern!
philippa.fergusson (verified owner) –
Cute summery top that I sewed up in a snap. I chose the elastic and then binding for the shoulders- the bias binding was easy to do! I’ve never been able to master sewing bias binding on but this was simple and have it such a lovely finish. Another great BTK pattern
kylie.rick (verified owner) –
Soo stoked with this sweet little top! It’s so quick and easy to sew and comes out looking just adorable. I especially love how I can make it as casual or as dressy as I want, it’s a versatile little number and I’m already making more!
Frances Paki –
This was such a delightful pattern to sew. A great summer top and lovely as a set with the Pai shorts. And I like the idea of using the two together as a pair of pyjamas. My daughter loves wearing hers.
I LOVE this top! It’s such a quick and simple sew and pairs perfectly with the Pai shorts. Not to mention it is totally adorable 🙂
helenjamesnz (verified owner) –
Another beautiful, easy sew that was fun to make, looks super lovely on and has everyone thinking I’m some kind of master dressmaker or something <3 Highly recommended!
lizzyj_m (verified owner) –
This was a lovely quick sew, and looks so pretty! I’ve now made two with binding, and can’t wait to make the version with elastic next. Great, clear instructions – thank you!
helenjamesnz (verified owner) –
Beautiful, simple, quick and easy this top goes perfectly with the Pai shorts and Manuka skirt. It’s one of my last-minute go to gifts for little girls’ birthdays. Highly recommend!
June Vann (verified owner) –
Another delightful sew from BTK! I’ve made the Rawe top several times now and it’s a super quick, very easy little garment to make – from cutting to sewing in less than a couple of hours. All mine so far been the elastic version, which I’m very happy with: it gives the top that little extra flex when small people are getting dressed but it sits nice and snug when on. Two of my Rawe sews were lengthened to make a pair of lovely, cool summer nighties. As always, the tutorial provides nice clear instructions 🙂
Naomi Radunovic (verified owner) –
An adorable little top and a beautiful pattern. Loved the easy to follow instructions. Perfect for all summer long. Match made in heaven for the Pai Shorts.
Sew.Exhausted (verified owner) –
The rawe top is really quick to make and pairs perfectly with the pai shorts. Perfect summer garment but would also layer well with a cardigan etc in winter. Definitely recommend this pattern. I had been looking at it for a long time before I finally made it, wish I had got it sooner!! The instructions are really clear and easy to follow. The top doesn’t require much fabric at all so it’s a great scrap buster!
jillsauve (verified owner) –
Such a beautiful quick sew with clear instructions. And as mentioned in another review uses just a punch of fabric. It was a delight to sew up a few at a time for my granddaughters this summer. Thanks again Sophie for a great pattern.