Tide Top by Papercut Patterns

Monday, December 12, 2022

Do you ever sit on a pattern until you find a fabric that feels "right" for that pattern? The Tide top (formerly called Kobe top) from Papercut Patterns was one of the earlier PDF patterns that I bought, but I only sewed it up after I found this window pane rayon crepe from Lyrical Fabrics.

While I like the style of the top, I have noticed that since the back is longer (and therefore heavier), it tends to drag towards the back and requires periodic re-adjustment throughout the day.

(See more photos at the end of the post.)

Size / View:

XXS. Based off the body measurements, I should have been an XS. I sized down after researching others who have made the top and seeing their commentary that the top has a lot of ease.

My measurements are:
  • Bust: 34.5"
  • High Bust: 32.5"
  • Waist: 29"
  • Hip: 37.5"
  • Height: 5' 0"


Rayon crepe from Lyrical Fabrics

Adjustments / Construction:

  • Added 1.5" to the front. 
  • Shortened the back by 2".
  • Shortened sleeves by 1".
  • Referenced the tutorial on the Papercut blog 
  • Added a little hidden stitching between layers to keep the shoulder seam laying flat towards the back.
  • Based on a muslin, the front shoulders were a little too wide for the finished pleated back piece, so I had to narrow the front neckline by about 0.5" and re-draw the neckline to blend into the existing center front.


  • Back pleat detail, of course!
  • Slouchy loose fit

Next Time:

  • Given the ease, even for the XXS, I may try to grade this down to a smaller size myself.
  • Maybe shorten the sleeves by another 1" since I'm short
  • I might try the dress view with a sheer fabric, like the sample modeled on the old version of the PDF pattern.