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Child/Baby Pai Shorts

Below the Kowhai

With our Pai Shorts sewing pattern and tutorial you will be able to create a comfortable, unisex pair of shorts with optional trim tutorial included to make them your own! Pai is the Māori word for “good”. You’ll often hear “kei te pai”, a colloquialism in New Zealand which translates to “it’s all good!”
That’s the inspiration for our Pai Shorts – no fuss! Kei te pai! Just good shorts that will adventure with you, that you can make again and again with stunning, reliable results each time! They’re good!
Created with a relaxed fit, and the growth rates of boys and girls in mind, Pai Shorts are comfortable, easy to wear and will grow with your child.
Add your own personal sewing touch to them with the included trim tutorial and make them your own!
Our Sewists love the clean and simple lines of this pattern, along with its detailed tutorial suitable for beginners who are learning to sew.
The full photo tutorial will walk you step by step through the construction and sewing of these Pai Shorts. They’re a pleasure to sew (and a little bit addictive!)

Sizes; Children’s sizes 1-10 (including 18month)

Unisex – Created with the fit and growth rates of both boys and girls
Inseam pockets
Elastic waist for comfort and ease
Optional trim tutorial included
A4 or US Letter format to print at home
Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create these shorts
Sewing Level:
The Pai Shorts have 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, enclosed waist band and optional trim tutorial.
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.
Fabric Suggestions:
These shorts have been designed to be used with light weight fabrics. Look for cottons, linens, chambray, light denim, rayon etc.
Fit and Ease of the Pai Shorts:
The Pai Shorts pattern is perfect for keeping cool in summer and has been created for comfortable adventuring.
You’ll love the relaxed fit of the Pai Shorts, with enough ease through the hips to allow for nappies (in the smaller sizes), playing and exploring!
The pattern includes an enclosed waist band for comfort around the puku (tummy), and an optional trim tutorial for customising your shorts.
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 hips, and if required, lengthen or shorten the pattern as needed.


Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Denim / Corduroy, Linen

Make time

Half a day

Sewing level

Absolute Beginner, Confident Beginner

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