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.
Included in this beginner friendly tutorial are Inseam Pockets (pockets that open from the side seam).
You can also purchase a newly added Front Waist Pocket ADD-ON pattern and tutorial. Front waist pockets have their openings on the front with a cut away curve for the hand to slip in to.
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!)
- Instant PDF download of pattern and full tutorial
- A4/Letter, A1/Copyshop, and speciality Projector formats with layers
- Children’s sizes 1-10 (including 18month)
- Unisex – Created with the fit and growth rates of both boys and girls
- Inseam pockets included in the Pai Shorts PDF pattern.
- Add-On available: Front Waist Pockets
- Optional trim tutorial included
- Elastic waist for comfort and ease
- Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create these shorts
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.
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 pattern includes an enclosed waist band for comfort around the puku (tummy), with enough ease through the hips and bum to allow for nappies (in smaller sizes).
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.
Fabric and Fit Chart:
Additional Notions Required:
- Co-ordinating sewing thread
- Non-Roll elastic 25mm (1″) wide, length supplied in chart.
- Scissors, pins, needle
- Optional trim
What You Get When You Purchase:
This is a PDF digital download. After purchasing through PayPal you will be emailed the digital pattern and tutorial. 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 Pai Shorts pattern at home with the A4/Letter file (9 pages), copy shop (A1 size), or use a projector. All digital files include “layers”, so you can choose to print only some sizes if you prefer.
Specialty Projector file’s include all the things you love about projector sewing! Unfolded pattern pieces, directional placement, large lines, moveable area and calibration grids, just to name a few features!
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 pair of Pai Shorts with this pattern and show off your creations!
This is sewing pattern 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 Pai Shorts and the adventures they go on!