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Pattern Review: Butterick 6901

Threads #222, Summer 2023
Tested and sewn by Lois Atkins, Troutville, Virginia. Butterick 6901, view A vest and view B pants. Fabric: lightweight denim, FarmhouseFabrics.com.

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Skill Level:

This is a fairly easy ensemble to make. With guidance, a beginner or intermediate sewist can achieve good results.

illustration of shorts pattern from Butterick 6901

Size Range and Fitting:

Sized Misses’ 6 to 24, it accommodates busts 30-1/2 inches to 46 inches, waists 23 inches to 39 inches and hips 32-1/2 inches to 48 inches. The design is available in extended sizes under an additional pattern number. Butterick 6902 is sized Women’s 20 to 38, for busts 42 inches to 60 inches, waists 35 inches to 55-1/2 inches, and hips 44 inches to 62 inches.


For casual attire, select a sturdy woven such as broadcloth or denim. For a more refined look, choose four-ply silk or brocade, and satin for the vest back.

back waist tie on vest

Style and Sewing Details:

The single-breasted, lined vest has a V neckline, front and back waist darts, two faux-welt pockets, a four-button closure, and pointed front hemline. In back, there is a tie belt at the waist.

  • The straight-leg pants have a faced waistline, two front pleats, slanted pockets, an invisible zipper closure at the left side, and two back-waist darts. The front pockets are a single piece, which reduces bulk. There is a shorts option, with a 4-1/2-inch-long inseam.
  • Experienced sewers might want to replace the invisible zipper closure in the left side seam with a traditional fly front.
  • Our tester recommends measuring the pattern pieces for the welts, waist ties, and belt carriers, then using a ruler and rotary cutter to accurately cut the small pieces on grain.

This review was originally published in Threads #222, Summer 2023. Have you made this pattern? If so, be sure to share pictures in our Readers Closet gallery.

Photos: Jack Deutsch. Illustrations: Kelly Keenan.


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