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Pattern Review: Butterick, Misses’ Shirts and Shorts 6946 and 6947

Threads #226, Summer 2024

Shirt and Shorts Set


Skill Level

These are quick garments to sew, although the sewing is moderate due to the collar and fly zipper. 

Size Range and Fitting

Misses’ 4 to 20, for busts 29½ inches to 42 inches, waists 22 inches to 34 inches and hips 31½ inches to 44 inches. Also available as Butterick 6947, in women’s 20 to 38, for busts 42 inches to 60 inches, waists 35 inches to 54½ inches, hips 44 inches to 62 inches.


Lightweight to mid-weight cotton and linen wovens for the shirt; denim and heavier linen for the shorts. 

Style and Sewing Details

This shirt and shorts duo comes in two lengths. Both shirts have a stand collar, bust darts, button placket, and curved hemlines. There are two sleeve options: elbow-length, rolled up and held in place with a buttoned tab; and long, cuffed sleeves with a continuous lap placket. The shorts have a straight waistband, belt carriers, double front waist tucks, back waist darts, a fly front, and slanted hip pockets.The shorter view has 2-inch-wide cuffs and 4-inch inseam, and a longer view has a 6¾-inch inseam. 

• The shirt has 5 inches of bust ease. The shorts have no ease at the waist and 7 inches at the hip. 

• All notches and match points align, illustrations are clear, and the sewing instructions are generally detailed. However, there are no instructions for installing the fly zipper, so refer to print or online tutorials. 

• The shirt is a blank canvas to change up. Turn it into a button down, add a western-style yoke, piping, etc. Let your creativity run wild.

Illustrations of the the shirt and shorts set pattern by Butterick
Illustrations: Steven Fleck

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