Butterick B6846 Unisex Camp Shirt Pattern


The shirt is a great companion to our 3-hour shirt video—Learn to Sew a Shirt or Blouse. (available as a DVD or streaming) Just follow along with Marta while sewing the shirt. If you are a teacher, offer a 3-hour Shirt class!

We have specialized in teaching shirt-making over the years. We keep trying to improve fit, speed, and quality. We have added alteration lines to the tissue to speed up altering the shirt to fit. We have used the one-piece “Painless Placket” sleeve for Views C/D, first in our book Mother Pletsch’s Painless Sewing. I credit Marta Alto for “inventing” it for sewing. She had seen it used in European men’s shirts. This camp shirt also has a convertible collar.

(This pattern used to be McCall’s M6932.)


Camp Shirt Pattern for Women and Men

These semi-fitted shirts have a pointed collar, back pleated into self-lined yoke with forward shoulder seams, and narrow hem. View A: bias armhole facings, back longer than front, wrong side shows. View B: stitched hem on sleeves. Views A, B and C: pockets with mock bands. View D: shaped hemline. Views C and D: two-piece effect sleeves with pleats, seam opening and button cuffs.

One of our key Palmer/Pletsch teachers, Jean Baxter from Granite Bay, CA, said that this pattern is the perfect garment to fit to her students, since they love a classic shirt. This camp shirt is not as oversized as our previous one, which had a very dropped shoulder, but it is not fitted either. If your size feels too oversized, trim down to the next smaller size—that is the beauty of multi-sizing. I used to sew the small and for this one I sew the medium.

We recommend using PerfectFuse Sheer interfacing on this shirt.

Butterick Palmer/Pletsch Unisex Camp Shirt

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