Hacking the Heron (shirt or dress)

Here's to one of our favourite sewing patterns - the ever versatile Heron Shirt and Heron Dress. Favoured because it's a deceivingly easy sew with great results.  The shirt and dress are super versatile - depending on your fabric (and shoe choices), you can take it from the beach to the board room.

The raglan sleeves ensures a perfect shoulder fit and the open neck (there is a closed neck option too).

This blog guides you through a PATTERN HACK to add a new frilled short sleeve.

But first - let's take a look at what's included in each pattern after purchase:

The Heron Shirt comes with a standard gathered sleeve and double gathered sleeve style options.

 Heron Shirt PDF sewing pattern


The Heron Dress comes with a 7/8 fold under frill sleeve and 7/8 small balloon gathered sleeve (added in March 2021).

Heron Dress PDF sewing pattern 

Both the sleeve and shirt patterns have a line marking on the sleeve to cut for a two piece sleeve option. The instructions below show you how to add a short sleeve frill style, with or without added lace.

This is our Boho look short sleeve frilled Heron Dress (with open neck): Heron Dress sleeve hack

And shirt version:

 Heron Shirt boho sleeve hack

With a closer look at the sleeve you can see we have added some lace to the base of the top sleeve section before attaching the gathered lower section:

 Heron Sleeve shirt hack with lace



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