Sewing patterns

Heron Shirt

Size Guide

This pattern has a high neck, halter neck and open neck style options with long sleeve (standard or 2 part gather), short sleeve and sleeveless variations.  A shirt for all seasons and a pattern with lots of versatility. This pattern also looks great as a beach cover up simply lengthened (see our version in an olive cotton lawn embrodiery anglaise).

Super EASY to sew - the closed neck styles are great for beginners (with short or standard long sleeve). A perfect first shirt to sew without buttons or other closures. The open neck style is slightly more involved, but still straight forward. If you are a beginner sewer wanting to extend yourself - the open neck style is perfect, and the gathered sleeves also a great "next step". You might like to trial it first in an up-cycled cotton sheet to build your confidence and your wardrobe at the same time. The easy-to-follow instructions build your skills as you sew.

*Please refer "size & Purchasing options below re sleeve add on and sizing*


The high neck options are a great for confident beginners
The open neck tops and 2-piece gathered sleeve are an easy intermediate level.

WOVEN fabrics : Most light to mid weight woven fabrics will suit this top.

We recommend rayon, silk, polyester, light weight linen, cotton and cotton blends for summer.

Our long sleeve samples were sewn up in a range of rayons, polyesters & cotton woven fabrics. The yellow/mustard silk sewn up in the open neck Heron Shirt was originally a silk sari.

*Please also note that all (new) fabric should be pre-washed in case of shrinkage. Some fabrics will not shrink but 100% cotton,linen and rayon are almost guaranteed to shrink. It doesn't hurt to be safe and remove any dodgy chemical build up that may have occurred during printing anyway.


Please note you are purchasing a digital pattern that will be sent directly to your email inbox after payment. You can print this pattern at home on A4 or US letter sized paper or take it to a print shop for large scale printing (AO size).

*You will not receive a hard copy printed pattern.*

Each purchase comes with 4 sizes (please refer last image for size chart and international size comparisons):
Small> (NZ/AU/UK 6-8-10-12  | US 2-4-6-8)
Medium> (NZ/AU/UK 10-12-14-16  | US 6-8-10-12)
Large> (NZ/AU/UK 14-16-18-20  | US 10-12-14-16)
X-Large> (NZ/AU/UK 18-20-22-24  | US 14-16-18-20)

Sleeve Add On (NZ/AU/UK 6-16  | US 2-12)
Sleeve Add On (NZ/AU/UK 14-24  | US 10-20)

This is a loose fitting garment. If you prefer it to be a little less "roomy" or you are "in between" sizes then we suggest you err on the smaller size. 

>SLEEVE ADD-ON The 2 piece gathered sleeve option was added to this pattern on 15 Oct 2020. You will receive this automatically when add your size to the cart - but if you purchased the pattern prior to this date, you may choose to purchase the sleeve add on separately by simply adding the "SleeveAddOn" to the cart.  ** You only need to purchase this sleeve as an extra if you purchased the original shirt pre 15Oct at the cheaper price**

>INSTANT DOWNLOAD available immediately after checkout includes:
1. Clear, detailed instructions with diagrams and photos
2. Print at home pattern tiles (printable in A4 or Letter)
3. AO Copy shop file if you wish to print on large scale paper at your local print shop

 >Use the ADOBE LAYERS FEATURE to open the PDF pattern file and print only the size you need (and eliminate the "noise" of the unwanted sizes). You can also use the URL and bookmark links within the file to quickly access information and support. Download Adobe Reader for free (for Windows and Mac) here.

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