A Skirt for All Seasons: Ways to Wear a Bryer Skirt

This month I introduced a new pattern, the zero waste Bryer skirt. This pattern comes in 20 sizes, to fit an 86cm/34″ hips to a 183cm/72″. It has generous pockets, an option for back waist elastic, and the length can be changed.

The pattern is in my shop now – please enjoy 25% off.

I think I’ll be wearing the Bryer skirt all year round, as it looks good in so many ways.


A good outfit for wearing on a bicycle? Certainly it’s the antithesis of Tour de France gear!
A linen Bryer with t-shirt, scarf, strappy sandals and the zero waste tiny satchel from the May zine.
Very easy and comfortable to wear: the Petrea blouse, floppy sunhat and espadrilles.
Summer evening wear: high heels, dangly earrings, the halter neck top from the Zero Waste Sewing book, and a cold drink.
While I was looking for the halter neck top in the zero waste archive, I came across the zw Cendre top and the pinks matched so well I couldn’t go past it. Summer wedding guest attire?


Holiday vibes?
With a white zw Cendre top, leather sandals and straw hat.
I love the look of long coat with a short skirt.
Trench coat vintage Target, buff boots, zw shirt from Birgitta Helmersson’s new book.


Does anything not look good with denim?
Denim jacket, with a large sheer scarf to fill in the neckline.
1980s Preppie. I had to restrain myself from adding a string of pearls and turning the collar up. The waistbag is this zero waste one.


You can’t go wrong with lots of knitwear. Mine spans 3 generations: Grandma knitted the jumper, Mum knitted the hat and I did the scarf.
Checks and paisley (I like both!). That coat from the Zero Waste Sewing book, with a paisley scarf and boots.
Winter evening: if you have a skirt with a “Wow!” print, it’s easy enough to pick out one of the print’s colours and match it to a solid-colour top. I found a perfectly matching pashmina. If you wear boots you can hide thermal leggings underneath.

It was a lot of fun making outfits for this blog post, but afterwards the bedroom looked like a clothes bomb had gone off!



  1. Michelle on July 17, 2023 at 11:24 pm

    Styling a hot-off-the-sewing-machine item is soooo much fun!

    • lizhaywood on July 18, 2023 at 1:18 pm

      Gee, is it ever! I didn’t have the energy to be a model but the flatlays were a lot of fun.

  2. Wendy on July 18, 2023 at 1:03 am

    Great flatlays Liz!
    You made me laugh with your restraint re: ‘80s styling.
    I will bear your seasonal styling tips in mind; cold drink in summer and hidden thermal leggings in winter .
    Off to buy my Bryer pattern/instructions now…

    • lizhaywood on July 18, 2023 at 1:18 pm

      I knew you would get the 1980s styling!

      • Emily on July 19, 2023 at 1:32 pm

        I see a couple of possible #zerowastetrifectas here!

      • lizhaywood on July 19, 2023 at 8:37 pm

        I thought about a zero waste trifecta while I was doing this but it didn’t seem to work out for any of these – but as you say, lots of possibilities 🙂

  3. Terri Gardner on July 18, 2023 at 11:32 pm

    This was such fun! I don’t know when I will get mine made but this was surely full of inspiration.

    • lizhaywood on July 19, 2023 at 8:35 pm

      Many thanks, Terri. Yes, it sure was a lot of fun!

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