New Pattern: Bryer Skirt

Hello Everyone! I have a new zero waste pattern. Introducing Bryer, a skirt for all seasons.

The pattern is in my Etsy shop now – please enjoy 25% off for the next month.

This pattern comes in 20 sizes, to fit an 86cm/34″ hips to a 183cm/72″.

Bryer could well be my new favourite-ever zero waste pattern, replacing the mighty Clair skirt as #1. I’ve worn the original two prototype samples a lot already, including during Me-Made-May.

This skirt has an A-line-ish shape with plenty of leg room; enough to get into a high-lift ute or ride a bicycle. There are two generous in-seam pockets which form part of the skirt’s closure, which is done up with two buttons. So if you’re adverse to zips, or are striving to make a fully compostable garment, this one is very suitable.

This skirt comes in two lengths, 53cm/20¾” short and 74cm/29″ long, and the length can be changed without affecting zero waste.

The waistband has an option for back adjustable elastic:

The pattern is a full-sized printable pdf, tiled for A4 and A0. The short and long versions are together.

The pattern pieces fit together top-and-tailed, to form a modular unit.

Here’s a Bryer skirt gallery…

Here’s 14 seconds of Bryer in action. This one is made in cotton/linen.
Bryer skirt in mustard cotton twill.
A short version made in heavy twill weave cotton, the same weight you would use for jeans. I feel this ensemble has a 1980s vibe!
In beautiful embroidered denim – for this one I cut the front on the fold so it didn’t have a central seam.

This is an early sample made from wool coating, to try out checked fabrics.
The nap runs in the opposite direction on the back (which is why napped fabrics aren’t recommended) but it’s not too noticeable.
In flowy organic denim, really more like chambray, worn with a zw Xanthea top.
A Jocelyn Proust cotton drill from Spotlight, with the pattern carefully matched across the front seam.
This is sort of “place holder” photo – my model came down sick and I couldn’t get anyone else in the same size. I’ll replace the photo when she’s well enough. However, it’s here to demonstrate (along with the Jocelyn Proust skirt) that if you have a “WOW!” fabric, this skirt is a great way to show it off. Btw, this is is a stretch woven.
In lightweight navy blue cotton – this is the first prototype and has already been heavily worn. It seems to go with everything!

The Bryer skirt is designed for woven fabrics. The short skirt looks good in heavy denim, twill and wool, and the long skirt in light-medium weight linen, cotton and tencel. Stretch wovens, stripes and checks are all fine to use.

How much fabric does it use and is it economical? I’d say it’s reasonable, for what it is. The skirt is quite full, especially the long one, and the pockets are very generous.

Here are the sizes:

If A-line skirts suit you, then this one will 🙂



  1. giu on July 3, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Wow Liz! This look terrific! I really look forward to making this up! best, Giuls

    • lizhaywood on July 3, 2023 at 6:12 pm

      Many thanks, Giu!

  2. DGear on July 18, 2023 at 2:31 am

    Hello from Pennsylvania,

    I’ve gotten used to your patterns being a “draft on the fabric” experience. My fault–you are not the weather and I should not try to predict what you will do next. 😉

    That being said, before I start scouring the ‘net, any tips on changing the printing specs from A4 to Letter size paper?

    Looking forward to making this.


    • lizhaywood on July 18, 2023 at 1:16 pm

      Hi DGear,
      You’re the third person to mention US Letter paper in the past week, and I’ve now added it to the downloadable Bryer files, which I should have done at the start. (If anyone reading this has already ordered a skirt pattern and would prefer US Letter, please send a message via Etsy and I can email it to you direct.)
      Love from Australia

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