New zero waste pattern: Clair Skirt

Clair skirt zero waste orange cotton drill

Hello All,

Introducing my new zero waste pattern: the Clair skirt.

This skirt pattern is for sale in my Etsy shop. Please enjoy 25% off for the month of July.

The Clair skirt + bag, hat or apron is zero waste; the offcuts from the skirt are used to sew an accessory. It’s an example of fabric use being spread across more than one item to achieve zero waste.

The skirt is designed for woven fabric and comes in 3 lengths. It has a back zip, waistband and good-sized side pocket. Yes, a pocket!

Clair skirt zero waste pocket

Suitable fabrics include denim, linen, cotton drill and wool gabardine in stripes, checks and plains. Stiff fabrics will yield a sculptural shaped skirt and soft fabrics will make a flowing skirt.

It also makes a great evening skirt in taffeta, dupion silk, brocade or firm delustred satin.

I’ve been wearing the samples to the gallery for the Zero Waste Fashion Exhibition on the weekends, and I love how I feel when I wear this skirt. I feel it adds a certain “edginess” to my wardrobe!

I’ve made this skirt in several different fabrics and lengths. (Once again, due to social distancing, I’m the model but hopefully I’ll be using different bodies in the near future.)

Here’s my favourite sample in lightweight wool tartan. This and the orange skirt in the post’s header are the medium length.

Clair skirt zero waste tartan

Here’s the short length in lightweight denim.

Clair skirt zero waste blue

This is the long length in beautiful Lithuanian linen from The Drapery. Looking forward to wearing it with sandals and a white shirt this summer.

Clair skirt zero waste linen

My original sample (long length) was in poly/cotton gingham:

Clair skirt zero waste gingham

The Clair skirt can be made to fit any size; it’s sized according to your waist measurement. As the skirt’s waist size gets larger, the length gets slightly shorter. For example, below is a skirt to fit a 108cm (42 1/2″) waist. It’s cut to the long length (as shown above in the gingham which has a 76cm/30″ waist) and it’s about 10cm shorter. The details for checking the finished length are in the pattern.

Clair skirt zero waste 108cm waist skirt long length

But wait, there’s more!

The offcuts from the skirt are transformed into either an apron, bag or hat.

The apron is the quickest and easiest project. It ties on around the waist. It can have a front pocket if you decide to omit the side pocket from the skirt.

Clair apron zero waste

The bag has a top zip, one outside pocket and handles made from herringbone twill tape.

Clair bag zero waste side view
Clair bag zero waste top view

The hat is a visor reminiscent of the 1970s. It ties on at the back and fits any head size. The soft crown fits well under a bicycle helmet. The seams are bound with bias binding, so it looks as good, if not better, worn inside out!

Clair hat zero waste

The format of this pattern is similar to the projects in Zero Waste Sewing and the free scrubs pattern. The pattern is drawn straight onto the fabric – there are no pattern pieces to print out and tape together. The instructions are in metric and imperial.

I hope you feel inspired to give it a go!



  1. Sarah on July 7, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    I love reading your blog, thank you! The Clair skirt is beautiful and I especially like the tartan version, it drapes so well. I’ll have to see if your book is available in the UK – I tutor at a textiles recycling social enterprise and charity, helping adults with mental health issues, and we’re always trying to combat waste. Your patterns would be a real inspiration in our workshop!

    • lizhaywood on July 7, 2020 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you! I love the tartan version too.
      Zero Waste Sewing is available in the UK – I think Waterstones has it but you can order it from any bookshop or buy online 🙂

  2. Kim on July 8, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Another intriguing pattern. I’ve tried to work out a rough pattern in my head but I’m coming up empty!

    • lizhaywood on July 9, 2020 at 9:30 am

      It’s far simpler than it looks!!

  3. Sam Jacka on July 13, 2020 at 11:39 am

    I love the skirt Liz

    • lizhaywood on July 13, 2020 at 5:30 pm


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