A poodle skirt is a wide swing or circle skirt is a blast from the past. Appliqués often decorated these skirts, and the most popular of all the appliqués was the poodle. Below you will find some tips to help you make your own poodle skirt.


Determine the Yardage Needed

Measure from your natural waist down to where you would like you skirt to fall. The hemlines of the poodle skirts varied, falling anywhere from just above the knee to just below the knee. Multiply that number by 2. Measure across your waist, from one hip to the other. Add this measurement to the previous total. This represents the diameter of the skirt.

Decide What Fabric to Use

Many poodle skirts were made of felt, but you can choose other fabrics as well, such as duck cloth or any fabric that has some heft. The fabric does not have to be one solid color, either, but may be plaid or striped.

Cut Out Your Poodle Skirt

Tape some paper together to create a piece large enough to accommodate a circle of the skirt diameter. Lay it on the wrong side of your fabric. If the fabric isn’t big enough, sew two pieces of fabric together. Measure your waist and cut a circle in the center of the circle to accommodate your waist.

Finish the Skirt

Make a waistband for the skirt. Cut a rectangle that’s 5 inches wide and 2 inches longer than your waist measurement. Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, and press it flat. Open the fabric, press up both lengths and widths 1/2 inch. Sew the ends together so that it’s one continuous piece. Slip it over the top of the waist opening, and hand-sew it to the skirt on the front and back. Pick apart the side seam on the inside of the waistband. Cut elastic that’s 1 inch longer than your waist. Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic and feed it through the waistband and out through the opening on the other side. Sew the two ends of the elastic together, and sew up the side seam.

Turn up the bottom of the poodle skirt, press it, and secure it with hem tape.