# How to Make a Poodle Skirt ("Poodle Skirt"): 12 Steps

A poodle skirt can be made in no time by applying the tips in this article. The waist of the poodle skirt does not need to be hemmed because you can simply use a wide elastic as a skirt waistband. First, make a donut-shaped circle on the fabric of the skirt. The next step, attach a poodle-shaped application to the skirt. Finally, attach a wide elastic for the waistband. You can easily sew a poodle skirt if you have basic sewing skills.

## Step

### Part 1 of 3: Making Circles on Skirt Fabric

You'll need to use a geometric formula to create a circle, but this step isn't as complicated as you might think. First of all, measure your waist with a measuring tape. Record the number and then add 5 cm to determine the waist circumference of the skirt.

### For example, if your waist is 70 cm, this means that the skirt is 75 cm. To make the waist of the skirt wrinkle, make a circle on the fabric with the circumference of the circle slightly larger than your waist circumference

#### Step 2. Calculate the radius of the first circle

Divide the skirt's waist circumference by 6.28 and record the result. The figure obtained will be used when drawing a circle that will later become the waist of the skirt with the right size.

### For example, if the waist circumference of the skirt is 75 cm, this means the radius of the first circle is 12 cm

#### Step 3. Fold 2 flannels evenly along the sides of the fabric and determine the point in the center of the fold

Use a pencil or sewing chalk to mark the point. You need this point as the center point to draw the circle which will later become the waist of the skirt.

### If the skirt is black or dark, use white or yellow pencil or sewing chalk

#### Step 4. Make a compass from string and ballpoint pen

Prepare a string, ballpoint pen, and a pin as a tool so you can cut the fabric to make the skirt waist to the right size.

• Prepare a rather long rope and tie one end to a ballpoint pen. Then, measure the string starting from a ballpoint pen equal in length to the radius of the circle. For example, if the radius of the circle is 12 cm, the length of the string must be 12 cm. Make a knot on the rope, but do not cut the ends because the rope will unravel and detach from the pin. To draw a loop on the fabric, simply use a piece of string and make 3 knots: the first knot to hold the ends of the string at the folds of the fabric, the second knot to draw the waistline, the third knot to draw the bottom hem of the skirt. Make sure that the length of the strap from the center point to the waistline and bottom of the skirt is measured correctly.
• Use a pin to secure the other end of the string to the fabric at the center point. Thus, the ballpoint pen and string serve as a compass for drawing circle on the fabric. To prevent the fabric from shifting as you draw, stick the pins to the table using masking tape.

#### Step 5. Pull the rope straight and then draw circle on the fabric

Make sure the fabric remains folded in 2 and the end of the string is held in place with the pin against the fabric as you hold the pen. Start drawing from one side of the fabric fold by swinging the pen to the other side so that a curved line circle forms connecting the left and right sides of the fabric fold.

#### Step 6. Determine the length of the skirt starting from the waist to 5 cm below the knee

Once you know the length of the skirt, add this number to the radius of the first circle so that you get the "new" radius.

### For example, if the length of the skirt is 60 cm, this means the new radius is 72 cm

#### Step 7. Adjust the length of the rope

Remove the string that binds the ballpoint pen and throw it away because it is no longer needed. Prepare a longer string and tie a ballpoint pen with one end of the string. Measure the string according to the new radius starting from the ballpoint pen.

• For example, if the new radius is 72 cm, the length of the string starting from the ballpoint pen must be 72 cm.
• Hold the end of the rope at the center and draw a second circle on top of the first circle. When you're done drawing, you'll see a shape like a rainbow or donut.

#### Step 8. Cut out the big curved lines, then the smaller ones

Do not use zigzag scissors because flannel fibers do not unravel. The fabric must remain folded when cutting so that both sides of the skirt are the same size.

### Part 2 of 3: Installing the Poodle and Leash App

#### Step 1. Make your own or buy a poodle shaped app

• Type in "poodle pattern," "cat pattern," "giraffe pattern," or any animal pattern you like for the skirt decoration.
• If you like to draw, make your own patterns by hand.

#### Step 2. Attach the application to the skirt using glue or an iron

Applications can be glued to the skirt using an iron, fabric glue, or a small dab of hot glue. If you use hot glue, the following application of the strap will stick to the skirt and the result will be stronger than fabric glue. Finish gluing with fabric glue, press the application with a heavy book and then wait overnight for the glue to dry. Apply the following instructions if you want to stick the application with an iron:

• Place the application on the fabric near the bottom hem of the skirt and cover it with a piece of upholstery (preferably cotton).
• Set the iron to the highest temperature (no steam) then press the application with the iron for 35-45 seconds.
• Flip the skirt so the inside is outside then place the upholstery just behind the application. Press the iron on the upholstery again for 35-45 seconds.
• Remove the upholstery and then turn off the iron. Wait until the application is not hot before attaching the harness.

#### Step 3. Glue the reins to the skirt

Apply a small line of glue to the fabric from the poodle's neck to the skirt's waist. Make a few small circles while applying the glue. Then, place a small ribbon, woolen thread, or sequin on the glue while pressing down. Wait for the glue to dry before doing the next step.

### Part 3 of 3: Installing the Waistband

Use a measuring tape to find your waist circumference and add 2½ cm. The result of this sum determines the elastic length.

### For example, if your waist is 70 cm, prepare a 72½ cm elastic

#### Step 2. Cut the elastic according to the numbers above

If you are sewing a skirt for a child, use an elastic that is 5 cm wide. For adults, use a 7½ cm elastic. Black elastics are the most popular, but white elastics make black skirts look more attractive.

#### Step 3. Connect the two ends of the elastic

Prepare a seam 1¼ cm from the end of the elastic, sew, then tie off the excess thread to prevent the seam from opening. Trim excess thread after sewing the elastic.

#### Step 4. Press the elastic seam and sew the edges of the seam so they don't stick out

Flip the elastic so that the seams are outside then press the seams with an iron. Make sure the two seams are away from each other and against the waistband then sew the edges of the seam.

• Don't forget to tie the ends of the thread and trim off the excess thread. This step keeps the elastic edges from unraveling. In addition, the inner side of the waistband looks more neat and tidy.
• Machine stitches are neater, but you can use fabric glue to glue the two elastic seams together.

#### Step 5. Join the skirt and elastic waistband and hold it with a pin

The elastic seam must be inside. The waist/top hem of the skirt and the bottom hem of the elastic should overlap cm.

### Remember that the skirt does not need to be turned over. Leave the waistband visible once you've finished sewing

#### Step 6. Attach the elastic to the waist of the skirt with zigzag stitches

Make sure you stretch the elastic when sewing so that the fabric doesn't fold during the elastic and the waistband remains elastic. Continue sewing until the entire waist of the skirt is elastic.

## Tips

• Pair a poodle skirt with flat shoes, a white or black blouse, and a chiffon scarf to match the skirt.
• You are free to choose the color of the skirt, but black, pink, light blue, and red are the most popular. Poodle apps are usually white or black.
• In addition to poodles, you can decorate the skirt according to taste, for example an application in the form of a dog, cat, or panda.
• Decorate the poodle to make it more attractive. Glue black sequins for the eyes and a few beads around the neck for a poodle necklace.