It's easy, to "Make Poodle Skirt", and there's only 3 pattern pieces. To top it off, you'll have a built in costume ready to go to most any costume party for years to come.
Making this Poodle Skirt should take appx a couple of hours for someone with basic sewing skills, but stuff happens, so don't wait until the last minute. It also depends on how you put it together.
Felt or Cotton or ?
Zipper or Velcro
Hem, or no hem (no hem for felt)
Closure Hook or Velcro for waistband
Review pattern directions completely before starting. I carry it around with me for a couple of days before I start sewing. Then I read it whenever I'm waiting. Makes the time go faster and I get things worked out before I start.
How to make this poodle skirt as a summer skirt using cotton
The summer version is made using this same Poodle skirt pattern, but is not a Poodle skirt. A couple of minutes to check that page could be helpful since it is the same pattern.
Tools: Sewing machine, measuring tape, scissors, thread, needles,pins, iron. Large surface such as floor.
2 yards of felt or other fabric (see pattern envelope for more info)
Keep in mind felt is much wider than most other fabrics.
7" zipper or peel & stick Valcro
Interfacing for waistband (medium weight used in this ex)
Press on Poodle or sew-on Poodle or Make Poodle according to Pattern directions or
In this example we used double sided interfacing (like double sided tape)and a ready made sew-on Poodle. See details below (last step of this project). Basically like a peel and stick. It's called double fusible interfacing used mostly by quilters.
The photo above shows you what was used to make this Poodle Skirt, but obviously there are many variations. I used this Simplicity pattern, but you can do it without too. Personally I like having the pattern. Helps move things along faster by taking some of the guess work out of it, and I use it over and over. The other tools are also recommended.
A. Double fabric when laying it out. Follow pattern directions.
B. Place the pattern fold line on the fold of the fabric, & pin in place.
C. Cut out the three pieces (front, back, waistband)
D. Open up the CUT front & back pieces & lay out
Staystitch & Sew Zipper Seam
A. Stay stitch the waist 1/2" from edge (holds shape)
B. Right sides together stitch front and back together, using a basting stitch (temporary stitch-longest stitch) on the Velcro/zipper side. Press open seam in preparation for Velcro/zipper.
B. Cut Velcro to your taste. Only a couple of spots would do the trick.
C. Peel and stick on Velcro
D. Looks like this.
Warning: Velcro can easily snag the felt or other materials, so be sure to keep it fastened when wearing or storing.
Making the Waistband
A. Press fusible interfacing to waistband according to directions for the interfacing. In this example we are using a damp cloth.
B. Pin waistband to skirt waist.
C. Press 5/8th hem on both top and bottom of waistband.
D. Fold in half, lengthwise (inside out), press & sew.
A. Notice waistband turned right side out except the end where it is still inside out.
B. Turn waistband rightside out from end to end. Pin, press all the way around the waistband & prepare to sew.
C. It should look like this.
D. When done, sew on clasp or stick on Velcro. Try it on to double check location of closure (Velcro or Clasp).
A. Using fusible web, measure by tracing the poodle.
B. Web side down, paper side up, press with hot iron.
C. When hot enough, peel off the paper of the fusible web.
D. Place Poodle onto the glue left by the fusible web, and press with hot iron. Use tissue to protect the Poodle, and hold until Poodle is firm.
Note: Included in the Simplicity pattern on this page are patterns for making your own Poodle.
More on "Make Poodle Skirt"
This easy sewing project is a good way to brush up on old sewing skills, and would be recommended for a beginner, but only after a few basics like threading the machine, learning to make a seam, waistband and zipper or Velcro. All doable for anyone wanting to learn. In addition to the practice you get a practical costume out of the deal.
Also check out these other "Beginner Sewing Projects".
I try not to attempt even the easiest of projects just before the party. Take the pressure off and enjoy the process by starting the day before, or better yet the week before. Sometimes we don't know about the party until the last minute, so we go for it, and want to create something quick.
You can still "Make Poodle Skirt" quickly with Velcro instead of a zipper, Velcro in place of a sew-on waistband closure, no hem for felt, and a press-on Poodle. Just allow time for gathering the items you need (listed below).