Matched with a sweater, a scarf and a pair of high heeled sandals, poodle skirts can emphasize the figure of every single woman. Ever since the 50s, when the poodle skirt was one of the main clothing items women worn back then, its popularity never shaded away. Nowadays, women of all ages still enjoy wearing poodle skirts, regardless of the age or occasion. The poodle skirt is also popular because it is very easy to make at home. If you are interested in a DIY skirt of the kind, then the first thing you need to do is look up the appropriate fabrics.
Typically, poodle skirts are full circle wide swing skirts with a poodle-shaped appliqué on them. They should be short and stiff, with a lot of volume. The average length of the skirt should be just below the knees. However, the skirt can be adapted to the times that we live in and can be as short as you want it to be. However, it still needs to be stiff, so you need to pay a special deal of attention to the materials you use.
Felt is the typical material used by tailors to make poodle skirts back in the 50s. This is because felt is a fabric that does not need to be hemmed. It is also very stiff, which means that it can project out and give the skirt the shape that it needs. The overskirt is normally made out of felt, since this is the visible part of the dress. If you cannot use such a material, you can use any other type of stiff fabric, such as taffeta.
Crinoline is another “must” if you want your skirt to have volume. This netting fabric should be used for the middle layer of the skirt. You will not see it, but you will now that it is there! Otherwise, the skirt will be just dull. If crinoline is not available, you could also try nylon netting or tulle, since these fabrics have the same volumizing properties.
Silk is the fabric needed if you do not want the middle section of the skirt to scratch your legs. The inner layer of the skirt should be soft, so silk is a great choice. If you cannot find silk, cotton or satin will also work.
For the decoration (which does not necessarily have to be a poodle–fruits or other animals work just fine), you will need pom poms and felt. If you cannot make the decoration, you can simply buy the appliqué. Just remember to choose a contrasting color, since you want the decoration to stand out.
Besides these fabrics, you will also need a zipper and a hook-and-eye closure, which will fasten the skirt. If you do not want the zipper to be that obvious, you should choose one in a similar color with the dress. Also, some poodle skirts have elastic waist bands. They can also be worn with a belt. Now that you know which are the fabrics needed to make poodle skirts, you can get started!