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A Poodle skirt can be made without a pattern.
This easy formula can be used to make poodle skirts.There is no hemming required for a poodle skirt with a wide elastic waistband.First, you need to make a circle skirt, then add the poodle appliqué, and then finish the skirt with a wide elastic waistband.You should be able to make your own poodle skirt if you have basic sewing skills.
Step 1: Add two inches to your waist by measuring around it.
It is easy to make a circle skirt, even though it requires a bit of basic geometry.Measure your waist to get your skirt's waist size.Write down the measurement using a tape measure.Add two inches or five centimeters to the measurement.If the waist measurement is 30 inches, the skirt's waist needs to be 32 inches.The skirt's waist is going to need to be bunched up so you are making it bigger.
Step 2: To get your first radius, divide your skirt's waist size by 6.28.
Write the number down.If you want to cut out the right size waist for your skirt, you will need this number.If your skirt's waist is 21 inches, your first radius will be 3.34 inches.
Step 3: Find the middle of the fold by folding your felt in half.
To make a mark on this point, use a marker or chalk.You can use this point to create half circles that will help you cut out the waist of your skirt.If your felt is black or dark, you can use a fabric pen or piece of chalk.
Step 4: You can create your own compass.
You will need a piece of string, a pen, and a pin to make a compass.This will make sure that the waist is cut out in the correct way.Take a long piece of string and tie it around a pen.Measure the end of the string.It will need to be the same length.Measure the string to the length if your radius is 3.34 inches.The pin will slip out of the knot if the string is cut.You can use one string with three knots, one knot to pin the string to the fold of the fabric, a second knot for the waistline circle, and a third knot in the hemline circle.The center-top pin must be at a correct distance from the waist and hemline knots.Pin the end of the string to the felt.You will be using a pen and string to draw circles.If you anchor the pin to the table with tape, you won't have to drag the fabric around as you draw the half-circles.
Step 5: Pull the string taut and use the pen to draw a circle.
Pick up the pen by folding the fabric in half.The string should stay pinned to the fabric.Start on one side of the fold and swing the pen to the other side.A half circle extends from one side of the fold to the other.
Step 6: Take a measurement from your waist to your knee.
You have to find the length of your skirt.You can add this number to your location.You will have a new number.If your first radius was 3.34 inches, then your new one will be 27.34 inches.
Step 7: Your compass needs to be adjusted.
Remove the old string from your pen.You don't need it anymore.Take a new piece of string and tie it to the pen.The new string should be measured from the end of the pen.It should be the same length.You should have 27.34 inches of string extending from the end of your pen if you changed your radius size.Then, draw a second half circle above the first one by pinning the end of the string to the middle.Something that looks like a rainbow or half a doughnut is what you should get.
Step 8: Cut the large circle first.
Pinking shears are not necessary because the felt fabric will not fray.Cut through both layers of felt at the same time.This will make sure that your skirt is even.Cut just inside the lines you drew.The pen marks won't be visible.
Step 9: Purchase a poodle appliqué.
You can purchase a ready-made, iron-on poodle appliqué in a craft store or cut one out of black, white, or grey felt.There are many free patterns for the poodle cutout online.If you want a specific type of animal on your poodle skirt, try searching for "poodle outline," "cat outline" or "giraffe outline."You can draw the outline of a poodle free-hand if you are confident in your artistic abilities.
Step 10: Attach a poodle appliqué with iron or glue.
You can iron the poodle on, use fabric glue to attach it, or use a hot glue gun with a small point.The hot glue for the poodle and the leash will hold better than fabric glue.You need to let the glue dry overnight if you use fabric glue.As the glue dries, place a heavy book over the poodle to help it bond.Place the poodle on the skirt close to the hem and cover it with a piece of fabric.Press down on the patch for 35 to 45 seconds after setting your iron to the hottest setting.Place the piece of fabric on the back of the skirt right where the patch is.The iron will be used for another 35 to 45 seconds.To switch off your iron, take the piece of fabric off.Before adding the leash, let the patch cool down.
Step 11: The leash needs to be added.
There is a line of fabric glue going from the top of the poodle's neck to the skirt.You can add a few loops to the line.Next, put some ribbon, rickrack, or sequin trim on the glue.Let the glue dry before moving on.
Step 12: Measure your waist and add one inch.
Measure your waist with fabric measuring tape.Add one inch to the measurement.The total is the length of your elastic.If your waist measurement is 28, you will need 29 inches of elastic.
Step 13: You should cut the elastic according to your measurement.
If you are making a dress for a child, use a two-inch wide elastic.If you are making a dress for an adult, use a three-inch wide elastic.Black is the most popular color, but a white elastic could look cute against a black skirt.
Step 14: Take the ends of the elastic and sew them together.
Use a 12 inch seam and knot the ends of the thread.When you are done sewing, remove any excess thread.
Step 15: Stitch the edges down after pressing the seam.
The seam is facing you if you turn the elastic.Press the two edges down with your iron.They should rest against the elastic, facing away from each other.Topstitch them down.To remove excess thread, be sure to knot the ends.This will help keep the elastic elastic.It will give you a nice finish on the inside.You can use fabric glue to tack the two edges down instead of sewing them with a sewing machine.
Step 16: Pin the skirt in place by Tucking it inside the elastic.
The elastic should be on the inside.The bottom edge of the elastic should be covered by 14 inch.You won't be flipping the skirt inside out.When you are done sewing, you want to see the entire waistband.
Step 17: Use a zigzag stitch to sew the elastic onto the skirt.
If you stretch the elastic as you sew, it will be evenly sewn onto the felt.You will be able to stretch your waistband better.Continue sewing until you reach the end of the elastic.You should have a sleek waistband when you are done sewing.The poodle skirt is ready to wear.