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It's What's Underneath The Poodle

Added Apr 15, 2012

by Julia Morley

Pittsburgh, Penn...






I know, poodle skirts are cliche. BUT. My local swing dance was having a retro night, and I really really wanted to wear a poodle skirt. Sure, I could have made a mad-men dress and been all sophisticated and what not. But I wanted to bounce around like a teenager at a sock hop in 1955.

I tried to do some research into whether or not poodle skirts were really worn during the 50’s, or if halloween costumes have just taught us false facts. From the information I could glean, it appears that poodle skirts were a real thing, but that crinolines underneath were part of the ensemble. And a crinoline was on my list for my 52 Weeks of Sewing project, so now seemed like the perfect opportunity.

The poodle skirt was made from blue 72 inch felt and the applique was cut out from white felt and ironed on using double sided iron-on fabric adhesive. The crinoline was based mostly on the 50’s petticoat pattern by elegant impressions. They say don’t use tulle, but I did anyway. It’s cheap, what I can say?

For the bottom two tiers I used 6 inch wide rolls of tulle to eliminate the need for cutting, used my serger to gather the strips and then serged the gathered tulle together. It resulted in using a lot more yardage than the pattern called for, but I wanted extreme poof. I also made the second tier 10 inches wide to account for the slightly narrower 6 inch strips for the botton two tiers. The hem is a roll hem, also thanks to the wonderful hard work of my serger. It contains 54 yards of tulle strips.

My serger is brand new, so I figured now was the time to try and burn out the motor while I could still send it back :-) It was a champ, though!

Material Notes

felt, tulle, white cotton, elastic for the waistband




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Cotton, Blends, Tulle

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    Apr 16, 2012, 04.28 AMby TailorFairy

    looks so much fun! love it!

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    Apr 16, 2012, 02.09 AMby pink-cornelia

    there is nothing like playing with a serger for the first time. love the skirt, seams so fun, I would be twirling like crazy with a skirt like that.

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    Apr 16, 2012, 12.04 AMby schnui

    Julia, your skirt and petticoat are fabulous and it looks like you will have a lot of fun in them. Well done and enjoy the swing dance night.

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