To make a poodle skirt pattern, take a waist measurement with string, and draw two arcs, one for the waist and one for the bottom of the skirt, onto folded fabric. This project requires fabric, string, a tailor's pencil, fabric scissors and a fabric measuring tape. If you plan on making multiple skirts, make the pattern on paper before transferring it to the fabric.
- Measure the waist
Wrap the measuring tape around the waist to find the waist measurement. Calculate the radius of a circle by dividing the waist measurement by two and then again by pi (3.14).
- Fold the fabric
Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, and fold it again widthwise.
- Draw the waist measurement
Tie a length of string to the tailor's pencil. Adjust the length so that the distance is equal to the radius of the waist measurement. Hold the string at the top corner of the folded fabric, and draw an arc across the fabric.
- Draw the bottom of the skirt
Determine how long you want the skirt to be, and add a seam allowance of 1/2 inch. Adjust the string to this length, and draw another arc across the fabric.
- Cut the pattern
Cut the fabric along the arcs. The skirt pattern is now complete, and you can finish it to make a poodle skirt or replicate it to make another one.