It's a traditional felt circle skirt with appliquéd poodle. Super simple construction - a big circle of felt plus waistband and side zipper - no hem needed since the felt doesn't ravel a bit. No wonder they were such a popular style! The thread attaching the waistband was wearing out, so my job was to restitch that and now it's ready to rock'n'roll again.
Here and here is an informative 2-part blog post about the history of the skirt style. There is actually a documented story of the maker and her rise to fame with her design. I love that she is quoted as saying, "I cut it out of felt, because I didn't know how to sew..." Grin.
I think circle skirts are the most flattering way to make a full skirt. At the hem, it's super full, but there is relatively little bulk at the waist and hips compared to a gathered skirt. And the fullness falls in very graceful ripples. They were sometimes worn with a really full petticoat for added swoosh and swing while dancing.
Just add roller skates (and not roller blades, of course), and the 1950s are happening all over again!