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October 30, 2012

Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 3296

By Andrea

For this week’s Retro Pattern Review, I’ve got for you Simplicity 3296, which I picked up as part of my big garage sale pattern haul this past summer.  This pattern dates to the mid-50s

As Ella has suddenly developed a love for all things pink and pouffy skirts, I thought she might like a crinoline to puff out the circle skirts she has and likes to wear.

Normally, when sewing a retro pattern, I usually strive for a vintage look.  However, this time my result is definitely a bit more modern looking.  This is mostly due to Ella’s fabric and ribbon choices (she is the most opinionated two year old you could ever hope to meet), but it rather works as the crinoline can be worn on it’s own as a tutu-type skirt as well.


Although a crinoline is fairly easy to make up without a pattern, sometimes it’s nice not to have to reinvent the wheel, and since I had this pattern already, I thought I would give it a whirl. I rather liked the fact that there was basically only one pattern piece – for the top part of the crinoline.  For the other ruffles, the pattern simply gave directions on how to measure, so you could mark and cut your own rectangles.  I far preferred this over a printed pattern piece for this type of piece.

Here’s the crinoline in action under one of Ella’s circle skirts.  Adds a lot of pouf, which as you can see, Ella is quite pleased with.  I think it would also look quite cute peeking out from a shorter circle skirt as well.

Another action shot – nice and pouffy all around.

Overall, I found this to be a nice pattern to work with – good directions, especially for cutting the ruffles.  I would recommend this one for anyone sewing for little girls who would like some pouf!

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8 Responses to Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 3296

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    October 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Oh my god, this turned out SO CUTE!!! Love it!

    • Andrea Reply

      October 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks, Ruth! It was such a good pattern to work with, I think I might make her a couple more.

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    October 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Totally, completely adorable!!!

    • Andrea Reply

      October 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks, Sara! 🙂

  3. Betty Crafter Reply

    October 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

    It turned out great! And of course Ella is ADORABLE 🙂

    • Andrea Reply

      October 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Betty! She’s definitely got the making cute faces for the camera thing down pat, LOL.

  4. sablemable Reply

    October 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    OMG, I love Ella in the second photo, Andreaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

    Both crinolines are darling but as a 50s child, I hated wearing them.

    Great job!

    • Andrea Reply

      October 31, 2012 at 1:09 am

      Thanks, Saaaaable! Ella loves wearing hers – she seems to think her skirt outfit isn’t complete without it, LOL

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