Failure and Success: Vintage Kwik Sew 626


Maybe you have figured this out, but I’m not very good at following patterns.  Usually, I have no intention of actually following the pattern and use the prefrabricated pieces as a guide for cutting and nothing more.  This time, I whole heartedly planned to follow the rules of sewing and make the pattern properly.  

I tried, really I did.

It all started out with this vintage Kwik Sew 626.  I thrifted it several years ago (envelope in much better condition) because I wanted to make the blouse.  However, when I got it home, only the skirt pieces were in the envelope.  So it just sat in the drawer until now.

When I started this project, I thought I wanted a nice, plain Jane, everybody’s got them kind of skirt.  The grey rayon/poly suiting in my stash seemed like just the thing.  So, I got started resizing the pattern.  Here is where the problem started.  

Since I was resizing the pattern anyway, I decide to just go ahead and add 9 inches to the lenth.  I love a long skirt.  

Then I widened the waist band…heaven knows why.  Because I could?

I resisted the urge to add inseam or patch pockets.  

When I went to cut out my pattern, I discovered that by lenthing the skirt I no longer had enough fabric to cut it on the bias like the pattern instructed.  No worries.  My fabric had more than enough drape on it’s own.  

After that, I was a good obedient seamstress for awhile.  I was actually patting myself on the back for the minimal adjustments I had made.  I even stuck to Kwik Sews rediculiously tiny 1/4 inch seam allowance!  

Then it was time to try on my skirt for heming.  It was so boring!  I can go for the librarian look, but this was 1850’s orphanage matron.  Not my vibe.  

I knew I would never wear it as is, so I grabbed a lenth of black broad cloth I thrifted this past fall and set about cutting strips for ruffles.  I cut a very generous ruffle.  So generous, that my husband actually voiced doubts about rather I could make it fit around the hem of my skirt.

Don’t try me, babe.

After I serged the skirt hem, I applied the ruffle leaving the edges raw to fray.  Even then, it wasn’t quite enough so I stitched a random button from my stash at the conjunction of each ruffle segment.  


I’ve worn it 3 times in the past week, styled differently each time.  Now I am planning a high-low over-skirt to add yet another option.  


Just WOW!


Last Monday morning, I woke up to a message announcing that I had been nominated for a Liebster Award.  It was just the pick-me-up I needed after the weekend that had just unfolded.  Thank you, Hira from Hira’s Cookshack (if you don’t know already, this lady has some mean recipes she shares-check it out).  

I really had the best intentions to get on with my part of the deal immediately, but choosing eleven amazing blogs ended up being harder than I thought.  Not for the lack of wonderful bloggers, but for the plethora of them.  Then I had to determine if the blog was still small enough to qualify for the award.  


Hira’s Questions are as follows:  

1. How did you come up with the name for your blog?  It was pretty easy.  I am Sissy and I make stuff, hense “SissyMakes”.  It is also a play on a name my husband uses for me that combines my names: SissyMacK.  

2. Pick one word to describe the last book you read? DEEP

3. What is the weirdest dream you can remember having?  When I was pregnant with my fifth child, I had a dream that I was giving the cat a bath and it turned into a baby.  

4. What’s the most fascinating thing you’ve encountered this week? My two year old’s ability to aim and pee into which ever container she finds available at the time.  

5. Why did you start blogging?  It was a fun way to share what I love and to connect to other creative individuals.

6. What’s your biggest goal in life?  Raise my children to be loving, creative, adventurous individuals and then retire with my husband to live in a van by the river ….no really, we want to live in a van by the river.  

7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? The ability to not require sleep, I could get so much more done if I never got tired!  

8. What’s your favorite thing to blog about? My makes!

9. If you could hang out with one character from a book or movie, who would you choose? Mrs. Weasley from Harry Potter

10. What is your life changing moment?  The moment I decided that being me was more important than being who other people thought I should be.  

11. What is the best compliment you have ever received?  When people tell me my kids are great, it really puts things into perspective for me.  Sometimes I feel like the youngest three are so out of control, but they are just figuring out their boundaries and getting to know themselves in a rather noisy way.  With them being so close in age, it just get overwhelming sometimes.  
***Eleven Random Facts About Me***

1.  I am a Montana girl, but left in my teens and spent 15 years in the South before returning.

2. My favorite color is orange.

3.  Salsa is my favorite food.

4.  Nobody makes biscuits better than mine-except Bojangles.  

5.  I have completely useless degree in Fashion Design.

6.  Tattoos are my big addiction.  

7.  If nobody else is around, I will spend all day watching cooking shows.

8.  Wrestle Mania is my favorite holiday.  

9.  I don’t function before coffee.

10.  Waste is my big pet peeve and I pride myself on being resourceful.

11.  Goats are my favorite animal.  

Now I get to nominate some of my favorite small blogs.  I love following each of you and just want you all to know that you inspire me.  

1.  Dawn’s Dress Diary

2.  Wrong Doll

3.  She Sews You Know

4. Chronically Siobhan

5. Treadlemusic

6. Afrugalspinster

7. That’s Sew Basic

8. Boo Wholefoods

9.  The Stepmama Blog

10.  A Drawerful of Porridge 

11.  Emma and Her Machine

Now it’s my turn to ask the questions!

1.  What is your favorite thing about yourself?

2.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

3.  What is your favorite creative medium?

4.  What is your geeky secret? (I am a WWE fan)

5.  How would you describe your style?

6.  When did you start writing?

7.  Why did you start writing?

8.  What is your favorite dessert?

9. Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

10.  What was the last movie you watched?

11.  Which continent do you live on?