Bias and Buttons! {PR&P Sewalong 2012}

Guess what?! Last minute I decided to jump in and sew along with Season Five of Project Run and Play!

Speaking of, have you voted yet? I just did, but it was HARD to choose! All the designers are so talented and their outfits are exquisite. I’m not exaggerating this: I almost teared up when I voted because everyone’s children are just so precious and each outfit was so lovingly created. It felt like a crime to choose one over another, but I did it–because what is the point of a sewing competition if people don’t vote??

But still. Even though I voted for one, ALL those women are amazing designers if you ask me.

OK, so on to my contribution! If you didn’t know already, you can sew along with the contestants during PR&P. There is a deadline each week to submit your outfit and then the panel of judges chooses a winner from the flickr pool. Cool, huh?

This week’s challenge was to remix No Big Dill’s Very Biased Skirt tutorial. Β Here is what I created: Abby’s Bias and Buttons dress.

She was a little tired when I took these pictures, since I bribed her with fruit snacks to go outside and model for me before 7:30 a.m. Try not to judge me for the fruit-snacks-before-breakfast. A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do! πŸ™‚

This dress was created by sewing a million bias-cut strips in varying colors to an A-line dress that buttons across the front at an angle. I drafted every little piece of this pattern myself.

The back is cinched in with elastic, which creates the slightly ruffled effect. I like where it hits on Abby’s back.

I used a variety of chunky buttons that my mom brought me from The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon a couple of years ago. (Owned by fabric designer Valorie Wells and her mother). The buttons are vintage each one is unique. I think the non-matching buttons work really well with the variegated strips.

Let’s look at the back one more time…

Check out this sketch of the dress from the conceptual stage. I’m pretty excited that it came out looking like I imagined! Except for the buttons, which I moved after seeing how the dress came together.

I’m working on a tutorial right now, so stay tuned! It would have been up today, but I’m having computer issues (grrr) and didn’t want to miss out on posting pics of this dress before the week ends.

Here are some more for your viewing pleasure. I hope to have the tutorial up next week! Thanks so much for visiting CailaMade!


  1. says

    Your dress turned out sooo awesome! I LOVE it! The colors you chose are sooo beautiful together! I hope you win the sew-a-long…..what fun. I, too had a terrible time deciding my vote for PRP. Too many wonderful entries. Also, I think they should say that you only sew 1 outfit. It seems like the ones that really go “all out” with several outfits might get more votes b/c they were more work. Anywhoooo…that’s my soapbox…haha!
    PS: If that’s your backyard, I’m jealous… gorgeous! Looks so much more enticing than my dry Texas weeds πŸ™‚

    • says

      Thank you, Leigh Anne! The backyard is my parents. I wish it was mine, ha! We are staying with them while looking for a house. What will I do when I don’t have this as a backdrop for photos?? πŸ™‚

  2. says

    Hi Caila, I came here from Brian’s FB page (we were friends in high school, gosh- what seems like a million years ago) and I love your blog. I like to craft when I find the time, but with two little ones (2 and 4) that doesn’t seem often enough. I don’t know how you do it (with three munchkins), but I am bookmarking your blog on mine so I can check back often. Thanks for sharing all your cute stuff. -Ashleigh

    • says

      Oh, how fun! I’m so glad you to “meet” you on here! There is never enough time to craft or sew, is there? That’s why I don’t get enough sleep–I always choose sewing instead! Thanks so much, Ashleigh! πŸ™‚

  3. says

    Holy cow! I loved that picture I saw from the back, but from the front this is stunning! I think I might have voted for you if you were in it this week!

  4. says

    i always have trouble mixing prints – this is so fantastic! really love the wrap front, too, it’s so unique and creative! i’m with jessica. you need to be a PR&P designer. πŸ™‚

    • says

      Thanks for your supportive texts while I was making this! I was having a crisis over the colors, as you know. But I’m so glad I kept going on it! πŸ™‚

  5. says

    In love with this dress!!! It was very hard to vote. But The sew alongside were really great his week too. One of these seasons I’m gonna participate in the sew along..

    • says

      Awesome, Ajaire! I can’t wait to see what you make, and I’m working on the tut right now. So glad you like the dress; thank you!

  6. says

    The BUTTONS. The COLORS. The MODEL!!!! It just keeps on getting better all the time, Caila. I can’t get over the not-matching buttons, they are exactly beautiful.

  7. says

    WOW!!!! You keep sewing like that and you will be on PR&P next year! You go girl! And I’m pretty sure you will be winning this week… just sayin’! Cutest interpretation I’ve seen yet! πŸ™‚ Love ya blog bff! haha!

  8. says

    love your color scheme and design!! Can’t even imagine how long it took you to cute the bias strips, but wow, your dress definitely has wow factor goin on!! The buttons are extra special too…were they your beginning piece of inspiration? I had a hard time just voting for 1 person this week and couldn’t believe how awesome all the designs were. I am following you by email now.

    • says

      Thank you, Gina! You know, the bias strips didn’t take that long to cut. It was probably the quickest part, ha. And the buttons came at the very end. I can’t believe I had just the right amount!

  9. says

    Okay, can i just say, You are a genius!! I love it! Ps, was the top Abby-girl had on on Sunday a Calia-Made original? Erin, and I were admiring it from afar.

    Keep creating friend! You are an inspiration!!

    • says

      Thanks, Cass! And yes, Abby’s top is CailaMade. πŸ™‚ It will probably be up on the blog later this week. I guess you can spot my style pretty easily now, huh? Thanks again, friend!

  10. Angi Roy says

    Love the dress, Caila! I must ask, is that plastic medical tape you used to tape the dress to the wall in one of the photos.? (I barely noticed, but had to ask) That stuff is useful for so many things! (except putting on skin, ouch!).

  11. says

    Oh, my, that dress is so beautiful! Amazing. And your little girl is such a cutie. I love how many fun different fabrics you were able to use.