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Old 09-09-2018, 02:48 AM
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I think I'd like to make a giant Dresden as a Christmas tree skirt, but I've never sewn one before.

Should I start at a more "regular" size to get some practice, or will a giant version be easier?

(It doesn't connect all the way around for a tree skirt pattern - you leave one seam unsewn to get it around the tree, so I think that's already a little easier than the regular pattern).
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:36 AM
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I think the larger would actually be easier. They aren't hard at all. Are you following a pattern or winging it?
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img_20170219_1710425_rewind.jpg I made a Dresden Table Runner using three plates. I had no trouble getting it to lay flat following the directions on the plastic template for how many "blades" to use. I think if you get the angles correct you should have no trouble with it laying flat since the blades don't have to meet. Good luck!
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Find a free Dresden Plate blade template on the net and use a sheet of wrapping paper to extend the lines to make a longer blade template. If you want wider blades, just put 2 templates together.
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This isn't a dresden but a free pattern that might work for you too.

https://www.patemeadows.com/Tree-Ski...11_ep_106.html
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​Rhonda, that is a very interesting way to do a Dresden type tree skirt. The finished petal could be quilted and attached for an interesting look.
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From the Dresdens I have made I have to use a full 1/4" seam (a few seams have to be a thread over) to have a flat one.
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
Find a free Dresden Plate blade template on the net and use a sheet of wrapping paper to extend the lines to make a longer blade template. If you want wider blades, just put 2 templates together.
With this excellent idea, I think Iíll wing it. Thanks, Tartan

Iím still deciding about colour scheme and pointy vs. curved edges. This is why I have to start planning in December!
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Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
From the Dresdens I have made I have to use a full 1/4" seam (a few seams have to be a thread over) to have a flat one.
Thank you! Iím still not the most accurate with my piecing, and usually have to ease things a little when I put rows together, to make my points line up. (I should do the washi-tape trick and mark my seam line). Iíll keep this in mind and do my best not to get smaller-than-scant-1/4Ē seams.
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Because you will be sewing on the bias, I highly recommend heavily starching the fabric before you cut the pieces. This will help stabilize the edges, making them less likely to stretch and ripple while you sew.
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