Baby D's Mini Summer Capsule: Boys in Summer Blog Tour

I love the concept of a capsule wardrobe: a small amount of well though-out pieces that mix and match effortlessly.  

I mean, I love it for other people.  Not for me.  Me, I love making clothes too much for that craziness.  I'd love to do it someday, but today is not that day.  But I gotta tell you, every time I'm putting away laundry for my boys, wow, do I wish they had capsule wardrobes!  

When RP Custom Fabrics sent me three fat halves of coordinating fabrics, I knew that I could make a super cute matching outfit for each of my three boys . . . or I could make Baby D one adorable mini capsule.  So, I went with the latter.  And when Sewing Blue Blog Tours (hosted by Made for Little Gents) asked me to join their Boys in Summer Blog Tour, everything came together perfectly! 

Without further ado:

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Alright! So with 1.5 yards of fabric, I was able to come up with these eight patterns, matched with one pair of ready-to-wear moccs.  I did three each of tops, bottoms, and an "extra" (which ended up being the moccs, a pair of booties, and a hat).  

And yes, the bandana bib counted as a "top".  He is a baby, and it is summer, after all!

 I reorganized the fabrics and patterns many times, until I came up with the perfect wardrobe sudoku (probably the funnest part of capsule wardrobes-- I love looking at the wardrobe sudokus!).  Obviously, this is just a mini wardrobe, so nine items was perfect, but if you're doing a full, legit capsule, you'll probably want a few more items. 

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Putting the pieces together sideways, up and down, diagonally and corners, you come up with nine outfits.  

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Pretty cool, huh? I love the idea of bringing this whole capsule for a night away this summer- and  being able to change a shirt or bottom if something gets spit up on, and still having him match! Perfect for a night away at the lake! 

And, since I'm the world's okayest mom, with the best baby ever, I had little D model each of the nine outfits.  He's a trooper, that one. 

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I love these fabrics-- the stripes, space theme, and aliens/monsters are so stinkin' cute.  The colors are perfectly gender neutral. 

And I have to say, I'm a converter to the lap tee. . . so much so that I made two! I used to try to make "normal" shirts for my babies, but with those big, gigantic heads, lap tees really do make sense (thank you to Patterns for Pirates for converting me with their Free Wee Lap Tee). 

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Watch it now, here's where I loose my sweet model:

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Poor kid.  That was the last outfit, and I snapped one picture before I swooped him up and apologized.

Let's see a happier face again. 


Much better, haha!

Bonus- most of the patterns I used were free! Here's everything  I used: 


D is getting to the age where he loves chomping on anything- this Dribble Bib kept going straight to his mouth. 


Done with the baby overload? Good! Head over to all the other awesome stops on this blog tour-- all focused on the boys in our lives in the sweet, sunny, summertime! 

Boys in Summer Blog Tour: Part of the Sewing Blue Blog Tour series hosted by Made for Little Gents

Looking for more summer boy inspiration? Follow along on the Boys in Summer Blog Tour hosted by Made by Little Gents by clicking through the links below.

Fri. May 4 Made for Little Gents (Intro to Boys in Summer Blog Tour) Mon. May 7 Elli & Nels in Stitches Tues. May 8 Our Play Palace | Made by Laura! | Beri Bee Designs Wed. May 9 Made for Little Gents | Momma Newey's Makes Thurs. May 10 Phat Quarters | Dreams & Stitches Fri. May 11 Stylin' Stacy | Tenille's Thread Mon. May 14 Paisley Roots | Fabulous Home Sewn Tues. May 15 Seams Like Style | Kathy's Kwilts and More Wed. May 16 Sewing with D | Auschick Sews | Seams Sew Lo Thurs. May 17 My Sewing Roots | Sewing à la Carte | Middle River Studio Fri. May 18 Lunatiek | Needles to Say | Manning The Machine

Thanks so much for checking out D's mini capsule! I have to admit, this is making me think how fun it would be to make my own mini capsule-- especially for a vacation!  We'll see ;) 

xo- Molly 

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Just That Nifty

Back in February, I was approached on Facebook to sew for an up and coming new fabric group.  I was all, "Yeah, I just had a baby, I'm swamped, so thanks, but no thanks."  But then. But then.  The smart girls who DID say yes, started showing off their pictures and I was so stinkin' jealous. The fabric was absolutely gorgeous.  And so, I swallowed my pride and went back to the fabric host.  I told her that I was amazed at what she'd been doing, and I'd love to sew for her, whenever she'd have me.  

Lucky me, she had some extras with my name on them! 

What I love about Just That Nifty is that they're using real artwork, painted on paper or canvas to create their prints.  The goal is to bring high-fashion, runway looks to the everyday sewist.  Plus, they're working collaboratively with two college students to create these stunning designs.  I'm so impressed with what they're doing, and this is definitely a brand I want to stand with . . . so I'm glad she took me back, haha! 

So, since this fabric is so gorgeous, I have to say, the pressure was on to create some pieces to live up to it.  

First up, the George + Ginger RuLo


I finished these projects a couple weeks ago when we were still getting snow in Wisconsin. Today, I'm sitting in a romper, enjoying 70 degrees, sunshine, and watching the ice melt on the lake, so don't worry, I don't have snowflakes flying anymore!


This is the tunic length RuLo.  I just used the top tier of the sleeves from the three tier option, to create this 3/4 length sleeve.  


Both cuts I recieved were bamboo Lycra.  It is SO soft and so flowy.  The drape is GREAT and it's mega comfy.  You really can't say enough good things about bamboo Lycra. 

The applique is from Fab Clique, and I think it's a great touch! Just use basting spray to stick that baby one, and then sew around it.  


This fabric is called Sparks! She also redesigned the artwork into a 2.0 version (that I'm pretty sure I have to buy as well).  The other fabric I got to sew up is called Koi Pond. . .


Pretty, right?! I love, love, love the colors in this fabric! I requested Sparks, but Keanna said she wanted to send me Koi Pond because she thought the coloring would be good for me . . . I never consider stuff like that, but I think she was right!


The pattern I used was the Elise peplum and dress from Halla. It's a cross over bodice, which was super easy to hack into this tie front instead (you can see what the original pattern looks like here). I had soooo many tie-front dresses on my Pinterest, and I wanted to try one for myself. I like that it shows a little skin, but you're not baring everything.

It was suuuuper easy to finagle the cross bodice dress into the tie.  I'm not a pattern designer, but I'll do my best to give you some guidance, haha.  I used the cutlines for the tabbed version (the curved lines at the bottom of the bodice as opposed to the straight across line), because it gives you a little extra fabric, which I wanted to have to make it easier to tie. 

I lined the front and back bodice pieces.  This gave me the finished edges around the whole neckline.  Taking that into account, I folded the front piece like this when I cut the front bodice pieces (because that extra tab on the top normally becomes you back neckline, but I didn't need that.


Then I folded it on the neckline fold guide at the shoulder to blend that edge in to neckline. In general, I wanted that extra inch of fabric, I just didn't want it at the shoulder. 


I used the cross over pattern markings to determine how far over to go with the tie, and where to start attaching the front bodice to the waistband.


Fast and dirty instructions: 

  1. Attach front bodice pieces to the back bodice piece at the shoulders. Repeat with lining pieces.

  2. Right sides together, pin the neckline of the bodice to the neckline of the lining. Sew.

  3. Turn right sides out and press.

  4. Use the burrito roll method to finish the arms

  5. Sew the side seams: flip the sides so that front and back lining and front and back bodice are both right sides together. Sew. Repeat for the other side.

Now your bodice is complete! Attach the waistband.  Sandwich the bodice between the two waistband layers (raw edges of waistband and raw edges of the bodice aligned.  For most of the time, you'll be sewing through all four layers, except for front and center, where you'll just be sewing through the two layers of the waistband.

After sewing, flip your waistband pieces down.  All the raw edges of your bodice should be encased in that waistband seam. 

On hindsight, I also would have used tank lines on another pattern to adjust the armscyes, but I didn't think of that until it was too late.  You can do that though.

And despite that, I love the finished outcome!


Make sure you pop over to Just That Nifty and check all the awesome, totally original prints! The preorder is closing soon (besides bamboo Lycra, there's a cotton lycra, swim, and a french terry!) so make sure you hurry over.  I cannot say enough good things about this fabric; I'm all about Keanna's mission and am so happy to be supporting her along the way!

Patterns: G+G Rulo, Halla Elise
Fabric: Just That Nifty

Happy Friday! 

xoxo Molly

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Five Awesome Baby Shower Gifts to Sew

I'm going to be honest: I generally struggle with gift-giving. I always get super excited, have high expectations, and the best of intentions.  And then I fall majorly short.  But hey, I DO have the best of intentions, which is why I was excited about this month's blog tour from Sewing by Ti: Gifts to Sew! 

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This blog tour was perfect timing for me, since Mike and I have a baby shower on Saturday!  Having just had a baby myself, I was full of ideas of what to sew . . . and having just had a baby myself, I wanted to keep them all for myself. Ha!  

Oh, and per usual, my high expectations met some roadblocks along the way: two left booties, an elastic mishap, and completely forgetting to include and integral part of the baby nest . . .

All of which made me want to hit up the Target registry.  

Just kidding (kind of, not really).  

So with out further ado, here are my top favorite baby sews that are perfect for gift giving: 

Baby Booties


Once upon a time, I hated sewing baby booties.  But then this new pattern, Menta Booties, hit the market a few months ago.  I LOVE it.  So much easier than the former popular bootie pattern.  I've been using it with my scraps for Baby Dane whenever I get the chance.  




Okay, is this precious, or what?! With the baby due in May, this sweet little sew is perfect for summertime.  Super cute with or without a onesie underneath. With the right fabrics, I think it would be perfect for baby photos, so I'd definitely consider sewing up the newborn size for a baby gift.   


This is the Hugo, which is a German pattern (see my post on tips for sewing German patterns!).  I picked it up for just 2 euro during a sale.  Buuut, if you want an English version, Brindle and Twig has a pattern that looks extremely similar.  


I can't get over how cute Dane is in this one that I sewed up for him. I cannot wait for him to wear it this summer (fabric is from RP Custom Fabrics). Annnd, you can see his Menta Booties here too! 

Baby Nest


This was the first thing I sewed after Dane was born, and we've used it a ton! It's great for diaper changes, sleeping while traveling, and having a safe space for baby when you have two other boys wreaking havoc on your house.  Honestly, I've been surprised how much we use it-- it's great! The pattern is from Peek-a-Boo Patterns.  They include some safety instructions with the pattern (like it's not meant for co-sleeping, etc.).  Here's a side-by-side of Dane in the nest when I first made it for him (1 week old), and today (almost 12 weeks old).  I made the newborn-9 months size.  


Even though he's obviously getting big in the nest, I still recommend sewing up the smallest size if you're making it for a baby shower gift-- that's the age when it'll get the most use! Those sweet newborns fall asleep constantly and it's great to have a safe space to put them in where ever you are.  

So, those were the three things I sewed up for this baby shower.  But here are two more favorites of mine to round out the list: 

Baby Set

This is set from Patterns for Pirates has everything you need-- plus the patterns are completely free! Lap band tee, pants, hat, and burp cloth, all ready to go!  Really, I wish I would have just sewn this baby up some more clothes-- that baby nest gave me a run for my money; I should just stick to what I'm good at, haha.  



This is my favorite sleeper (from Stitch Upon a Time).  Dane has ten so far.  I actually prefer sleepers like this one, with no footies. Why? Because we cloth diaper, so, my babies outgrow the width of the sleepers before the length.  So, when we move up sizes, the sleepers are always still to long and the feet flop around. Plus, I love baby shoes and booties, haha. 


So, there we have it-- my list of five great baby shower gifts! If all else fails, surge around a cut of double gauze and call it a day ;)

I realized after I compiled this list, that four of these patterns use snaps! I really recommend Kam snaps for reliability and ease of use.  I got this starter kit from my mother-in-law for Christmas when I thought I wanted to sew diapers, and it's served me so well.  

For more gift ideas for anyone in your life, make sure to check out the rest of the Sewing by Ti Gifts to Sew Blog Tour! Make sure to Pin some new ideas on Pinterest-- I am! :) 

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Friday, Freebies and Favorite Things!

TGIF! It has been a long, snowy week here in the Northland.  But it's the weekend now, the snow is melting, and I have a few new favorite things this week: Alexa, PDF Plotting, and the new free pattern releasing today at George + Ginger!


Guys, I made a totally spontaneous purchase on Monday, and I bought an Echo Dot from Amazon (it was on sale, so it's justified!).  The reason I bought it: I really just wanted to listen to public radio while I sew.  I realize I could have bought a radio . . . or got techie and figured out away to do it on my bluetooth speaker, but this was so much easier.  First world problems, right? 

But, I've been loving it.  I've asked what the weather is, what's in the news, and requested a joke. Best use yet: "Alexa, set a timer for three minutes for Grant's timeout." Haha! Honestly, I've mostly just been using it for music, but I gotta say, as a mom of three, I'm mostly loving that she listens to what I say and does what she's asked the first time- ha! It's the little things in life. My husband's making fun of me about it, but for $40, I'm sold.  It's been great to have some entertainment when I'm staying up late sewing or home all day with the kids. 

PDF Plotting

I'm starting to get the blog at George + Ginger up and running, and I had reached out to a couple businesses about collaborating.  One of the businesses I approached was PDF Plotting.  My home printer and I fight on a regular basis, and I'd always been interested in using the A0 large format printing that's included with patterns. The customer service at PDF Plotting was fantastic and they're sew up specifically for sewing patterns.  I was so excited to use my A0 patterns this week! It's so nice to not have to tape/glue patterns together-- plus these fold up so much nicer for storing!

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If you're interested in the print services, pop over to their site (use code GG15 for 15% percent off your first order through May 31st) or read more about it on the George + Ginger blog.  The prints are perfect for extra big patterns, like maxi skirts, which brings me to . . .

Pattern Freebie!

Okay, so my favorite thing this week has got to be the new Festival Freebies from George + Ginger!


Part of the Musical Festival Collection, these two free patterns are embracing the boho vibe! The bonnet is perfect for wovens or knits, as long as one layer is nice and stable.  The skirt is made for wovens (knits would be too heavy).  I used a Georgette crepe here, from Sincerely Rylee


The skirt is a true wrap, with buttons or snaps for closures.  I'm planning two hacks-- adding a ruffle and doing it as a tie closure.  


I made a simple crop top to pair with the high-waisted skirt using the Bonnaroo Bundle tank.  I really love it, and surprisingly (considering the weather), I already wore this outfit, paired with a jean button up on top.  I see more of these skirts in my future, that's for sure! I'm not sure if I'll make more bonnets for me personally, but I always say I'll wear anything once ;) 

I can't wait to see your Festival Freebies sews! The pattern is listed at the G+G site, so pop on over and snag your free copy, no coupon code needed. Let me know if your try PDF Plotting and give me your favorite Alexa skills! 

Have a good weekend, 


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The Bonnaroo Bundle:: George + Ginger Pattern Release

I'm crazy excited about everything going on at George + Ginger.  I'm telling you, Kristi always has something up her sleeve! She's letting go, moving up, and embracing her style with the new Music Festival Collection.  I'm just glad I get to come along for the ride! 

Introducing the new Bonnaroo Bundle:


This skirt floats, people.  It's amazing and I feel amazing in it.


The hi-low skirt is designed to flair out a little extra in the back, and give you almost a train (to  help make you feel like a goddess). 


The tank has ties sewn in at the shoulder seams, and comes in cropped and regular length.  For me, the cropped could be even more cropped . . . I took two inches off of one I made today, and I'm considering another half inch. When my waist is covered (like in this skirt), I love rocking a crop top.  And I intend to do so a ton this summer, after spending last summer pregnant!


See what I mean, about the floating? Granted it's Lake Superior and there's always wind, but still . . .

This is a Georgette crepe from Sincerely Rylee.  They're having a big ole sale this weekend, and wovens are going to be extra on sale in honor of this pattern, so make sure to check it out!


Please, go check out the G+G blog and see all the amazing options for this bundle, because as per the course lately, I only managed to make one during testing.  This is becoming a bad habit . . . but the children need attention too (apparently).  

Speaking of which . . .

I had a bunch of projects last month that I managed to sew, but not share here.  Here's a check in from my cute kids (mostly for my mom), along with one of those projects: a minky blanket topped from RP Custom Fabrics


Dane is getting gigantic, basically.  I hate how fast babies grow.  And here's Ro.  

Roman loves blankets.  All blankets. So this is one photo session he happily obliged in. 


And G thought it was hilarious to get to be in the crib with this blanket. 


That's all from me! TGIF, because those sweet little angels have been driving me insane this week.  Cabin Fever has reached is max here! 

Have a fantastic weekend and make sure to pop on over to G+G so you can get your boho on!

xo Molly

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Kate Vintage Tea Dress

New week, new designer, new pattern!

I found Designer Stitch a few weeks ago, because of their awesome Indu Wrap Pants (seriously, check out that pattern!).  I haven't made them yet, but I thought the design was super fun.  Shortly after I joined the group, the designer, Ann, had a tester call for a completely different type of design-- a vintage style tea dress. Gotta hand it to her for the diversity in her designs!  

I've enjoyed being on the Designer Stitch tester team with one exception--Ann is out of Australia so with the massive time difference, I miss so much! The bulk of the fun discussion happens when I'm sleeping, so I feel like I'm always late to the game-- the little sister tagging along, haha. 

The moment I saw the tester call, I knew I wanted this dress.  I loved the vintage flair and I thought it would be a fun dress for some events we have planned this summer. Plus, I had an extra crinoline laying around, waiting for a dress to call home ;) 

Here's the Kate Vintage Tea Dress:


Just add shoes and belt that I found at Goodwill for a hot $4.50! I was so stinkin' excited to fine that belt (what a great match!) and the shoes were the color of the week for an extra 75% off.  Goodwill for the win. 


I made the 3/4 circle skirt version (to accomodate that crinoline!).  I'll admit, the instructions were  not "beginner friendly", but if you have some basic sewing knowledge and know how to Google, you should be fine.  


This pink crepe is from Jo-Ann's.  I thought the pink and red made it a little more vintage-esque.  Mike thought women didn't wear pink all that much yet in the 50s. But as it turns out, Mamie Eisenhower wore pink to her husband's inauguration, and cemented the color in women's fashion in 1953.  So there's a history lesson for you!


This used waaaaaay less yardage than I anticipated, so if you want one, I have enough fabric to send you to make your own. Just throwing it out there in case you want to twin. 


The pattern goes by cup size and makes for a pretty darn good perfect fit. I made a muslin but it was fabulous from the get-go. 


If love it as much as I do, Kate is on sale right now! Cheers to my first pattern test with Designer Stitch! I hope to do more-- I've seen some sneak peeks, and I gotta tell you, they have some amazing things coming down the line. 

And hey, I have to show off this bridge where I took my pictures: 


I've done so many pictures here these past two weeks.  It's at a local state park, Amnicon Falls.  It's hopping with tourists in the summer, so I doubt I'll get to keep taking pictures here, but it's been great for this cold, snowy April. Even in the winter time, I've been caught by joggers a few times here. It's gorgeous in the summer and fall, with waterfalls and hiking trails weaving throughout the park. Definitely worth a stop here in Northern Wisconsin! 

Have a good week!

xo Molly

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Prepare Yourself Mentally for Sewing

My girls at Vintage Lace have a new fabric preorder up this week, and they sent me two awesome prints to try out. I decided to use them on two brand new patterns, which makes me extra excited to share my makes with you!  

First up are these donuts!

. . . doughnuts?  . . . or donuts?  If you're like me, and these are the questions that keep you up at night, read this, ha!


I LOVE how bright and fun this print is. As soon as I saw it, I knew it had to become some workout gear.  I don't know why, but I love food workout gear.  What's up with that? Like "work out harder so you can eat a donut"? Or "I'm feeling guilty for eating donuts, so now I have to work out" . . .?  


The top is the new Xpress Tank from Greenstyle. Check out that back! 


This is the curved back option, but there are two other options as well. This is an EASY sew, people.  The whole thing is one piece, cut on the fold.  You attach the shoulders, and then just hem the whole thing. It should take basically 20 minutes to make.  I say "should" because I ran out of thread with six inches left, had to seam-rip the whole thing, and then re-hem.  


I would not recommend wearing this shirt to yoga.  It was falling off of me with all the poses, but the tie back option probably would have been fine. I imagine this one would be great for running . . . not that I would know, ha! 

But, it doesn't have to be just for workouts! I picked out a sweet white and pink floral to make another in, for cute and casual summer wear.  I get mega crabby when it's hot, so I think this shirt will be great!

Overall pros to the pattern: FAST, EASY, and just one yard of fabric! 

On to the next project! Have you seen this Singer manual advice float around on-line before? 

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I get such a kick out of it.  Vintage Lace did too, because they made this sweet print that includes tidbits of the "advice"! 


Yes, ma'am! Hair in order, powder and lipstick on!


This fabric goes along perfectly with the vintage flair of the new Elise peplum and dress from Halla! Puff sleeves, crossover bodice, and these adorable neck straps that make it a fun take on an otherwise simple "V" neckline. 


I magic-ed this out of one yard.  So, I had to go with the simple peplum, which I found a little too fitted, despite going by my measurements.  Next time, I'll for sure do a gathered peplum . . . or, even better, the full gathered skirt.  I have some cherry fabric and some polka dot fabric and one of them has to become a full dress in this pattern. I'm just crazy about the vintage look it has!


So, per Singer's advice, remember to prepare yourself mentally for sewing, we wouldn't want to be lackadaisical about it, or anything.   Now, I better go attend to my "urgent housekeeping chores"! 


Gloria:: New Release from 5 out of 4 Patterns

I'm definitely still in the adjustment period on this whole three kids thing. Know how I know? Because this pattern has a boatload of options, and I only made one during testing.   Dane is staying awake more and more and the other two have a bad case of cabin fever.  I'm dreaming of melting snow and sending those two outside for hours on end.  But for now, only one Gloria was made.  

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How about that split sleeve, huh? It's definitely my favorite option!  I love it in the short sleeve, but I went for 3/4 here.  The pattern does also include regular sleeves and cut lines for a tank if split sleeves aren't your thing ;) 

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I made the high/low, but there's also a skater skirt option.  Both come in peplum, short dress and long dress lengths.  See what I mean?  So many options!

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My advice on this split sleeve though, is to make sure you have not just matching thread for the top, but for the bobbin as well.  I definitely made that mistake, and the white thread was super noticeable with how open the sleeve is. 

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This textured knit is super fun-- I found it at Jo-Ann's! They also had white and navy (which I bought too!).  I honestly woke up one Saturday and was like, "I have to go to Jo-Ann's and get that fabric.  I will not rest until that fabric is in my hands."  Woman on a mission.  

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Okay, so I'm going back to my daily chaos of trying to manage these three wild cats.  You go buy this pattern! It's on sale through Sunday, and then 5 out of 4 is going to start their 20k member celebration on Monday, so make sure to join their Facebook group!

Have a great Easter weekend! 


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