Chalk and Notch {Pony Tank}

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This is two posts for adult sewing in a row! Wow, I’m growing up these days.  I definitely don’t sew for myself enough, but I’m trying to do better about this.  One way to do better about this is to do some testing for designers that I know and trust.  So, today I’m sharing my Pony Tank and Dress from Chalk and Notch.  Gabriela is a fantastic person and designer too.  She really knows her stuff and I’m proud to call her a friend.  If you haven’t tried any Chalk and Notch patterns, you definitely need to!  You won’t regret it.  This pattern was offered for free to people that signed up for the Chalk and Notch newsletter, but if you missed the sign up you can still grab it on the site on sale for $9.00 during release (Ends June 16) and $12.00 after that.  By the way, if you would like to get the Pony pattern free, leave me a comment here and hop over to my Instagram account and tag a friend in my Pony Giveway Post.  I’m giving one away complements of Gabriela!

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Pardon the boob shot here, but I have to show you how this V-neck turned out.  I’ve only done v-necks that cross over the band in the front, not the real deal thing.  Oh my! If you have been putting off V-necklines… wait no more.  It really isn’t that difficult and this pattern included clear concise directions for how to make it look great.   It also included markings on the pattern and band pieces for lining up quarters! Praise the Lord.  Why don’t more people do this?! It really does speed up sewing time and reassures you that you aren’t going to get any weird puckering on your bands.  What do you think? Not too shabby, huh?

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This tank has a great shape.  It hugs in just the right places at the bust and breaks out into a swing style hiding all the things I don’t need to show.  The recommended fabrics are Rayon Jersey, Bamboo Jersey, Modal Jersey – with 70% stretch and good recovery.  I have to say that Gabriela put together an amazing resource on her blog for fabric suggestions and recommendations. Totally worth checking out.

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I think this about wraps up all the excitement from me.  Don’t forget to hop over and read about the release on the Chalk and Notch Blog, then leave a comment below and swing over to Instagram to enter the giveaway.  Happy sewing!

 

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Designer Stitch Tour {Jenny Dress}

black-for-pattern-revolution.gifIt’s the Designer Stitch Anniversary Tour  and I’m joining in to help celebrate.  Nearly all my bestie blog friends that sew for themselves sew Designer Stitch patterns, so I thought it was time for me to put my big girl pants on and give it a go.  I recently received a store credit from Ann (the A-mazing designer of Designer Stitch) while at the SNAP! conference about a month ago, so when the tour opportunity came up I thought it would be a perfect excuse to give myself a deadline to get at least one done.  Sometimes deadlines really help to motivate me. *This post contains affiliate links because a girl’s gotta try to justify to her husband why all those packages of fabric keep showing up at the door.

So, you should notice that “Jenny Dress” is included in the title of my post… Bless it. Jenny and I are still trying to work things out, so I’m actually going to be sharing the Kat Top today.  I didn’t change the title because that would change my perma link, and if you are a blogger, you know you don’t want to mess up that perma schedule HTML if you can at all prevent it. If you aren’t a blogger, just know that you don’t want to be the person that screws all the links up for the tour.  I will tell you that I am learning a lot about fitting and my body shape while working on the Jenny Dress and Ann has been so amazing and providing support to help me get the perfect fit.  I just want to show it to you when I have it “just right” so to speak.  On a side note… The Jenny Dress has an invisible zipper and I totally killed that zipper.  I mean it looks freaking amazing, so I may sneak you a peek of that on Instagram so you can be in awe with me.  It’s my first ever invisible zipper.  While I was doing some fittings, my 8 year old zipped it up and said, “Man mom, that really is invisible.” #nailedit

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Okay, Okay… How about the Kat Top?  The Kat Top is a super amazing shell top.  I feel it must be said that even with it’s classic design, this look is definitely on trend right now. Woven shirts in general are on fire, but this relaxed fit is something I’m seeing everywhere.

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This top comes with two version, called the Weekday and Weekend Top.  The Weekday Top has an easy fit with set in sleeves, while the Weekend Top has a slightly more relaxed shell with a Kimono sleeve.  I stitched up the Weekend Top for this post.  And I’m probably going to be wearing it quite a bit.  It pops on without any closures and the relaxed fit makes for comfortable wear.  It is a fantastic pattern for beginners.

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I’m just kicking off my summer here, so I felt gingham was the perfect fabric selection for this make.  Is there anything that screams summer more? Maybe seersucker???  Still, I think it is perfect for the vibe I wanted.

 

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To help celebrate the Designer Stitch Birthday, you will find that all patterns are 50% off right now.  It’s a perfect time to try some of these patterns that you’ve been eyeing in your newsfeed.  You will not be disappointed with the quality and knowledge you are getting when you open a Designer Stitch Pattern.  They are the real deal.

Be sure to check out the makes from all the other bloggers.  There are seriously some amazing makes.  I’m always in awe of women that sew for themselves.  I personally don’t do it much because boobs and butts are just so hard to deal with sometimes.  But these ladies show you just how possible it is to do and how you can make things look so great.

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INblue Wrap Up and Winner!

The InBlue tour has come to an end.  I really hope that you enjoyed clicking through the tour and seeing all the fun creations in Art Gallery Fabrics InBlue line by Katarina Roccella!  I know I got quite a bit of inspiration from the makes.  If you missed any of the posts, be sure to check the links below!

Tour Schedule

Monday

I Married Superman

Tuesday

Coffee and ThreadHandmade Frenzy

Wednesday

Sunflower SeamsHandmade Boy

Thursday

Thread Riding HoodPear Berry Lane

Friday

Ammon LaneSew and Tell Project

I’m sure that several of you are curious about that multi-designer rafflecopter, right?!

The winner is…. Koko K.

Congratulations!!! So much awesomeness in this bundle!!  We’ll be contacting you via email, so be on the lookout.

 

INblue Tour Day 5

We are wrapping up this fun adventure through InBlue today.  I hope you have enjoyed us featuring different fabrics in Art Gallery Fabrics the line.  I know I’ve loved seeing makes for women, girls, and boys!

Wrapping up the week we have two more bloggers to share some creations.  Tiahna from Ammon Lane is up first.  She made some adorable pieces for her little blonde beauty that you will want to see.  Check out Tiahna’s post here.

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And wrapping of the tour is Eleri for the Sew and Tell Project.  Eleri stitched up a lovely knit top for herself for the tour, but I have to share another bit of exciting business about what else she has made for the InBlue fabric line.  Yesterday, the Look Book for InBlue was released and you will see some creations Elerie stitched up there as well.  I mean, I kinda feel like she’s famous. 🙂 The look book is full of Amazing creations with this line which include quilting, bags, apparel, etc.  You get a glimpse into the entire line.  Be sure to check that out here.

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Don’t forget that we have an awesome pattern bundle up for grabs, so be sure to enter the rafflecopter for a chance at all of those.

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Tour Schedule

Monday

I Married Superman

Tuesday

Coffee and ThreadHandmade Frenzy

Wednesday

Sunflower SeamsHandmade Boy

Thursday

Thread Riding HoodPear Berry Lane

Friday

Ammon LaneSew and Tell Project

inBlue Fabric Blog Tour

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It’s finally here, it’s my day to show off some of the fabrics I played with featuring one of Art Gallery fabric’s new lines from Katarina Roccella, InBlue!  I’m kinda geeking out here a little bit.  I’ve hardly been able to wait. How about all the lovely creations so far this week?  I loved Becca’s sibling set over at Sunflower Seams and Kelly’s son at Handmade Boy was just fantastic.  I loved the creek they visited for their photos!

As a reminder, don’t forget the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the tour posts!  The prize package is legit.  I mean, you could make nearly every creation on the tour if you win.  I love that the pattern designers support us bloggers so much!

Before I get to my fun post, there is another post live on the tour today too! Sherri of Thread Riding Hood has sewn up some lovely dresses for her girls.  She did a dress length and a maxi with the same pattern for her girls.  It makes them coordinate so well. Be sure to notice the fabrics here because Sherri used wovens and I used knits for our posts today, but of the some of the same designs.  I love how changing the fabric type opens up new doors.

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Let’s Get Started!!

So, let me tell you a little about this my adventure in hosting this tour.  I was so excited to be able to host because this line was love at first sight. Thanks to Art Gallery Fabrics for sponsoring this tour and allowing me to host it! As a reminder, even though this is a sponsored tour, my love for this fabric completely genuine and my own.  I think it was probably the florals that snagged me at first.  If you follow me, you may already know that nearly everything I sew is a floral… I just can’t help myself.

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But there are a few other reasons I love this line.  It’s the blues and the designs that make me think of delicate china. Have you ever seen the movie, The Great and Powerful Oz? For our family, it was a long time favorite… I mean we watched it a LOT.  By far my favorite parts included the little China Girl.  The little China town she is from is amazing.  I snagged a photo from here to give you an idea if you haven’t seen it.  There is just something magical about the designs and the feelings you get looking at all the details.   Along with these designs I love the hot air balloons and dutch inspired themes.  All together, it just makes a fun collection.

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For my first look I sewed up the Fly Away Laat and the Dalaroze in Cotton/Spandex.  This knit fabric was fantastic to work with.  Both of these prints have soft pastel colors with designs in darker hues of blue and pinks to brighten the print. The Chalk and Notch Waterfall Raglan is a favorite of my first model, so I knew it would be a great pattern for this post.  Along with the Waterfall, I used my go-to legging pattern, the Deluxe Charlotte Leggings from Laela Jeyne Patterns.  The fit is spot on every time.

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The intricate details in the balloons are amazing in Fly Away Laat.  You really have to take a moment to check them out.   The Dalaroze print was a favorite because my model called it her horse fabric.  I’m always excited when they think I pick something just for them.  She is a total horse lover. (Does every little girl go through a horse phase?)

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For my second look I just had to use the Bloesem Dark because it stole my heart from the beginning.  The colors…the details in the florals… it’s all there. I used the Calabria Dress pattern from Lil Luxe Collection for this.  I thought the “puffed sleeves” would go perfectly with the dainty-ness of the floral. I think it was a perfect marriage of fabric and pattern.

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Would you believe it took me three attempts to get photos of this girl in this this dress?! Man, she gave me a run for my money…LITERALLY.  In the end, I can’t believe some of the beautiful shots we got of this dress.

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So what do you think? Are you ready to take off and snag some of these fabrics?  I know we have been showing you all these fabrics, but maybe you need a place to grab them for yourself.

Shops to find INBlue Art Gallery Fabric. (This is just a few I use.)

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Hawthorne Threads

Let’s Sew (This is my local shop, so I feel like I should give them a little support.)

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Don’t forget about the rest of the tour! One more day after today.  You won’t want to miss it the last day.  And be sure to enter the rafflecopter below.  Thank you so much for following along!

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Tour Schedule

Monday

I Married Superman

Tuesday

Coffee and ThreadHandmade Frenzy

Wednesday

Sunflower SeamsHandmade Boy

Thursday

Thread Riding HoodPear Berry Lane

Friday

Ammon LaneSew and Tell Project

INblue Tour Day 3

We are at our halfway mark for the tour this week!  I hope you have checked out the fabulous creations with the INblue line from Art Gallery Fabrics so far.  I love how everyone has selected a variety of fabrics to give you an idea of what this line includes.  If you have missed any of the posts, you can hop through the schedule below to get caught up.  Be sure to leave someone a comment if you love what they created.

Tour Schedule

Monday

I Married Superman

Tuesday

Coffee and ThreadHandmade Frenzy

Wednesday

Sunflower SeamsHandmade Boy

Thursday

Thread Riding HoodPear Berry Lane

Friday

Ammon LaneSew and Tell Project

For today, we have some boy creations!  I am so excited to see how this line works for the boys of our bloggers.  Up first is Becca from Sunflower Seams.  She stitched up creations for both her son and daughter for the tour.  I always love to get my kids together in photos, but to be honest I don’t have a lot of luck keeping two kids cooperating in one photo.  Becca must have a magical spell because her kids are looking adorable together. Be sure to hop over and check out her gorgeous makes here.

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For our second boy creation, the fabulous Kelly of Handmade boy has created an amazing look to share.  I just knew she was going to knock this tour out of the park and she did.  You will not want miss out on her post.

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And don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter.  So many awesome patterns up for grabs.

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INblue Tour Day 2

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Did you love Bethany’s post from day one of the INblue tour?  I just adore those little twins and I love how she coordinated the fabrics.  And that Lola dress for her big girl?! To die for.  I just loved it.

Up next is Olga of Coffee + Thread.  She designs sewing patterns that have a classic vibe with a modern feel.  I just love the classic style she evokes with her creations and I’m sure you will see that in her post.   For the tour she stitched up two lovely dresses for her girls.  Olga has also donated a pattern as part of the giveaway in the rafflecopter below, so be sure to get your entries in so you can have a chance to be able to recreate her looks.

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Up after Coffee + Thread is Heidi of Handmade Frenzy.  I’m excited to read Heidi’s post because not only did she stitch up something for her daughter, she made something for herself too! I wish I would spend more time stitching up items for myself.  Heidi also used my favorite floral from the entire line, Bloesem Dark.  I love the hues of blue with pinks and whites sneaking into the floral.  It’s so soft and dainty!

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What is your favorite fabric from the line so far? How much time have you spent scoping out all the INblue options?  Tell us your favorite from the line in the comments.  I love to see how we are all drawn to different looks and styles.

Don’t miss out on entering the rafflecopter below while you are here!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule

Monday

I Married Superman

Tuesday

Coffee and ThreadHandmade Frenzy

Wednesday

Sunflower SeamsHandmade Boy

Thursday

Thread Riding HoodPear Berry Lane

Friday

Ammon LaneSew and Tell Project

INblue Tour Kickoff

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The newest line from Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics, INblue, has arrived and this week I’m going to be hosting a tour to show off some of the fabrics from this line with the help of some of my friends in the sewing community.  Be sure to check out the tour schedule so that you won’t miss out on any of the great creations!

This line features quilting cottons, knits, as well as having a voile and canvas option too.  It doesn’t matter if you sew quilts, apparel for yourself, or apparel for your kids, you should be able to find something in this line that works for you.

Kicking off the tour today is Bethany from I Married Superman.  I got to know Bethany a little be this year as she competed in Project Run and Play when I was a competitor. Bethany stitched up creations for three of her little ladies for the tour.  I know I can’t wait to see all her images showing off these fabrics.  Hop on over to her post here to see for yourself.

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Tour Schedule

Monday

I Married Superman

Tuesday

Coffee and ThreadHandmade Frenzy

Wednesday

Sunflower SeamsHandmade Boy

Thursday

Thread Riding HoodPear Berry Lane

Friday

Ammon LaneSew and Tell Project

Check back in tomorrow for more creations featuring INblue by Katarina Roccella. While you are waiting for another day, don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter for a chance at some great patterns to get you rolling.  We thought some of you may be so inspired by the creations you see on the tour that you may want to make something from this line too.  To help you out with that, we’ve had several designers donate patterns to help get you started.  Be sure to check out the rafflecopter to see all the great patterns up for grabs.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Suit Up for Swim

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Hello Summer!  I’m kicking off summer with a functional and real post.  My good bloggy friends Karly Nelson of Paisley Roots and Tami Peterson of Sew Sophie Lynn are hosting a swimwear tour and I thought I would use it as a great excuse to tackle swimwear once again.  I did this one other time before and it wasn’t the greatest success and the pattern was… let’s just say…less than great.  So this time I thought I’d really try to get some good creations.  You should know there are some awesome prizes to be won by sponsors, so be sure to head over to Karly and Tami’s blogs for how to have a chance to win some goodies from the sponsors.
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Well… I’ve finished two of my projects and I would definitely say there is a learning curve to the swimwear creation skill.  I’m a little OCD and Karly could definitely confirm that because I am always sending her pictures of things I’m just not happy with and I think she sometimes laughs at my obsessiveness.  With that said, I’m going to call the suits created in this post my wearable muslins and this is only because I know I can do better personally. So if you are OCD like me… just be gentle and whatever you do… don’t zoom in on the photos. 😜

So, let’s get started on what I’ve sewn up.  I used the Peach Beach Swim Suit from Lil Luxe Collection and the Cosi Swimsuit from Sewpony.  Both of these patterns were provided to my for the purpose of this tour, but please know any opinions are my own.  I also want to include that I sewed these using my serger and sewing machine. I really did need both. I own a coverstitch machine but was just too chicken to bust it out on this project. I was afraid I would cause unrepairable damage and was racing against the clock to get these in before we headed to the beach for a vacation.

I started with the Peach Swimsuit. As many know, I’m a huge fan of the quality of Lil Luxe Collection and this pattern keeps with that level. There are TONs of tips and photos included in this pattern to help you achieve the best product. I found them very helpful.  This pattern includes options for a one piece or a two piece. I love this, it’s like a two for one deal.  Both versions are nicely lined and include the super fun front panel and bow front. When my husband saw the finished product I think he was surprised I could make something that looked so legit. I always love when I get a response like that…then I usually continue by pointing out all the things I need to fix for the next version to bring him back to reality.  We are our own worst critics…amiright?!


The most challenging part to this suit is getting the bow to lay just right. This is where the learning curve part comes in. I didn’t stretch my elastic across the top enough on my first version which gives it a little more wiggle than I would like, but I think my next one will be better.  The pattern includes a lot of support with this.

In terms of fit, this suit gives great coverage and doesn’t ride up the the bum at all. This is a huge deal in my family. No one likes picking their suit out of their butt crack all day long. 😂 I took new measurements before starting both of these suits and chose the size according to the size chart. Both of these worked well.

For the Cosi, I must say… If this is the only pattern you had for girl’s swim, you could be set for life. This pattern is seriously loaded with options out the whazoo.  Check out the listing for the options, I can’t even list them all here. I think this would be a great pattern for a mini mix-and-match swim collection. Several tops and bottoms that are all interchangeable would make summers at my house so simple!  We basically live in swimwear and don’t even have a pool. I know… so weird.

For my Cosi I chose the one piece view with the skirt option and adjustable straps. I almost chickened out on the straps, but I reminded myself that I jumped on this tour for a challenge and decided to go for it. #challengeaccepted.
For this suit I chose the un-lined version and went with just the gusset lining. I mainly wanted to do this to incorporate a new skill. I didn’t mind this design option at all, but I did learn that it should mainly be used for darker fabrics. My coral fabric was maybe not the best choice, but also not inappropriate either. It did make me aware how lighter colored fabrics could show things we don’t want to show.

If I’m being completely real, I’ll share that while making this suit I totally jacked up and sewed the bottom onto the top backwards… Agh!!! Removing serger seams sucks, but I did it. But for real, I’m not even sure how I jacked that up. I feel like that’s as bad as sewing a sleeve on inside out and I haven’t done that in a loooonng time. I thought I was past moments like that.  I guess not.

Are you wondering how the adjustable straps went? They turned out pretty good. My machine wasn’t making friends with the multiple layers of fabric in some places, but overall I love that I did them. It makes the suit potty functional which is a total win in my book.

For fit on this, I thought it was good. No wedgy issues here either. I did add a tiny bit of height to the top of the suit just for personal preference on coverage up top. I will probably continue to do that. I’m super conservative and even though my models aren’t “developed” I want to promote keeping boobies covered. Call it imprinting. 😂

So, that’s my swim journey thus far this year. I’m sure I will make a few more. I still have some swim fabric I bought but haven’t used yet.  Thanks so much to Karly and Tami for hosting this tour and pushing my skills a bit. Thanks to Jess and Suz for trusting me with your patterns to tackle for this project.

Hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots

Pear Berry Lane / Inspinration / It’s Liesel / Sewing For Four

Harper Lu / Call Ajaire / Stylin Stacy / Skirt Fixation

Sewing By Ti / Sewing With Sarah / Sew & TellMe Made

Made By Melli / Life Sew Savory / That’s What She Crafted / Auschick

Rebel & Malice / EYMM / Stitching & Making / Lilliepawillie

Simple Life Pattern Co. and Sew Caroline Tour {A Designer Collaboration}

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Hey friends!  I’m joining in to  celebrate the kick off of a designer collaboration between Simple Life Pattern Co. and Sew Caroline.  I won’t bore you with all the collaboration details because if you have been following, you already know them.   I’m just going to show of my version of the Girls Magnolia Shorts.

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The Magnolia shorts are almost a culotte style short.  They are an absolutely quick sew with just a single pattern piece per leg and a waistband.  Friends, it doesn’t get much easier than this. They are perfect for light weight wovens with nice drape as well as knits.  I definitely do not recommend quilters cotton for these.  They kinda get a little “poofy.” I’m using a lightweight polyester here that I snagged from Hobby Lobby last year in the summer seasonal section.  I think it worked very well. I did have a little trouble with the double quarter inch fold hem.  I’m a little OCD and the thin fabric was not cooperatiing with my commands.  There are also two waistband options, woven and knit.

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Hop over to the rest of the tour here.

May 15
May 16
May 17

 

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Thanks for swinging by.  Be sure to be in touch with all the fun summer excitement ahead.

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