Catherine’s Special White & Ivory Silk Baptismal Gown

This is a review blog post writ­ten by Mary Grace’s sis­ter :) 

White Ivory, Chantilly Lace, Raw & Chiffon Silk, Custom Made & Handmade, Christening Baptismal Gown for a Christian Baby Baptism. Marusya- Ukrainian Seamstress

Photo by Paul Haring

The list of the most impor­tant events of my life has been re-written. Before I might have men­tioned cer­tain accom­plish­ments or moments of recog­ni­tion for some­thing I alone had achieved. Now, I would say that mar­riage has changed all of this. If I had to write that list today it would read: “Mar­ry­ing Colin, bring­ing a child into the world, and hav­ing that child, Cather­ine, bap­tized.” My sis­ter, Mary Grace, designed and made the dress I wore on my wed­ding day. She made the coat I wore in the hos­pi­tal while in labor with Cather­ine. So, yes, I wanted her to make the child’s bap­tismal gown as well.

White Ivory, Chantilly Lace, Raw & Chiffon Silk, Custom Made & Handmade, Christening Baptismal Gown for a Christian Baby Baptism. Marusya- Ukrainian Seamstress

Bap­tismal gown made of white silk chif­fon, ivory raw silk, and white Chan­tilly lace

Orig­i­nally, I had thought that it would be remark­able to use the same lace and silk that was used in my wed­ding skirt. It would be our new fam­ily heir­loom tex­tile. The mar­riage that stands at the very begin­ning of our fam­ily his­tory would be rep­re­sented in every major event to fol­low and con­nect all of us in our dif­fer­ent stages of life. I love that my wed­ding dress was made for me with such pre­ci­sion and devo­tion, and I love know­ing that my lit­tle girl is being treated in the same way on her spe­cial day.

But should she wear the same dress as her mother? Ini­tially I thought this would be won­der­ful. But unfor­tu­nately it was sim­ply impos­si­ble to use the silk pan­els that were used in the skirt. They were too small. Mary Grace under­stood that there was a way to make a gown that would reflect every­thing spe­cial, though prac­ti­cally speak­ing would be pos­si­ble and actu­ally the most beau­ti­ful option. This new baby is after all, Mary Grace reminded me, her own lit­tle per­son even though she fea­tures in our story as a family!

The gown is made of 100% silk, in its raw form that is no less stun­ning but has a dif­fer­ent feel and seems a bit more durable in its matte-like fin­ish. She used lace at the long hem, and again at the top of the gown across the chest and at the capped sleeves. The soft light had a won­drous effect as it passed through the silk lay­ers. The color and mate­r­ial matched my wed­ding dress, and although utterly ele­gant was also char­ac­ter­is­tic of the sim­ple dress worn in ear­lier times that show­cased var­i­ous forms of art, espe­cially embroi­dery, as a sign of its high qual­ity and value instead when access to costly mate­ri­als and fab­rics was not possible.

White Ivory, Chantilly Lace, Raw & Chiffon Silk, Custom Made & Handmade, Christening Baptismal Gown for a Christian Baby Baptism. Marusya- Ukrainian Seamstress

The style of ele­gance and sim­plic­ity also matched the place where the bap­tism was given. We were at the Ven­er­a­ble Eng­lish Col­lege in Rome, a place of prayer and study for Eng­lish priests and sem­i­nar­i­ans for almost 700 years. Many young men who have lived in this col­lege returned home to Eng­land to be bru­tally mar­tyred dur­ing the Ref­or­ma­tion, includ­ing one dear to me, Robert South­well. The dual nature of the gown Mary Grace made reflected the breath­tak­ing style of the chapel as much as the style of the saints who died in their unor­na­mented coats. My mother hand embroi­dered a cloth with a Ukrain­ian motif that con­nected our his­to­ries to hers, and the red and black col­ors paid homage to the notion that liv­ing a spir­i­tual life is a gift, no mat­ter the cost.

White Ivory, Chantilly Lace, Raw & Chiffon Silk, Custom Made & Handmade, Christening Baptismal Gown for a Christian Baby Baptism. Marusya- Ukrainian Seamstress

Photo by Paul Haring

Look­ing at the pic­tures, the dress speaks of how impor­tant that day meant to us. She was dressed in a gown made for her, of the finest fab­rics and in way that pro­claimed her place in our fam­ily and in the larger Chris­t­ian fam­ily, and indeed as a new char­ac­ter in the his­tory of the entire world. I only wish I had a new Ana­gras­sia dress of my own to wear that day! But being so close to birth, I felt more com­fort­able in a flow­ing, over­sized wool Moroc­can poncho.

Thanks Mary Grace for treat­ing our spe­cial day with all the atten­tion and care it deserved! I am already think­ing of designs for Catherine’s first Com­mu­nion dress!

See the bap­tismal gown my babcha made in these blog posts:

Gigi Bap­tism 1, Gigi Bap­tism 2

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Photo by Paul Haring

White Ivory, Chantilly Lace, Raw & Chiffon Silk, Custom Made & Handmade, Christening Baptismal Gown for a Christian Baby Baptism. Marusya- Ukrainian Seamstress

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Easter 2015 Burdastyle Ukrainian Embroidered Linen Crop Top and Skirt

Krys­tos Voskres! Happy Easter!

Handmade Ukrainian Burdastyle 02/2015 Floral Embroidered Linen ivory crop top skirt dress for Easter, sewing blog

I knew I wanted to make this Bur­dastyle out­fit as soon as saw it in the monthly Bur­dastyle mag­a­zine! How­ever it wasn’t until 2.5 weeks before Easter, that I received my linen in the mail and began embroi­der­ing the crop top/blouse.

Burdastyle 02/2015 127 and 120

My won­der­ful mother came to my res­cue by embroi­der­ing the dark red skele­ton of the design. This part of the embroi­dery takes more time and atten­tion because you have to count squares and make sure the pat­tern is straight of the linen bodice piece.

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Unfor­tu­nately, I caught the stom­ach flu a cou­ple weeks ago. Despite feel­ing awful, it was a god­send because I was forced to step away from my work and stu­dio and spend 2 days in bed. Dur­ing this time, I just napped, ate pop­si­cles, and embroidered!

Handmade Ukrainian Burdastyle 02/2015 Floral Embroidered Linen ivory crop top skirt dress for Easter, sewing blog

I fin­ished the blouse embroi­dery on Good Fri­day. Then, I spent Fri­day evening and Sat­ur­day pulling out the waste can­vas from the embroi­dery, sewing the linen skirt, sewing the blouse, and (of course) spend­ing time with family.

Handmade Ukrainian Burdastyle 02/2015 Floral Embroidered Linen ivory crop top skirt dress for Easter, sewing blog

Details about the crop top blouse:

The blouse is made of thicker unbleached 100% linen. This is the same linen I used for this linen and lace dress. I used Burdastyle’s 02/2015 #127 Top in size 17. I length­ened the front of the top about 1–1 ½ inches. (I wish I had length­ened the front more!)

 Handmade Ukrainian Burdastyle 02/2015 Floral Embroidered Linen ivory crop top skirt dress for Easter, sewing blog

Ukrainian Embroidered Linen dress crop top

Details about the skirt:

The skirt is made of ivory linen. This ivory linen is the same weight as the linen used in the blouse. I used Burdastyle’s 02/2015 #121 B Wrap Skirt in size 36. I played with the pat­tern a bit because at first, the back of the skirt had WAY too much fab­ric! The back skirt pat­tern was a 45” width piece. When this back piece was gath­ered to a 13” length, the skirt looked awful! So ulti­mately, I added a seam to the back of the skirt and made the back of the skirt to a rec­tan­gle about 20” wide.

Ukrainian Embroidered Linen dress crop top

Over­all I was dis­ap­pointed with this skirt. First, the orig­i­nal skirt pat­tern had too much gath­er­ing which caused a lot of bulging at the waist. Sec­ond, it was a bad idea for me to use linen. With the front draped, the skirt looked very frumpy when it wrin­kled! (I show the skirt (in this blog post) when it’s steamed and ironed….it did NOT look crisp and clean when my fam­ily took pho­tos after Easter mass.)

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All in all, I loved the top. Not so much the skirt (or at least not with the fab­ric I chose).

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White & Ivory Handmade First Holy Communion Dresses

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The way my mother remem­bers it, I was not a fan of my First Holy Com­mu­nion dress. The very sim­ple short sleeve lace dress (my mom picked out for me) did not cut it for me back in sec­ond grade. Even though I can agree with my mom now that the dress was per­fect for my style & per­son­al­ity, I was not happy with her back then! I dis­liked the dress because; 1) I didn’t choose it myself and 2) it was so sim­ple com­pared to the dresses my older sis­ters and friends wore. Look at the photo and see how sim­ple (not poofy) my dress was com­pared to the other First Communicants!

 That is why when I was approached to make cus­tom First Com­mu­nion dresses, I was excited! I could make a lit­tle girl’s spe­cial day even more mem­o­rable with a unique dress, designed espe­cially for her!

These dresses are a sam­ple of my Spring 2015 cre­ations. Some are one piece and oth­ers are sep­a­rates that com­bine for the final dress, but can be worn again to com­plete other outfits!

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Isabel 1 Communion Dress 2015

Isabel 2 Communion Dress 2015

Ivory White First Holy Communion Dress

Ivory White First Holy Communion Dress

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Isabel’s Floral Coat for Easter and First Communion

 

Floral, Easter, Spring, Girls, Children’s, Jacket, Coat, Burdastyle, 02/2012, Bright, Colorful, First Communion, Poppies, Sewing Blog, AnagrassiaThis children’s flo­ral jacket was made for one of my First Holy Com­mu­nion cus­tomers.  (I’ll post pho­tos of her dress and veil later this week!)

I absolutely love how this jacket turned out! I made a sim­i­lar jacket for myself (see the jacket here) last spring. At first I was wor­ried that the flo­ral print would be too large for a children’s jacket, but I was wrong! I love this flo­ral print even more for a children’s jacket!

Floral Easter Girls Bright Spring Jacket

Details about the jacket:

- Based off of the Bur­dastyle Long Dress Coat 02/2012 #140 Size 8

–Welt pock­ets with flap

–Fully lined (Blue and Red Cotton/Poly blend fabric)

–Inter­faced flo­ral fabric

–Fab­ric cov­ered but­ton (hand stitched to the coat)

–Machine but­ton­holes

Floral Easter Girls Bright Spring Jacket

burdastyle 02/2012 #140 Long Dress Coat for Girls

Bur­dastyle Girl’s 02/2012 #140 Long Dress Coat

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Floral Easter Girls Bright Spring Jacket

Work in Progress photo

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Winter 2015 Anagrassia Leotard Options For Flower Girl Dresses

Please place your sum­mer bridal orders before June 15.

I’m tak­ing an indef­i­nite break  from bridal orders to rest and plan for the fall season.

Champagne Chantilly lace leotard onesie flower girl dress

My flower girl dresses are leo­tards + very poofy tulle skirts. (They are basi­cally mini ball gown dresses.) The skirts have 13–15 lay­ers of tulle and take a large amount of time and mate­ri­als to make. (They are not the skirts that have tulle tied around an elas­tic waist­band.) Skirt prices vary depend­ing on the length of the skirt. I have skirts for sale on my Etsy shop here.

Below I list some of the lace leo­tards I have avail­able for sale. I do not sell all the leo­tard styles via Etsy. The expen­sive and imported lace leo­tards are only sold through Pay­pal invoices.

If you want the cur­rent lace & dress options, please email me at marygrace@anagrassia.com

See other flower girl dress posts here: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, and Post 4

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Below are the #0908 Ivory Alen­con Lace Leo­tards with Unlined Long Sleeves:

Email me if you’re inter­ested in this lace leotard.

(I only sell this leo­tard through Pay­pal invoices.)

Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard Tulle flower girl dress white unlined sleeves

Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard Tulle flower girl dress white unlined sleeves

Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard Tulle flower girl dress white unlined sleeves

Below are the New  #5810 Ivory Alen­con Lace Leotards:

Email me if you are inter­ested in this lace leotard.

(I only sell this leo­tard through Pay­pal invoices.)

Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard Tulle flower girl dress white unlined sleeves

Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard Tulle flower girl dress white unlined sleeves

Ivory Alen­con (#5810) Lace Leo­tard with Ivory Lining

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Burdastyle Charcoal Wool and Navy Leather Winter Coat

Charcoal Wool and navy leather 1 2011 126 Burdastyle sewing pattern winter coat Last Octo­ber, I made a navy cash­mere and leather coat for one of my dear­est friends. I would not call it a suc­cess. Since this first coat did not turn out as I had hoped I sim­ply had to design a new ver­sion of the win­ter coat!

The new coat was orig­i­nally going to be an orig­i­nal and mod­ern twist on a par­tic­u­lar vin­tage style. (I’m being vague in my descrip­tion because I hope to even­tu­ally make this vin­tage design myself.) But since I didn’t have time to make a mock-up and test the vin­tage design, I decided to be safe and use Bur­dastyle 01/2011 #126 Win­ter Coat Pat­tern size 38.

Charcoal 20 Wool and navy leather 1 2011 126 Burdastyle sewing pattern coat

Like the ear­lier coat pat­tern, this coat pat­tern was not made/designed to have lin­ing. At first I didn’t think twice and added navy quilted poly­ester lin­ing to the body of the coat and char­coal wool lin­ing to the lapels and collar.

Oh how wrong I was to do this!

Charcoal 24 Wool and navy leather 1 2011 126 Burdastyle sewing pattern coat

Before con­nect­ing the lin­ing lay­ers to the outer lay­ers, I tested the pieces on myself. The quilted/wool lin­ing was much too thick and extremely heavy around the neck (I lit­er­ally felt like Scrooge with chains around my neck).

As a result, I swapped the quilted poly­ester and wool lin­ing for a light­weight poly­ester lin­ing. Because the char­coal wool was already heavy in weight and super stiff, in the end I decided not to line the col­lar and lapels.

Charcoal 8 Wool and navy leather 1 2011 126 Burdastyle sewing pattern coat

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Ivory Adult Tulle Skirt

Adult Ivory white satin tulle skirt for bridal wedding

One of my gor­geous cus­tomers in the adult ivory tulle skirt
Pho­tog­ra­pher: April Tol­bert
http://www.apriltolbertphotography.com

Skirt Descrip­tion:

~ Satin Skirt with 5 lay­ers of tulle

~ Satin waistband

~ Back invis­i­ble zipper

~ Back hook and eye enclosure

~ Back vent (satin skirt)

This skirt length can be ordered above the knee or tea length.

Check out the cham­pagne adult tulle skirt here

You can pur­chase the skirt on etsy here

(Dur­ing check­out, please send me your waist, hip, and waist to knee measurements

and desired skirt length.)

Adult Ivory white satin tulle skirt for bridal wedding

For tea length skirts, the satin skirt hem ends above the knee.

Adult Ivory white satin tulle skirt for bridal wedding

Color match the ivory to the bot­tom left photo in the col­lage above.

Adult Tulle skirt long ivory

Adult Ivory white satin tulle skirt for bridal wedding

Adult Ivory white satin tulle skirt for bridal wedding

Back Vent

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The Cascade Champagne Silk Wool and Silk Charmeuse Dress

Silk Wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown

I really don’t know what I was think­ing when I decided to enter Bur­daStyle’s pat­tern chal­lenge and down­loaded their cas­cade dress pat­tern. Not only did I think I would have time to sew the dress, but I also planned to embroi­der its top crossover edge!

(Vote for your favorite dress here)

For­tu­nately, I was able to bypass sleep and fin­ish sewing the dress just before the dead­line. How­ever I was unable to fin­ish the embroi­dery. At this point, I’m not sure if I will add its embroidery.(I think I will save it for a dress I know I’ll wear more often.)

Silk Wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown

This isn’t my favorite dress pattern.There’s too many details going on for my taste and the I don’t like the ruf­fle on the shoul­der. (I had one sis­ter laugh and call the ruf­fle a crois­sant, while another sis­ter called it a per­ogi.) If I wasn’t enter­ing the BurdaStyle.com pat­tern chal­lenge, I would’ve elim­i­nated the ruf­fle, (with no hesitation).

Despite the ruf­fle, I love how beau­ti­ful the cas­cade skirt drapes and moves. I also think the silk wool crossover looks espe­cially slimming!

Silk Wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown

My aunt/godmother made me this necklace ;)

I recently received this really spe­cial Christ­mas gift from my aunt. It’s a neck­lace with a photo of my babcha (grandmother)on one side and photo of my dido (grand­fa­ther) on the other side.

Burdastyle 157 05 2011 silk wool 25 champagne 2 long dress crossover

The top bodice is lined with ivory silk charmeuse.

Burdastyle 157 05 2011 silk wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown

Orig­i­nally the skirt was lined with ivory silk charmeuse, but I ulti­mately elim­i­nated it.

The two silk lay­ers didn’t drape nicely together and it cre­ated more bulk at the hip. (This was a headache con­sid­er­ing I had to seam rip every­thing apart and then hand-stitch the skirt edges again!!)

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More Anagrassia Flower Girl Dresses

I love my cus­tomers! Here are some flower girl pho­tos recently sent to me!

Shop on etsy here

If you want more lace & dress options, please email  me at marygrace@anagrassia.com

See other flower girl dress posts here: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3

White Ivory Champagne Alencon Chantilly Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

 

White Ivory Champagne Alencon Chantilly Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

White Ivory Champagne Alencon Chantilly Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

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Gigi’s Baptism Part 1: Marusya’s Red and Black Floral Ukrainian Inspired Long Crop Top Dress

Gigi Baptism Red and Black Floral dress pleated and long crop top

St. Michael’s Ukrain­ian Catholic Church is a very spe­cial place for my fam­ily. A lit­tle less than a year ago, my sis­ter and brother-in-law were mar­ried there. Then just this past week, my niece, Gigi, was bap­tized in St. Michael’s. The bap­tism was very nice and extremely special.

Red 34 rose floral print colorful fabric crop top dress and pleated skirt Marusya baptism August 2014 copy

Since Bap­tism is the most impor­tant day in one’s life, I though it appro­pri­ate that I make dresses (and a one­sie) for the cer­e­mony and reception.

Gigi wore the bap­tismal gown passed down through the fam­ily, which was sewn by my babcha. It was a beau­ti­ful gown! My babcha did all the (pink) hand stitch­ing on it as well. (Which reminds me….I’m com­ing out with bap­tismal gowns! They should be avail­able for sale later this fall.)

 Lace Hand stitched white ivory with pink embroiery baptismal gown

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Gigi Baptism Red and Black Floral dress pleated and long crop top

I absolutely adored the dress I made for myself to wear for Gigi’s baptism.

Red rose and black floral print colorful fabric crop top dress and pleated skirt Marusya baptism August 2014 Ukrainian Sewing

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Ukrainian Hand Embroidered Dress in Honor of My Babcha

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Ukrain­ian hand embroi­dered dress in honor of my babcha 

 

My Babcha was a spe­cial woman. Her story is quite remark­able and the lessons she taught me were even more so.  I only hope to be as strong as her and pass on her spirit to others.

Aside from her wis­dom, her love of sewing was passed on to me. My babcha was an incred­i­ble seam­stress! She was self taught and used her skills as a seam­stress when she moved to America.

Before my babcha’s pass­ing in March (at the age of 93), I fin­ished my first Ukrain­ian embroi­dered dress. My babcha was very sick and it was uncer­tain whether she would make it to Easter. How­ever, she always wanted to die on Easter and we all believed she would make it to Easter day. (There is a Ukri­an­ian myth that if you die on Easter, you go straight to heaven.) But sadly she didn’t make it or see the ukrain­ian embroi­dered Easter dress. But I’m sure she got a glimpse of it up in heaven!  (And I have no doubt that she is guid­ing through my cur­rent projects!)

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Dress is hand embroi­dered (took lots and lots of time to stitch)

Linen

Fully Lined

Invis­i­ble Back Zipper

babcha 2 Ukrainian Costume

This is a com­pressed story of my babcha’s life (Writ­ten by my aunt but mod­i­fied to be in my voice). 

My babcha, Kataryna, was born in 1920 in West­ern Ukraine.  Her father, prior to World War I, voy­aged to Amer­ica to work in the coal mines of Penn­syl­va­nia, while he built a home­stead  for his fam­ily in west­ern Ukraine. My babcha’s par­ents set­tled to rear eight daugh­ters, farm­ing and wood­carv­ing in that quiet, pic­turesque vil­lage in the rolling foothills of the Carpathian Moun­tains. As a child, my babcha vowed never to leave her home or her fam­ily. Lit­tle did she know of the adven­tures that lay ahead!

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Zombie or Princess

ivory nude Chantilly lace leotard onesie flower girl dress

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My 10 month old niece, Gigi, took her first steps a cou­ple weeks ago! I promised her a tulle skirt once she began walk­ing. (Gigi already owned a lace leo­tard.) So over the week­end, Gigi tried on her new skirt and I (of course) took pho­tos and a video of her in the skirt and lace leotard.

While I made Gigi a princess, my sis­ter (Gigi’s mother) cap­tured a com­pletely dif­fer­ent side of Gigi: Zom­bie Gigi! This side of Gigi suits her per­son­al­ity more and she had way more fun as a zom­bie than as a princess.

This video is hilar­i­ous and I had to share it!

If video won’t play, see it directly on face­book here

ivory nude Chantilly lace leotard onesie flower girl dress

ivory nude Chantilly lace leotard onesie flower girl dress

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Happy Mother’s Day

Every year my mom says she doesn’t want any­thing (except a clean house) for Mother’s Day. So this year, I took the flo­ral and white eye­let fab­ric she bought (which reminded her of Ukrain­ian scarves) and made her grand­daugh­ter a dress!

Happy Mother’s Day Mom­cha!

Thank you for all your love & sup­port! I love you!

floral green girls dress pin tucks peter pan collar

Dress Details:

~Cot­ton Flo­ral Fab­ric (about 1 yard used)

~White Cot­ton Eye­let Fab­ric for Peter Pan Collar

~Back But­tons

~Size 12mos

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Inside Out

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