Sewing 70s Fashions for Dolls

Sew your 18″ American Girl® doll some fun fashions for the 70s with easy Oh Sew Kat! patterns.

Make a 70s outfit for Julie American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #70s #dress #Julie #sewing

Visit the Oh Sew Kat! 70s Inspiration Gallery for ideas and links to sew the Oh Sew Kat! patterns with a fun, 70’s flair. Your Julie Albright™ doll with love mix and match fashions that you made yourself!

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Easy sewing patterns to make 70s retro doll clothes for 18 inch American Girl doll like Julie Albright. Find more pdf sewing patterns in the Oh Sew Kat etsy shop.
Make a calico 70s style top for Julie American Girl doll with easy PDF sewing patterns by oh sew kat. #ohsewkat #bloomerbuddies #juliedoll #sewingpattern
Julie Albright American Girl Doll in a 1970s pantskirt outfit with turtleneck shirt and shorts.
Sewing patterns for doll fashions 1970 Seventies Oh Sew Kat!
Make a 1970s doll gingham skirt and peasant top for Julie BeForever Doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Download your PDF sewing pattern and print on your home printer to sew this afternoon! #ohsewkat #americangirldolls #juliedoll #sewingpattern
Make a halter back sundress maxi dress for American Girl doll Julie with this easy sewing pattern by OhSewKat. #maxidress #dolldress #sewingpattern #ohsewkat
Doll scarf tutorial by ohsewkat. Easy sewing pattern for a doll headscarf 70s style. #70s #headscarf #bandana #americangirl #ohsewkat #sewingtutorial #easypattern
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up Series: Long Sleeve 70s or 80s Style Blouse for Dolls with the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern

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Your Julie and Courtney dolls will LOVE this soft baby doll style blouse. Use the Bloomer Buddies pattern, with one small adjustment, to make a cute 70s or 80s style blouse for your 18 inch Dolls.

Easy sewing patterns to make 70s and 80s retro doll clothes for 18 inch American Girl doll like Julie Albright and Courtney Moore Find more pdf sewing patterns in the Oh Sew Kat etsy shop.

For this easy doll clothes tutorial, start with the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! It comes in 3 sizes, so if you are making a blouse for a doll other than 18 inches, simply adjust your measurements to fit your doll’s arm. Find the sewing pattern HERE.

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy doll dress, top, and bloomers in one easy pattern. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern

Print out all of your pieces to make the doll top, including the sleeve. Cut out your pieces, and tape your sleeve piece to a new sheet of paper (near the top) so the fold line is even with the left edge of your paper. Measure down the edge by 3 1/2 inches, and make a mark. Use your ruler to draw the new sleeve hem at a 90 degree angle from your fold line. You can then connect the new hem back up to your short sleeve edge. Cut out your new piece and label it for 18 inch dolls.

Follow the pattern as directed. You can put wrist elastic (4 inches) in or leave it out. You can also make longer sleeves on the tunic or dress length too! Depending on the fabric you choose, your dress can look modern or retro.

See more ideas for the Bloomer Buddies pattern HERE, HERE and in the Inspiration Gallery HERE.

Easy sewing patterns to make 70s retro doll clothes for 18 inch American Girl doll like Julie Albright. Find more pdf sewing patterns in the Oh Sew Kat etsy shop.

Long sleeve, baby doll blouse for your Julie or Courtney 18 inch doll with Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns

The American Girl BeForever® characters are 9-10 years old in their books. I was seven years old in 1974 (so a little younger than Julie) and my youngest sister was six years old in 1986 (so a little younger than Courtney.) My sister and I BOTH had clothing made from this little rosebud fabric. My sister also had a dress in the same fabric that was pink. Such memories! What do you think? 70s? 80s? I think it works for both!

See more ideas to sew for Julie HERE.

See more ideas to sew for Courtney HERE.

Step it Up Series: Long Sleeve 70s or 80s Style Blouse for Dolls

I think this top might also be cute for a set of pajamas!! See it used for nightgowns HERE.

Easy Sewing Patterns for Courtney and Julie Dolls- DIY retro doll clothes

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make Your Doll a Summer Halter Sundress with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern

Easy to sew, the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Pattern for Dolls makes both a capri outfit and a sundress for your 18 inch dolls.

Sew a halter top and capri outfit or sundress for your 18 inch and other sized dolls with a quick and easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Print the pattern pieces on your home computer and make a doll outfit in about an hour.

Are your dolls ready for the summer weather? The Boardwalk Boutique PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is one pattern that will give you just what you need to keep your 18 inch and other sized doll cute and cool this summer.

The pattern includes an easy ribbon or fabric tie halter top (with elastic back- no closures) and cute, ruffled capri pants. But you can also use this pattern to make a cute sundress too!

Sew a halter top and capri outfit or sundress for your 18 inch and other sized dolls with a quick and easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Print the pattern pieces on your home computer and make a doll outfit in about an hour.

The Boardwalk Boutique top has two cutting lines. Use the longer one- and add a ruffle or pretty trim. A little ruffle for a short dress, or a longer, fuller ruffle for a full length dress. You can make it maxi length too! See my tutorial HERE and find the pattern at the blue button below in multi sizes and bundles.

Need an easy sewing project? The Halter Top from Boardwalk Boutique makes the perfect summer sundress.

Sew a halter top and capri outfit or sundress for your animators and other sized dolls with a quick and easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Print the pattern pieces on your home computer and make a doll outfit in about an hour. Find the patterns in my Etsy Shop.

These Disney Animators’ dolls look ready for summer fun in their halter sundresses. With ribbon or fabric straps and an elastic halter back, the pattern sews up quickly to get your girl off to play. Again, use the longer top cutting line and add lace or a ruffle to make it the perfect length as a Boardwalk Boutique sundress!

Make a Summery Sundress for your 18 inch Doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat!

Sew a halter top and capri outfit for your 18 inch and other sized dolls with a quick and easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Print the pattern pieces on your home computer and make a doll outfit or sundress in about an hour. #sundress #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern #ohsewkat #18inchdoll

Saige is ready for fun! This Boardwalk Boutique pattern has two cutting lines for the top- with and without the ruffle. Use the longer one, and add some fun trim to make a cute sundress or add a pair of leggings!

Make a halter back sundress maxi dress for American Girl doll Julie with this easy sewing pattern by OhSewKat. #maxidress #dolldress #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

You can create even more cute sundresses just by adding more, or longer, ruffles. Create this 70’s vibe Maxi Halter Dress with two ruffles sewn to the Boardwalk Boutique top. Find the full tutorial here. How will you make your cute Boardwalk Boutique Sundress?

Find more ideas for this quick and easy PDF pattern here and here, or click on the photos below. Find this pattern and many more (plus value pack bundles!) in my ETSY SHOP.

Make your own doll clothes with easy and simple PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find more printable patterns in my Etsy Shop to diy 18 inch doll clothes.
Sew a halter top and capri outfit for your 18 inch and other sized dolls with a quick and easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Print the pattern pieces on your home computer and make a doll outfit in about an hour. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern #ohsewkat #18inchdoll
Make a halter back sundress maxi dress for American Girl doll Julie with this easy sewing pattern by OhSewKat. #maxidress #dolldress #sewingpattern #ohsewkat
Easy sewing pattern for beginners to make doll clothes for 18 inch dolls by oH Sew Kat. #pdfpattern #sewingpattern #ohsewkat
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Sunshine Dress Pattern Hacks

This month, Kat’s Pattern Pick of the Month is the SUNSHINE DRESS. This pattern is available in three sizes (18 inch, 16 inch animators, and 14.5 Wellie Wishers) and as an a line short sleeve styled dress, it offers lots of options to sew it up in different ways for your dolls.

Easy Pattern Hacks for the Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

Click on each link below to go right to the instructions for the Pattern Hacks.

Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern for Dolls

Make historical fashion outfits for your BeForever Character dolls with Oh Sew Kat’s Sunshine Dress pattern.

Melody American Girl Doll in Green Sunshine Dress

Find the tutorial to make the Sunshine Dress sleeveless HERE. See more photos of Melody’s outfits here.

Find the Sunshine Dress sewing pattern HERE.

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch

Nanea’s muumuu dress was part of a four part series of blog posts in adapting Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make Hawaiian inspired fashions. Find the MuuMuu tutorial HERE and see more ideas for Nanea HERE, HERE, and HERE.

See more ideas for the Sunshine Dress pattern here and here.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Tester Tuesday: Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set Sewing Pattern

Even though the weather is warm here, it’s winter on the other side of the world! The Jumping Jack pattern is the perfect pattern for cute and unique outfits for fall, winter, and cooler weather.

The Jumping Jack sewing pattern offers 3 pieces that can be worn together or used to accent other outfits. The knit turtleneck shirt, flair legged shorts, and a button on apron style jumper lets your doll go from casual fun at the park, to dressed and ready for dinner. Enjoy these tester photos of this fun to sew pattern.

The Jumping Jack PDF Sewing Pattern for Dolls

Sew two outfits at once with the Jumping Jack PDF sewing pattern for 18 inch and similar sized dolls. Oh Sew Kat! offers beginner level sewing patterns for dolls in popular sizes.  #ohsewkat #dollclothes

Pam of Amy Violets made this gorgeous outfit for Julie.

Sew two outfits at once with the Jumping Jack PDF sewing pattern for 18 inch and similar sized dolls. Oh Sew Kat! offers beginner level sewing patterns for dolls in popular sizes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes

Carly of Koala-T found a funky geometric for her groovy outfit.

Sew two outfits at once with the Jumping Jack PDF sewing pattern for 18 inch and similar sized dolls. Oh Sew Kat! offers beginner level sewing patterns for dolls in popular sizes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes

And Jenny’s doll is ready to rock in her retro outfit.

Sew two outfits at once with the Jumping Jack PDF sewing pattern for 18 inch and similar sized dolls. Oh Sew Kat! offers beginner level sewing patterns for dolls in popular sizes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes

FIND THE SEWING PATTERN HERE. See more ideas with this fun pattern HERE and HERE.

Make a 70s outfit for dolls with the Jumping Jack Sewing Pattern.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

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70s Fashions to Sew for Your Julie American Girl Doll

Sewing for BeForever character Julie Albright?  Her stories are set in 1974 and she has some groovy fashions! Give your Julie a personalized 70s themed wardrobe with these twists on PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop.

Make a 1970’s themed outfit for your 18 inch American Girl doll.

Make a 70s outfit for Julie American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #70s #dress #Julie #sewing

Use Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns to make groovy 70s outfits for your Julie doll.

Click on the links below to go right to each easy tutorial.

  1.  Sunshine Dress with Daisy Trim
  2. Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set
  3. Boardwalk Boutique Ruffled Maxi Dress
  4. Playtime Peasant and Sugar n Spice Everything Nice Overskirt

What other Oh Sew Kat! patterns might work for Julie outfits? Visit the Julie page of the Historical Fashions gallery for more ideas.  See more sewing ideas for the BeForever characters like Melody and Maryellen too!  Comment below with your ideas!

Visit & follow my 1970s doll fashion PINTEREST Board for more ideas. Pin these images to save them for later!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

70s Style Calico Top for Julie Albright from Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern

Here is an easy 1970s style top to make for your American Girl doll, Julie.  Julie is the BeForever character from 1974.  I was seven years old in 1975, and I had a top that looked just like this one, red fabric and all, but the print was of mushrooms.  I used “Little Ruby” fabric for this imitation calico top and the Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies sewing pattern.

Make a 70s inspired calico top for your 18 inch Julie American Girl doll with this easy pattern hack from Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies PDF Sewing pattern. Find more doll clothes patterns at Oh Sew Kat.

Make a retro 1970’s themed outfit for Julie and other dolls with this easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!

This outfit was inspired by THIS PIN.  For this outfit, I didn’t make any adjustments to the Bloomer Buddies pattern.  In order to be more authentic, next time I might add a seam allowance and make the front open with buttons.  That will stay on my “to do” list for now.  🙂

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy doll dress, top, and bloomers in one easy pattern. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern

It’s easy to add pockets to any pattern, especially square pockets.  I add the pockets after the front is complete, before I add the sleeves as it’s a little easier to work with a flat item than a rounded one.

Figure out what size you want your finished pocket.  On this blouse, my pockets measure one inch square.  Add 1/2 inch to the width, and the length for seam allowances.  I cut my pieces 1 1/2 inch square. With right sides together, sew three sides of the pocket, and turn right side out. Press well, folding the unfinished edge to the inside.

I put my top on my doll, and use scotch tape (the magic, transparent kind) to hold the pockets in place. It’s easier to sew over tape than pins that are longer than your pocket! Use a top stitch or edge foot if you have one to get nice topstitching around the three lower sides of the pocket.  Complete the top as directed by the pattern.

Make a 70s inspired doll top for American Girl doll Julie Albright with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat. #ohsewkat #bloomerbuddies #julie #1970sfashions #dollclothes #sewingpatterns

Make a calico top for Julie and her friends- inspired by the seventies.

Make a calico 70s style top for Julie American Girl doll with easy PDF sewing patterns by oh sew kat. #ohsewkat #bloomerbuddies #juliedoll #sewingpattern

Complete the 70s inspired look with an easy headscarf. Find the full tutorial HERE.

Free tutorial and pattern for a 70s retro headscarf for dolls.

Doll scarf tutorial by ohsewkat. Easy sewing pattern for a doll headscarf 70s style. #70s #headscarf #bandana #americangirl #ohsewkat #sewingtutorial #easypattern
Doll clothes sewing pattern tutorial by ohsewkat for doll clothes for Julie BeForever doll. #easypattern #sewingpattern #tutorial #americangirl #dollclothes #ohsewkat

It makes a cute long sleeve top too!! Use THIS tutorial for the sleeves and just add elastic to the cuffs.

Easy sewing patterns to make 70s retro doll clothes for 18 inch American Girl doll like Julie Albright. Find more pdf sewing patterns in the Oh Sew Kat etsy shop.

What other outfits will you make for your Julie doll or her friends?  Find more 70s inspiration here in my Inspiration Gallery, as well as here and here.  Don’t forget to visit and follow my Julie inspired Pinterest board!

Make 1970’s fashions for your dolls with the Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern.

Sewing patterns to make your own doll clothes, easy patterns for beginners by oh sew kat. #ohsewkat #juliedoll #dollclothes #sewingpattern #easypattern #tutorial #70sdollclothes
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Gingham Peasant Dress Outfit Tutorial for Julie Albright- A BeForever Pattern Hack!

I’m really enjoying sewing for Julie Albright, the BeForever character from 1974.  I think I’m attracted to her collection because I was seven years old in 1974 and I had very similar things- like her purple coat (mine was blue) and the sneaker skates (mine were bright yellow with orange stripes).

When I saw THIS PIN, I just knew that this peasant style outfit would be easy to recreate with Oh Sew Kat! patterns. Be sure to follow my Julie board when you stop by my Pinterest page.

Make a 70s style gingham skirt for your 18 inch Julie doll and her friends.

Make a 70s peasant top and skirt outfit for Julie doll

Click here to see other outfits I’ve sewn for Julie.

Make your own Doll Clothes for BeForever Doll: Julie

1970s doll dress skirt and top for Julie BeForever Doll

The top is simply the Playtime Peasant Top, sewn in white with long sleeves.  For the skirt, I used the overskirt that comes in the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice bundle.  I cut the gingham fabric skirt longer by 4 1/2 inches, but didn’t make any other changes.  Add a little lace at the bottom, and ta da! A perfect, pretty bell skirt! Add a red or gingham ribbon to complete the look.  This outfit will be perfect for the Christmas holidays!

Make a 1970s doll gingham skirt and peasant top for Julie BeForever Doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Download your PDF sewing pattern and print on your home printer to sew this afternoon! #ohsewkat #americangirldolls #juliedoll #sewingpattern

Find the patterns HERE.  Find more fashions for Julie (all made with Oh Sew Kat! patterns!) here and here.

Make a 70s outfit for Julie American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #70s #dress #Julie #sewing

Make 70s themed doll clothes for your Julie Doll.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Julie Albright’s Sunshine Dress Tunic Top

As it is such a simple dress, The Sunshine Dress sewing pattern has so many options. There are many different ways to style it up to create just the look you want.  Here, I used it for the 1974 BeForever Character, Julie Albright.

Find tutorials for other ways to sew Oh Sew Kat! patterns for your Julie Doll HERE. Click here to see more Sunshine Dresses.

Make a tunic top for your 70s Doll – Julie

This top is very simple.  I only made one change to the pattern- I cut off about 1 1/2 inches from the hem.  I added a little bit of crochet trim, and Julie has a perfect tunic to wear with her bell bottoms.

Make a fashion outfit for your 18 inch Julie doll with easy, sewing patterns from ohsewkat. Beginner level PDF learn to sew patterns. #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #1970s #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll

See more ways to make the Sunshine Dress here and here, and find more fashions for the 70s and Julie Albright here and here.

Make a 70s outfit for Julie American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #70s #dress #Julie #sewing

See and save more great sewing ideas for the 70s and Julie with me on Pinterest!

Find the Sunshine Dress Pattern for 18 inch Dolls here (other sizes also available.)

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Step it Up Series: How to Sew a 70s Sunshine Dress for Julie – A BeForever Pattern Hack!

The Sunshine Dress, with its three variations and classic A-line look can easily be adapted to look like it came from the 70s era with just a few minor tweaks to the pattern.

Make a 70s doll dress for your BeForever Julie Doll with this easy sewing pattern.

Make a 70s style daisy trimmed groovy dress for your Julie doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Try this easy pattern hack today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll #easysewing

I used this photo from Pinterest for inspiration.  Here’s another one.  Based on the first photo, I am using View C, the princess seamed option, but I really think that any of these views can be easily adapted to create this daisy trimmed look. The second photo definitely looks like View B.

Start with the Sunshine Dress pattern.  This pattern has had a recent update.  Check your file and make sure that it says Copyright 2018 at the bottom of the front cover.  If it doesn’t, you can find the updated version where you purchased the pattern, or contact me.

Sunshine Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls
  1.  Raise the neckline by quite a bit- I used almost a half inch for the 18 inch size doll. Don’t forget the lining piece needs to match too!
  2. Skip the top stitching after assembling the dress front.  It would be covered by the trim. If you want your trim to disappear into the seam at the shoulders (and not go down the back), you need to add it over your seams before you stitch the front to the backs as I did hereIf you want the trim to go over the shoulder and down the back, it will be attached after the dress front and back are joined but before you do the hem.  I just attached mine to the front (to conserve my trim mostly).  Add the daisy trim with transparent tape to ensure you have the look you want; you can follow the seam lines if you have them, but if you don’t, put the trim where you think it should go. Stitch in place.  I used a machine and just carefully stitched down the center of my flowers.  You can also add your trim by hand.  If the trim was wider, or for a real girl and would be washed, I would put a row of stitching down each side to hold it securely.
  3. Raise the hem by an inch or even more. Dresses for girls were short then too! (I usually do this after the dress is sewn together unless I’ve done it before and have a good measurement.  Once the dress is done, it’s easy to (use a ruler) and trim off the right amount for right look for the era.) .
  4. Optional:  Add lace (again by hand?) around the neckline.
Make a 70s style daisy trimmed groovy dress for your Julie doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Try this easy pattern hack today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll #easysewing
Make a 70s style daisy trimmed groovy dress for your Julie doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Try this easy pattern hack today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll #easysewing

Make a 70s inspired dress for your 18 inch doll.

One final note.  I do not profess that this pattern is historically accurate.  I found an image on Pinterest and used my own pattern, which looks very similar.  However, in the world of child’s play, “close enough” is usually enough to save you a few dollars at the American Girl Store if you have a young friend pleading for Julie Albright or items from her time period and collection.  When my daughter was very young, and a new doll was released, I usually kept her focused on who she already had with just a few new doll dresses to fit the new era or theme.  The one that comes to my mind is when Elizabeth Cole, Felicity Merriman’s best friend was released in a beautiful pink, ball gown.  I was able to make and buy a few colonial dresses for my daughter’s Mia doll, and off we went to Williamsburg happy as can be.  Elizabeth never did join our doll family by the way.  😉

Use the Sunshine Dress PDF sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! for BeForever Julie Dolls.

Make a 70s style daisy trimmed groovy dress for your Julie doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Try this easy pattern hack today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll #easysewing

PLEASE NOTE:  The Sunshine Dress has been updated since it was first published. The current version has Copyright 2018 on the bottom of the cover page.  If you are unable to get the updated copy from where your purchased it, please contact me at ohsewkat@gmail.com with the details of where and when you purchased the pattern and I will get you the updated copy!

See other ways to make clothes for Julie here and here, and more ways to sew the Sunshine Dress here.

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