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Starting My Gown

Tonight I worked out the pattern and cut and sewed the muslin for my dress.  This is where I'll work out the kinks and perfect the pattern after it's fit.  At this point there is a metamorphosis between a vision and the physical.  Imagining and making it real.  Fine tuning it until it's finished.  I can't wait to cut the fabric.

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