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Bloom & Grow Skirt – Free Girl’s Skirt Pattern!

Free girl's Bloom & Grow skirt pattern from Skirt Fixation

Today we’re excited to release a free girl’s skirt pattern, the Bloom & Grow Skirt.  As in the past few years in July, we’re excited to join in with Simple Simon and Co. for the Skirting The Issue charity sewing event!  We’re releasing another free girl’s skirt pattern, the Bloom & Grow skirt.Free girl's Bloom & Grow skirt pattern from Skirt Fixation

If you want to go straight to download the skirt, click here!

We designed the Bloom & Grow skirt with the growing girl in mind.  This skirt is designed for use with double border print fabrics.  Often, these fabrics feature a floral print.  The extra fullness of this skirt makes it super twirly and the elastic waist is perfect for any growing girl.

Annie is wearing a petticoat underneath this Bloom & Grow skirt to show the fullness!  Because this skirt is not cut across the fabric from selvedge to selvedge like traditional skirts, but down the length of the yardage, it is a very full skirt!

The fabric used for this skirt is Sage Prickly Pear Indigo by Art Gallery Fabrics.  It is a double border print fabric which means the pattern is printed along both sides or selvedges, down the length of the fabric.

Another beautiful double border print fabric you could also use is Garden Walk fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics.

We also designed some floral radiograph double print border fabric, and think it’d be smashing on the Bloom & Grow Skirt!

We’d love it if you use this free girl’s skirt pattern to sew up some skirts for Skirting The Issue.  Read all about Skirting The Issue here.  And then link up your skirts for girls in foster care.

You can also check out our other very popular free girl’s skirt patterns:FREE Dollhouse Skirt pattern from Skirt Fixation.

The Dollhouse Skirt

The Pegasus Skirt, a free pattern from Skirt Fixation

The Pegasus Skirt

So now you can go grab our newest free girl’s skirt pattern: The Bloom & Grow Skirt!

A few affiliate links are used in this post to really beautiful fabric.  If you click on our links, we might make a few pennies…thanks!

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Black Friday-Cyber Monday Sale & Tester Photos

Knee Length Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

While you are making your Black Friday plans, be sure to include Savvy Patterns!  We’re having a 30% off sale storewide.  This means you can get the Runway Skirt for yourself and send gift certificates to any one you like for the lowest prices of the year!  Sale runs from Black Friday – Cyber Monday (11/24 – 11/28) and discount will already be shown.

Now I’d like to show you some of the tester versions of the Runway Skirt so you can see many possible options. I was so fortunate to have very talented and kind testers for my first pattern!

Midi Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

Amy made a 32″ midi length in scuba knit with lightweight jersey godets.

Knee Length Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

Britt made a 26″ knee length in stretch velvet with lightweight peach skin godets.

Knee Length Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

Jeannette made a 26″ knee length in scuba knit with silky godets.

Maxi Runway Skirt by Savvy PatternsKaren sewed a 42″ maxi skirt from ponte knit with lace godets for her daughter.

Knee Length Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

Katie was one of my pre testers, and I owe a lot to her!  Her Runway Skirt is knee length, in knit with rayon gauze godets.

Midi length Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

Katrina used a knit and lace fused for the main portion of her skirt and lace for the godets.

Knee Length Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

Kellie made a 24″ knee length skirt from ponte de roma with knit lace godets.

Knee length Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

Kerrie sewed a 23″ knee length skirt in ponte with lightweight knit for the godets.

Knee Length Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

Melana made a 25″ knee length skirt in knit jersey rayon with Ity knit godets.

Midi length Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

Tenille made a 30″ midi skirt from a wool blend stretch woven with chiffon godets.

Didn’t all these ladies do a wonderful job?  Can’t you just see the confidence in their eyes as if they were walking on a runway?

Now you see how many variations of the Runway Skirt can be made using different lengths and fabrics. Grab yours during the 30% off sale over at Savvy Patterns!

 

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The Chess Skirt vs The Knight Hoodie

Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting Con

Today we are participating in Crafting Con’s Board Games theme competition.  There’s some pretty stiff competition (pun intended!) from the likes of Frances Suzanne and Stitched by Crystal.  Naturally, we had to make every move count before we found ourselves in check mate.  So we chose the game of chess. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConThe oldest game, played by millions for hours over the years!  Chess required 2 players, so we had to include 2 children.  Boy vs. Girl.  Black vs. White.To read more about the outfits, the photo shoot, and to find out who won that chess game, be sure to visit Crafting Con!

My idea started with the boy outfit.  There was no questions the occasion called for a Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle! Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAnd to make an even more powerful statement, we added the knight chess piece on the back, using reverse appliqué.  In black of course, since Thomas was representing the black chess pieces.  I used the knight template and printed it at 100%, or full paper size.  I used our reverse appliqué tutorial, found hereChess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConDue to Thomas’s tall and lanky frame, I had to make him a Knight Hoodie in a size 7 width by size 12 long!  Talk about almost checkmating Mom!  Next time I will lengthen the sleeves even more. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAll the top stitching on the Knight Hoodie is in black, of course.  The grey sweatshirt knit came from Girl Charlee, and the cuffs and waistband are from an old sweater. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConThe Knight Hoodie pattern calls for buttons in many different places on the armor, but Thomas wanted none of it!  He was afraid it would make his Knight Hoodie too much like a costume, and he wanted to wear it everyday.  I thought they would look cool, and add to the overall effect, but obviously he won that round!Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConThomas needed some pants to go with his Knight Hoodie, so again I turned to the Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants.  This is the second time I made these, and this time I made a few changes.  I changed the waistband to be exposed, thus enlarging the size of the pockets which was an issue on the first pair.  I also lengthened the pants at the bottom even more.  This 2nd pair of Field Trip Cargo Pants took me less time than the first pair, and I think I have a new obsession!  I found the black twill fabric for these pants in my stash.  Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConNext up was the girl look.  Since Annie is the current recipient of the current edition of All The Skirts: Oliver + S & Fat Quarter Shop, she didn’t need any more new clothes, but Aria did.  So again we made our move with Oliver + S pattens.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConSince we are currently sewing up ALL the Oliver + S skirts, we were looking for an excuse to sew the free Lazy Days skirt.  This skirt is the perfect palette for a game of chess.  First, I added some checkered fabric (from the stash!) onto the bottom of a black piece of fabric (thank you stash!) Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAria is representing the white chess pieces, so we stenciled them in white onto black fabric, just sitting on the edge of the checker board.  If you want to make a chess skirt, we’ve got the free printable for you below!  Aria, who is quite a nerd herself, insisted the pieces be in the proper chess order, and there are two full sets of white chess pieces around the whole border of the skirt.  Allegra gets the prize for stenciling them all on!  I used black seam binding to finish the bottom of the Lazy Days Chess Skirt.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAria need a simple black t-shirt for summer.  We used the Oliver+S women’s Metro T-shirt and black knit fabric from Girl Charlee.  The only change we made was to use narrow black fold over elastic (from Amazon) on the neckline which gives it a tiny bit more femininity.  We cut out one size smaller than the XS by overlapping the pattern piece off the edge of the fold on the front and back pieces.  I can’t tell you how much satisfaction it gives me to be able to make plain old t-shirts!Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConIn Summary:

Black Chess Look:

Top Pattern: Knight Hoodie from Charming Doodle

Top Fabric: Gray sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee

Knight Stencil: Free download here.  Print at 100%

Pants Pattern: Oliver+S Field Trip Cargo Pants

Pants Fabric: Lightweight black twill from our stash

White Chess Look:

Top Pattern: Oliver+S women’s Metro T-shirt

Top Fabric: Black jersey knit from Girl Charlee

Skirt Pattern: Oliver+S Lazy Days skirt

Skirt Fabric: Black cotton from the stash

King & Queen Template: Free download here.  We printed at 60% for size 12 tween.  You may want to go smaller for younger child’s skirt.

Chess Pieces Template:  Free download here.  Print at the same percentage as King and Queen.  Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConTo read more about the outfits, the photo shoot, and to find out who won that chess game, be sure to visit Crafting Con!  But only if you can stand more bad chess puns!!!

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One Last Winter Skirt

Plaid skirt with red flowers sewn by Skirt Fixation

Plaid skirt with red flowers sewn by Skirt FixationToday we have one final winter skirt tutorial for you! Because it’s finally warming up. I drafted this skirt myself, with a lot of math and sweat and so on, but you could probably use Simplicity 5524  to make a similar skirt.

Plaid skirt with red flowers sewn by Skirt FixationI made an 8 paneled skirt, where the panels widened at the bottom for a gentle flair. I picked this lightweight wool fabric out of my stash. There is a side zipper. I didn’t worry about pattern matching because I really wanted to different panels to show!  Then I decided it was too plain and needed a little splash of something fun to pick me up out of the winter doldrums.

Plaid skirt with red flowers sewn by Skirt Fixation

Enter some red, double fold bias trim, folded (pretty much) evenly to create a pleated hem. Almost there! Then I decided 2 red flowers would be just the ticket, and traced some onto Wonder Under.

Then, I carefully cut out around the flowers, ironed them onto the skirt, and added a little top stitching for extra security.

Plaid skirt with red flowers sewn by Skirt FixationNow that’s how you make a skirt pop! I paired this skirt with a plain black button up, but it could easily be dressed down with a tee also.

Plaid skirt with red flowers sewn by Skirt FixationWhat did you do to make it through the last of winter? Did it involve sewing?

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Style Studio Skirts for Fall

Diagonal Stripe Skirt made with Style Studio app

Recently I have been thinking about fall skirts and what to wear for fall, so I decided that I wanted to design something that I might want to wear for fall. I decided to use our app, Style Studio that we have and design a fall skirt or two or even three!

Style Studio Plaid SkirtMy first skirt is a wider and shorter skirt. The skirt is also more flow-y, so I wanted to do something resembling plaid. I finally decided after playing around a while with the different patterns to do something late fall, early winter. The skirt is such a cute skirt! I would wear the skirt every day if I had it and I might wear it with a cute sweater.

Leaf Skirt made with Style Studio appMy next skirt is a ruffled shorter skirt and I wanted to do something very fall-ish so I and I found a pattern that was like leaves and I decided to use that and recolor it so it looked more like fall. This is also a cute skirt but I don’t like it as much as the first or the last so by now you’re probably dying to know what the last one is as I’ve already made mention of it!

Diagonal Stripe Skirt made with Style Studio appThis one is also extremely cute, it’s a more maxi skirt with stripes that look quite modern. Allegra got a skirt with diagonal stripes like this for her birthday, so I have hope since I have a birthday coming up soon! This one is more of a early fall one, so I would probably be wearing it right now if I had it!!! Anyway maybe one of our next skirts we make or refashion will be close to or almost exactly like one of the skirts I have just designed using the Style Studio app.  Have you ever used Style Studio to design clothing?  It’s really fun, you should try it!

Get flirty with skirts,

Aria

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A Little Princess: Costume Design

A Little Princess Costume design

Today I’m introducing a new kind of post. Costume design. I was browsing along the other day, and found a post about movie costume design and realized that I am really fascinated by the dynamics of movie costumes, especially for women, and how the colors and textures are used to evoke emotions. I’m going to tell about the 1995 children’s movie, “A Little Princess.”  This is one of my favorite books, and the story of the little girl who is left at a boarding school in England while her father goes off to fight is enthralling. Eventually, little Sara Crewe’s father dies and she becomes a slave to the mean owner of the school, until her father’s business partner, who was living next door, discovers her and she becomes his ward. The film is also gorgeous, although it is set in New York, and takes some liberties, the two largest of which are showing Becky, Sara’s scullery-maid friend, as an African-American girl, and making Sara’s father be alive in the end, instead of remaining dead. (Ha, that sounded weird!) Also, the film is set in WWI, instead of the Victorian Era.

Anyway, the costume designer for this movie was Judianna Makovsky. Apparently the director wanted a palette of almost significantly green, which no one thought was a good idea except for Ms. Makovsky (Green isn’t supposed to do very well on camera).

The film starts in India, which is characterized by a palette of yellows, oranges, and creams, making a sort of warmth and feeling of home, while still being exotic. New York, where Sara is dropped off, is drabber, with grays, dark greens, and browns.

A Little Princess Costume design

When Sara is in New York for the first time, she wears a very clean, pure cream-colored coat, which gives an innocent feel while still being very opulent.

A Little Princess costume design

The schools uniforms are green, with drop waists, pleated skirts, and large embroidered collars. White pinafores are also worn over the dresses. There are lots of big, poufy hair bows and the overall effect is uniform and beautiful.

A little princess costume design

When Sara is relegated to being almost a slave, she wears dark brown and black, which heighten the audience’s realization of her sadness and new position. This dress is also short, or too small, which adds to the overall pain that we experience along with Sara. During this time, Sara makes friends with a native servant, who is dressed exotically in the oranges and creams reminiscent of India.

A Little Princess Costume Design

When a mystery friend (The native servant) decorates her room, the draperies and decorations are all in shades of orange, yellow, cream and green.

A Little Princess Costume Design

At the end of the movie, both her and Becky are wearing darker cream coats, which symbolizes to me her return to her previous fortune and state.

Anyway, I really enjoyed studying and finding out so much about this, and I’m sure I’ll have more of these costume design posts very soon! Don’t you think costume design is a great thing to study in the weeks leading up to the biggest costume event of the year? Keep your eyes peeled!

Allegra

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Chiffon Maxi Skirt Knock Off

chiffon maxi skirt

Hello again, loyal followers, Allegra here. I wanted another summer skirt, but had a flowy-er one in mind this time.  A chiffon maxi skirt was what I needed!

Chiffon Maxi SkirtI looked out some fabrics from in our stash, and found this light pink one with a flowery pattern of darker pinks and grays. I did want a maxi skirt, and mom said she could probably work with this chiffon, so we got started. First we asked dad if he had any suggestions, ‘cause he’s been helping us out with projects quite a bit lately.

Inspiration Skirt

He liked the gathered style that I had picked in this inspiration photo, but said that we should probably not gather it as much if any at the sides, because that makes a poof, which can cause the feeling of large hips. Uh, yeah. So we did take his advice, and made the sides a lot less gathered.

chiffon maxi skirtHere’s Mom to tell you about the construction process:

1: Sew a tube from the width of the lining fabric.  (Mine was 44/45” width)

2: Sew a tube from the width of the pink chiffon fabric.  (Mine was 60” width)

3: Gather these 2 tubes separately, both to the same circumference.  Then I shifted the gathers on the chiffon fabric so most of the gathers were in the front and the back to achieve the look like the inspiration photo.

4: Baste these 2 gathered tubes together.

5: Finish the tops of these two.  I decided to do it at this point because I could do it in one step.

6: Sew the two layers to wide elastic for a waistband.  This was the first time I’d done this, and you’ll notice there are no photos of the waistband exposed!  But since Allegra doesn’t plan to wear it that way, we’re both happy!

7: Hem the bottoms of the two layers.  I did this at this point so that I could level them off and even them up!  If you are a super seamstress, you can do this at an earlier step, but because it was my first time sewing on an exposed elastic waistband, I wasn’t sure how even the hem would be when I was finished!  Plus Allegra wanted the lining to be about 2 inches shorter than the chiffon overlayer, so that’s another reason I did it after!  It was really very easy, and I’ll be using this method again.

chiffon maxi skirtNow I have a cute chiffon maxi skirt that’s more fancy, and more flowy, just what I wanted!

DIY chiffon maxi skirtThanks for reading,

Allegra.

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How to Make a Pattern From a Skirt

Today I’m going to show you how to make a pattern from a skirt and then tomorrow I will show you how to modify that pattern into a skirt for every season!  Do you remember this skirt?

thrift store skirtI used it to make the lining for Annie’s raincoat.  But if you remember, I loved it and wore it and wore it and finally wore it out!  So before I cut it up to make the lining of Annie’s raincoat, I took a pattern off of it.

lining cut from a skirtGood thing I did, because when I was done it looked like this!  Making a pattern from a skirt is very easy to do.  You will only need a piece of lightweight, non-glued interfacing.  Fold your skirt in 1/2 and trace over the top of the skirt onto the interfacing.  Then add any extra needed allowance at the top for the darts.  There was one dart on the top of my skirt 1/2, so I tapered the top out an extra inch away from the skirt and added a dart marking where the dart was on the skirt.

dart and zipperYou can see where I have marked the dart and the bottom of the zipper here.  Now cut out around your markings on the interfacing.  For a waistband, you need to cut out a rectangle 2.5 inches wide and 4 times as long as the top of your interfacing pattern.  For example, the top of my pattern was 9 inches across, so I cut out a 2.5” x 36” rectangle.   Because of the 4 pleats around the skirt, and the seam allowances, this will allow you plenty of  length to make the overlapping ends of the waistband.

interfacing patternThere you have it!  A pattern from a skirt!  you didn’t think it was going to be that easy did you?  With this very basic skirt pattern you can make so many variations, and tomorrow I’m going to show you 4 different skirts I made, one for every season, from taking this pattern from a skirt.  How about you, have you ever made a pattern from a skirt or any piece of existing clothing?

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Vintage Paper Fashions

2 paper fashions

I thought it would be fun to do another fashion design post today. So since this week we’re echoing the (Hint of) Vintage week from Challenge Create: Adult Edition, I decided to make some paper fashions in vintage style.  So I got out our Paper Fashions (Klutz) kit.

For the first one, I decided to do a retro outfit made of a tank and skirt together resembling a sundress. I was going to do this out of a floral paper, but as I was looking through the fashion papers, I found this pink bubbles pattern and thought it was perfect! Next I decided to add a pink belt to break up some of the pattern. After that, I added the finishing accessories: a floppy sun hat and flip flops.

paper fashionThe whole outfit reminds me of something someone might wear to work in a garden, or attend a garden party! I glued the whole outfit to a mannequin that I’d cut out of black paper. I think an outfit like this would be adorable glued to the front of a “Thinking of You” card from one friend to another!

paper fashionMy next outfit is a more formal outfit, maybe someone would wear to work in an office. I started with a plaid red and beige paper for the shirt. I added black cuffs and a collar. Then I used denim looking paper for the skirt and added red accent pockets. I drew a small design across each pocket. To go with the ensemble, I made some black boots and again, drew a design on them. Last of all, I glued on black beads for buttons. This one I hung on one of the little metal hangers that came with the kit. It would be fun to use this outfit as the tag on a gift bag for a college graduate, going to their first job!

2 paper fashionsSince those tiny metal hangers are so stinking cute, they get used up pretty fast, but I found where you can buy extra ones on Amazon with this Extra Stuff for Paper Fashions Fancy kit.

You may have noticed that this blog post has a new feature…Amazon affiliate links!  We have decided that as much fun as we have simply creating for this blog, it would be totally awesome if this blog could help support our sewing habit too!  So we’ll be slowly adding affiliate links here and there for things we totally love and use.  This means if you click through and buy something we’ve recommended, we’ll get a tiny portion of the profits!  Hey ~ every little bit helps, right?

Get flirty with skirts,

Aria

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Sewing with PDF Patterns, A Beginner’s Guide

PDF pattern organization

Lately I’ve been using a lot of PDF patterns.

Beach bag for shellsOne big reason is the convenience, but as I’ve used them I’ve discovered more advantages than just being able to print them out from my home!

  • Convenience = This was the first reason I started using PDF patterns.  I live over an hour away from the closest store that carries patterns.  And then I also don’t have to chase small children around the store while trying to pick out patterns.
  • Affordable = PDF patterns run around the same price (or cheaper) than traditional patterns.
  • Tested = I’m not sure who tests traditional patterns, but it’s not mom’s with little kids, which is who is producing PDF patterns.  Then those mom’s pass it on to all their sewing cohorts who test it again, give them feedback and perfect it.
  • Durable = I LOVE working with paper over tissue.  Maybe it’s just me, but the traditional tissue patterns always end up with more than one tear in them.  Which brings me to my next point…
  • Reusable = Usually the PDF patterns are in good enough shape to reuse again, if I’m making a smaller size or (because kids grow) if I’m making a larger size, I can just print out the pattern again and cut out a larger size.  Try that with the flimsy tissue ones!
  • Smart = The makers of PDF patterns don’t treat me like I’m a liability with warnings like “always use caution when using pins” or “be sure to keep the hot part of the iron away from small children!”
  • Clean = I’ve always hated all the dots, triangles, and extra marking on traditional patterns and skip right over them and the marking part.  Maybe I haven’t started sewing complex enough PDF patterns yet, but please, I can match the top and bottom of matching pattern pieces without three triangles in between to help me!
  • Clear Directions = Usually I have to read the directions on a traditional pattern more than once (okay more than twice!) to get the gist of what they want me to do!  Not so with PDF patterns!  Maybe it’s because of the…
  • Real pictures = Yes, if I can see it, I can do it!  I’ve wondered if the illustrators of traditional patterns are the same as the writers, and if they both speak the same language!
  • Cuteness = I have never found a traditional pattern that has the basic cuteness of a PDF pattern unless it’s one so complicated I know I’ll never make it because it would make my eyes roll back into my head!
  • Customizable = It could be me, but when I make a traditional pattern, I have to follow the directions to a T, not deviating in the least.  But with a PDF pattern, I am easily able to make changes as I go.

I’ve worked with 5 different PDF pattern companies making 7 different PDF patterns.

Josephine Blouse and Dress PatternI started with Violet Field Threads and made the Josephine blouse

wrap pocketsThen I made the Puddle Jumper Rain Coat by peek-a-boo pattern shop

Beach Outfits for Spring BreakNext it was the Beachy Boatneck Tees from Blank Slate Patterns

The Betty SkirtAnd I made The Betty Skirt by The Shaffer Sisters to complete the outfit. 

PDF patternsEarlier in the week I was working with another Blank Slate Pattern, this one from the free selection on Melly Sews.  And today I’m working with one from Heidi & Finn!

 I just have a few tips for sewing on PDF patterns because of all the advantages listed above!

  • Read the instructions all the way through before you start.  Then go back and read the page of tips the PDF pattern maker wrote at the beginning, they really are life saving!
  • If you run into trouble, contact the PDF pattern maker.  They almost always include their contact information at the beginning of the pattern, and really do respond when you ask for help!
  • Look at the versions other people made!  It’s fun, inspiring and helps you if you get stuck.

PDF pattern organization

  • If/when you start accumulating several of these PDF patterns because of their awesomeness, you can organize them like I did.  I 3 hole punched the instruction papers and put them in a 3 ring binder.  Then I slid all the pattern pieces into clear plastic page protectors and put them in the 3 ring binder also.  If/when I get a whole bunch, I’ll add divider tabs and sort them by type.

PDF pattern organization

Well, that’s all my PDF pattern tips for beginning PDF pattern sew-ers!  Now get out there and get sewing!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey