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The Rita is a 1940's inspired wrap dress with darted sleeve caps. All 1940s feminist patterns are "Draft your Own", which means that you use your own unique measurements to create a dress that is custom fitted to you and your tastes. Named after my paternal grandmother, this dress is stylish but practical, smart yet relaxed, and has become a serious staple item in my wardrobe!

The pattern comes in two parts; the "Drafting Basics" section and the alteration section, which will teach you how to alter your basic block pattern into the wrap dress style.

Each pattern contains:
- Instructions on taking your measurements
- How to translate those measurements for pattern drafting
- How to draft the bodice block, front and back
- How to draft the skirt block, front and back
- How to draft three lengths of sleeves, short, three-quarter length and long sleeves
- How to alter the basic block pattern to create the Rita
- How to cut and sew it all together!

Recommended fabrics:
Medium weight fabrics such as silk or wool crepe, cotton lawn or quilting cotton or fabrics with a small amount of stretch. You'll also need some interfacing as well as some bias binding tape to finish the hem.

As all 1940s feminist patterns are "draft your own", it is impossible to tell you exactly how much fabric you'll require. For this reason, I recommend first making a mock-up in cheap fabric to check fit, and give you a good idea of how much fabric you'll need.
If you're short on time and don't want to make a mock up, I recommend buying a minimum of 3.5m of 60" fabric. You will most likely have some fabric leftover, but if you make a mistake it means it's not the end of the world!

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