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I wish I could wear vintage clothes, but I can’t find my size.” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that statement, I would be a wealthy woman. It’s true that average and plus-sized vintage clothes are scarce, but I have good news for those of you who pine for vintage styles: you can make them. If you don’t sew, enlist a friend or ask around at your local fabric store for a seamstress who might make a custom dress.

On a recent search, I found several companies that sell vintage patterns for bodies with measurements of up to 50 inches.  Eva Dress and Decades of Style offer an amazing collection of patterns from the 1920s to the 1950s for average and plus sized bodies.

Happily, you can try this alternative for free because I have purchased two patterns from each company especially for readers. To thank loyal followers and encourage a love for all things vintage, I’m offering a freebie drawing to anyone who subscribes by e-mail between now and August 1. Don’t worry: these are variable size patterns that cover bust measurements of 30 to 50 inches. They should work on a range of sizes.

To make sure your name goes into the right drawing, please leave a comment below with the pattern you’re most interested in having. (Choose from 1933, 1936, 1940, or 1950.) I’ll draw from e-mail subscribers by style and announce the winner the first week of August. Remember: you’ll need to leave a comment below so I’ll know where your name belongs–in the 1933, 1936, 1940, or 1950 drawing.

Life is short. Wear the good stuff.