you can purchase old vintage patterns very cheaply in charity shops. You need to be aware they may not be compete. If not all there I recycle the paper paterns into little gift bags, (not my origional idea) and the tissue pattern i use instead of buying tissue paper to wrap things. Also note that any patterns eairlier than the 60 -70’s won’t have any markings are writting on the pattern peices to help you. Also sizes and fits were different then. The pattern i used for the shorts was a size 7, but a firm fitting style. This made a a good pattern for a four yr old girls pj pants!