For my 6 year old, I have found patterns on sale at fabric stores when special sales run for half price if not .99 cents. I have saved many of my old denim skirts, or I can even buy them at thrift stores, take apart at seams, and use for making capris, shorts, and skirts. I have also used these same patterns to use on pretty ladies dresses and just sized it down with the girls' patterns. Watch thrift store for special savings on certain days. You can make clothes even cheaper that just use kids clothes, plus, they're one of a kind!