mixed fabric sleeveless tunic – patterns of wal mart series


New look 6375 purchased at Wal Mart for 2.99$

I’m kind of a cheapskate when it comes to my sewing projects. Occasionally, I’ll go to Mood or The Fabric Store and splurge on a special fabric, and I almost never buy fabric online as I need to feel it first. Once in a great while I’ll buy an Indie pattern, if I really like it and can’t find something similar for sale by the BIG 4 or create my own version.

I like to dig through the bins in the garment district to find the needle in the haystack incredible deal on designer fabrics being offloaded by the jobbers, or search out fabrics at estate sales and the flea market. I wait for dollar sales at Jo Ann’s and collect vintage patterns, notions, and fabrics from estate sales and flea markets. I don’t think a pattern should cost more than an actual garment you might buy at a shop.


The other day when I was wasting time at the Wal Mart while Miss L was at the ortho, I decided to buy several under three dollar budget patterns off their display and see if I could challenge myself to make some summer garments from them.

New look 6375 was under three bucks and I have to say I really like this pattern. I used some small embroidered cotton remnants I had bough downtown from an under one yard bin. I loved them both , but didn’t have enough of each one to make a top, so combining them would be perfect. I’d seen some cute tops at Anthro that mixed fabrics and was inspired. This pattern is perfect for fabric mixing, too.

Total cost for this shirt was eight dollars. The buttons were the most expensive part!tunicbacktunic3This pattern fit well. I cut a size 10 instead of a twelve and I liked that the amount of ease included and the finished garment measurements are listed on the pattern pieces. Right away I knew I would cut it smaller so it wouldn’t look like a potato sack. I also added the buttons as the placket doesn’t have one.


Stay tuned to see the rest of my Patterns of Wal Mart!

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  1. says

    So beautiful on you! Great use of the fabric! The buttons really make it. I’m excited for this series!

  2. Justine says

    This looks cute! You did a good job. I’m fascinated how you find your fabric and create so many cute looks out of it! So fun to see what you’re putting together. I’m wondering if I need to check out Wal-Mart’s patterns.

  3. judy says

    Beautiful Justine.. Love the way you added the blue fabric.. I agree with you, I don’t like to pay more
    for a pattern than the garment cost.eeeeh..
    Happy sewing

  4. says

    You look so great in this top, Justine! I can’t wait to see what you make from your other patterns!

  5. Veronica says

    I love this challenge and can’t wait to see what else you sew! I’ll be looking for this pattern on my next trip to Wally World!

  6. says

    The top looks gorgeous Justine. Gotta laugh when you pay more for buttons than for the rest of the garment, hey 🙂

  7. Jane says

    That is super cute! As a fellow cheapskate, I always appreciate fabric and patterns that can be picked up for a song. I can’t wait to see more.

    And off topic, I really like the braid in your hair!

  8. says

    It looks great! I agree with your thoughts of a pattern not costing more than an actual garment. I have always shopped Walmart for patterns and material, until recently. As I am getting more confident with my sewing skills, I am making online fabric splurges more often, but I still refuse to pay full price for a pattern. JoAnne’s pattern sales are what I wait for if I can’t find what I want at Walmart. Looking forward to this series.

  9. karen says

    Excellent! I love embroidered tunics but I’m never going to get around to it in the next 10 years so I’m going to steal another one of your good ideas and insert embroidered panels. Can’t wait to try this sometime!