You may remember in a previous post I mentioned that my Mom had brought a few vintage Indonesian sarong batiks back with her on one of her trips to Japan. These batiks are totally unlike the mass produced ones your find for sale, which can be pretty, but I have never felt like I HAVE to have one of them for my next project. Two of the batiks my Mom brought home were really fine, with colorful hand stamped intricate floral patterns and borders running down the lengths of the panel. I decided to make a hi low tank with one of these batiks.
I started with the above pattern from Moldes Moda por Medida, modified to fit my measurements. I also reduced the length of the back because I didn’t want the difference to be so drastic (and I didn’t have enough fabric!!). I recently checked the website and couldn’t find this particular post anymore, but I think if you wanted to recreate this tank the above picture is sufficient to do it.
The batik is like a cotton shirting – kind of stiff, so it makes the tank flare out somewhat more than I expected. I also made this in a cotton gauze, which drapes beautifully and doesn’t flare out as much. Since the batik is so striking with the large flowers and bright colors I think the extra flare kind of suits this fabric.
I was able to cut the pieces so that the border of the batik panel lined up with the hem of the front. I wish that I could have also done that in the back, but I barely had enough fabric to make the tank.