Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Indigo Dyed Pony Tank

I can't believe it's taken me so long so sew another Pony Tank. Over 2 years!

I was a tester for the Chalk and Notch Pony Tank back in the day, when I lived in Bangkok. My striped Pony Tank quickly became a favorite of mine, which is why it's so strange that I hadn't made another one yet.

During my recent indigo dyeing frenzy, I dyed a yard of rayon/lycra jersey from Joann. I folded it selvage to selvage with the right sides out, finger pleated it and then rubber banded it. Same approach I used for my linen, but totally unique result!

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the rayon lycra jersey soaked up the indigo dye! It turned out with the deepest, richest colors of all the substrates I dyed. Not easy to get crisp, even folds on the slinky fabric when implementing the shibori techniques (ruling out the more geometric techniques), but lovely color.

In any case, I knew this fabric would be perfect for the Pony Tank pattern, and that I had juuuuust enough yardage to eke one of these swingy tanks out.

I made the same size Pony Tank as my first one, a 16. I love the close fit around the bust, the perfect V-neck (not too deep, not too high), and the swingy hem that doesn't cling to my belly.

The Pony Tank and my indigo dyed fabric paired perfectly together! I love this tank... I'll have to squeeze a few more wears out of it before the weather gets too cold!