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Knitted Kebaya for Lion Brand Challenge

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OK, here goes.
You probably wonder "What's a kebaya?". So I'll tell you about it first. Kebaya is an Indonesian traditional women's clothing. It's basically a blouse, usually made of sheer fabrics with lace, brocade, wore with a bustier, paired with batik cloth, and usually wore on special occasions like weddings, graduation day, etc. I love this type of clothing because it's very figure flattering.
Anyway, as an Indonesian living abroad, I wanted to knit something that is very Indonesian, because knitting has never been a part of our culture, if only a very very small part. So I made this one as a tribute to my roots.

I used light worsted 100% rayon yarn because Indonesia is a tropical country, so the yarn has to be suitable for its climate. The red color and the glimmering shine of rayon add an elegant and luxury feel to it, after all it's for special occasions.

I made the pattern myself (I think there has never been any knitting pattern of kebaya anywhere), and knitted it with a pair of #6 needles. For finishing, I crocheted the body's edging, button loops, and the buttons.
It can be made without buttons too, simply use a brooch or corsage (I used knitted flower corsage in matching color) for closure.
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sewuneek1 year ago
Awesome, are you offering the pattern at all? Thanks
Hi,
Can i have the pattern for this kebaya???
Thanks.
canida6 years ago
Beautiful, I love it! The traditional kebaya is a beautiful thing - it's neat to see a knitted version. Please tell me you took notes on the pattern! If you'd like to share I would love to try it.
dendidong (author)  canida6 years ago
Yes, the traditional kebaya is a beautiful thing. I love it so much. I intend to knit some more versions of kebaya in the future. I have schematics of the pattern, I'm still working on writing the full pattern. I made it in one size (mine -- small), but I'm trying to rewrite the pattern in several sizes.
I also would love the pattern, it is so beautiful. cookmartyn3@yahoo.com melody
Please do send me the pattern This is gorgeous. helenkosingsATcomcastDOTnet
ireth02833 years ago
I would love to have the pattern as well. Thank You. Email address: mariaadamczyk@msn.com
zeldaa3 years ago
so very beautiful , could i have the pattern. diana_smith87@yahoo.com thanks in advance diana
leeyaliya4 years ago
Cantik sekali kebaya anda..How much do you charge to make one? TQ.
AERenoir4 years ago
Woo.. Sesama orang indo... can i have the pattern too?

my email is sha2_g9ATyahooDOTcom
ubai4 years ago
What a wonderful Knitted Kebaya! And finally I find Indonesian else here. Desain yang bagus kawan.
cozycoleman6 years ago
wow! That's gorgeous!
babakers56 years ago
It is absolutely beautiful...I'd love to make a garment piece like this. Beautiful, Love the color, style and over all look of your whole project. Definitely something to be proud of. Congrats on winning too. You really deserved it.
SaraHawk6 years ago
I didn't finish my project in time to enter and I thought mine was great. But, yours is Magnificent and a Real Winner! Thanks for sharing it.
Micky Kay6 years ago
Wow how fantasaroo your knitted Kebaya is - congratulations in producing a first. It is so satisfying to do this I know. I would really love the knitted pattern also for the flowers - anyone who may have patterns for knitted embellishments of any kind I would dearly love the patterns thanks so much. eg Flowers, leaves, etc. Thanks a million, Micky Kay (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) Kayresearch@aol.com PS I just love this group so much thanks!
mita6036 years ago
I just have to compliment you on this beautiful piece of work, you really are very talented! How long did it take to make this?
Wow this is REALLY something special. You've done some excellent work here, and congrats on making a beautiful pattern!
jkennett6 years ago
Absolutely beautiful. I don't suppose you'd like to share the pattern?
Mugs56 years ago
Very gorgeous!
Thata6 years ago
Great work. Now, many people know about our traditional woman's cloth. Congrats for your amazing kebaya
wonderful! I'd certainly need it in much larger size, but I would definitely make this!
regisd6 years ago
that's quite lovely. i really like the line along the front bottom edge. could you make something like this in multiple colors? or is the kebaya traditionally monochromatic?
dendidong (author)  regisd6 years ago
Thanks. I like that part too. I do hope I can make a more colorful one in the future. Well, kebaya can be colorful or monochromatic. In fact, the design varies almost as many as there are kebayas in the world. There are casual styles and formal ones. The most intricate design usually in the form of wedding kebayas, embellished with beads, sequins, etc. And then there are royal kebayas, used by royal Javanese family, made of velvet with gold thread embroidery. And nowadays there are so many beautiful modern designs of kebaya, many local designers focus on designing haute couture kebayas. They're amazing.
dendidong (author) 6 years ago
Thank you all for the compliments. I'm glad you like it :)
stinkymum6 years ago
It's really beautiful
It's really beautiful--a wonderful tribute to your heritage.
rizkyw6 years ago
woop an indonesian instructable! :D
nrlaing6 years ago
Sexy!
inquisitive6 years ago
Really beautiful and inspirational! Thank you!
bcharmer6 years ago
Beautiful. Wonderful work.
Zujus bcharmer6 years ago
Great work, very nice ;)
gyromild6 years ago
Wow it's a knitted kebaya. Never knew one even exist =)
I love kebaya, especially the ones using sheer fabric, jaw dropped every time I see my other half in one of those.
You should seriously consider getting someone to model this for you, together with the batik sarong.
Nonetheless, great job!
dendidong (author) 6 years ago
I just found out this slideshow is being featured! Thanks canida!
roughrider6 years ago
The pattern certainly shows off the beauty of the curves... which is why I'm reluctant to critique further... but here goes... I have similar stitching that is tighter in the form of thermal blankets. When new they function well between sheets or other coverings as insulation but now that they are old and worn and the stitching has stretched they have lost their looks as well as their thermal capacity.
dendidong (author)  roughrider6 years ago
Hi roughrider, thanks for the critique, I really appreciate it. I surely hope mine would not end up like your blankets. After all, it's for special occasions so I will only wear it occasionally (far less times than you would use the blanket, I think) and I will take special care of it like handwashing it with cold water. Also, thermal capacity has never been my concern while making this, because it's suppose to be cool and airy. It's very hot in Indonesia, around 80F most of the time.
dendidong (author) 6 years ago
Thank you all for the kind comments :)
Michelej76 years ago
A+ to you!! That is some fantastic work.
Wow that's georgous
darkmuskrat6 years ago
That is so very cool. The first thing I thought of though was the Guild Wars Mesmer Outfit :P
Agreeing with everybody else, this is very very awesome.
It looks like a professional done thing (as T3h_Muffinator said), and it looks just great. Awesome job.
+1 rating.
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