Knitted Kebaya for Lion Brand Challenge

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Introduction: Knitted Kebaya for Lion Brand Challenge

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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    Awesome, are you offering the pattern at all? Thanks

    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.

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    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 would love to have the pattern as well. Thank You. Email address: mariaadamczyk@msn.com

    so very beautiful , could i have the pattern. diana_smith87@yahoo.com thanks in advance diana

    Cantik sekali kebaya anda..How much do you charge to make one? TQ.

    Woo.. Sesama orang indo... can i have the pattern too?

    my email is sha2_g9ATyahooDOTcom

    What a wonderful Knitted Kebaya! And finally I find Indonesian else here. Desain yang bagus kawan.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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!

    Absolutely beautiful. I don't suppose you'd like to share the pattern?

    Great work. Now, many people know about our traditional woman's cloth. Congrats for your amazing kebaya