Kilt Making

I hope you have had an opportunity to look at my comments about kilts and tartans on the “Home” page, but don’t worry if you haven’t.

Each major clan generally has two tartans: a hunting tartan (based on muted greens, browns and maroons) and a dress tartan (based on brighter colours, such as red, yellow or blue). Furthermore, many tartans can be produced in ‘modern’, ‘weathered’, or ‘muted’ tones, which creates even more variety.

With such a wide range of available options, it can be somewhat confusing, but that is why I am here. I want to make this as interesting, but as simple, as I can.

The kilt

Once you’ve settled on your perfect tartan, it’s time to create your kilt!

Many people are horrified when they see their measurements for a kilt, as they assume it’s worn like trousers and will therefore be produced in a similar size. A kilt is worn much higher up the body and therefore requires a totally different set of measurements.

A large part of wearing your kilt properly is the belt. All kilts are worn with a broad belt (around 2.5” wide), passed through two belt loops at the back of the kilt. These belts are adjustable, combining Velcro with a buckle and make the whole kilt feel much more comfortable and secure when they are worn properly. The standard material for belts is grained leather, although tooled leather that incorporates different patterns is also an option. There are no hard-and-fast rules, so just choose whatever looks best to you.

The same goes for the belt buckle – although some people opt for clan emblems, it is certainly not compulsory so feel free to experiment.

Ideally, the kilt should be worn with all the plies stacked on top of each other evenly, rather than in a haphazard style and then two fingers width should be allowed between the belt and the top of the sporran.

All too often, people neglect to use a proper kilt pin. This small pin (often in the shape of a sword, although different designs are available) goes through the bottom corner of the kilt’s apron (its flat front). It does not fasten to the ply below but just gives it enough weight to keep the kilt hanging in the right way, and also provide a little extra decoration.

As there is quite a lot of detail to discuss, I really would like the opportunity of meeting you and talking through your own particular requirements. I know that many of you will have a very clear understanding of what you need, while others will need to take more time. I fully understand this and would not wish to rush you in any way, so why not call or email me for an appointment to just talk through your options without any pressure.

Naturally, on account of distance, it is not always possible to come to see me in person. That is not a problem. We are very used to dealing with clients across the world. Simply call or email, and we will hold a discussion by ‘phone, Zoom, or Skype.