With a handmade kilt, the stitching on the pleats is entirely concealed, whereas with a machine sewn kilt you can see the lines on stitching. Hand sewn kilts use strengthened thread. Each time a pleat is started the kilt maker knots the thread to make sure nothing ever comes unstitched. The pleats are reinforced with a process called steeking - this means that extra stitching is added to retain the pleats in place forever. With some machine kilts you can see pleats drooping at the back over time and after regular wear.
Materials: 100% pure wool medium weight tartan, leather fastenings.
(don’t ever try to wash it yourself!)
At International Tartans we recommend that you get professionally measured for your kilt and we try to reach as many of our customers as we conceivably can. However, we recognize that this is not always possible. Our step-by-step guide will help you provide us with accurate measurements to make sure your kilt is perfectly tailored to you. We recommend that you get someone to help you take the measurements.
So, get ready.
- Stand up straight, shoulders back and relax.
- Using a tape measure for your body, wrap it round your natural waist (this should be around the naval). This needs to be measured relatively snugly. A kilt sits higher than trousers so this measurement will likely be a little wider than your trouser measurement. No breathing in!
- Using a tape measure again, we are going to measure your seat. This is the widest part of your hips. This will make sure your third buckle is perfectly aligned and that you have the best possible swing on your kilt. That’s what makes a kilt stand out on the wearer – the swing.
- Stand with your feet together and look directly forward. Do not look down or bend your knees. Measure from the navel to just over the top of the kneecap for the length. Your kilt will just overlap the top of your knee at the front and sit in the crease of the back of your knee.
- Please also give us your height and that’ll reassure us that your other measurements are correct.
- Finally, do it twice to make sure. We want you to have an impeccable made-to-measure kilt.