Tuesday, December 15, 2009

How to Make an American Kilt

Here is the wool tartan in the Old Blair.

For more years than I care to think about I have been trying to get my Da, Allan to get and wear a kilt. I finally convinced him last summer to go ahead and purchase the Old Blair Tartan and let me make his kilt for him. This process, was of course, speeded up by my girlfriends admiring him in my Stewart Kilt.

I have a great friend, Judy Wisehart, who makes kilts professionally and she agreed to show me how to make a proper kilt from beginning to end. So with fabric in hand, I spent a couple days at her house, cutting the fabric, stitching the pleats, pressing the pleats, pressing the pleats some more and then more steaming and more stitching of the pleats. When all was said and done, and the buckles and tabs were added after I returned to my house (finally as I had been gone from home for 3 weeks) it was finished. I then went in search of a sturdy hanger to keep it on (whilst also avoiding the malls in the search) and made a hanging bag to protect it whilst Da traveled it to home in Arizona.

Here are some pictures of some of the many steps it takes to make an American kilt.








The finished product and when I can find it, I will post the picture of him wearing it. Now on to stockings to go with..

9 comments:

Lutra said...

I love it!
Where is your Dad in AZ?
Does he go to the Highland Games in Phx? They are at the end of Feb...
LMK so i can look for him!

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sapphireblue said...

That's amazing!

Diana Troldahl said...

Wow!!!!
I think Oscar is jealous! He's connected to the Caldwells, and my great Grandma Anna was a MacAfee:-}
He's always wanted his own kilt.

Margi said...

Very kewl Leslie! That plaid is awesome. Of course, I'm reading book 3 of the Outlander series so I'm always thinking of Jaimie and what's under that plaid! LOL

Lynx said...

Yeesh, give us all the good old days of Jamie Fraser when they just took a few miles of tartan and wrapped it around....no stitching, no steaming, (and no trouble getting it off---).
Sorry, had a moment of Youthful Enthusiasm there, forgot that I'm too old to think about "that stuff."

DancesWithPitBulls said...

Very cool! I can't wait to see him in it. I had a great time at the Garden of the Gods with you guys. Still no pics from Jessica I may have to wring her neck lol

Nicola said...

Aw bless 'im! Looks great. And well done YOU!

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