fine hand-tailored kilts

Under the Bonnet

Each tailored kilt is unique and not all features can go into every one (depending on availability of tartan, sett size, customer measurements etc.) but usually and wherever possible:

  • 8 yards of Cunningham Muted tartan, not fully stretched out!
    8 yards of Cunningham Muted tartan (only about 5 yards visible!)
    your kilt will use at least 8 yards of fabric sourced from Scottish mills.
  • the tartan cloth will have a traditional kilting_selvedge.
  • letting-out room will be built into your kilt to allow for future alterations so that you get the most out of your kilt. Much-cherished kilts are often passed down as family heirlooms, and the kilt can often be refitted to the proud new owner.
  • waistband, chapes and belt loops will be matched as closely as possible to the sett/stripes of the aprons and pleats.
    Example of matching.
    Top: Waistband matched on apron. Left: belt loops matched, waistband centred. Right: chapes closely matched.
Supporting canvases.
Canvas across apron prevents stretching. Canvas across back supports the structure and prevents stress being placed on the pleat stitching.

Your kilt will always:

  • be hand-made in Scotland from the finest quality pure new wool fabric.
  • be tailored to your shape and size, and be fitted at least once during the tailoring process.
  • be reinforced with canvas across the full width of the apron tops, preventing distortion when the straps are pulled. Canvas across the back will provide maximum support to the structure and shape of the kilt.
  • have canvas in the chapes and belt loops giving a hard-wearing construction and preventing distortion of the fabric.
  • have had the pleats "lifted and closed" to prevent them from sagging, and giving better shaping around the seat.
  • be of excellent quality, hand-stitched in the traditional manner - again, allowing for easier alterations.

In addition, your kilt can usually be made from mediumweight or heavyweight material (depending on availability) and pleated to sett, stripe or band with "normal" knife pleats or the less common box pleat.

To find out about ordering a traditional hand-sewn kilt, contact Alastair or see the Order Your Bespoke Kilt page.