This is not a “How-to” post. I may write one of those later, complete with pictures and diagrams. I’m not working on any right now and, with this economy, I don’t expect to be doing any for a while. Most of the people who’ve approached me about it are generally a bit taken aback by how much it costs.
I don’t make Utilikilts. They are very cool and quite reasonable in price. They are also their own company (go figure!).
The kilts I make are designed to fit the person I’m making them for. I take measurements and everything. I also use real, 100% wool tartans and I sew them by hand. It’s really the only way to get them to lay just right. You can get close with a machine, I’m not saying you can’t, but an iron, needle and thread is the best way. I’ve been told I do it the “authentic” way but, really, what’s “authentic?” A brief look at the history of the kilt will show that, depending on how far back you go, I’m doing it the wrong way.
The question I get asked the second most, usually after “How much does it cost?”, is “where do you get the fabric from?” I buy all my tartan fabric through Scotweb. They have the best quality of tartan fabric I’ve ever found and every tartan pattern I’ve ever looked for.
I was honestly surprised by what 9 yards of wool tartan looked like in the box when I first got it.
9 yards of quilting cotton doesn’t fold down that small!
It was so soft and easy to work with, I just loved it.
The finished product didn’t turn out so bad, either.
That’s the Irish National tartan and the young man had just tried to climb a Jacob’s ladder at the Renfaire. I’m surprised there’s not still hay on it.
I need to make more of these. Not just because I love a man in a good kilt but because the fabric is a joy to use and soft to handle.