Kilt

In lieu of drawing all the time, this is one of my new hobbies. Sewing. This kilt was inspired by the need to have one that is more carefully done and a pair of overall buckles that I saw in the store the other day. I need to bring it in a little bit, though, it is too big. I also didn’t quite get the proportions of the straps the way I really wanted, but they’ll have to do.

To bring it in, I’m going to rip the seams of the apron (the front part) and make the last pleat deeper. Then, I’m going to add an internal elastic belt. It won’t be made to pull the kilt in, but rather to act kind of like a hat band, adding just a little more friction to the waist. I think I’m also going to add an outer yolk (a belt-like strap of fabric) to the upper back, for looks. And I’m wavering on whether or not to add pockets.

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The front of my fifth kilt, featuring overall buckles.

From Grass Dog Studio

A bit of trivia, for those not familiar with kilt design. If the kilt is too long, you cannot really roll the waste like other skirts. For one, it’s too thick up there. But also, the length of the pleat stitch is important for the sway of the kilt, and the buckles or other fastening mechanisms get in the way. And, if it’s modeled after any sort of traditional kilt, you can’t hem it up, either, because the hem would remove the frilly edge of the fabric (yes, I know the name of it, it’s just not coming to me this morning), and the hem would also interfere with the sway of the kilt.

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The back of my fifth kilt.

From Grass Dog Studio

There are a couple of things I would have liked to do better on this one, but overall it is my best kilt yet. My goal is to sew a perfectly made black kilt for a friends’ wedding about a year from now. And then, after that, get some Robertson Hunting Plaid and do a properly made traditional one.

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