Questions and answers about kilts

  • No hip buckle
  • Hemming the corner pleats
  • Basting threads 
  • Q

    From: "Kirsty McTear" <kirsty@xyz.co.uk>(Altered email to avoid spamming)
    To: "'Alan Trivett'" <info@xyz.co.uk>
    Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 9:33 AM
    Subject: RE: Ross Hunting Dress ladies kilt


    > Hiya,
    >
    > It arrived this morning, directly from the makers complete
    > with 2 flashes and the additional material.
    The material is self edged, but
    > they have mucked up this pleat and hemmed it. I am somewhat surprised that the
    > kilt arrived with only 2 buckles and no hip buckle.

    > ..basting threads.

    Dear Kirsty,
    Thanks for taking the time to write down the kilt problem. I'm pleased to be able to set your mind at rest on some of the issues you have raised.
     
    A
    First of all, the small triangular folds at the corners of the selvedge hem on the inner apron. You will only find these on a hand made kilt where the attention to detail is paramount. It is a sure sign that you are dealing with a well trained kilt maker.
    Here is a drawing from  http://www.scottishdance.net/highland/MakingKilt.html 
    "Fold edges if they show", explains the problem very neatly - without the triangle the edges will show!
     

    A

    Secondly, you've caught me out on the picture of the casual kilt which I took at the Scottish Trade Show. These "casual" kilts are machine made by Lochcarron and come with a third buckle as standard. I should have emphasised that all our own hand made kilts come with only two buckles, unless specially requested. In J Charles Thompson's book, he says, "Some tailors add a third strap ... which holds the top sewn portion better in place during the most violent spins either dancing or throwing the hammer. ... but even when most carefully adjusted, tends to pull the squares of the tartan at the top of the apron a little askew." So I think it is really a matter of preference. I will amend our web site to make the buckle position clear.

     

    A

    Thirdly, the basting is intended to preserve the pleats, so it is right to remove it. The lighter weight fabric is, perhaps, less able to hold its shape and will require more pressing. I hope this will not spoil your appreciation of the garment.
     
    I hope these explanations will go some way to re-assure you that the items you have purchased are indeed of top quality. You may be interested to know of a story I heard about kilt wearing in former times, that a workman would tie his kilt with the outer apron left to right on working days and right to left on Sundays to keep the apron clean. Our normal practice, now-a-days, is to make ladies and gents kilts the same, but to change direction for ladies apron front kilted skirts.
     
    Best regards,
    Blair Urquhart
    HOUSE of TARTAN