Today, the straps and buckles arrived from Scotland at last, and so I was able to finish off the kilt.
I started by sewing down the waistband. You’re supposed to match the plaid across the front apron. If you look closely, you’ll see that the very centre matches, but the print on the band is smaller than the apron. This is because while it turns out the the Saskatchewan tartan is balanced left to right, it isn’t up and down (though it looks like it is!). I needed the full width (divided in half) of the fabric for my tall husband, and so I was forced to cut the waist band from the end.
I made the under closure with a strap of velcro on the apron that connect through a loop on the inside of the kilt.
The leather straps from Scotland needed stitch holes, so I used my Dremel drill to make them. The buckles are attached using fabric straps, that are matched to the plaid. The hole for the buckle prong is a half inch button hole. The fabric straps are hand stitched down, and well camouflaged.
And that’s it! My first kilt is complete! After some 30 hours of ironing and stitching by hand and machine later, the project in Saskatchewan tartan is complete. The sporran has arrived from Scotland via eBay, as has a pair of “Lovat green kilt hose.” The garters and a set of flashes are done. Now, we have to wait for my November 22nd Scotsweb order. Apparently the kilt belt is still not in, and the order won’t be shipped until Friday (December 9). A clan crest buckle, ecru hose, and a kilt pin will arrive with it. An additional purchase was a kilt hanger. A regular skirt hanger can’t take 3 lbs of kilt, but a kilt hanger is wider and has 4 clamps. With luck, we should be able to completely outfit the husband of the house in his finery by Christmas. Stay tuned!
Would I do it again?
Well. Yesterday I picked up 4 metres of green and blue Alberta tartan…
1. hem the approximately 8 yards of fabric
2. set the lining
3. pin the pleats according to hubby’s preference 4. press the pleats 5. manipulate the pleats from the fit at the hip to the narrower waist 6. hand stitch the 7-8 yards of hip pleats into position
7. baste pleats onto the lining
8. hand stitch the waist pleats 9. add apron fringe fabric 10. add waistband 11. pull threads to make fringe 12. add buckle closures (2) 13. figure out inner closure… 14. add hanging loops (sporran loops- rather than hanging loops, actually)
15. sigh dramatically as spouse models completed kilt!
and there we are September 2017…