Traditionally a kilt was made with 8 yards of pure wool tartan so that it would have deep pleats and a weight of fabric which would swing beautifully when marching. This 8 yard kilt is still made in the same traditional way, to your measurements and in your choice of tartan (shown above is Isle of Skye Modern). Our kilt makers here in Scotland have the experience you can rely on to produce a kilt you will be proud to wear. This is the benchmark kilt all others are measured against, and is the one which would be handed down from one generation to another.
If you are ordering your first customised kilt, don’t worry, we have a Measuring Guide to help you. As a kilt is worn higher on the waist than trousers, it’s important that you read the guide thoroughly and follow the advice for measuring. Our kilt-makers will work to your sizes, so it’s worth taking time to get it right. Your kilt will have 3 leather straps to secure it, and these have 5 holes, with a span of 2.5". Your waist size will be set at the second smallest hole, which means you can adjust your waist size down by 0.5" and up by 2" in increments of 0.5". Keep this in mind when you are measuring your waist size, so that your kilt fits perfectly even after you have gained a few pounds.
Understandably with a customised item, there are many decisions to make. After choosing your tartan, you then have to decide which weight of fabric to choose. The 13oz cloth is very popular nowadays, particularly with young men new to kilt-wearing. However, if you’re a traditional kilt enthusiast, you will most likely want to go up to a 16oz weight or even an 18oz option. This is the kilt you see at a Highland wedding, worn by men who value tradition and heritage.
You have a choice of how to have your kilt pleated – to the Sett, to the Stripe or Box Pleating. The most common is to the Sett, which gives your kilt the same check pattern front and back. Pleating to the Stripe places a vertical stripe from the tartan in the centre of each pleat, so you also have to choose which stripe to highlight, and the back will then look striped while the front is checked. Both these pleats are knife pleats, all facing the same direction, whereas box pleating doubles the cloth under from both sides of the pleat. This is rarely done except on military kilts. See our page on Kilt Pleating for full information and photos.
Whichever style of pleating you prefer, you can then have your kilt machine or hand stitched. This is very much a personal opinion and there is some debate about it, so we suggest that if you feel strongly that the traditional hand stitching is important, then you will happily choose that option. But we also feel if you want to take the more modern route of machine stitching, that’s fine too. No kilt is totally machine stitched, there’s always some hand stitching too.
We recommend ordering flashes in the same tartan (if you want them) when you place your order for your kilt. Tartan is ordered by the yard and so it’s easy to add a little extra for flashes at the same time, but it may not be easy to get that same tartan later on.
Our final recommendation is that you order a Kilt Hanger (not just because you get it cheaper!) as it’s the best way we know of to store your kilt in your wardrobe. But if you need any help or advice, we’re expert at everything related to kilts, so do contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
Made to measure 8 yard pure wool kilt
Hand made by experienced kilt makers in Scotland
Large choice of cloths available from a number of mills - choose a tartan to update the price (Please note only 13oz ,16oz or 18oz fabric available for a kilt)
Pleated to the sett or the stripe
Largely machine stitched (some parts have to be hand stitched) with optional full hand stitching
100% cotton lining for comfort when wearing
2 belt loops at rear of kilt, cut and sewn to match tartan pattern behind them
3 leather straps to secure kilt, with 5 holes and sized to second smallest hole
Straps allow kilt to be adjusted to 0.5" smaller and up to 2" larger, in 0.5" increments
Kilts with a seat size of 46"+ will be made with 9 yards and upwards of fabric
Optional flashes made from the same cloth as the kilt
Not sure if this is the kilt for you? Read our guide on How to find your perfect kilt.
Full details of kilt pleating here.
If you need more information, visit our help pages to find out All About Kilts.
Please read our measuring guide for full details of how to measure yourself accurately.