How to Make a Scottish Great Kilt

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Introduction: How to Make a Scottish Great Kilt

The first thing you will need to do is get some wool tartan cloth it doesn't really matter what tartan you get seeing as it wasn't until the 18 hundreds that the tartans to different clans were really formed like it is today.Then when you have your tartan lay it out in a large flat area ,and then measure the length across your legs and this measurement will be your front apron.Next pleat the cloth till you get near the end and leave enough for the other apron.

materials: wool tartan cloth, leather belt,leather sting or metal brooch



Step 1: Prepareing for the Belt

This next step is easy just measure from just above your knee to your belly button this will be where you put the belt at. Then i like to mark this by push in the material right there.

Step 2: Putting the Belt in Under the Kilt

This is the step where you slip under the belt at the measurement from the last step. Just gently slide it under and smooth any messed up pleats.

Step 3: Putting on the Kilt

Now lay down on the tartan with the edge of the pleats at the back of your knees, and pull over the right apron then the left and smooth everything out.

Step 4: The Kilt On

Then fasten you belt and stand up the top part will fall over the bottom you can pull that up and if you want to adjust the pleats while looking in a mirror so there all at on level.

Step 5: What to Do With the Top Part of the Kilt?

Anything! but the easiest in my opinion is to take the corner of the under apron above the belt and tuck it in and take the fold from that and put it over the back of  your left shoulder and do the same with the other one but put over the front.

Step 6: Putting the Pices Togeather

finnaly you can tie the corners together with a leather string or you can use a metal brooch

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    As to wearing "other people's clan tartans" I would suggest it is nonsense to be concerned. Tartans are not copyrighted and their actual real links to clans are normally very dubious indeed. It seems to be common opinion today that the Polish "Sobieski" twins started off the whole craze of clan tartans (with their book "Vesitarium Scotum") in an attempt to convince the Scots that they were indeed the lost twin princes of Scotland--just my thoughts on the matter. In New York once someone considerably older than me, asked my permission to wear the tartan I was wearing (Fletcher of Dunans) and I found the whole thing quite ridiculous, suggesting to her that she wear whatever tartan caught her eye.

    I agree. Wear whatever tartan you like. The link of specific tartans to specific clans is modern nonsense.

    Eckythump: Many tartans, including Chattan, are INDEED copyright as to pattern. I wanted a kilt made, but wasn't willing to pay the outrageous fee being charged that would allow me use of the Chattan tartan. The other clan tartan I could use is MacGoun (from the ancient Gow), as it is far less expensive.

    As for wearing one at an event, I don't think most people would argue over it; unless the person wearing the specific tartan managed to get themselves on the 6 o'clock evening news for doing something really stupid, and then trying to claim Scots family heritage as a reason for their stupidity.

    As for the date of Clan Chattan being established, along with other information about the 16 clans that comprise the "bond of union", feel free to check out http://www.clanchattan.org as it contains a lot of good information. They just celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Bond of Union back in 2009. While the Bond of Union took place in 1609, it is believed the original clan confederation began sometime around 1291.

    Hi folks looking at the comments below about specific tartans for specific clans - sorry but it is a modern invention. Wear whatever tartan you like. The idea of tartans for specific clans is an 18th century invention. Pre- 1745 there were regional tartans due to the local fashion and available dyes but that is as far as it went.

    Oops sorry meant 19th century not 18th invention

    What size fabric do you need? I'm making one for a great tall laddie....

    8 yards long is the norm. As to the width I believe most fabric is two yards wide and you just set your belt where you want it for your height. The Scotts say one size fits all. Although some heftier men may need a extra yard.

    What size of fabric was used? Like, how many Yards? Plus, how tall are you :P

    Great instructions I have done it the same way, I used an iron pin to hold up the top. I could make it into a cloak like top if the weather was bad, and if hot roll it up and cover my shoulders as little as possible. It can be much more useful than the small kilt.

    What were the dimensions of the tartan you used?