Sunday, January 31, 2010
Great Kilt for Alex
We made it the traditional way which is two strips 4.5 yards long that are sewn together. Traditionally the looms to make the tartan were only 30" wide, so they had to sew it across the center (lengthwise) to make it the appropriate size; for the great kilt goes to the knees and should be draped accordingly so that the top piece may be used as a cloak or what have you, for extra warmth. So instead of two even pieces this kilt has the seam hidden under the beltline (because the fabric was 47", and we can), as well as the cheatin' pleat line. I did not use a serger this time but seamed it straight and then tacked down the seam edges to either side. It made for a very neat and tidy garment. A few washings and the edges will fringe out nicely! It looks quite smashing on him, too!